Dark Angel (by Acclamation) has been a surprise hit at stud and there are already several stallion sons among his 34 individual stakes winners. Group 1 star Lethal Force and Group 1-placed Tough As Nails have yearlings, Group 2 winner Alhebayeb has foals, Gutaifan was one of the most popular new sires of 2016, and Markaz will begin his career at Derrinstown Stud in the spring.
The roll of honour also includes the pattern-winning sprinter Heeraat, a Mickley Stud stallion who covered 97 mares in his first season and has a selection of foals on offer in the coming weeks. He won once from three starts at two, two from eight at three, got his Group 3 win at four and earned a Timeform rating of 118.
Heeraat is a half-brother to the Listed Dragon Stakes winner and Group 3 Molecomb Stakes third Ambiance (by Camacho) and his dam, Thawrah (by Green Desert), is an unraced half-sister to the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Malhub (by Kingmambo), a blacktype sire in South Africa, and to the US Grade 3 scorer Dhaamer (by Dubai Destination).
Thawrah's siblings also include her full-sister Nebraas and what makes that one notable is that she is the dam of the dual Group 3 scorer Yellow Rosebud (by Jeremy), of pattern-placed stakes winner Seeharn (by Pivotal), and of this year's stakes-placed two-year-old Megan Lily (by Dragon Pulse).
Arjuzah (by Ahonoora), who won the Listed Sceptre Stakes and finished third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, is the grandam of Heeraat and this half-sister to listed scorer Ormsby (by Ela-Mana-Mou) was a full-sister to Missing You, the stakes-placed grandam of the juvenile stakes winners Dubai Dynamo (by Kyllachy) and Sadeek (by Kyllachy).
If you go back to the fourth generation of the family then you will find branches that lead to the Group/Grade 1 winners Mourjane (by Pitskelly), Anka Germania (by Malinowski), Deputy Commander (by Deputy Minister), and Sudirman (by Henrythenavigator), along with a string of other stakes and pattern winners who including the Group 1-placed sprinter and successful sire Dandy Man (by Mozart).
The relationship of those horses to Heeraat is remote, but as a talented Dark Angel horse who has Green Desert as a broodmare sire and a leading sprinter among his close relations, he has the potential to sire some talented sprinters and milers.
HEERAAT (IRE) – b.2009 – Dark Angel – Thawrah, 5 wins inc Hackwood Stakes (Gr3), 2nd Hackwood Stakes (Gr3), City Walls Stakes (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bf – Alucica (by Celtic Swing) Goffs Nov €5,000
bf – Black Baccara (by Superior Premium) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Contenance (by Dansant) Goffs Nov €11,500
bc – Emperatriz (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – First Rains (by Green Desert) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
bf – Fortunately (by Forzando) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Future Regime (by Xaar) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Lady Caprice (by Kyllachy) Goffs Nov €16,500
bc – Lexington Rose (by Captain Gerrard) Tattersalls IRE Nov €25,000
bf – Matron (by Bahamian Bounty) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Mimi Mouse (by Diktat) Tattersalls Nov 8,000gns
bf – Molly Marie (by Fasliyev) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Nut (by Fasliyev) Tattersalls Nov 3,000gns
bc – Obsessive Secret (by Grand Lodge) Tattersalls Nov 20,000gns
bf – Otrooha (by Oasis Dream) Goffs Nov €12,500
bc – Piranha (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Nov 38,000gns
bc – Plead (by Bering) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Princess of Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar) Goffs Nov €12,500
bf – Radio Gaga (by Multiplex) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc – Ringtail (by Street Cry) Goffs Nov €17,000
bf – Saona Island (by Bahamian Bounty) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bf – Sopran Cross (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls IRE Nov €10,000
bc – Sound of Life (by Cape Cross) Goffs Nov €6,500
bf – Spiritual Healing (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls Nov not sold
b/brc – Tomintoul Magic (by Holy Roman Emperor) Goffs Nov €20,000
bc – Virtuality (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Nov 30,000gns