The three-year-old chestnut Sea of Grace won the listed Dick Hern Fillies Stakes at Haydock on Sunday, her second black-type win after the last year’s triumph in the Flame of Tara Stakes. The runner up in the Poule d’ Essai des Pouliches (Gr.1) is so far the most successful progeny of Galileo’s half-brother Born To Sea but looking at her pedigree we should not miss the dam side, including her damsire, Machiavellian’s son Vettori.
The European two-year-old champion Machiavellian was no doubt the most successful stallion of Mr Prospector’s sons in Europe and he performed well even as the sire of sires. Despite this we can say today that his achievements as a sire and the achievements of his sons were yet exceeded by the results of his daughters, thanks to whom Machiavellian became an exceptionally successful damsire. Damsire of such stars such as Shamardal, Victoire Pisa, Scintillation, Verxina, Goldream, Dark Angel, Zoffany or Al Wukair, epically fighting last Sunday in the Prix Jacques le Marois, has nothing to prove any more. There is another question though – are his sons successful damsires too?
A table is worth a thousand words so let’s have a look at Machiavellian’s sons who scored in black-type races as damsires. As the table shows, there is already eight of them and their daughters have produced a total of 103 black-type winners as of today. This is still a lower number than that produced by daughters of Machiavellian himself, who is the sire of dams of 117 black-type winners.
The most successful of his sons as damsire is the winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains Vettori, the sire of the above mentioned Sea of Grace or Lady Frankel, the winner of the Prix de Lieurey on Tuesday. An avid shuttle-stallion who stayed in France, Australia and Brazil, is a damsire of 37 black-type winners, including five successful in Gr.1 races. Three of them were foaled in Brazil, where one third of black-type winners out of his daughters were bred. A single Gr.1 winner was foaled in Europe, but he is no lesser figure than the two-time French classic winner and a leading young sire Lope de Vega. Vettori is predestined to be successful as damsire even by his pedigree, built on the nick of two exceptional damsires, Machiavellian and Sir Ivor.
Machiavellian's sons, broodmare sires of black-type winners
|name, YOB||To Stud||BT winners|
|STREET CRY, 1998||2003||31|
|TITUS LIVIUS, 1993||1999||9|
|BEST OF THE BESTS, 1997||2003||1|
|DON MICHELETTO, 1993||1999||1|
Street Cry walks in Vettori’s footsteps. The winner of the Dubai World Cup made his debut at stud in 2003, six years after Vetorri, and there is no doubt that he will exceed his rival in the number of stakes winners. Sire of exceptional mares such as Zenyatta and Winx is a damsire of a single Gr.1 winner – the Brazilian winner Daniel Boone, whose dam, the U.S. bred Bia Don’t Cry, was imported to Brazil. His seven-year-old grandson Are You Kidding Me, five time Gr.2 winner, is successful in Canada while in Europe the best performance was scored by the Gr.2 Rockfel Stakes winner Lucida, the daughter of Shamardal, same as Lope de Vega. Her pedigree is definitely worth a mention since Street Cry is a full brother to Shamardal’s dam Helsinki, and thus Lucida, same as Lope de Vega, is inbred to Machiavellian, but she, at the same time, to the Irish Oaks winner Helen Street.
The recent triumph of Shakeel in the Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris showed the potential of another of Machiavellian’s sons in the role of a damsire – Medicean. The winner of the Eclipse Stakes, or rather his daughters, has a more significant number of runners on the racecourse only now so successful grandsons have appeared recently, such as the last year’s winner of the Gr.2 Union-Rennen Boscaccio or the winner of the UAE Oaks two years ago Local Time.
The rest can be found in the table, so let’s just mention the English listed winner and the fourth in the Prix de Jockey Club Don Micheletto. He is based as stud in India, where he has produced two black-type winners but both won races classified as Gr.1 in India. His daughters fare in a similar fashion and have so far produced a single stakes winner – the filly Royal Conquest who won at Chennai not just the South India Derby, but also the local 1,000 Guineas, Oaks and Saint Leger.
Chennai is a bit of a provincial racecourse in India but the blood of Machiavellian and his sons belongs among the most significant sources of racing talent worldwide - even as damsires.