Bridge House Stud stallion Cappella Sansevero (by Showcasing) was among the best early-season juveniles of his year, winning the Listed Marble Hill Stakes and chasing home The Wow Signal in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, but he also held his form through to the end of the year.
He was only beaten by half a length and a short-head when third to Dick Whittington and Kool Company in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes on soft ground at the Curragh, three weeks before taking the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes on good-to-yielding at the same course and distance. Then, in mid-October, he was a one-and-three-quarter-length fourth to Charming Thought in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Timeform rated him 109 at two and 104 at three, the latter representing his close sixth-place finish in the seven-furlong Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown. That proved to be his final start and it came just weeks after two unplaced classic attempts at a mile.
He is by the sire of six-furlong Group 1 stars Quiet Reflection and Advertise, he got 56 foals in his first crop, and he is the first offspring of the winning Madam President (by Royal Applause). She is a half-sister to Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Eldalil (by Singspiel), her dam is one-time scorer White House (by Pursuit Of Love), and the next dam is the dual two-year-old winner Much Too Risky (by Bustino).
That mare is, of course, the dam of the Group 1-placed middle-distance Group 2 winners Little Rock (by Warning) and Whitewater Affair (by Machiavellian), of classic-placed dual middle-distance Group 3 scorer Short Skirt (by Diktat) and to three other blacktype horses.
Whitewater Affair, of course, has been an outstanding broodmare in Japan where she has been represented by Group 1 Yasuda Kinen scorer Asakusa Den’en (by Singspiel) and by the even more talented Victoire Pisa (by Neo Universe). A champion at three and four years of age, he won the Group 1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas), Group 1 Arima Kinen, and Group 1 Dubai World Cup, he was placed in both the Group 1 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) and Group 1 Japan Cup, and the early runners by the Shadai Stallion Station resident feature classic heroine Jeweler.
If you go back another generation then you will find that Much Too Risky’s siblings include Group 1 Irish St Leger winner Arctic Owl (by Mot Welcome) and Group 1 Sydney Cup scorer Marooned (by Mill Reef), further evidence of the strong stamina influence that this family had for so long.
Cappella Sansevero, however, represents an emerging speed branch of the line, both as a grandson of sprint champion and classic sire Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) and out of a mare who represents a Royal Applause (by Waajib) – Pursuit Of Love (by Groom Dancer) cross.
His speed, his precocity, and the more immediate elements of his pedigree combine to paint a picture of a young stallion who is like to do well with all age groups, getting his best runners in the five to eight-furlong range. The presence of a successful stallion in the distaff side of his family is also encouraging, even if that horse’s talents are notably different and his actual relationship remote.
CAPPELLA SANSEVERO (GB) - b.2012 - Showcasing - Madam President, 4 wins inc Round Tower Stakes (Gr3), Marble Hill Stakes (L), 2nd Coventry Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Phoenix Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
Bc - Almatlaie (by Elusive Quality) Goffs UK August £25,000
Bf - Annellis (by Diesis) Goffs November not sold
Chc - Artistic Dancer (by Dutch Art) Goffs November €5,500
Chc - Australia Fair (by Pivotal) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Babycakes (by Marju) Arqana August not sold
Chc - Batuta (by New Approach) Tatts IRE September €4,200
Bc - Beatrix Potter (by Cadeaux Genereux) Tattersalls October 140,000gns
Chc - Burn The Bond (by Monsieur Bond) Goffs November €4,000
Bc - Candycakes (by Cape Cross) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bf - Chennai (by Mozart) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Chrissycross (by Cape Cross) Goresbridge October €1,000
Chf - City Vaults Girl (by Oratorio) Tatts IRE Ascot September £10,000
Bf - Common Cause (by Polish Patriot) Goffs October not sold
Bf - Confirm (by In The Wings) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Cosmic Breeze (by Fasliyev) Goffs November withdrawn
Chc - Dane Blue (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Dissonance (by Rossini) Tatts IRE September €6,500
Bc - Fascination Street (by Mujadil) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Flip Flop (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Gift Of Fantasy (by Authorized) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Gift Of Fantasy (by Authorized) Goffs November withdrawn
Bf - Hadya (by Teofilo) Tatts IRE September €30,000
Chf - Heloisa (by Bachelor Duke) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Ja One (by Acclamation) Goffs November €1,000
Bc - Jandal (by Mount Nelson) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Bc - Just Like Ivy (by Street Cry) Goffs February €13,500
Bf - Kyrielle (by Medicean) Goffs November not sold
Bf - Labba (by Tiger Hill) Goffs November €2,000
Chf - Lady Magdalena (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €1,000
Bc - Madame Nobel (by Alfred Nobel) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Maya de La Luz (by Selkirk) Goffs November €4,000
Bc - Mean Lae (by Johannesburg) Goffs February €45,000
Bf - Midnight Muscida (by Kodiac) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Mississipi Delta (by Cape Cross) Goffs November €1,000
Bf - Pink Plum (by Mastercraftsman) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Seraphina (by Pips Pride) Goffs October €40,000
Bc - Stroll On (by Exceed And Excel) Goffs November not sold
Brc - Varnay (by Machiavellian) Goffs UK August £60,000
Bf - Veliyka (by Linamix) Goresbridge October withdrawn
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