Master of Hounds, Sixth Black-Type Sire of the Kingmambo x Sadler’s Wells Cross

Today’s BTP Weekly Column was inspired by the result of the Clasico Amilcar A. Mercader, a listed race for two-year-old fillies, run last week in La Plata, Argentina. The race over 1,300m on dirt was won by bay filly Maiandra, the first black-type winner sired by Master of Hounds, a stallion at Haras El Paraiso.

Master of Hounds, photo Haras El Paraiso

The U. S. foaled Master of Hounds belonged among those who are referred to as bred in the purple. The dam Silk and Scarlet by Sadler’s Wells won the Gr.2 Debutante Stakes, her half-brother Danger Over won the Gr.3 Prix de Seine-et-Oise and granddam Danilova, daughter of the winner of the Gr.2 Ribblesdale Stakes and third in the Gr.1 Yorkshire Oaks Ballinderry, was a half-sister of the champion and French Derby winner Sanglamore. His sire Kingmambo was already the most expensive stallion in the world with a fee of USD 300,000 and had already sired a number of elite horses with Sadler’s Wells's daughters, including classic winners Divine Proportions and Virginia Waters. Two months after Master of Hounds was foaled, the most successful product of the Kingmambo - Sadler’s Wells nick, Henrythenavigator, launched his great campaign through European Gr.1 races by taking the 2,000 Guineas.

Master of Hounds scored first success at two when he finished third in the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy. Owned by John Magnier, he started his three-year-old campaign by placing second in the UAE Derby, opted out to fight Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas and took a different route – he raced in the Kentucky Derby, where he was fifth. He remained in the States for Belmont Stakes, where he failed and finished tenth.

He then did not race until January next year, then no longer trained by Aidan O’Brien but by Mike de Kock and in the silks of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He liked the winter Dubai well and after places in Gr.2 and Gr.3 races he won in the Gr.1 Jebel Hatta. He ended his Dubai campaign by eight place in the Dubai World Cup. After a pause of half-a-year he won the international Topkapi Trophy in Turkey and then faced Frankel in his last race in the Champion Stakes, beating only Frankel’s pacemaker Bullet Train. Next year he travelled to Dubai again but his best result was the second place in the Gr.2 Al Fahidi Fort.

After his racing career he went to stud at Haras El Paraiso, Argentina. The son of Kingmambo with an excellent pedigree (his dam meanwhile produce the winner of the Gr.1 Belmont Oaks Minorette and Gr.1 winner in Japan Eishin Apollon) is still much demanded among Argentinian breeders. In 2013 he covered 103 mares with 53 foals, in 2014 121 mares (81 foals) and in 2015 109 mares (74 foals). Now he has his first two-year-olds on the racecourse and Maiandra is the first one who has managed to win a stakes race.

Thanks to her victory, Master of Hounds became the sixth stallion of the Kingmambo x Sadler’s Wells nick to have produced a black-type winner. Let us to the aforementioned nick. It was much popular, but the share of black-type winners produced by Kingmambo with daughters of Sadler’s Wells was the same as his share of black-type winners with other damsires. What it makes special is the exceptional class of these black-type winners. In total, Kingmambo produced ten black-type winners with the daughters of Sadler’s Wells (of 106 foals of racing age), of whom, however, seven won in Gr.1 races and two black-type winners placed in Gr.1 races.

Among the stallions from this nick, who comes first into the mind is the excellent miler Henrythenavigator, who, despite the production of three Gr.1 winners, has not met expectations at stud and was sold to Russia at the end of the last year. Thewayyouare was also based at Ashford and Coolmore in turns. He has sired the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Toast of New York, but also has failed to meet the expectations and now is based at Haras de Corlay, France, with a fee of EUR 3,000.

The Japanese El Condor Pasa, winner of the Japan Cup and runner-up in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, losing only to Montjeu, sired three Gr.1 winners in Japan and was a promising stallion, however he died prematurely at seven. The globetrotter Campanologist, who launched his stud career at Fahrhof in 2013, had also a short career at stud as he died from colic in December 2015 when returning from Argentina, where he shuttled. He had his first crop of two-year-olds on the racecourse, including the Gr.3 Preis der Winterfavoriten winner Langtang.

The last stallion (but not in importance) sired by Kingmambo and out of a daughter by Sadler’s Wells, who has produced a stakes winner, is Ershaad. The son of the Gr.3 Prix de l’Opera winner Insight, who is ¾ sister of Henrythenavigator’s dam, did not win any stakes race but was second in the Gr.3 Prix Daphnis and third in the Gr.1 Prix Jean Prat behind Bago and Cacique. At stud in Venezuela he mated perfectly with mares with the blood of Seattle Slew, whose influence can be found in the pedigree of dams of four out of his seven black-type winners (the dam of the single Gr.1 winner Megavatios is even 3x3 inbred to Seattle Slew), but even he left prematurely, although not so early as El Condor Pasa and Campanologist.

Master of Hounds, since last week a sire of a black-type winner and today the most promising sire of the Kingmambo x Sadler’s Wells nick. The others have either failed to meet the expectations or gallop in heavenly pastures.

Miloslav Vlček

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