Anabaa as Damsire

The four-year-old Dissident easily justified the favouritism at Caulfield when he won the Gr.1 C F Orr Stakes by 1 ½ lengths from Entirely Platinum. It was the fourth Gr.1 victory for Dissident and the score of his damsire Anabaa increased to nineteen Gr.1 triumphs.

Danzig's racing career was, due to knee problems, rather short and without a black-type victory, nevertheless he shares, with Sadler’s Wells, the status of the most important Northern Dancer's son at stud and his line grew roots in almost every country where thoroughbreds are bred. Hundreds of his sons went to stud, over fifty of them have produced a Gr.1 winner. It is no difficult thing to select two of his sons who have had a major influence on thoroughbred breeding globally – Danehill and Green Desert, while the preferences will reflect whether one comes from the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Aussies will clearly prefer Danehill, Europeans will opt for Green Desert, waiting whether the ace of the Green Desert line, Kingman, will shift the scales more in his favour. But what about the others? Which of other Danzig’s sons has the major impact on thoroughbred breeding? Chief’s Crown, Boundary, Langfuhr, National Assenbly in South Africa or the rising star War Front? Difficult to say but we should not omit Anabaa, a successful sire and now even an excellent damsire.      

Bred by Maktoum al Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm, Anabaa proved to be a successful sprinter, winning the Gr.1 Darley July Cup or Prix Maurice de Gheest and winning the 1996 Cartier Award as the best sprinter in Europe. He spent his stud career at Haras du Quesnay and in 2007 – after the number of mares dropped to 56 in 2006 – he was sent for one season to Castleton Lyons, United States. He regularly shuttled to Australia’s Widden Stud where he was much demanded and covered 800 mares.

Unfortunately his stud career ended prematurely when he died, in July 2009, aged just seventeen, of of acute peritonitis after undergoing colic surgery. In his thirteen crops he had eighty-eight black-type winners including fourteen Gr.1 winners, including the French champion Goldikova, three-time winner of the Breeder’s Cup Mile and the winner of next eleven Gr.1 races. Among others let us mention the winner of the Prix du Jockey Club Anabaa Blue, Australian stars Yell, Headturner, Teranaba or Virage de Fortune.  

Several of his sons went tu stud, four of them have already produced a black-type winner – Anabaa Blue (among others the sire of the winner of the G1 Arlington Million Stakes Spirit One), the winner of the German 2,000 Guineas Martillo, G1 placed Hannouma and they were joined, three weeks ago, by the India-based winner of the Futurity Stakes Arazan. This year, two of his sons make their debut at stud in France and they could strengthen Anabaa’s influence in Europe – the full brother of Goldikova, Anodin, based at Haras du Quesnay and, mainly, the French classic winner Style Vendome, based at Haras de Bouquetot. Anabaa also has 5 stallion sons in Australian including Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva.    

The progeny of Anabaa’s daughters is more prominent on the racecourse than the progeny of his sons. The first foals out of dams by Anabaa appeared in 2002, so as damsire Anabaa has ten crops of his daughters’ progeny older than three years on the racecourse. Even as damsire he reached major triumph thanks to a mare, the winner of the last two editions of the Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe, Treve (Motivator). Besides the already mentioned Dissident (Sebring) Gr.1 races were won also by the winner of the Manikato Stakes and three more Gr.1 races the gelding Buffering (Mossman), the winner of the Yorkshire Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Coronation Stakes, Lush Lashes (Galileo), the winner of the Prix de l’Opera, Dalkala (Giant’s Causeway), the winner of the Sweetenham Stakes, Rostova (Testa Rossa), another French classic winner Silver Frost (Verglas) and the last year’s winner of the Premier’s Champion Stakes in South Africa, the Australia-born Harry’s Son (Haradasun). Eight Gr.1 winners out of Anabaa’s daughters is shared equally between daughters bred in Europe and in Australia.

Most of damsires of the Danzig line are combined in Europe with stallions of the Sadler’s Wells line, namely that of his son Galileo. Anabaa’s pedigree strengthens this presupposed affinity with the Sadler’s Wells stallions by the influence of Riverman, the sire of his granddam Bamieres. Riverman is the son of Never Bend, half-brother of Sadler’s Wells’s damsire Bold Reason. This connection brings into the pedigree linebreeding to the excellent Lalun, the dam of both stallions. The connection with Galileo is, furthermore, interesting thanks to linebreeding to Belle Sauvage, the granddam of Lombard, the damsire of Galileo’s dam Urban Sea and granddam of Vaguely Noble, who is the sire of Gay Mecene, Anabaa’s damsire.

The connection proves viable in practice. Of the nine racing Galileo’s progeny out of dams by Anabaa, two won black-type races and not minor ones – Lush Lashes won three Gr.1 races and Spiritjim won the Gr.2 Grand Prix de Chantilly and Gr.3 Prix d’Hedouville. Besides them we should mention the now already three-year-old Big Blue, who finished third last year in the Gr.1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud and second in the Gr.2 Prix de Conde. Galileo’s son Teofilo (out of a dam by Danzig’s son Danehill) produced with the daughter of Anabaa a listed winner and the second in the Gr.1 Fillies Mile Roz, and the Gr.3 placed What Style (all of this out of eight foals of racing age and seven runners).

Besides Treve (Motivator), whose dam Trevise is 2x4 inbred to Riverman, the daughters of Anabaa produced with the sons of another Sadler’s Wells’s son Montjeu even the Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Hartnell (Authorized), the winner of the Gr.3 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes, Ballybacka Lady by Hurricane Run, who is also the sire of the winner of the Cheshire Oaks (L), Banoffee. Inbreeding to Riverman can be found also in the pedigree of the winner of the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Silver Frost, the son of Verglas, whose sire Highest Honor is out of a dam by Riverman.  

The best progeny of Anabaa’s daughters in Australia is rather varied linewise. Buffering is the son of Mossman of the Princequillo line, Dissident is by Sebring, the son of More Than Ready of the Halo line, Rostova is the daughter of Testa Rossa by Perugino, who is also the son of Danzig and Harry’s Son is by Haradasun, who is the son of Mr Prospector’s son Fusaichi Pegasus (out of a dam by Danzig). In Australia, full of stallions of the Danehill line, the breeders could hardly avoid combining the daughters of Anabaa with the stallions of the Danehill line and this combination has produced four black-type winners. Two were by Redoute’s Choice, the sire of the Gr.2 winner Tango’s Daughter and listed winner Come Hither, which is a very good result out of just thirteen foals of racing age and six runners.

The list of frequently used lines cannot omit Mr Prospector, of whose line – besides the already mentioned Harry’s Son – comes the Australian Gr.2 winner Caymans (Secret Savings) and five more listed winners.  

The connection with Giant’s Causeway is interesting too. It has produced, so far, only four foals of racing age, including the winner of the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera, Dalkala, and the U.S. Gr.2 placed Close Ally. Footstepsinthesand, the son of Giant’s Causeway, produced with the daughter of Anabaa, the listed placed First Charm, the winner of the Prix De Lieurey, Sandy’s Charm.

Anabaa was clearly the most successful son of Danzig based in Europe outside England and Ireland and the French breeders have much to thank him for. His daughters, both in Europe and in Australia, prove to be valuable and we are very likely to hear about them and their progeny in future.

Miloslav Vlček

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