How Do Danehill’s Sons Fare with Daughters of Sadler’s Wells’s Sons?

The last weekend saw a number of major races including two classic races in France. But more than these I was intrigued by another victory of top Australian filly Delicacy who just a week after her victory in Australian Oaks won another Gr.1 race – the South Australia Derby, in which she was able, as a month ago in the W.A.T.C. Derby (Gr.2), to beat the competition of colts.

The daughter of the sire Al Maher (Danehill) and Sadler’s Wells’s granddaughter Simply Wicked (Scenic) moved by her two Gr.1 wins among the very best thoroughbreds whose pedigree is built on the connection of Danehill's son with a mare sired by a son of another of Coolmore’s giants Sadler’s Wells. It was just a week after Legatissimo, the daughter of Danehill Dancer and Yummy Mummy by Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells), won this pedigree combination the first classic victory on the British Isles.

The combination, which lay foundations for the pedigree of the above mentioned Delicacy, has produced – according to our database – sixty seven black-type winners. You can check for yourself in our Pedigree Query service, entering Danehill and Sadler’s Wells into appropriate fields in the blank pedigree (see picture). A closer look on the pedigrees of the sixty-seven stakes winners is an interesting reading indeed and it can be used to study how the breeders use the combination of Danehill’s speed elements with staying genes of Sadler’s Wells. You will find 50 different versions of this combination that has produced a black-type winner; thirteen of them have produced two and more winners.

From this perspective, the most successful version is the combination of Fastnet Rock and Galileo's daughters. This combination has produced four stakes winners (Qualify, Rock Hero, Magicooll and Eagle Island), who, with the exception of the Gr.3 winner Qualify, the only group winner of this combination, were foaled in Australia. According to Equineline this combination is borne by 49 horses of racing age.

Three stakes winners (from 66 products of racing age) have been produced by the combination of Blackfriars with the daughters of Scenic which has produced two Gr.3 winners in Australia (Eclair Surprise and Prentice) and the listed winner Rosie Rocket. The combination of Tiger Hill with the daughters of Barathea, on the other hand is a European matter as it has produced three black-type winners of twenty-five foals of racing age. Tiger Tops, the winner of the Indian Oaks (IND-Gr.1) was foaled in India but conceived in England from which she was imported in utero. This combination has produced a Gr.1 winner in Europe thanks to Königstiger, the winner of the Gran Criterium.    

Other combinations have produced two stakes winners at maximum. A very frequent and successful one is the combination of daughters of Sadler’s Wells’s sons and Danehill Dancer who has produced two black-type winners with the daughters of Entrepreneur (Osaila, Obama Rule; of nine horses), daughters of In The Wings (G1 winner Ave and G2 winner Lost In The Moment; of eight) and with the daughters of Old Vic (Venturi, Feels All Right; of just five horses). A lower success rate is that of the combination of Danehill Dancer with the daughters of Galileo which has produced just the G3 winner Alexander Pope (plus black-type placed Drago, Hint Of A Tint and Songbird) of the total twenty foals of racing age.

Two black-type winners of the total of thirty-eight foals of racing age were produced by the combination of Duke of Marmalade with the daughters of Galileo (Venus de Milo, Guinnevre), the same number of stakes winners has been produced with Galileo’s daughters by another Coolmore sire Holy Roman Emperor who, however, needed less than a half of progeny – sixteen. This combination has produced the Indian Oaks (IND-Gr.1) winner and the second in the Indian Derby (IND-Gr. 1) Smashing and the Irish Gr.3 winner Leitir Mor who placed second in the Phoenix Stakes (G1) and Dewhurst Stakes (G1). Rock of Gibraltar has produced two black-type winners with the daughters of Galileo (Arcetri Pink, Savanne) of seventeen foals of racing age.

If we stay with the combinations of Coolmore (or ex-Coolmore) sires we must mention the combination of Oratorio with Montjeu's daughters which has produced two stakes winners (Faciascura, High Duty) of ten foals of racing age. Oratorio used to be used with the daughters of various Sadler’s Wells’s sons, but not very successfully with the exception of Montjeu. Of sixteen foals of racing age out of the daughters of Barathea, non placed in black-type races and a black-type victory has not been achieved by any of the seventeen horses out of Galileo’s daughters although two of them (Camelia Rose and God’s Speed) were black-type placed. Neither were the Australian breeders successful when combining him with the daughters of Scenic. The combination has produced fourteen horses, none of whom have placed in stakes races.

Speaking about Australia, one has to mention two black-type winners (Sheer Talent, Kittens) and one black-type placed (Barsha) from the combination Redoute’s Choice x Barathea, which is a very good result from just 11 foals of racing age.

Slightly worse in percentages but even better result given the class of the winners is shown by another Australian combination – Al Maher with the daughters of Scenic. It has produced of thirteen foals of racing age the listed winner Becerra who finished second in the G1 Queensland Oaks and the above mentioned Delicacy whose Saturday triumph in the South Australian Derby was her seventh black-type win and fifth group victory.

It was in Australia where most black-type winners of this combination have been foaled – twenty-five of them, including the most successful one, the five-time Gr.1 winner Niconero. Ireland, however, does not lag behind much – twenty-three winners were foaled on the Green Island, more eight in Britain. Black-type winners can be found also in Chile, where Aire Bueno, the son of the winner of the July Stakes Ivan Denisovich and Arabian Girl by Sadlers Congress finished second in the Derby, or in Argentina where Catch The Mad by Catcher In The Rye out of a dam by Poliglote won two Gr.1 races.

Miloslav Vlček

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