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.
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