The racing weekend saw its peak in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, in which the three-year-old daughter of Nathaniel, Enable, taught a lesson to older colts and achieved another Gr.1 victory after Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks. Her pedigree, or rather the quite close inbreeding to Sadler’s Wells, has already been covered by this column, so let’s pay attention to others.
Big races were not run just in England. Greyville, South Africa, saw two Gr. 1 races on Saturday and both were taken by the progeny of the stallion Dynasty. The 2003 South African Horse of the Year, the most successful progeny of the Grand Prix de Paris winner, Fort Wood, at stud, is the most successful propagator of Sadler’s Wells's blood in South Africa. His two-year-old son Eyes Wide Open, who won the Premier’s Champion Stakes on Saturday, is already the thirteenth Gr. 1 winner by Dynasty, the second out of dam by Jallad. The U.S.-foaled Jallad, a Gr. 2 winner in South Africa, was a very successful stallion, having produced sixteen Gr. 1 winners and becoming a champion sire. Same as his sire Blushing Groom, Jallad too is successful as a damsire and both are successful in combination with Dynasty. This nick has already produced six black-type winners, of whom five won group races and two even a Gr. 1 race.
The racing in the United States had a rich programme too but we’ll not focus on any of the weekend Gr. 1 winners but to the five-year-old French-foaled Wekeela. The winner of the Gr. 3 Prix Chloe, runner-up in the Prix Saint-Alary (Gr.1) in France, has raced in the United States since last year and although she placed twice second in the local Gr. 1 races, her Saturday victory in the Gr. 3 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes was her first stakes victory in the American territory. The mare is 3x4 inbred to one of the giants of German breeding, Surumu, and the more remote presence of the multiple champion sire in Germany is through his daughter Mosella. The winner of the listed Slenderella-Rennen Mosella went down to history thanks to her son Monsun, at the time the most expensive stallion on the Continent. As a dam she did not certainly disappoint but while her son had a huge impact on breeding in Germany and beyond, her daughters and granddaughters were not quite as successful, the only exception being Monsun’s full-sister Morning Queen, the granddam of the winner of the Prix Prix du Cadran (Gr.1) Molly Malone. Well, until recently. The achievements of Wekeely, whose dam Moonrise is also a daughter of Morning Queen, put the family back into the results of major races, where, this year, even a more famous name appeared. Monsun’s half-sister Morning Light won just two minor races outside the stakes category but her son, the three-year-old Brametot, is a star among this year’s three-year-olds in France, having won both the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Prix du Jockey Club - the French Derby.
The third pedigree that attracted my attention was that of the two-year-old Tantheem, who won the Gr. 3 Prix de Cabourg on Sunday. The filly bred by Shadwell Estate Co Ltd is historically the first group winner and the second stakes winner out of a dam by Dubawi. The daughter of the three-times listed placed Riqa is by Teofilo and it is this son of Galileo who has sired three in twelve black-type horses who have Dubawi as damsire. The balance of three black-type horses including a black-type winner is a very good result for a connection which has just four runners so far. Besides that Tantheem is interesting by 4x5 inbreeding to Allegretta, of whose family she comes. Allegretta is the dam of Urban Sea and the granddam of Galileo (and Sea The Stars) and inbreeding to her in the first five generations can be found in four black-type winners. Besides the Gr. 2 Prix Corrida winner Armande, the daughter of Sea The Stars of Allegretta’s family, the remaining two bearers of this inbreeding are the progeny of Galileo’s sons out of dams by King’s Best.
So much for the three pedigrees that got my attention this weekend and that I wanted to share with you.