Runner-up over a mile on the all-weather track at Chantilly in November of his juvenile season, New Bay got off the mark at the second attempt, a mile maiden at Longchamp in April and just a few weeks before he chased home Make Believe in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas).
Just three weeks after that he was established on the international scene having beaten Highland Reel by one and a half lengths in the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club.
He followed that with defeat of Dariyan in the Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville, easily beat Silverwave in the Group 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp, and had the mighty Treve a nose behind when third to Golden Horn and Flintshire in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Timeform rated him 128.
New Bay's four-year-old campaign did not go as hoped. He was well-beaten behind A Shin Hikari in the Group 1 Prix d'Ispahan on his seasonal reappearance, bounced back to take the Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron over 10 furlongs at Deauville nearly three months later and then finished fourth to Almanzor in that vintage edition of the Group 1 Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopadstown before coming home in only seventh behind Found in the Arc, this year run at Chantilly.
Being a classic-winning son of Dubawi (by Dubai Millennium) would be more than enough to guarantee that he would attract plenty of attention as a stallion recruit, but Ballylinch Stud's new addition is out of Cinnamon Bay (by Zamindar), a stakes winner who comes from the immediate family of leading international sire Oasis Dream (by Green Desert).
His dam is a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Group 2 scorer Bellamy Cay (by Kris), his grandam is the stakes-placed Trellis Bay (by Sadler's Wells), and her siblings include Group 1 Irish Oaks heroine Wemyss Bight (by Dancing Brave).
That champion is the dam of multiple Group/Grade 1 star and successful dual-purpose sire Beat Hollow (by Sadler's Wells), her full-sister Hope is the dam of Oasis Dream and also of Zenda (by Zamindar), the classic-winning dam of brilliant miler and young Banstead Manor Stud stallion Kingman (by Invincible Spirit).
Trellis Bay's siblings also include a full-sister named Coraline. That mare is the dam of the Group 1-winning stayer Reefscape (by Linamix), of Group 1-placed Group 2 scorer Coastal Path (by Halling) and of Group 2 winner Martaline (by Linamix), and she is the grandam of the Group 2 scorer Doha Dream (by Shamardal). Those four are all stayers, as was Bellamy Cay, but New Bay got more of the speed of his sire and dam than the stronger stamina of some of his relations.
All of this makes New Bay a fascinating stallion prospect and he is likely to be among the most popular first year horses of 2017. The contribution of the mares may determine how his offspring fare as juveniles as he looks a likely candidate to get high-class milers and middle-distance horses. He is a potential classic sire.
NEW BAY (GB) – ch.2012 – Dubawi – Cinnamon Bay, 5 wins Prix du Jockey Club (Gr1), Prix Guillaume d'Ornano (Gr2), Prix Niel (Gr2), Prix Gontaut-Biron (Gr3), 2nd Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Gr1), 3rd Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Gr1). Sire in Ireland. First foals in 2018.
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