Well-beaten on soft ground on his only outing as a two-year-old, Morpheus won three of his seven starts at three and this capable miler, who Timeform rated 98, was fourth in the Haafhd Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) over nine furlongs at Newmarket on his final run.
That might not sound like the sort of racing record that would secure a colt a place at a leading flat stud farm and that would bring him 142 mares in his first season, but this son of Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) is a half-brother to the undefeated Timeform 147-rated superstar Frankel (by Galileo) and that relationship is what has been his major selling point.
Frankel, of course, had his first runners in 2016 and with an impressive strike-rate of winners to runners, and the pattern scorers Fair Eva, Queen Kindly, Toulifaut, and Frankuus among them, as well as the triple stakes-placed Cunco, that Banstead Manor Stud celebrity has made an exciting start as a stallion.
None of this guarantees that Morpheus will hit the jackpot, of course, even though a growing number of sons of Oasis Dream are siring stakes winners, but he has received plenty of support, he is at a stud that has a well-established track record of turning non-stakes winning stallions into notably successful sires, and there is every reason to hope that he can be their next success story.
Being inbred 3x3 to Danzig (by Northern Dancer) may increase his chance of getting sprinters and talented two-year-olds, although many of his better first-crop juvenile winners may come from the more precociously bred and raced mares, and those with a track record of producing two-year-old winners.
It is possible, however, given his racing and pedigree profile, that his best long-term results will come with milers and even 10-furlong horses aged three and upwards, although, again with the right mares, he has prospects of getting some high-class sprinters too. He looks a likely candidate to get some stakes and pattern winners.
MORPHEUS (GB) – b.2010 – Oasis Dream – Kind, 3 wins. Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2016.
FOALS CATALOGUED (updated)
bc – Alexander Confranc (by Magical Wonder) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Alexander Duchess (by Desert Prince) Goffs Nov €6,500
bc – Becuille (by Redback) Goffs Nov €46,000
bc – Bokhara Silk (by Barathea) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Cakestown Lady (by Petorius) Goffs Nov €5,500
bc – Dafariyna (by Nashwan) Goffs Nov €23,000
bf – Daliyana (by Cadeaux Genereux) Goffs Nov €4,000
bf – Desert Aisling (by Verglas) Goffs Nov €7,500
bf – Docklands Grace (by Honour And Glory) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Docklands Grace (by Honour And Glory) Tattersalls IRE Nov withdrawn
brf – Emirates Hills (by Dubawi) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Enchanting Way (by Linamix) Goffs Nov €15,000
bc – Flame of Hibernia (by One Cool Cat) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Flash And Dazzle (by Bertolini) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Gin Twist (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs Nov (p/s) €8,000
bf – Glasnas Giant (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Grasshoppergreen (by Barathea) Goffs Nov €1,400
bf – Greta d'Argent (by Great Commotion) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Holly's Kid (by Pulpit) Tattersalls IRE Nov not sold
bf – Indian Navy (by Elusive City) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Isolde's Return (by Avonbridge) Goffs Nov €11,000
bc – Kenyan Cat (by One Cool Cat) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – La Chinampina (by Darshaan) Goffs Nov €13,000
bf – Lilium (by Nashwan) Tattersalls Nov 15,000gns
bc – Lovegood (by Desert Style) Goffs Nov €20,000
bc – Magilini (by Bertolini) Goffs Nov €5,000
bc – Malthouse Mistress (by Peintre Celebre) Goffs Nov €6,000
bf – Miss Inferno (by Tagula) Goffs Nov €7,000
bf – Nasharaat (by Green Desert) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Pereira (by Tiger Hill) Goffs Nov €1,200
brc – Quecha (by Indian Ridge) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Regresa A Mi (by Spartacus) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – River Beau (by Galileo) Tattersalls IRE Nov €20,000
bc – Royal Aly (by Royal Academy) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bf – Royal Interlude (by King's Theatre) Goffs Nov withdrawn
bc – Run To Jane (by Doyoun) Goffs Nov €10,000
grc – Sharp And Smart (by Dark Angel) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Sheppard's Watch (by Night Shift) Goffs Nov €33,000
b/grc – Sliabh Aniaran (by Oratorio) Goffs Nov not sold
bc – Sweet Power (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bf – Tatora (by Selkirk) Tattersalls Nov 14,000gns
bf – Timeless Whisper (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Your Opinion (by Xaar) Goffs Nov not sold
bf – Zamra (by Azamour) Tattersalls Nov not sold
bc – Zinstar (by Sinndar) Goffs Nov not sold