Its uncertainty — this is one of the magnets that attracts us all to the world of racing. It applies both in racing and in breeding. Even the best blood does not have to be a guarantee of success on the racecourse and even two siblings with successful racing careers can have quite different performance at stud. I was reminded about this during the weekend when I watched black-type races. And this time not just races on the flat.
Two listed races were run on Sunday in France, both at Cagnes-sur-Mer. The one which I found very interesting was the Prix Delahante for two-year-old horses, which was won by a length and a half by P.Jabot-bred Mademoiselle Marie. Twenty minutes later the Navan Novice Hurdle (Gd3) were run at Navan, Ireland, in which the five-year-old gelding Mick Jazz finished second. What have Mademoiselle Marie and Mick Jazz in common? In the pedigree of both we will a product (different) of Nureyev and Pasadoble and in both cases these products play a new, premium role.
Prove Out’s daughter Pasadoble produced a total of six horses by Nureyev. One quite exceptional, two significantly above-average and three more who were something between average and below average. The horse who entered the connection Nureyev – Pasadoble into history was the champion at two, three and four, the two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile Miesque. We will find her name in the pedigree of Mademoiselle Marie and what more, it is present twice. Mademoiselle Marie is historically the third black-type winner bred to Miesque. Ten years ago the first one was born – the bay Sunday Sunrise was born in the United States, the son of Lemon Drop Kid by Kingmambo of the Japanese Sun Is Up, the granddaughter of Miesque, who won, as a four-year-old, the black-type Veteran Stakes at Zia Parku. Two years late Whip and Win was born in France, the daughter of the stallion Whipper by Kingmambo’s full brother Miesque’s Son out of the Gr.2-placed Queensalsa, whose sire is Kingmambo’s son Kingsalsa. Whip and Win was successful even as a dam through her daughter Pas de Soucis, who won the Prix Prix de Saint-Cyr (L) at Maisons-Laffitte a month ago. Mademoiselle Marie is therefore the third (or fourth, if you like) black–type winner inbred to Miesque, but the first one, in whose pedigree the influence of Miesque is born not by her most successful product, the excellent sire Kingmambo. It is Kingmambo, however, who significantly contributed to the fact that Miesque’s blood is in the veins of over 830 black-type winners!
Six years after Miesque Pasadoble gave birth to her sixth progeny by Nureyev, a colt named Siam. He did not win any stakes race but was placed in the Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris and Gr.2 Prix Eugene Adam, and thanks to this was given an opportunity at stud in France. He stayed there for six seasons and had 137 runners on French racecourses. They were not much successful and none has won or placed in a stakes race. His progeny was more successful over the jumps, where, despite lower number of runners, they earned more than on the flat. His best prize winning product, the twelve-time winner Charand, who earned nearly EUR 300,000, ran over the jumps and thanks to the third place in the Prix Achille-Fould, listed hurdles at Auteil, his son Action Gyp was the single black-type horse of his production.
In autumn 2001 Siam was bought by Czech Mimon Stud, where he was stabled alongside the Deutsches Derby winner Laroche and the Sword Dancer Handicap winner Alex The Great. He was active for a single season and of his eight runners three won, but none in a major race. Then Siam moved to Poland but even there none of seventeen runners made it among the best horses. In the Central Europe Siam failed even as a damsire – none of his daughters is at stud in the Czech Republic, in Poland he has one dam of a winner.
Mick Jazz, who finished second in the Gd3 hurdles in Ireland, is the first progeny of a Siam’s daughter to have placed in a black-type race, although over the jumps. The blood of the full brother of the excellent Miesque, who himself placed in a Gr.1 race, thus can be found solely in pedigrees of NH black-type horses and it is hardly to be expected that their number will significantly grow in future.