HERE’S THREE OF THE BEST
The best game in town as we head into the yearling sales is to pick the new sires that will make their mark. Many will try – only a few will fly high.
Among the first season sires with progeny at the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney sales I like
Toronado, promoted as High Chaparral’s fastest son.
He was a cracking miler, with Group 1 wins at Ascot and Goodwood on his CV, and we know that High Chaparral can get a good stallion (So You Think).
Toronado won at two, a point that appeals to Australian breeders, then matured into one of Europe’s best at distances from 6½ f to the mile. He had more turn of foot than most High Chaparrals and he presents as a really nice bay horse, not too big, with a certain elegance about him.
Look into his female line and you will see many great horses and influential bloodlines, not the least of them that of Vaguely Noble.
I also like Olympic Glory.
Australian stud farms seem to have rediscovered Choisir (Olympic Glory is one of his new sons at stud here). This fellow shared with Toronado the mile honours in Europe, while he also was joint champion
2yo colt in France the previous year.
Eight wins and more than a million pounds in stakes – that’s a solid racing background.
Choisir is a top flight stallion with 86 stakes winners to his name and some of his sons have already made their mark at stud (Starspangledbanner would be a bigger name but for early fertility issues).
Olympic Glory’s dam was broodmare of the year in Ireland.
For number three I put in Hallowed Crown, a grandson of Winx’s dad Street Cry, who numbered the Golden Rose Gr 1 among his six wins. He was a serious racehorse, winning at two and three, while his mother was also on the doorstep of being a star – she placed in the Golden Slipper.
No need to go very far back in the female line to find gold, including the peerless Zabeel.
Honourable mention to Adelade, the Cox Plate winner. Apart from the imported stayers who have done so well, the offspring of Galileo have failed to set hearts racing here. Adelaide, a Group 1 winner in the US as well as in Australia, might break the mould.
Sacred Falls rates attention because of his nine wins, including two victories in the Doncaster at Randwick, and his $4.7m in stakes. There is no more testing outing for a racehorse than the Randwick “mile” but Sacred Falls rose to the challenge.
He won at two and was still winning at five – not many smart entires get to prove themselves like that any more.
He is by O’Reilly out of a Redoute’s Choice mare and he is a compact dark bay horse who strikes me as a stallion who will get versatile offspring.
In choosing the above I was looking for affordable stallions. There are others in the sales whose offspring will bring big money, but I would be cautious about, for instance, some of the first-season sons of Fastnet Rock, Northern Meteor and Snitzel.
A couple did not do enough on the racetrack to justify the hype and their pedigrees are a bit lean for stallions.