Dual stakes-winning sprinter Kind (by Danehill) has produced six foals of whom four are stakes winners and five are stallions - a remarkable record.
The one filly among them is the speedy pattern-placed dual listed race winner Joyeuse (by Oasis Dream), whose own first foal is a Shamardal (by Giant's Causeway) filly who arrived last year.
That talented performer is a full-sister to the winning miler Morpheus, a Tally-Ho Stud stallion whose first foals made up to €46,000 in 2016, and her half-brothers include middle-distance Group 3 scorer Bullet Train (by Sadler's Wells), a US freshman of 2016 and sire of a late-season stakes winner from his first juveniles.
Kind's most famous son is, of course, the great Frankel (by Galileo), the undefeated Timeform 147-rated superstar now starting his fifth season at Banstead Manor Stud. His first crop made quite an impact with six pattern-winning juveniles headed by unbeaten Japanese champion Soul Stirring (dam by Monsun), who rounded off her season with victory in the Group 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes in November.
The other five are Group 2 Lowther Stakes winner Queen Kindly (dam by Rahy) and Group 3 scorers Fair Eva (dam by Observatory), Frankuus (dam by Linamix), Mi Suerte (dam by Pulpit), and Toulifaut (dam by Darshaan).
Frankel's triple Group 1-winning full-brother Noble Mission stands at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky and will have his first yearlings on offer this summer and autumn, while the sixth foal of Kind, another son of Galileo (by Sadler's Wells), is Mickley Stud's new stallion Proconsul.
He is the only chestnut among the siblings, he was trained by Andre Fabre, but failed to make the frame in either of his two starts. His fee is advertised at £3,500; Frankel's fee is £125,000.
Kind's star sons are very closely related to her dual 10-furlong Group/Grade 1-winning half-brother Powerscourt (by Sadler's Wells), the sire of US Grade 1 star and new California-based stallion Finnegan's Wake.
She is also a sibling of Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes winner and dual US Grade 2 scorer Riposte (by Dansili) and to the Group 1-placed pattern winner Last Train (by Rail Link), and her dam is the Group 3 Lancashire Oaks victress Rainbow Lake (by Rainbow Quest).
Proconsul was bred to achieve stardom on the track, and although he fell some way short in that endeavour, his pedigree could see him produce some notable results at stud.
Proconsul (GB) – ch.2013 – Galileo – Kind, unplaced. Sire in England. First foals in 2018.
Cima De Triomphe, Frankel, Heliostatic, New Approach, Rip Van Winkle, Roderic O'Connor, Sixties Icon, Soldier Of Fortune, and Teofilo all have something in common besides being sons of the prolific champion sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells). Each is the sire of at least one Group/Grade 1 winner, on the flat, in a country that is listed in Part I of the International Cataloguing Standards.
This early success augurs well for the prospects of the younger Galileo horses at stud and, as a classic-winning miler from the family of a Derby hero and Group 1 sire, there will be expectations that Coolmore Stud's new recruit The Gurkha can add his name to that list some time in the not too distant future.
Unraced at two, he was third in a mile maiden at Leopardstown on his debut in April, ran away with a Navan maiden over the same trip 11 days later and then took the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) by five and a half lengths at Deauville in May.
He was odds-on when runner-up to Galileo Gold in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes and when a half-length second to Hawkbill in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and his final start saw him beat his Ascot conqueror by a neck in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Timeform rate him 127.
The Gurkha is a full-brother to the pattern-placed Queen Nefertiti and his dam, Chintz (by Danehill Dancer), who won the Group 3 C L Weld Park Stakes as a two-year-old, is a half-sister to the dam of the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas runner-up Savile Row (by Makfi).
His grandam is Gold Dodger (by Slew O' Gold) and that stakes-winning daughter of Group 3 Prix Cleopatre scorer Brooklyn's Dance (by Shirley Heights) is a half-sister to five stakes winners and also to a broodmare of note.
Best of the stakes quintet is 2012's surprise Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Solemia (by Poliglote). Her three-parts brothers Prospect Wells (by Sadler's Wells) and Prospect Park (by Sadler's Wells) are Group 1-placed pattern winners, while Brooklyn's Gold (by Seeking The Gold) and Never Green (by Halling) won listed races.
The other noteworthy sibling is Brooklyn's Storm (by Storm) and it is her stakes-winning daughter Stormina (by Gulch) who gave us the classic-placed Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac and Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary heroine Silsaol (by Monsun), the joint-champion juvenile filly in France in 2012.
Brooklyn's Dance is a half-sister to the dam of Group 1 Grand Criterium scorer Okawango (by Kingmambo), to the grandam of triple Group 1 star and German champion Quijano (by Acatenango), and also to the mare who gave us 2007's Derby and Juddmonte International Stakes hero Authorized (by Montjeu).
That star has four Group 1 winners to his name, including the recent dual Australian top-level star Hartnell, and his success is no surprise given that his grandam (fourth dam of The Gurkha) is Vallee Dansante (by Lyphard), a half-sister to classic hero and leading sire Green Dancer (by Nijinsky) and also to Irish Valley (by Irish River), the dam of juvenile champion and classic sire Alhaarth (by Unfuwain) and grandam of classic hero and classic sire Makfi (by Dubawi).
This is a family with an established history of producing stallions capable of siring Group 1 winners and so there is every reason to hope that classic-winning miler The Gurkha can add his name that roll of honour too.
THE GURKHA (IRE) – b.2013 – Galileo – Chintz, 3 wins inc Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Gr1), Sussex Stakes (Gr1), 2nd Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Gr1), St James's Palace Stakes (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
High-class stayer Mizzou is a dual Group 3 Sagaro Stakes winner whose final start was a three-length second to Order Of St George in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Ascot. He begins his new career at Old Road Stud in Co Waterford.
The son of multiple champion sire Galileo (by Sadler's Wells) is out of the 14-furlong listed race winner Moments Of Joy (by Darshaan), which makes him a full-brother to the Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes third Eternal Bounty and half-brother to Unity (by Sadler's Wells), a multiple blacktype-placed filly who was only beaten by half a length when third in the Group 3 Noblesse Stakes at Cork.
Moments Of Joy is the best of three blacktype horses out of the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine My Emma (by Marju) and that star is a half-sister to Classic Cliche (by Salse). He won the Group 1 Gold Cup and Group 1 St Leger plus the Group 2 Dante Stakes, Group 2 Yorkshire Cup and Group 2 Prix Kergorlay, and he enjoyed some success as a dual-purpose sire.
Their siblings also include the lightly-raced pattern-placed Ebor Handicap winner Mediterranean (by Sadler's Wells) and Threatening (by Warning), the stakes-placed dam of Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes winner Mutinyonthebounty (by Sadler's Wells).
MIZZOU (IRE) – b.2011 – Galileo – Moments Of Joy, 5 wins inc Sagaro Stakes (Gr3-twice), 2nd Gold Cup (Gr1), Lonsdale Cup (Gr2), 3rd Noel Murless Stakes (L). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
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