A late addition to the list of new sires for 2017, former leading juvenile Estidhkaar is to join the team at Tara Stud in Co Meath.
A high-class son of leading sire Dark Angel (by Acclamation), Estidhkaar stands at Tara Stud in Ireland and has 92 registered foals in his first crop – a striking contrast to the fortunes of his more talented half-brother, Toormore (by Arakan).
The Group 1-winning juvenile champion went on to become a Group 1-placed, Group 2-winning miler, he to retire to Dalham Hall Stud, but was withdrawn from the roster before the season began, reportedly through lack of interest. He returned to training last year, was later gelded, and died this year at the age of seven.
Estidhkaar, on the other hand, won an extended six-furlong maiden at Newbury in mid-June of his two-year-old season, added the Group 2 Superlative Stakes over seven at Newmarket and the Group 2 Champagne Stakes over that trip at Doncaster, and then finished fourth to Belardo in the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes, beaten five lengths.
He was beaten by just a neck when runner-up to the subsequent sprint champion Muhaarar in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes on his seasonal reappearance at three but then ran unplaced behind Gleneagles in the Group 1 2000 Guineas and behind Esoterique in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois, before being off the track for 14 months.
When he returned, he ran just twice, finishing as runner-up to Crazy Horse in a seven furlong conditions event at Salisbury and then beating Kool Kompany by a neck in the Listed Ben Marshall Stakes over a mile on fast ground at Newmarket.
He is out of the unraced mare Danetime Out (by Danetime), who is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed Easaar (by Machiavellian), and their grandam, Matila (by Persian Bold), is a winning daughter of the Group 3 Curragh Stakes winner Peace Girl (by Dominion).
That mare, who was the joint champion juvenile filly in Ireland in 1987, is the grandam of the Group 3 Jockey Club Cup scorer Hawridge Prince (by Polar Falcon), of Listed Heron Stakes winner Hero's Journey (by Halling) and of several who have been blacktype placed, and she was a half-sister to the Group 3 Norfolk Stakes runner-up and prolific winner Runaway (by Godswalk).
There are other talented horses to be found in the family, including the Group 2-placed stakes-winning juvenile Pool Music (by Forzando), Grade 2-winning miler Mr Napper Tandy (by Bahamian Bounty), Group 2 winner and Group 1 Champion Stakes runner-up Insatiable (by Don't Forget Me), and Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Seazun (by Zieten), but those horses are remotely connected to Estidhkaar.
This is a weak distaff line for a prospective stallion, but Estidkhaar has been popular and has 92 registered foals in his first crop. His best are likely to be effective at anywhere from five to 10 furlongs.
ESTIDHKAAR (IRE) – b.2012 – Dark Angel – Danetime Out, 4 wins inc Champagne Stakes (Gr2), Superlative Stakes (Gr2), Ben Marshall Stakes (L), 2nd Greenham Stakes (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Bc - Al Gharrafa (by Dutch Art) Goffs November €8,500
Bc - Alnawiyah (by Dalakhani) Goffs November €9,000
Bf - Bellacoola (by Lomitas) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Blue Marmalade (by Duke Of Marmalade) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Bobbie’s Girl (by Big Bad Bob) Tattersalls November 2,000gns
Bf - Bold Arial (by Authorized) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Can Dance (by Manduro) Tatts IRE November not sold
Bc - Carafe (by Selkirk) Goffs November €5,500
Bc - Contemplate (by Compton Place) Goffs November €3,500
Bc - Crystalline Stream (by Polish Precedent) Tatts IRE November not sold
Bc - Cumbfree (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs November €32,000
Bc - Deal (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €19,000
Bf - Deora De (by Night Shift) Goffs November €7,000
Bf - Desert Riches (by Desert Style) Goffs November €4,000
Bc - Eleganza (by Balmont) Goffs November withdrawn
Brf - Expedience (by With Approval) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Generous Gesture (by Fasliyev) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Hallbeck (by Halling) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Hot Property (by Thunder Gulch) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - How Sweet It Is (by Kodiac) Tattersalls November 1,000gns
Bc - Illuminise (by Grand Lodge) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Jayarbee (by Prince Sabo) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Kerdana (by Sinndar) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Kill With A Smile (by Tiger Hill) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Like Me (by Duke Of Marmalade) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Little Oz (by Red Ransom) Tattersalls November 4,000gns
Bc - Luvmedo (by One Cool Cat) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Maggie The Cat (by Fasliyev) Goffs November €7,000
Bf - Mary Pekan (by Sri Pekan) Tattersalls December not sold
Bf - Maughami (by Manduro) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Miss Odlum (by Mtoto) Goffs November €2,200
Bc - Mokama (by Motivator) Goffs November €10,000 (p/s)
Bc - Out Of Time (by Anabaa) Goffs November €100,000
Bc - Pescia (by Darshaan) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Poker Hospital (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Primula (by Dansili) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Quelle Histoire (by Whipper) Goffs November €6,500
Bc - Rocking Horse (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs November €4,000 (p/s)
Bf - Sahaayef (by Mawatheeq) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Shalabina (by Nayef) Goffs November €3,800
Bf - Singitta (by Singspiel) Tattersalls November 11,000gns
Bc - Skeleton (by Tobougg) Tattersalls November 80,000gns
Bf - Surrey Pink (by Kyllachy) Goffs November withdrawn
Brf - Swordfishtrombones (by Jeremy) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Veladiya (by Zamindar) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Bc - Via Ballycroy (by Lawman) Goffs November €64,000
Brc - Westerly Air (by Gone West) Tattersalls November 5,000gns
Bc - Yasmin Satine (by Key Of Luck) Tatts IRE November €8,000
Bf - Zoola (by Iffraaj) Goffs November withdrawn
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