Raise The Flag for Hasili!

Kahyasi’s daughter Hasili, the jewel among broodmares at Juddmonte Farm, belongs among the most successful broodmares in history. She produced a total of ten horses, of whom half won a Gr. 1 and more two won another group race. Of remaining three two fillies did not race and the only single runner was without a stakes victory. It is he, however, thanks to whom we will remember Hasili today.

Raise the Flag, photo White Roge Lodge

This horse is the 2005-foaled Raise The Flag, the last of Hasili's four sons. Andre Fabre trained son of Sadler’s Wells steps out of the elite line of Hasili’s progeny, but he raced just once – as a three-year-old at the end of April 2008 he finished sixth in a race over 2,200m for unraced horses, but he got injured and this injury ended his racing career. In 2010 he launched another career – at stud – in White Roge Loge, New Zealand.

Despite lack of racing achievements he was very popular among the breeders from the very beginning. In the introductory season he covered 113 mares, a year later 120 and he received a triple-digit number of partners (100 and 106) in another two seasons. When the first progeny appeared on the racetrack, however, the demand waned. First just slightly, to 72 mares but in 2015 he had just seven mares. The steep decline reflected the results of his progeny – despite his excellent pedigree the stallion underachieved and failed to produce a stakes winner in his first two crops or even a stakes-placed horse. Even the percentage of winners was low, only one in four runners.

The peak of his career at stud came on Saturday when his three-year-old son, gelding Raise You Ten, won the Gore Guineas (L) in New Zealand and brought Raise The Flag his first black-type triumph. The first stakes winner produced in the third crop will hardly change the perspective on the stallion, for his dam, however, the Saturday triumph closes an excellent record – each of her for sons at stud has managed to produce a black-type winner.

Dansili is the ace among them, the sire of 116 black-type winners and today more ten stallions, producers of black-type winners. It is thanks to him and his sons that Hasili’s blood spreads worldwide. From this year it is well represented in the United States where one of his best sons, Flintshire, the winner of five Gr.1 races, will launch his stud career at Hill 'N' Dale Farm with a fee of USD 20,000.

A more difficult path to achievement was taken by Dansili’s brother Cacique, two-time Gr.1 winner in the United States. Due to fertility problems he covers a low number of mares but he has managed to squeeze much of limited number of progeny, including three Gr.1 winners. Cacique is still based at Banstead Manor Stud side by side Dansili, but the third brother, Champs Elysees, left them recently. He headed across the Irish Sea to the green island to become a new stallion among Coolmore’s NH sires. He left crowned recently by the champion sire title, which he won, however, in the Czech Republic, where his son Gontchar won the local derby, a race without the stakes status. The sire of 14 black-type winners (3% of foals of racing age), including the Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris, will no doubt be a very attractive sire for NH breeders and it may be that through him Hasili’s blood sees some achievements over the fences as well.

To produce four sons at stud, of whom one makes it into the elite 100 Club, two more produce Gr.1 winners and even the last one still manages to produce a stakes winner is an impressive record indeed. Hasili’s daughter Banks Hill, the champion of three-year-old fillies in Europe and full sister of Dansili, Cacique and Champs Elysees, walks in her dam’s footsteps. Her first product, the unraced Cavvy, is based at Cres-Ran Farms in Oklamoha and although he had just 31 runners, 3 already won a black-type race – even if these were restricted races for Oklahoma bred horses. A year after Cavvy Banks Hill produced another son, the bay Ideal World. The two-time French listed winner and the runner up in the Gr.2 Prix Niel was engaged by Mauritzfontein Stud, South Africa, and in his first crop produced the three-time Gr.1 winner Smart Call, the listed winner Peep Show or the third in the Gr.1 South African Oaks Patchit Up Baby.

Hasili and her influence in the pedigrees of successful stallions grows and conquers new land. The mare, belonging among the most successful dams in history thus succeeded not just as the producer of top racehorses and founder of a successful family, but also a mare capable of producing successful stallions and a daughter who manages the same.

Miloslav Vlček

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