Never out of the frame in 10 starts, The Last Lion began his racing career with victory in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster in early April and finished it just under six months later with a surprise three-quarter length defeat of Blue Point in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
I reviewed his pedigree in detail after that win, noting the presence of Group 1 winner and successful sire Myboycharlie (by Danetime) in a branch of the fourth generation of the family and arguing that as his pedigree gave him a chance of staying a mile the following year, what would there be to lose to give it a go?
It was something of a rhetorical question but I guess the answer was this: stallion fees. He would, no doubt, have been a popular addition to the stallion ranks in 2018 regardless of how his three-year-old campaign turned out, but instead he worked his way through an initial book of mares at Kildangan Stud, and there are 40 registered foals in his first crop.
He looks likely to get mostly sprinters and milers, with some who stay a bit farther.
The Timeform 114-rated son of Choisir (by Danehill Dancer) is by the sire of Group 1 star and Group 1 sire Starspangledbanner, he is a half-brother to the stakes-winning sprinters Contest (by Danehill Dancer) and Russian Rock (by Rock of Gibraltar), and he is out of Mala Mala (by Brief Truce).
That one-time scorer finished third in both the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, she is out of the four-time scorer Breyani (by Commanche Run), who stayed two miles, and so is a half-sister to the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Tarascon (by Tirol) and to the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano winner Mister Monet (by Peintre Celebre).
THE LAST LION (IRE) – b.2014 – Choisir – Mala Mala, 4 wins inc Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), Sirenia Stakes (Gr3), Dragon Stakes (L), 2nd Flying Childers Stakes (Gr2), Norfolk Stakes (Gr2), Molecomb Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Gimcrack Stakes (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Bc - Adalawa (by Barathea) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Anadolu (by Statue Of Liberty) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Biaraafa (by Araafa) Goffs November €17,500
Bf - Bitooh (by Diktat) Tattersalls December 30,000gns
Bc - Bling Ring (by Arch) Goffs November €11,000
Bf - Breedj (by Acclamation) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Cape Cay (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls November 40,000gns
Bc - Chinese Democracy (by Proud Citizen) Tattersalls November 20,000gns
Bf - Countess Ferrama (by Authorized) Goffs November €1,000
Chf - Dutch Courage (by Dutch Art) Goffs November €40,000
Chc - Fifth Wonder (by Tiz Wonderful) Tattersalls November 20,000gns
Bc - Kyanight (by Kodiac) Goffs November €20,000
Bc - Largo Winch (by Dubawi) Goffs November €17,000
Bf - Layla’s Red Devil (by Dalakhani) Goffs November €1,000
Bf - Miss Mary (by Multiplex) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Bf - Miss Mary (by Multiplex) Goffs November €32,000
Bf - Realt Eile (by Dark Angel) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Relaxez Vous (by Raven’s Pass) Tattersalls November not sold
Chc - Romie’s Kastett (by Halling) Goffs November €30,000
Bc - Salute To Seville (by Duke Of Marmalade) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Saxon Princess (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls November 800gns
Bf - She’s My Rock (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs November €7,000
Bf - Tango Tonic (by Trans Island) Goffs November €4,000
Chc - Three Times (by Bahamian Bounty) Goffs November €16,000
Bc - Throne (by Royal Applause) Goffs November €39,000
Bc - Wizz Up (by Whipper) Tattersalls November 60,000gns
Sires of Stallions