A lightly-raced, Timeform 127-rated classic star who also landed a Group 1 over seven furlongs, Make Believe (by Makfi) was a popular addition to the team at Ballylinch Stud, getting a triple-digit book in his maiden season. There were 76 foals in that first crop so he won’t be short of representation.
The grandson of Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium) was a late-season juvenile who ran twice and won on both soft and heavy ground. He lost out by a head in the Group 3 Prix Djebel on his first start at three but then easily beat subsequent classic star New Bay in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas). Later, he beat Limato in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.
In terms of pedigree, he is something of an unknown prospect as a stallion and it will be fascinating to see how he turns out. It is true that if you go back far enough then you will find that his fifth dam, Ash Lawn (by Charlottesville), was a full-sister to Selhurst and half-sister to Royal Palace (by Ballymoss), which also means that he represents a branch of the family of Welsh Pageant (by Tudor Melody) and Desert Prince (by Green Desert).
Royal Palace, Welsh Pageant and Desert Prince got winners at all levels, but it is fair to say that none became a consistent leading sire. They are, however, only remotely connected to Make Believe, and while their presence does show that a stallion from this family can get stakes, pattern and Group 1 winners, it is possible that their younger relation could surpass their achievements at stud.
He is a three-parts brother to the dual US Grade 1 winner Dubawi Heights (by Dubawi) – who is the dam of Japanese Grade 2 scorer Liberty Heights (by King Kamehameha) – and their dam, Rosie’s Posy (by Suave Dancer), is a winning half-sister to Group 1 Sprint Cup heroine Tante Rose (by Barathea).
That star is the grandam of a Grade 3 scorer in the US, she is a half-sister to pattern-placed stakes winner Bay Tree (by Daylami) and to the dam of Italian Group 3 winner Gothic Dance (by Dalakhani), and she is out of My Branch, who was one of the best runners for her top-class miler sire Distant Relative (by Habitat).
My Branch won the Listed Firth of Clyde Stakes at two and was runner-up in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, she went on to take third in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and to win the Listed Sceptre Stakes. The best of her siblings is the Grade 1-winning hurdler Celestial Halo (by Galileo).
These are the highlights of the first four generations of the pedigree, hence the unknown element of Make Believe’s stallion potential. It was a weak branch of the aforementioned famous Joel family of Royal Palace, Welsh Pageant, etc – and eighth dam Picture Play (by Donatello) won the 1000 Guineas in 1944 – but there is something about the pedigree that catches the eye.
Make Believe is inbred 4x4 to Green Valley (by Val De Loir). This may have no impact on how he fares, but it is worth noting that this mare gave us classic star and influential sire Green Dancer (by Nijinsky) and also Irish Valley (by Irish River), the dam of juvenile champion and classic sire Alhaarth (by Unfuwain).
His pedigree and racing profile suggest that, depending on the mares, he will get his best winners in the broad five to 12-furlong range, with his better juveniles appearing in the latter half of the season.
MAKE BELIEVE (GB) - b.2012 - Makfi - Rosie’s Posy, 4 wins inc Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr1), Prix de la Foret (Gr1), 2nd Prix Djebel (Gr3). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
Bc - Avizare (by Lawman) Goffs UK August £38,000
Bc - Bailonguera (by Southern Halo) Goffs February not sold
Bc - Bailonguera (by Southern Halo) Goffs October €38,000
Bf - Basira (by Azamour) Arqana August not sold
Bc - Bayja (by Giant’s Causeway) Goffs October €22,000
Bc - Bound Copy (by Street Cry) Goffs February €32,000
Bc - Bound Copy (by Street Cry) Goffs October €17,000
Bc - Charmgoer (by Nureyev) Tatts IRE September withdrawn
Bf - Cruck Realta (by Sixties Icon) Tatts IRE September €3,000
Bc - Dream Date (by Oasis Dream) Arqana August withdrawn
Bc - Dream Date (by Oasis Dream) Tattersalls November 55,000gns
bf - Elite (by Invincible Spirit) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Elshamms (by Zafonic) Tattersalls October 42,000gns
Bc - Esuvia (by Whipper) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bc - Esuvia (by Whipper) Tattersalls November not sold
Bc - Expectation (by Night Shift) Goffs February €42,000
Bc - Expectation (by Night Shift) Tatts IRE September €25,000
Bf - Ezalli (by Cape Cross) Goffs October €75,000
Bf - Famusa (by Medicean) Tatts IRE Ascot December not sold
Bf - Follow My Lead (by Night Shift) Tatts IRE September €7,500
Bf - For Joy (by Singspiel) Tattersalls October 16,000gns
Bc - French Fern (by Royal Applause) Tattersalls October 55,000gns
Bf - Gilded (by Redback) Tattersalls October 35,000gns
Bc - Hayyona (by Multiplex) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bc - Indiana Annie (by Indian Ridge) Tatts IRE September withdrawn
Bf - Iuturna (by Intidab) Goffs October €22,000
Bc - Kayd Kodaun (by Traditionally) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Knapton Hill (by Zamindar) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Lady Pimpernel (by Sir Percy) Arqana August €180,000
Bc - Lady Shanghai (by Alhaarth) Goffs February €115,000
Bc - Lady Shanghai (by Alhaarth) Tattersalls October 210,000gns
Bc - Lake Moon (by Tiger Hill) Tattersalls October 40,000gns
Bf - Laviniad (by Lawman) Goffs October €150,000
Bc - Levanto (by Lawman) Tattersalls October 9,000gns
Bf - Lisselan Diva (by Barathea) Tattersalls October 27,000gns
Bc - Malea (by Oratorio) Goffs October €35,000
Bc - Manaka (by Falco) Tatts IRE September €8,000
Bc - Mary Arnold (by Hernando) Tattersalls October 6,500gns
Bc - Mise (by Indian Ridge) Tattersalls October 22,000gns
Bf - Miss Bex (by Dalakhani) Arqana October €5,000 (p/s)
Chf - Miss Lucy Jane (by Aqlaam) Goffs UK August £35,000
Bf - Mouriyana (by Akarad) Goffs October €20,000
Bf - Never Change (by New Approach) Tattersalls October 15,000gns
Bf - Newsletter (by Sir Percy) Tatts IRE September €55,000
Bf - Night Fever (by Galileo) Tattersalls October 35,000gns (p/s)
Bc - Ocean Bluff (by Dalakhani) Tattersalls November not sold
Bf - Okba (by Diesis) Tatts IRE Ascot September £5,500
Bf - Pharadelle (by Lope De Vega) Goffs October withdrawn
Bf - Pharadelle (by Lope De Vega) Tattersalls November 3,000gns (p/s)
Bc - Pirate Cove (by Lawman) Goffs October withdrawn
Bc - Pirate Cove (by Lawman) Tattersalls November withdrawn
Bc - Purple Sage (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls October 24,000gns
Bc - Purple Tigress (by Dubai Destination) Goffs UK August not sold
Bf - Queen Jock (by Repent) Tatts IRE September €14,000
Grf - Queen Of Power (by Medicean) Goffs October €75,000
Bc - Realt Eile (by Dark Angel) Tattersalls October not sold
Bf - Roxy Star (by Fastnet Rock) Goffs UK August not sold
Bf - Roxy Star (by Fastnet Rock) Tatts IRE Ascot November not sold
Bf - Royal Alchemist (by Kingsinger) Goffs October €20,000
Bf - Royal Razalma (by Lope De Vega) Goffs October €15,500
Bf - Russian Rave (by Danehill Dancer) Tattersalls October 4,000gns
Bf - Ryninch (by Dr Devious) Goffs October not sold
Bc - Sandslide (by King’s Best) Goffs October not sold
Bf - Shirin Of Persia (by Dylan Thomas) Goffs October €6,500
Bc - Slope (by Acclamation) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bf - Somoushe (by Black Minnaloushe) Goffs October €115,000
Bc - Sound Of Guns (by Acclamation) Tattersalls October 35,000gns
Bc - Spontaneous (by Sinndar) Goffs October €90,000
Grc - Stella River (by Stormy River) Goffs UK August not sold
Bc - Stylish One (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs UK August not sold
Bf - Sun City (by Montjeu) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bf - Sun City (by Montjeu) Goffs UK October withdrawn
Bf - Tanouma (by Mr Greeley) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bf - Three Choirs (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs October not sold
Bf - Topka (by Kahyasi) Tattersalls October 55,000gns
Bf - Twiggy’s Sister (by Flying Spur) Goffs October €30,000
Bf - Waafiah (by Anabaa) Goffs October €70,000
Bf - Water Fountain (by Mark Of Esteem) Goffs November €1,000
Bf - Zerka (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs UK October not sold
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