Kodiac (by Danehill) was only blacktype placed but, like his Group 1-winning half-brother Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert), he has become a leading sire who has a growing number of sons going to stud. His new recruits include Coulsty, who looks likely to become a popular member of the team at Rathasker Stud.
A five-length debut winner over five furlongs in late May of his juvenile season, he was stakes-placed in France that year, won the Group 3 Prix de Meautry over six furlongs at Deauville the following summer, and was a Group 2-placed stakes winner at the age of four. That notable placing was a half-length second to Adaay (by Kodiac), another new sire for 2017, in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes.
Timeform rated Coulsty 110 at two, 113 as a three-year-old, 116 at four, and he was also a stakes-placed winner at the age of five.
He is the best of several winners out of triple scorer Hazium (by In The Wings), a mare whose unraced dam, Safe Care (by Caerleon), was a full-sister to the stakes-placed Alaflak and half-sister to Lugana Beach (by Tumble Wind).
That high-class sprinter won the Group 3 Duke of York Stakes and Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert, he was runner-up in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, third in the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes, and Timeform rated him 116. Lugana Beach sired winners from limited opportunities.
Aunty Eileen (by Ahonoora), a half-sister to Safe Care and Lugana Beach, has done her part for the family by being the dam of three stakes winners, one of whom reached a Timeform rating of 123, and ancestor of three more.
That highly-rated son is The Tatling (by Perugino), the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes winner whose placings included two editions of the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp and three runner-up spots in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.
Safe Haven (by Blakeney), the unraced third dam of Coulsty, was out of one-time scorer Amazer (by Mincio) and that made her a half-sister to five blacktype horses, most notably the dual champion Mtoto (by Busted), winner of the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and two editions of the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes, runner-up in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Timeform-rated 134.
Mtoto was a notably successful stallion whose progeny featured Derby hero Shaamit, star stayer Celeric, and dual Group/Grade 1 star Serious Attitude, and he has made an impact in the National Hunt sector as his Group 2-winning son Presenting is a multiple champion sire.
There are many other stakes winners under the various branches of the fourth generation of the family, including the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club winner Blue Canari (by Acatenango) and Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes scorer Mutamam (by Darshaan), although their relationship to Coulsty is remote.
Coulsty represents the Danehill (by Danzig) sire line, he was precocious, durable and talented, and he is related to the notable sprinters Lugana Beach and The Tatling. He looks a likely candidate to do well with two-year-olds, with sprinters and also with milers.
COULSTY (IRE) – b.2011 – Kodiac – Hazium, 5 wins inc Prix de Meautry (Gr3), King Charles II Stakes (L), King Richard III Stakes (L), 2nd Hungerford Stakes (Gr2), Queensferry Stakes (L), King Richard III Stakes (L), 3rd Prix Francois Boutin (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
This hurdle and chase scorer was three-times graded placed over the smaller obstacles as a four-year-old and he begins his new career at Yorton Farm Stud.
He is a son of the champion National Hunt sire King's Theatre (by Sadler's Wells) and the best of his siblings is Caid du Berlais (by Westerner), the Paul Nicholls-trained gelding who won the Grade 3 Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase over the extended two and a half miles at Cheltenham two years ago.
He is out of Kenza du Berlais (by Kahyasi), who is a half-sister to the National Hunt blacktype scorers Enzo du Berlais (by Mansonnien), Karoo du Berlais (by Irish River) and Isis du Berlais (by Cadoudal).
The latter is a blacktype producer and a full-sister to Chica du Berlais, a placed mare whose four blacktype-winning offspring include the Grade 1-winning juvenile hurdler and prolific French blacktype scorer Bonito du Berlais (by Trempolino) and Grade 2 winning mare Nikita du Berlais (by Poliglote).
In addition to his long list of flat and National Hunt listed, pattern and graded winning progeny, King's Theatre is also responsible for Great Pretender, a blacktype-winning hurdler and French-based stallion whose offspring feature the high-class pair Mr Mole and Ptit Zig.
Clovis du Berlais (FR) – b.2011 – King's Theatre – Kenza du Berlais, 2 wins inc 2nd Prix Amandou (NH-3), Prix Le Parisien (NH-3), 3rd Prix de Pepinvast (NH-3). Sire in UK. First foals in 2018.
Sons of Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) are proving to be very popular at stud and a growing number of them are siring stakes and pattern winners from their early runners. His younger representatives include Charming Thought, who beat Ivawood by a nose in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on soft ground at Newmarket as a juvenile. He will stand at Dalham Hall Stud.
This was his third win from four starts that season, following success over the same trip on good ground at Lingfield and on fast ground at Leicester, but although his pedigree suggested that he could have been a potential classic contender, a setback kept him off the track until June of his four-year-old season.
Timeform rated him 118p at two, but he was not the same force when he eventually returned to action. He finished fourth in a six-furlong Salisbury listed contest, was only beaten by four lengths when out of the frame behind The Tin Man in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury and was then unplaced in a seven-furlong Group 3 contest at York.
Charming Thought's 625,000gns yearling price tag says plenty about his looks and, as you would expect of an Oasis Dream, he comes from a notably successful family. He is the first foal out of the pattern-placed stakes winner Annabelle's Charm (by Indian Ridge), who was best from eight to 10 furlongs, and his unraced grandam, Kylemore (by Sadler's Wells), is a full-sister to two Group 1 winners.
Aristotle won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy and Ballingarry, who won both the Grade 1 Canadian International Stakes and Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud, was placed in the Group 1 Irish Derby, Group 1 Derby Italiano and Group 1 Irish St Leger.
Their half-brother Starborough (by Soviet Star) – who has sired stakes winners - won the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes and Group 1 Prix Jean Prat, thereby making their Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes-winning dam Flamenco Wave (by Desert Wine) one of those remarkable mares with at least three top-level winners to her name.
They also have three half-sisters of note. Spanish Falls (by Belmez) won the Group 3 Prix du Royaumont and was third in the Group 2 Prix de Mallaret, Sanchez (by Wolfhound) is the grandam of the pattern-winning sprinter Waady (by Approve), and Leaping Water (by Sure Blade) is responsible for both the Grade 1-placed Grade 2 scorer Grammarian (by Definite Article) and the tragically ill-fated champion St Nicholas Abbey (by Montjeu).
He was the top juvenile of 2009, when he won the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, and he went on to add the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf, Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, and three editions of the Group 1 Coronation Cup. He was placed in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes, Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf and in two runnings of the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and would have been a popular stallion.
There will likely be some who view Charming Thought as a potential source of speedy juveniles, given that he is a Middle Park Stakes-winning son of Oasis Dream, but his pedigree is that of a miler who could have stayed 10 furlongs and so we should not be surprised if most of his best offspring show their talent in that range.
CHARMING THOUGHT (GB) – b.2012 – Oasis Dream – Annabelle's Charm, 3 wins inc Middle Park Stakes (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
Buratino began his career on 28 March 2015, the opening day of that season, and made a winning debut at Chelmsford. Just over two months after that he showed himself to be a better than the typical early juvenile as, having beaten Gifted Master over six furlongs at Newmarket and then been trounced by King Of Rooks in the Listed National Stakes over five furlongs at Sandown, he bolted home by six lengths in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom.
Ten days later he proved that markedly better effort was no fluke as he extended his unbeaten record over six furlongs to three with a two-length defeat of subsequent juvenile champion Air Force Blue in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. With his pedigree and the current fashion for early juvenile speed in prospective stallions, it was all but certain from that day that a career at stud awaited him.
His only subsequent starts that season resulted in defeats, but they were a third place finish to Air Force Blue in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and a half-length defeat by Shalaa in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, and Timeform rated him 118.
Like his most famous relation, Buratino's three-year-old season was a disappointment: fourth behind Quiet Reflection in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes easily the best of his five runs. That notable family member is Danehill Dancer (by Danehill), the dual juvenile Group 1 star who went on to become an influential classic sire.
Danehill Dancer's siblings include juvenile Group 3 scorer Unilateral (by Rock of Gibraltar) and the listed race winners Colossus (by Danehill) and Adonesque (by Sadler's Wells). The latter, who won the Listed Blue Wind Stakes and finished third in the Group 3 Meld Stakes, is the dam of Buratino's stakes-placed dam Bergamask (by Kingmambo).
Buratino is a son of the Group 1 star and leading international sire Exceed And Excel (by Danehill), whose early stallion sons include leading freshman Helmet (sire of Group 1 winner Thunder Snow). This makes him quite closely related to Danehill Dancer, which means it is likely that Kildangan Stud's new recruit, one of the Darley Club stallions, will be very popular in his new role.
BURATINO (IRE) – ch.2013 – Exceed And Excel – Bergamsk, 4 wins inc Coventry Stakes (Gr2), Woodcote Stakes (L), 2nd Middle Park Stakes (Gr1), National Stakes (L), 3rd Phoenix Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Two of the first stallion sons of Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway) are Group 1 sire Lope De Vega and successful 2016 freshman Casamento and that augurs well for the prospects of Bow Creek, a new addition to the team at Haras du Logis.
He won two of his seven starts as a juvenile but improved considerably at the age of three, taking both the Group 2 Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown and Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood and earning a 119 rating from Timeform. A move to Australia saw him add further Group 2 success, this time over nine furlongs at Caulfield.
Bow Creek is the best of several winners out of the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes scorer Beneventa (by Most Welcome), a mare whose dam, Dara Dee (by Dara Monarch), was a half-sister to the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes winner and Group 2 Pretty Polly Stakes third Bay Empress (by Empery).
That filly became the dam of pattern-placed listed scorer Bela-M (by Ela-Mana-Mou) and grandam of the pattern-placed stakes winners Belle Syrienne (by Golan) and Brisk Breeze (by Monsun), and she is a half-sister to the dam of the Group 2 Vintage Stakes scorer Orizaba (by Orpen).
There are also plenty of blacktype horses to be found under the various branches of the fourth generation of the family, but nothing as talented as Bow Creek was. He is part of Darley's Club offer and he could become a source of useful mile to 10 furlong horses.
BOW CREEK (IRE) – b.2011 – Shamardal – Beneventa, 6 wins inc Boomerang Mile (Gr2), Celebration Mile (Gr2), St George Stakes (Gr2), International Trial Stakes (L), 2nd Crystal Mile (Gr2), Dee Stakes (L), 3rd Thoroughbred Stakes (Gr3). Sire in France. First foals in 2018.
The early stallion sons of Sadler's Wells (by Northern Dancer) achieved mixed results at stud but one of the handful who stood out was El Prado, an Irish Group 1 winner who went to stud in the USA. The grey was out of the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas scorer Lady Capulet (by Sir Ivor), he sired 83 stakes winners and one of the most influential of those is his son Kitten's Joy.
The Grade 1 star and Ramsey Farm stallion is well-established as being one of the leading sires in the US, his European representatives include this year's Group 1 Coral-Eclipse scorer Hawkbill, and he is also responsible for one of the most intriguing new additions to the European stallion ranks: Bobby's Kitten, who will stand at Lanwades Stud.
His best win came in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, where he got up near the line to beat No Nay Never by half a length, and his sole European start resulted in a runaway success in a six-furlong listed contest at Cork, so there might be a temptation to view him solely as a sprinter and to have expectations that his best progeny will excel in that division. But these would not be accurate perceptions of this high-class prospect.
Bobby's Kitten was just as effective at a mile, as one would expect of a Kitten's Joy horse who comes from the immediate family of the Grade 1 stars Paradise Creek (by Irish River), Wild Event (by Wild Again), Forbidden Apple (by Pleasant Colony), David Junior (by Pleasant Tap) and Eden's Moon (by Malibu Moon).
He is the best of four multiple winners for his dam, Celestial Woods (by Forestry), and that triple scorer's quartet includes the listed race winner Major Magic and the high-class eight to 10-furlong horse Camelot Kitten. All are full-brothers to her Grade 1 star.
The latter is a Chad Brown-trained three-year-old and, like the others, was bred by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. The most recent of his four graded wins came over nine furlongs at Belmont Park in early October, his Grade 2 wins have both been over eight and a half furlongs, and he was only beaten by a total of one and three-quarter lengths when fourth to Deauville in the 10-furlong Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes in July.
The aforementioned list of Group/Grade 1 stars all appear under third dam North of Eden (by Northfields) – the first three are her sons and she is the grandam of the latter pair. And, as many will remember, the more famous of her two high-class siblings was Theatrical (by Nureyev), the Group 1 Irish Derby runner-up who went on to sweep six Grade 1s and the turf horse Eclipse Award in the USA before going on to becoming a leading international sire.
With the right mares, Bobby's Kitten could certainly get some top-notch sprinters, but the overall picture of his racing record and pedigree is that of a horse who has the potential to become a successful sire of milers and middle-distance horses. He was a Grade 1-placed eight-and-a-half furlong Grade 3 scorer as a juvenile so he also appeals as a stallion who could get some high-class late season juveniles too.
BOBBY'S KITTEN (USA) – b.2011 – Kitten's Joy – Celestial Woods, 6 wins inc Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (Gr1), Pilgrim Stakes (Gr3), Penn Mile Stakes (L), Cork Stakes (L), 2nd National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (Gr2), 3rd Woodbine Mile Stakes (Gr1), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr1). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
A juvenile champion whom Timeform rated 119 at two, 123 at three and 125 at four, Belardo did not win in his second season but chased home Solow in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on his final start, which gave hope that he could return to top form as an older horse.
He kicked off that third campaign with victory in Doncaster Mile in early April, disappointed when only fourth to Toormore in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown, but then bounced back to beat Euro Charline by a length in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
He then failed by just half a length to beat the US champion Tepin in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, on what turned out to be his final start. It was one of the best performances of his career and he lost nothing in defeat.
A first-crop son of the classic star Lope De Vega (by Shamardal), Belardo is a half-brother to the multiple pattern winner Berling (by Montjeu) and his dam, Danaskaya (by Danehill), was placed in both the Group 2 Lowther Stakes and Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes as a juvenile.
Her half-sister Modeeroch (by Mozart) was a Group 2-placed triple stakes winner in Ireland, half-brother Chinese Whisper (by Montjeu) was third in the Group 1 Gran Criterium, and her siblings also include Maskaya (by Machiavellian), the dam of this year's Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes winner and Group 2 Park Hill Stakes third California (by Azamour).
Majinskaya (by Marignan), the pattern-placed stakes-winning grandam of Belardo, is a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp heroine Kistena (by Miswaki) and she is out of Makarova (by Nijinsky), a blacktype-placed half-sister to the dam of Fruits Of Love (by Hansel) and Mujadil (by Storm Bird).
The former won the Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes and two editions of the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and he was multiple Group 1-placed. Mujadil, on the other hand, won the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes, he was runner-up in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes and became a notably successful stallion.
Belardo's fifth dam is Midget (by Djebe), who won the Coronation Stakes, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Prix de la Foret, Prix Maurice de Gheest, and Cheveley Park Stakes, was runner-up in the 1000 Guineas and finished third in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks). Timeform rated her 130 at two and 125 at three, her progeny included the Cheveley Park Stakes winner Mige (by Saint Crespin) and her descendants include 1000 Guineas scorer Ma Biche (by Key To The Kingdom).
Belardo was a top juvenile who became a leading miler, he is an early stallion son for a well-bred classic star and he comes from the family of Mujadil. This new Kildangan Stud recruit looks sure to be popular in his new role.
BELARDO (IRE) – b.2012 – Lope De Vega – Danaskaya, 5 wins inc Lockinge Stakes (Gr1), Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1), Doncaster Mile Stakes (L), Washington Singer Stakes (L), 2nd Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Gr1), Queen Anne Stakes (Gr1), 3rd Challenge Stakes (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
Not only is the classic-winning miler Awtaad a representative of the Green Desert branch of the Danzig (by Northern Dancer) line, but he comes from the family of a stallion whose most famous son forged a dynasty. He is one of two new stallions joining the team at Derrinstown Stud – the other is Markaz – and he looks sure to prove popular.
He is by the sire of the Derby and Arc heroes Sea The Stars and Golden Horn, and the former is already well-established as being a leading European stallion and classic sire whose roll of honour includes dual Derby winner Harzand. Golden Horn's first foals will arrive in the spring.
Awtaad is the first foal out of Asheerah (by Shamardal) and that stakes-placed half-sister to three stakes-placed fillies is out of Adaala (by Sahm), who won the Listed Kilboy Estate Stakes and was third in the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial Stakes.
His third dam, Alshoowg (by Riverman), is an unraced half-sister to the dam of classic-placed Group 2 May Hill Stakes winner Nasheej (by Swain) and his fourth dam is Ghashtah (by Nijinsky), an unraced full-sister to Seattle Dancer and half-sister to Lomond (by Northern Dancer) and to Seattle Slew (by Bold Reasoning).
Seattle Dancer, famously a $13.1 million yearling purchase in Keeneland, was a lightly-raced Group 1-placed dual Group 2 scorer on the track and his progeny included the Group/Grade 1 winners Caffe Latte, Pike Place Dancer and Seattle Rhyme. Lomond won the Group 1 2000 Guineas and his offspring featured Group 1 stars such as Marling, Valanour and River North.
Seattle Slew, of course, was the US Triple Crown hero of 1977 before going on to become a hugely influential sire whose male line has become one of the most dominant in North America, largely thanks to the exploits of his son A.P. Indy and the powerful line that champion has established (Bernardini, Malibu Moon, Pulpit, Tapit, etc).
Being related to a successful stallion boosts the prospects of a younger relation doing well in that role too, and as Awtaad is by the sire of Sea The Stars and from the family of three Group 1 sires, that places him highly among the most promising new recruits for 2017.
AWTAAD (IRE) – br.2013 – Cape Cross – Asheerah, 5 wins inc Irish 2000 Guineas (Gr1), Solonaway Stakes (Gr2), Tetrarch Stakes (L), 3rd St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
The early stallion sons of Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) include the Group 1 sires Lawman and I Am Invincible and also 2016 leading freshman sire Mayson, and that augurs well for the future prospects of the younger representatives of the Irish National Stud's flag bearer. New Rathbarry Stud recruit Ajaya is one of them.
He was among the leading sprint juveniles of 2015, rated 117 by Timeform and winner of the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York, beating subsequent mile star Ribchester by one and a quarter lengths. That victory came a month after he failed by just a head to beat Gutaifan in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte and a month before he finished fourth to Shalaa in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.
Ajaya ran only twice as a three-year-old, finishing unplaced behind Quiet Reflection in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes and behind Take Cover in the Group 2 King George Stakes, which was disappointing given the promise he showed as a juvenile.
The first foal of his dam, Ajaya is out of Nessina (by Hennessy), who is an unraced daughter of the Grade 1-placed Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap scorer Didina (by Nashwan). That mare is the dam of two stakes winners and the better of that pair was Tantina (by Distant View), a pattern-placed dual stakes winner in England.
She won the Listed Oak Tree Stakes and the Listed Sceptre Stakes, she was third in the Group 3 Supreme Stakes, and she has done even better at stud as she is the dam of Cityscape (by Selkirk) and Bated Breath (by Dansili) and grandam of the Grade 1-placed Grade 3 scorer Suffused (by Champs Elysees).
Cityscape won the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, was placed in a string of Group 1 contests, and will have his first runners in 2017. Bated Breath won the Group 2 Temple Stakes, he was runner-up in the Group 1 July Cup, Group 1 King's Stand Stakes and Group 1 Sprint Cup, and he was among the leading freshman sires of 2016.
Didicoy (by Danzig), who is the third dam of Ajaya, was a speedy blacktype-placed triple winner, she was out of the Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes winner and Group 1 Phoenix Stakes runner-up Monroe (by Sir Ivor), and that made her a half-sister to the Group 1 star and juvenile champion Xaar (by Zafonic). Her sisters' descendants include the US Grade 1 stars Close Hatches (by First Defense) and Senure (by Nureyev).
This is, of course, the famous Best In Show (by Traffic Judge) family from which leading sires such as El Gran Senor and Redoute's Choice have emerged. Their relationship to Ajaya is remote, and it is his high-class juvenile form combined with being an Invincible Spirit relation to Bated Breath that is likely to attract a considerable amount of attention to him in his early years at stud. He is inbred 3x4 to Danzig (by Northern Dancer).
AJAYA (GB) – b.2013 – Invincible Spirit – Nessina, 2 wins inc Gimcrack Stakes (Gr2), 2nd Prix Robert Papin (Gr2). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
This first-crop son of Timeform 140-rated superstar and leading sire Sea The Stars (by Cape Cross) made €850,000 when sold in Goffs as a foal, but the John Oxx-trained colt only ran twice. He made a five-length winning debut over 12 furlongs at Roscommon in July of his four-year-old season and was short-headed by Hidden Cyclone over two furlongs farther at Killarney 12 months later. His official handicap mark was 90.
Whytemount Stud's new recruit looks likely to be popular with National Hunt breeders because he is a half-brother to the runaway Group 1 Irish Derby hero and notably successful dual-purpose stallion Soldier Of Fortune (by Galileo) and also to Group 3 Meld Stakes winner Heliostatic (by Galileo), who has sired a flat Grade 1 scorer in South America.
His siblings also include the listed-race winner Carriglawn (by Rock of Gibraltar) and his pattern-placed stakes-winning dam Affianced (by Erins Isle) is a half-sister to the classic-placed Group 1 scorer and leading dual-purpose sire Sholokhov (by Sadler's Wells). The mare's siblings also include Zavaleta (by Kayhasi), the stakes-winning dam of Group 1 winner and somewhat successful sire Intense Focus (by Giant's Causeway).
There are many other blacktype horses to be found under the second, third and earlier generations of this family, but it is the strong records of his closer relations that suggest that Affinisea will be both popular and successful in his new role.
AFFINISEA (IRE) – br.2011 – Sea The Stars – Affianced, 1 win. Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
The early Invincible Spirit (by Green Desert) stallions are doing well and that augurs well for the prospects of those by his three-parts brother Kodiac (by Danehill). The latter has an increasing number of sons going to stud and those who will be starting their new careers in 2017 include the dual Group 2 scorer Adaay. He will stand at Whitsbury Manor Stud.
A €54,000 Goffs foal who made 240,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, the William Haggas-trained colt made a winning debut over six furlongs at Newbury in mid-May of his juvenile season, beating subsequent Group 2 star Kodi Bear, another of the new sires for next year.
He followed that with victory over the same trip at Yarmouth, was unplaced in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Ascot and then finished third to Limato in the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes.
He was off the track until the following April, when he was again placed behind Limato, and he followed that effort with wins in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes and Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes, in the latter beating his old rival and subsequent Group 1 star by a length.
Although unplaced behind Muhaarar in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup, he bounced back two months later to beat Coulsty – another new sire for 2017 – by half a length in the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes, his first start over seven furlongs.
Adaay is the best of six winners from the first six foals out of Lady Lucia (by Royal Applause), a mare who was herself only placed as a juvenile. The sextet include nine-times scorer Pour La Victoire (by Antonius Pius), five-times winner Bushcraft (by Bushranger), and the multiple stakes-placed sprinter Mullionmileanhour (by Mull of Kintyre) who has been siring some useful winners from few opportunities.
Lady Lucia is a half-sister to the pattern-placed winner Creative Mind (by Danehill Dancer), she is out of the dual juvenile scorer Inventive (by Sheikh Albadou) and her grandam, two-time winner Ingenuity (by Clever Trick), was a half-sister to the prolific stakes winner Empire Pool (by Sharrood).
Adaay looks likely to a popular member of this new group of stallions and every winner for his half-brother will be another advertisement for him until his own progeny appear in the ring and on the track.
ADAAY (IRE) – b.2012 – Kodiac – Lady Lucia, 5 wins inc Hungerford Stakes (Gr2), Sandy Lane Stakes (Gr2), Carnarvon Stakes (L), 2nd Criterion Stakes (Gr3), 3rd Park Stakes (Gr2), Pavilion Stakes (Gr3), Rose Bowl Stakes (L). Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
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