The history knows many stallions who, despite excellent racing careers and excellent pedigree, stayed behind expectations at stud but gradually built their reputation as damsires. Looking at the pedigrees of black-type winners of recent days, one cannot leave unnoticed the growing achievements of progeny out of daughters sired by the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, Sadler’s Wells’s son Carnegie. He, too, could be included among those sires who got higher renown through his daughters.
Bred by Sweetenham Stud, Carnegie belongs among those stallions who were “bred in the purple”. Sired by one of the most important stallions of all thoroughbred history, Sadler’s Wells, out of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and the French Horse of the Year, Detroit, he belonged among the best horses of his year on the racecourse. He did not run as a two-year-old and started slowly at three but already in summer the class inherited from his famous parents showed. Trained by Andre Fabre in Chantilly, he skipped the Prix du Jockey Club and then went to win the listed Prix Pelleas at Evry, then took the Gr.2 Prix Eugene Adam and two months later he won the Arc trial in the Prix Niel at Longchamp, beating, among others, the French Derby winner Celtic Arms. On October 2, he stood in the starting stalls of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as one of four horses owned by the Sheikh Mohammed and wrote the name of his dam in the records, this time as the dam of the winner. He stayed on the racecourse as a four-year-old and his biggest achievement was the win in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. In his Arc campaign he won the Prix Foy, but placed sixth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was won by Lammtarra.
On retirement from the racecourse, he was sent by the Sheikh Mohammed to his Japanese base, but time and the cases of other sons of Sadler’s Wells showed, it was not a happy decision. Sadler’s Wells’s blood is much less successful in Japan than elsewhere in the world and Carnegie was no exception. He served in Japan from 1996 to 2002, covered a total of 658 mares in seven seasons and in 1999 he was with 174 mares among the most demanded stallions in Japan. Of 433 registered progeny 372 were runners, 169 winners, 41 at two. His progeny won mostly minor races and his AEI was the below average 0.61 and he never made it into TOP 50 sires. He sired just two black-type winners in Japan – the Sankei Sho All Comers (Gr.2) winner Hookipa Wave and the winner of the TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (Gr.3) Carnegie Daian, both out of dams by Mr Prospector.
Carnegie’s career, however, was not limited to Japan. In the first years of his stud career he shuttled to New Zealand where he covered in 1997 to 2001 (with the exception of 1999 when he was not there) a total of 312 mares. His stay down under was much more successful and it produced, among other progeny, a four-time Gr.1 winner Tuesday Joy, the winner of the Doncaster Mile (Gr.1) Vision and Power, the winner of Rosehill Guineas (Gr.1) Carnegie Express or the winner of the Doomben Cup (Gr. 1) Perlin. From 2002, he was based in Australia, where in his first season, with the fee of 66,000 AUD, he was sent 152 mares. Their numbers, same as the fee, decreased steadily to 16,500 in his last season in 2008 after which he was pensioned. The stay in Australia was not as successful as that on New Zealand, albeit he still produced a number of stakes winners, headed by the Gr.3 winner Carnegie House.
During his stud career he produced a total of 14 black-type winners who do not represent even 1.5% of all his foals of racing age. One cannot but be sorry that his stay on New Zealand did not last longer.
Recently, however, in the last seasons, his name was significantly promoted by his daughters. While the last black-type winner out of his daughter is the two-year-old Morvada, the son of the New Zealand bred Carnegie Minstrel, who won the listed Oaklands Plate at Morpethville on Saturday and became the 23rd black-type winner out of a dam by Carnegie.
Although Japan was not the promised land for Carnegie, it is where the best progeny of his daughter was born. He was none other than the four-time Gr.1 winner and the last year’s Horse of the Year Maurice who enriched his record by taking the Champions Mile this year. The two-time Gr.1 winner Whobegotyou, albeit bred in Australia, is a son of Carnegie’s daughter bred in Japan, while the dam of the South Australian Derby (Gr.1) winner Kushadasi, Shanghai Moon, was bred on New Zealand although the name might suggest otherwise. The most successful Carnegie’s daughter at stud is Australia bred: the Gr.2 placed Kisumu, the daughter of the unraced Darshaan’s daughter Shana, imported to New Zealand from England, made herself famous at stud by two progeny – both Gr.1 winners. In 2008 she gave birth to the winner of the South Australian Derby Zabeelionaire, and a year later, she gave birth, also by Zabeel, to Gondokoro whose biggest achievement was the win in the Queensland Oaks. Since Zabeel and Carnegie come from the same family heading to Detroit’s dam Derna, who is the third dam of Zabeel, both Zabeelionaire and Godnokoro are 4x4 inbred to Derna. In their pedigree we will find inbreeding to Nureyev (3x4), his dam Special (4x5x5) and the dam of the legendary Val de Loir, Vali (5x5).
Given the nearly same number of runners by Carnegie and runners out of his daughters, Carnegie is significantly more successful in black-type races as a damsire. The number of black-type winners out of his daughters is yet to increase, since his youngest daughters are six and they are heard about more and more in recent times. This month, although we are in the middle of it, the progeny of his daughters won three black-type races which never occurred before. This is a good support for a stallion who may have stayed behind expectations but as his New Zealand results who, in a more favourable environment, he might have achieved more. Last but not least let us not forget that the history knows another Sadler’s Wells’s son whose dam won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. His name is Galileo.