With 22 Group 1 winners among a current total of 119 blacktype scorers, dual Derby and dual Breeders’ Cup hero High Chaparral is among the most successful stallion sons of the great Sadler’s Wells (by Northern Dancer). Sadly, like Montjeu, he died in his teens.
It is early yet for his handful of stallion sons, although So You Think has done well ‘down under’ and both Dundeel and Toronado have made a promising start with their initial runners, whereas Irish National Stud-based Free Eagle has his first yearlings on offer now.
Such was the impression that this Dermot Weld-trained colt made when thrashing Orchestra by five and a half lengths in a mile maiden in August of his juvenile year that he was a 2/5 favourite to beat Australia in a Group 3 contest over the same course and distance the following month, and widely regarded as a major Derby contender for 2014.
As is widely known, Australia beat him by six lengths that day, and while that chestnut went on to add the Derby, Irish Derby and Juddmonte International Stakes the following year, Free Eagle missed a full 12 months off the track before returning to action with a pair of efforts that saw him earn a Timeform rating of 128p.
First he beat Elleval by seven lengths in the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes over 10 furlongs on fast ground at Leopardstown and then he chased home Noble Mission and Al Kazeem, on heavy ground, in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot.
His final two outings at four were disappointing, but he’d started that year by short-heading The Grey Gatsby in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot and taking third to Golden Horn and Found in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, beaten by a length and half a length. Timeform kept him on a mark of 128.
Free Eagle is a half-brother to multiple Group 2 winner Custom Cut (by Notnowcato) – who is effective at around a mile – and also to Sapphire (by Medicean), who won the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes and filled the runners-up spot in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes.
Their dam, Polished Gem (by Danehill), is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes heroine Dress To Thrill and so a daughter of Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Trusted Partner (by Affirmed). That classic scorer – whose descendants also include Group 1 Criterium International scorer Vert De Grece (by Verglas) – is a full-sister to three stakes winners and she is out of US juvenile filly champion Talking Picture (by Speak John).
Those siblings include Group 2 scorer Easy To Copy, whose descendants include Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Gallante (by Montjeu) and dual US Grade 2 winner Amira’s Prince (by Teofilo), who is a young stallion in the USA.
They also include pattern-placed stakes winner Epicure’s Garden who became the dam of Group 2 Blandford Stakes and dual US Grade 2 heroine Lisieux Rose (by Generous) and grandam of Group 1-placed, Group 2-winning stayer Forgotton Rules (by Nayef).
This is a top-class racehorse pedigree and it makes Free Eagle an interesting stallion prospect. There were 80 foals in his first crop, and although some will win as two-year-olds, that is likely to be in the second half of the season. In the long term, he looks likely to get his best winners in the broad seven to 14-furlong range, with the chance that a few will become Cup horses.
FREE EAGLE (IRE) - b.2011 - High Chaparral - Polished Gem, 3 wins inc Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Gr1), Kilternan Stakes (Gr3), Juvenile Turf Trial Golden Fleece Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Irish Champion Stakes (Gr1), Champion Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
Brf - Acquifer (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Afilla (by Dansili) Goffs October €5,000
Bf - Alayna (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls October
Chc - America Alone (by Dalakhani) Goffs February withdrawn
Chc - Badr Al Badoor (by Acclamation) Goffs October €90,000
Chc - Best Be Careful (by Exceed And Excel) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bf - Burma Star (by Shamardal) Goffs November
Bf - Calico Moon (by Seeking The Gold) Tatts IRE Ascot September not sold
Bc - Capsaicin (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November
Bc - Carmens Fate (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls October 32,000gns
Bc - Champagne Mistress (by Kyllachy) Goffs October €7,000
Bf - Chanter (by Lomitas) Goffs October €16,000
Bc - Cland Di San Jore (by Lando) Tatts IRE September €21,000
Bc - Classic Remark (by Dr Fong) Goffs October €25,000 (p/s)
Bc - Crimphill (by Sadler’s Wells) Tatts IRE September €7,500
Bf - Curious Lashes (by Footstepsinthesand) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Dulcian (by Shamardal) Goffs October €25,000
Chf - Fafinta (by Indian Ridge) SGA September not sold
Bf - Gelenschik (by Dalakhani) Tatts IRE September €9,500
Grf - Glassathura (by Verglas) Tatts IRE September €4,000
Bf - Indian Maiden (by Indian Ridge) Tattersalls October 30,000gns
Bf - Ispa Loquitur (by Unfuwain) Goffs October €140,000
Bc - Jolie Etoile (by Diesis) Goffs October €6,000
Bf - Keilogue (by Invincible Spirit) Arqana August €15,000
Bf - La Hermana (by Hernando) Baden-Baden August withdrawn
Bf - Legs Lawlor (by Unbridled) Tatts IRE September €9,000
Bc - Little Live Wire (by Dubawi) Tatts IRE September withdrawn
Chf - Little Miss Diva (by Diktat) Goffs November
Bf - Malaspina (by Whipper) Tattersalls October 250,000gns
Bc - Marque Royale (by Royal Academy) Tatts IRE September €13,000
Bc - Meet Marhaba (by Marju) Tattersalls October not sold
Bc - Nebraas (by Green Desert) Goffs October €400,000
Bf - Nitya (by Indian Ridge) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Ohio (by Teofilo) Goffs February €11,000
Bc - Ohio (by Teofilo) Tatts IRE September €40,000
B/brc - Orafinitis (by Oratorio) Tattersalls October 60,000gns
Bc - Paisley (by Pivotal) Tattersalls October not sold
Chc - Pale Orchid (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs October €60,000
Bf - Pavlopetri (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs November
Bc - Peace Signal (by Time For A Change) Tatts IRE September €21,000
Bf - Penny Rose (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls October 8,000gns (p/s)
Chf - Perivale (by Street Cry) Goffs February €5,000
Chf - Perivale (by Street Cry) Goffs November
Bf - Pesse (by Eagle Eyed) Tattersalls October
Bc - Pious (by Bishop Of Cashel) Tattersalls October 36,000gns
Bf - Poplar Close (by Canford Cliffs) Goffs October not sold
Bc - Princess Savoie (by Tamayuz) Tatts IRE September €30,000
Bc - Quixotic (by Pivotal) Goffs October not sold
Bc - Regalline (by Green Desert) Tattersalls October 150,000gns
Bf - Reveal The Star (by Aptitude) Goffs October not sold
Bc - Rosa’s Cantina (by Paco Boy) Goffs October €75,000
Bf - Serisia (by Exit To Nowhere) Arqana August €200,000
Bc - Shauna’s Princess (by Soviet Star) Tattersalls October 50,000gns
Bc - Sleeping Beauty (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls October 70,000gns
Bc - Spinamix (by Linamix) Goffs October €40,000
Chf - Super Saturday (by Pivotal) Tattersalls October 40,000gns
Bc - Thermopylae (by Tenby) Goffs October €40,000
Bf - Traveller’s Tales (by Cape Cross) Tatts IRE September not sold
Chc - Uvinza (by Bertolini) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Velvet Star (by Galileo) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Wandering Star (by Verglas) Baden-Baden August not sold
Bc - Weekend Lady (by Bahamian Bounty) Goffs October €60,000
Brf - Wild Step (by Footstepsinthesand) Goffs October €4,000
An unbeaten seven-furlong juvenile Group 2 scorer whom Timeform rated 113p, Toronado became one of the leading milers in Europe at three and four years of age.
One of the fastest and best sons of the dual Derby and dual Breeders' Cup Turf hero High Chaparral (by Sadler's Wells), he stands at the National Stud in Newmarket, covered 152 mares in his first season and his first foals made up to 190,000gns. He also shuttles to Swettenham Stud in Australia and is due to stand at Haras de Bouquetot, in France, in 2018.
He beat Havana Gold by four lengths in the Group 3 Craven Stakes on his seasonal reapperance at three, finished fourth behind Dawn Approach in the Group 1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, and then failed narrowly against that same rival in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot before gaining his revenge with a half-length win against the chestnut in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.
Timeform rated him 133 at three and 127 at four, the latter a season that began with defeat of Verrazano in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot. He then chased home Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, was pipped by Charm Spirit in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and was favourite when finishing down the field behind Karakontie in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile on his final start.
His dam, Wana Doo (by Grand Slam), won twice in France, she is a half-sister to the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner and successful 2016 freshman sire Casamento (by Shamardal) – who has two classic-placed Italian fillies in his first crop – and she is out of Wedding Gift (by Always Fair), who was a pattern-placed stakes winner in France.
Those who appear in branches of the third generation of the family include the Australian Group 1 scorers French Clock (by Rancho Ruler) and Heart Of Dreams (by Show A Heart), both of who are geldings.
Such Style (by Sassafras), Toronado's third dam, was a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed Group 2 Prix Hocquart scorer Regency (by Dancing Brave) and also to Britannia's Rule (by Blakeney), the Oaks-placed Listed Lupe Stakes winner who produced four stakes-winners at stud and whose descendants include the Group 3 Rockfel Stakes winner Name Of Love (by Petardia).
Toronado looks likely to get some good freshman results in 2018, even though his best results are likely to come with three-year-olds and older horses, and his progeny may prove best suited to the broad seven to 12-furlong range.
TORONADO (IRE) – b.2010 – High Chaparral – Wana Doo, 6 wins inc Sussex Stakes (Gr1), Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1), Champagne Stakes (Gr2), Craven Stakes (Gr3), Winkfield Stakes (L), 2nd Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr1), Sussex Stakes (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England & Australia. First foals in 2016.
chf - Abunai (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct 90,000gns
bc - Al Waghaa (by Muhtathir) Arqana Oct €45,000
bf - Alabastrine (by Green Desert) Arqana Oct €20,000
bc - Alamanni (by Elusive Quality) Tattersalls Oct 170,000gns
bf - Amarullah (by Daylami) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Amberley Heights (by Elnadim) Tattersalls Oct 11,000gns
bf - Angus Newz (by Compton Place) Goffs UK Aug £20,000
bc - Break Time (by Dansili) Goffs UK Aug £25,000 (p/s)
bf - Broughtons Charm (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs UK Aug not sold
bc - Byrony (by Byron) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
bf - Camp Fire (by Lahib) Goffs Sept €40,000 (p/s)
chc - Campina (by Oasis Dream) Arqana Oct €47,000
bc - Clincher (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls Oct 3,500gns
bf - Cross My Heart (by Sakhee's Secret) Tattersalls Oct 16,000gns
chc - Crown (by Royal Applause) Arqana Aug not sold
bc - Dam Beautiful (by Sleeping Indian) Arqana Oct €36,000
bc - Dancing Moon (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls IRE Sept €8,000
brf - Dansilady (by Dansili) Arqana Oct €44,000
bf - Daysiwaay (by Daylami) Tattersalls Oct 7,500gns
bc - Dream Time (by Rainbow Quest) Goffs Feb not sold
bc - Dream Time (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls IRE Sept €3,000
chf - Dusty Answer (by Zafonic) Tattersalls Oct 30,000gns
chc - Dutch Diamond (by Dutch Art) Goffs Sept €55,000
chf - Elsa T (by Duke of Marmalade) Goffs Sept not sold
bc - Enliven (by Dansili) Goffs UK Aug £42,000
bc - Fligaz (by Panis) Goffs Sept €16,000
bf - Friendlier (by Zafonic) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bc - Fugnina (by Hurricane Run) Tattersalls Nov 5,500gns
bc - Gaiete (by Kentucky Dynamite) Arqana Aug €82,000
bc - Gay Mirage (by Highest Honor) Goffs UK Aug £30,000
bc - Green Tern (by Miswaki Tern) Tattersalls Oct 120,000gns
bf - Hasty (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls Oct 15,000gns
bf - Henties Bay (by Cape Cross) Tattersalls Oct 100,000gns
chf - Impertinent (by Halling) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Infamous Angel (by Exceed And Excel) Tattersalls Oct 30,000gns
bf - Irishstone (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls Oct 7,000gns
bf - Isla Azul (by Machiavellian) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Izzy Too (by Oratorio) Tattersalls Feb withdrawn
bc - Jeu De Vivre (by Montjeu) Arqana Aug €90,000
bc - Jules (by Danehill) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bc - Just With You (by Sunday Break) Arqana Aug €155,000
chc - Keep The Secret (by Sakhee's Secret) Goffs UK Aug £28,000
bc - Lady Gorgeous (by Compton Place) Arqana Oct €70,000
bc - Lady Of The House (by Holy Roman Emperor) Arqana Oct €38,000
bc - Lily Link (by Rail Link) Tattersalls Oct 100,000gns
bc - Locharia (by Wolfhound) Tattersalls Oct 50,000gns
bf - Lyra's Daemon (by Singspiel) Goffs Oct €7,500
bc - Mahendra (by Next Desert) Arqana Oct not sold
chf - Maid To Dream (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Oct 85,000gns
bf - Manbaa (by Jazil) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf - Miss Mediator (by Consolidator) Goffs UK Aug £27,000
bf - Mrs Greeley (by Mr Greeley) Tattersalls Oct 15,000gns (p/s)
bc - Mullein (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Oct 10,000gns
bf - Myth And Magic (by Namid) Tattersalls Oct 40,000gns
bf - Oasis Jade (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls Oct 28,000gns
bf - Okavango (by Nayef) Tattersalls Oct 3,500gns
chf - Pivotal Drive (by Pivotal) Tattersalls Oct 11,000gns
bc - Pompey Girl (by Rainbow Quest) Tattersalls Oct 120,000gns
bf - Queenofthenorth (by Halling) Goffs Sept €25,000
bf - Rainbow's Edge (by Rainbow Quest) Goffs Sept €58,000
bc - Raskutani (by Dansili) Tattersalls Oct 325,000gns
bc - Rawoof (by Nayef) Goffs Sept €48,000
bf - Red Blooded Woman (by Red Ransom) Goffs UK Aug £4,500
bf - Rose Blossom (by Pastoral Pursuits) Tattersalls Oct 125,000gns
bf - Santa Agata (by Anabaa) Arqana Oct not sold
bf - Shingueti (by Desert Style) Arqana Aug €160,000
bc - Show Rainbow (by Haafhd) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bc - Shy Lady (by Kaldoun) Tattersalls Oct withdrawn
bf - Song To The Moon (by Oratorio) Tattersalls IRE Sept €15,000
bf - Spanish Springs (by Xaar) Tattersalls IRE Sept €11,000
bf - Spanish Springs (by Xaar) Tattersalls Nov withdrawn
bc - Sparkling Eyes (by Lujain) Tattersalls IRE Sept €42,000
chc - Succinct (by Hector Protector) Tattersalls Oct not sold
bf - Suite (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs Sept €25,000
bf - Susi Wong (by Selkirk) Tattersalls IRE Sept €50,000
bf - Tafawut (by Nayef) Tattersalls Oct 3,500gns
bc - Tamara Moon (by Acclamation) Goffs Sept not sold
chf - Tipsy Me (by Selkirk) Arqana Aug €40,000
grf - Tocopilla (by Medaaly) Arqana Aug withdrawn
grf - Tocopilla (by Medaaly) Arqana Oct €52,000
bc - Trust The Wind (by Dansili) Tattersalls Oct 62,000gns
bc - Tuscan Light (by Medicean) Tattersalls Oct not sold
chf - Under The Rainbow (by Fantastic Light) Tattersalls Oct 21,000gns
bc - Vivid Blue (by Haafhd) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
chf - Wakeup Little Suzy (by Peintre Celebre) Tattersalls Oct 20,000gns
grf - Whatami (by Daylami) Tattersalls Oct 10,000gns
chc - Wilside (by Verglas) Osarus Sept €30,000
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