By the sire of notable international sire Lope De Vega (by Shamardal), Kildangan Stud’s French Navy has the unusual distinction of having been a stakes winner every year from two to seven years of age. He is also from a family that has previously yielded a champion sire.
There were only 42 foals in his first crop – at one time a full book but, in recent decades, on the small side – and he is a horse who could spring a few surprises. He was best from eight to 10 furlongs, was a mile pattern winner at two, and looks likely to get his best results from those competing in the broad seven to 14-furlong range.
He is a half-brother to the high-class dual-purpose gelding Sea Lord (by Cape Cross), and his dam – French 10-furlong listed scorer First Fleet (by Woodman) – is out of a half-sister to several horses of note, one of whom is stakes winner and multiple Indian champion sire Razaan (by Northern Dancer).
King George-third Assatis (by Topsider) was a Group 1 winner in Italy, Warrshan (by Northern Dancer) won the Group 3 Gordon Stakes and finished third in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes, and Hidden Dreams (by Soviet Star), who did her part for the family at stud, became the dam of a Grade 1-placed dual Grade 3 winner in South America.
Their dam, the unraced Secret Asset (by Graustark), was out of US juvenile filly champion Numbered Account (by Buckpasser), which made her a half-sister to Grade 1 star and leading sire Private Account (by Damascus), to stakes-placed runner and notable sire Polish Numbers (by Danzig), and to Grade 1 heroine and influential broodmare Dance Number (by Northern Dancer).
Her offspring featured juvenile champion, Grade 1 Travers Stakes winner and successful sire Rhythm (by Mr Prospector), and her descendants include the Grade 1 winners Frost Giant (by Giant’s Causeway), Girolamo (by A.P. Indy), Got Lucky (by A.P. Indy), Imagining (by Giant’s Causeway), and Super Saver (by Maria’s Mon). The latter’s early offspring include Grade 1 stars Runhappy, Embellish The Lace, and Competitive Edge, the latter also now represented by his first yearlings.
It should also be noted that Numbered Account’s full-sister Playmate was the dam of dual Irish Group 3 scorer and leading international sire Woodman (by Mr Prospector), which makes French Navy inbred 4x5 to those mares’ parents Buckpasser (by Tom Fool) and Intriguing (by Swaps). He is also inbred 4x3 to Mr Prospector (by Raise a Native) and 5x4 to Northern Dancer (by Nearctic).
FRENCH NAVY (GB) - b.2008 - Shamardal - First Fleet, 11 wins inc Diomed Stakes (Gr3), Earl of Sefton Stakes (Gr3), Select Stakes (Gr3), Prix de Chenes (Gr3), Festival Stakes (L), Ben Marshall Stakes (L-twice), Midsummer Stakes (L), 2nd Earl of Sefton Stakes (Gr3), Steventon Stakes (L), Ben Marshall Stakes (L), 3rd Paradise Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2017.
Bc - Cloud Break (by Dansili) Goffs November not sold
Bc - D'Addario (by Galileo) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Deceptive (by Red Ransom) Goffs February €9,500
Bc - Divas Dream (by Refuse To Bend) Goffs November €1,500
Chf - Ellen's Girl (by Desert Prince) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Gipsy Doll (by Dansili) Tattersalls October 2,000gns
Bc - Glasnas Giant (by Giant's Causeway) Goffs November €1,000
Bc - Hannah’s Magic (by Lomitas) Goffs October €8,000
Bf - Intimate Secret (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €1,000
Bc - Invincible Wings (by Invincible Spirit) Goffs November €8,000 (p/s)
Bf - Kathy’s Rocket (by Gold Legend) Tattersalls October withdrawn
Bf - Kathy's Rocket (by Gold Legend) Tatts IRE Ascot December £600
Bc - Korresia (by Elnadim) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Love Match (by Danehill Dancer) Goffs November €23,000
Bc - Lucky Flirt (by Gulch) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Magadar (by Lujain) Tatts IRE September not sold
Bc - Main Opinion (by Ivan Denisovich) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Maraglen (by Rock Of Gibraltar) Goffs UK August £2,000
Bf - Mikes Baby (by Key Of Luck) Goffs November not sold
Bc - Ouija's Sister (by Groom Dancer) Tattersalls November 5,500gns
Bg - Power Of Future (by Definite Article) Tatts IRE November withdrawn
Chc - Primaprima (by More Than Ready) Arqana August not sold
B/brc - Quail Landing (by Mark Of Esteem) Tattersalls October 5,000gns
Bc - Scala Romana (by Holy Roman Emperor) Tatts IRE September €4,000
Bc - Siphon Melody (by Siphon) Goffs UK August £9,000
Bf - Square Pants (by King Of Kings) Goffs UK October £800
Brf - Step Dancing (by Distant Music) Goffs November withdrawn
Bc - Take A Rest (by Dylan Thomas) Tatts IRE September €6,200
Bf - Tallawalla (by Oratorio) Goffs November not sold
Grc - Tuilelaith (by Clodovil) Goffs November €2,800
Bf - Verba's Best (by King's Best) Arqana October €12,000
Sires of Stallions