A late addition for 2017, Life Force will stand at Moortown Stud in Co Wexford. He did not race but he is a son of leading international sire Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert), a horse who stallion sons include the Group 1 sires Lawman and I Am Invincible.
They also include Vale Of York and that juvenile Grade 1 winner, who stands at Haras Des Faunes in France, is a full-brother to Life Force. His early runners include the juvenile pattern scorers Afandem and Fontanelice as well as two others who have been blacktype-placed and a growing list of those who have won multiple times.
The pair are out of Red Vale (by Halling), their now two-year-old Kodiac (by Danehill) half-brother made 380,000gns in Newmarket in October, and their dam is an unraced half-sister to the US Grade 3 scorer Uraib (by Mark Of Esteem).
Their grandam is Hamsaat (by Sadler's Wells), who is a winning full-sister to the Group 2 Tattersalls Gold Cup and Group 2 Prince of Wales's Stakes star Batshoof, and the next dam is Steel Habit (by Habitat), a winning full-sister to two horses of note.
Her full-brother Ancestral won the Group 3 Railway Stakes, Group 3 McCairns Trial Stakes and Grade 3 San Diego Handicap, and her full-sister Zummerudd is the dam of Group 1 2000 Guineas and Group 1 National Stakes hero and successful sire King Of Kings (by Sadler's Wells).
His Group 2 Prix Robert Papin-winning half-brother General Monash (by Thorn Dance) also sired winners and blacktype horses, his full-sister Lucky won the Group 3 Athasi Stakes, another one, Amethyst, was runner-up in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas, and his siblings also include Furajet (by The Minstrel).
Although being by a Derby hero, she was a sprinter and she earned her blacktype when placed in each of the Group 3 Palace House Stakes, Group 3 Queen Mary Stakes and Listed Trafalgar House Sprint Stakes. What makes her notable here, however, is that her star son, the Group 1-placed Group 2-winning miler China Visit (by Red Ransom), went on to be a leading sire in India.
Life Force (IRE) – b.2011 – Invincible Spirit – Red Vale, unraced. Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Martinborough is a late addition to the stallion ranks for 2017 but this dual 10-furlong Japanese Grade 3 scorer, who is to begin his new career at Haras de Grandcamp in France, has a pedigree that makes him an interesting prospect.
He is a son of the brilliant racehorse and outstanding stallion Deep Impact (by Sunday Silence), whose early stallion sons have been showing promise in Japan, he is a full-brother to the Grade 3 scorer Frere Jacques, and a half-brother to Halwa Sweet (by Machiavellian), the winning dam of the multiple classic-placed dual Group 1 mile heroine Verxina (by Deep Impact).
His dam, Halwa Song (by Nureyev), is an unraced half-sister to the listed scorer Emirates To Dubai (by Storm Cat) and to Mezzo Soprano (by Darshaan), the Group 1 Prix Vermeille star whose offspring include the dual Group 2-placed middle-distance pattern winner Claremont (by Sadler's Wells).
Morn Of Song (by Rahy), the grandam of Martinborough, won three times and, in addition to being a full-sister to the Group 1-placed Grade 2 scorer and leading sire Rahy, she is a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 star and major sire Singspiel (by In The Wings).
Her siblings also include Rakeen (by Northern Dancer), who was a Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer in South Africa before going on to stallion success in that country, as well the mares who gave us the Group 1 winners Danon Chantilly (by Fuji Kiseki) and Campanologist (by Kingmambo). The former now has four-year-olds in Japan, where he is a blacktype sire, and the latter, who died before his first crop reached the track, had Group 3 scorer Langtang in 2016 among his initial juveniles.
The third dam of Martinborough is the Grade 1 star and champion Glorious Song (by Halo), who was a full-sister to the champion juvenile and successful sire Devil's Bag and also to blacktype scorer and leading sire Saint Ballado.
There are many other notable individuals in the various branches of this famous family, but just those mentioned are more than enough to show that, with the right mares, this new stallion could sire some highly talented offspring.
MARTINBOROUGH (JPN) - b/br.2009 - Deep Impact - Halwa Song, 7 wins inc Niigata Kinen (Gr3), Chunichi Shimbaun Hai (Gr3), 2nd Kokura Kinen (Gr3). Sire in France. First foals in 2018.
Sire of Stallions