Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, Twilight Son extended his winning run to five when short-heading Strath Burn in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock several weeks before he chased home champion Muhaarar in the Group 1 Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot.
Timeform rated him 125, he stayed in training as a four-year-old and added the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes to his tally. He is among the early stallion sons of sprint champion Kyllachy (by Pivotal) – they also include Dragon Pulse, who has sired a lot of winners but just three blacktype scorers, so far – he has 121 registered foals in his first crop, and he looks likely to get sprinters and milers.
Twilight Son is the best among a string of multiple winners out of triple scorer Twilight Mistress (by Bin Ajwaad) and those siblings include Throckmorton Court Stud stallion Music Master (by Piccolo) who will have his first runners in 2019.
Rated 122 by Timeform, Music Master won the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury and the string of blacktype events in which he was placed included the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock, in which he finished third to G Force and Gordon Lord Byron, with Sole Power a half-length behind him in fourth.
These high-class brothers represent a big step forward for their branch of the family as you have to go back to the fourth generation to find the next stakes winner, the Group 3 Queen Mary Stakes heroine On Tiptoes (by Shareef Dancer).
That precocious filly was a half-sister to Twilight Son's third dam Penny Candle (by Be My Guest) and she is the mare from whom the talented fillies Violette (by Observatory), Silca's Gift (by Cadeaux Genereux) and Virginia Hall (by Medicean) descend.
It will be fascinating to compare the stallion careers of the two half-brothers – although it should be noted that Music Master has tiny numbers compared to his more famous sibling, so the odds are stacked very much against him.
Despite the lack of fashion in the distaff side of the family, it would be no surprise to see Twilight Son become the latest success story for Cheveley Park Stud, where he joined his sire (now retired) and grandsire on the roster and from where his great-grandsire Polar Falcon also enjoyed success as a sire.
TWILIGHT SON (GB) – b.2012 – Kyllachy – Twilight Mistress, 6 wins inc Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Gr1), Sprint Cup (Gr1), 2nd Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
Bc - Alsium (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls November 45,000gns
Bc - Belle Isle (by Pastoral Pursuits) Tattersalls December 55,000gns
Bf - Best Side (by King’s Best) Tattersalls December 57,000gns
Bc - Billowing (by Candy Ride) Tattersalls December 13,000gns
Bc - Border Minstral (by Sri Pekan) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Chc - Byrony (by Byron) Tattersalls November 24,000gns
Bc - Cape Rosie (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls November 19,000gns
Bf - Caption (by Motivator) Tattersalls November 2,500gns
Bc - Cardrona (by Selkirk) Tattersalls November 30,000gns
Chc - Coco Rouge (by Shamardal) Goffs November €95,000
Bc - Dee Dee Girl (by Primo Dominie) Tattersalls December 31,000gns
Brc - Desert Liaison (by Dansili) Tattersalls November 30,000gns
Chc - Dubai Breeze (by Lope De Vega) Tattersalls November 40,000gns
Chc - Duniatty (by Green Desert) Tattersalls December withdrawn
Bc - Embroidery (by Mastercraftsman) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Exceed Sensazione (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls December withdrawn
Bc - Gala Wedge (by Foxwedge) Goffs UK December £29,000
Bc - Galapagar (by Miswaki) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bc - Habya (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls December 18,000gns
Bc - Hasty (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €50,000
Chf - Inflammable (by Montjeu) Tattersalls December withdrawn
Chc - Ishiamber (by Ishiguru) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Jamboree Girl (by Bahamian Bounty) Goffs November €33,000
Chc - Keep The Secret (by Sakhee’s Secret) Tattersalls December 38,000gns
Bf - Laqataat (by Alhaarth) Goffs November €68,000
Bc - Lilly Junior (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls November not sold
B/brc - Love Or Fear (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls November 6,000gns
Bf - Midnight Hush (by Anabaa) Tattersalls November 29,000gns
Bc - Modern Art (by New Approach) Tattersalls November 13,000gns
Bc - Mrs Mogg (by Green Desert) Tattersalls November 27,000gns
Chc - Nancy Astor (by Shamardal) Goffs November €29,000
Grf - Nutkin (by Act One) Goffs November €34,000
Bc - Peace Concluded (by Bertolini) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Pirquet (by Sea The Stars) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Poly Pomona (by Green Desert) Tattersalls November 37,000gns
Bc - Queen Celeste (by Acclamation) Goffs November €18,000
Bc - Renaissant (by Dutch Art) Tattersalls November not sold
Chf - Rosamaria (by Rip Van Winkle) Tatts IRE November €3,000
Bc - Roslea Lady (by Alhaarth) Tattersalls December 20,000gns
Bc - Royal Circles (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Royal Ffanci (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bf - Secret Happiness (by Cape Cross) Goffs November €3,000 (p/s)
Bc - Show Aya (by Showcasing) Tattersalls December 23,000gns
Chc - Signs And Signals (by Kodiac) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Spangle (by Galileo) Tattersalls November 15,000gns
Bf - Suerte Loca (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls December 6,500gns
Bf - Tatora (by Selkirk) Tattersalls November 25,000gns
Bf - Triple Star (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November 38,000gns
Chf - Tweety Pie (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Tattersalls November not sold
Chf - Vixen Hill (by Acclamation) Tattersalls November 30,000gns
Bc - Xtrasensory (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls November not sold
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