Sons of Oasis Dream with First Successes

The first offspring of the sons of the excellent Oasis Dream appeared on the racecourse last year but even now we can find among them five sires who were able to produce a black-type horse, i.e. a horse who won or placed in a black-type race. The biggest success so far was achieved at Newbury on Saturday where the two-year-old gelding Toocoolforschool won the Gr.2 Mill Reef Stakes.

Showcasing, photo Haunui Farm

The stallion of the successful Juddmonte Farm, Oasis Dream, belongs among the most successful sire at stud in Europe. Having only his eight crop on the racecourse, his progeny includes 87 black-type winners, including ten Gr.1 winners. He is the successful successor of the speedy and precocious Green Desert, but thanks to the influence of Dancing Brave, Mill Reef and Busted on the maternal side of his pedigree he is able to produce horses with a wider distance optimum. The examples include his most successful product, the filly Midday (out of a dam by Kingmambo), the winner of six Gr.1 races over distances from 2,000 to 2,400 metres, or equally Gr.1 successful Lady Jane Digby (out of a dam by Niniski), the winner of the Grosser Dallmayer Preis Bayeriches Zuchtrennen (Gr.1) over 2,000 metres and placed in the Yorkshire Oaks over 1 ½ mile.

Most of the horses by Oasis Dream fell most comfortably over distances under one mile and when breeders look for his sons, with who they could be successful on the market, they usually opt for those for whom a mile was the top limit and who showed class as two-year-olds. A two-year-old career and sprinter skills – these are the qualities that the market can appreciate in the sons of Oasis Dream.

Showcasing, so far the most successful son of Oasis Dream at stud, is a very good example. Having debuted by placing second he won the Maiden Stakes at Yarmouth, went on to win, in record time, the Gimcrack Stakes (Gr.2) and ended his two-year campaign by the third place in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr.1). As a three-year-old he raced just three times. After the second place in the Blue Square Stakes (Gr.2) over six furlongs he was beaten in his next two races and left for stud.

The son of the winner of the Flying Fillies Stakes (L), Arabesque, and a half-brother to the sire Camacho, he started his stud career in 2011 with the fee of GBP 5,000 at Whitsbury Manor Stud and his first crop of two-year-olds shows well. Besides the above mentioned winner of the Mill Reef Stakes (Gr.2), Toocoolforschool, his first crop includes the winner of the Round Tower Stakes (Gr.3), Cappella Sansevero, the listed winner Accipiter and the listed-placed Avenue Montaigne. Two of his four black-type products, Toocoolforschool and Avenue Montagne, are out of the dams from the Mr Prospector line, same as Showcasing’s dam Arabesque.

Approve – whose dam is not of the Mr Prospector line but his granddam Rubies from Burma has the influence of this American giant and the bearer of speed – has his first two-year-olds on the racecourse. Approve raced only as a two-year-old when he won three of his ten races, plus placing second once and third three times. Same as Showcasing, Approve won the Gimcrack Stakes and this achievement was the peak of his career, which includes the victory in the Norfolk Stakes (Gr.2) at Ascot (Zebedee was fifth), the second place in the Champagne Stakes (Gr.2) and the third place in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr.1).

He retired to stud in the same year as Showcasing. His fee at Morriston Lattin Stud, Ireland, was and still is EUR 5,000. Of his first crop, sixty-six yearlings were sold at sales for the average price of 21,684 guineas (of Showcasing’s first crop, 43 yearlings were sold for the average price of 23,810 guineas). They included Accepted, sold for a bid of EUR 38,000 in Ireland, who won the Tipperary Stakes (L) in July and then finished third in the Flying Childers Stakes (Gr.3) on September 12. A day later, he was sold at Goffs Champion Sale for EUR 400,000. The second, and so far the last, black-type horse by Approve is Disprove, third in the Kronimus Rennen (L), unsold as a yearling, but sold as a foal for EUR 5,000 and sold at the Ascot Breeze Up Sale for 20,000 guineas.

Arcano has first two-year-olds on the racecourse too, including black-type winners. His career was very short and consisted just of five races. As a two-year-old he was unbeaten in three starts when he first won the maiden, then the July Stakes (Gr.2) at Newmarket and in late August he travelled to Deauville, when he won the Gr.1 Prix Morny, beating, among others, Special Duty and the favourite Canford Cliffs. The latter avenged his defeat next season in the Greenham Stakes, which was won by Dick Turpin and Arcano placed third behind Canford Cliffs. He ended his career by the last place in the Condition Stakes (Class 3) at Doncaster.

His fee at Derrinstown Stud, Ireland, was set at EUR 6,000 and it has remained at this level to this day. His yearlings were demanded even more than yearlings by Showcasing and Approve. Fifty-four of his yearlings were sold from the first crop and the average price amounted to 35,487 guineas, the highest bid even soared to 300,000. Among the most expensive ones was Misterious Boy, sold for EUR 100,000 at Deauville, the son of the Italian listed winner Biz Bar, who brought his sire the first black-type success by winning the Premio Giuseppe De Montel (L).

Aqlaam, the first horse by Oasis Dream whose product won a black-type race, is an exception in the rather uniform set-up of Oasis Dream’s sons. The son of Rainbow Quest’s daughter Bourbonella raced just once as a two-year-old when he finished third in a maiden race in late July 2007. While other sons of Oasis Dream usually performed best at the beginning of their careers, Aqlaam improved gradually. As a three-year-old he raced just twice – and he won both races, including Jersey Stakes (Gr.3). As a four-year-old he finished, among other races, third in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1), was a runner-up to Goldikova in the Prix Jacques le Marois (Gr.1) and then crowned his career by the victory in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Gr.1).

His fee at Nunnery Stud was set at GBP 7,000 in 2010. Unfortunately, he died prematurely three years later. In his first crop, of which 24 yearlings were sold for the average price of 45,864 guineas, he has had just a single black-type winner – the filly Aqlaam Vision who won the Radley Stakes (L) at Newbury as a two-year-old. She belonged among those horses who were sold as yearlings – she was sold at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book I) for 40,000 guineas. Aqlaam has one more black-type product in his first crop – the cold Nabbaash who, however, achieved the black-type status as a three-year-old (although he won his both races at two years) when he finished second in the listed Prix Matchem over 1,800 metres.

Captain Gerrard, the last of five Oasis Dream’s sons with black-type progeny, has not produced a black-type winner so far but his daughter Wee Jean, of his first crop, placed twice in listed as a three-year-old over a mile. Captain Gerrard had the longest career of all the above mentioned sons of Oasis Dream: he raced from two to four and had a total of 27 races. He, too, was the most successful at the beginning of his career: as a two-year-old he took, among other races, the Cornwallis Stakes (Gr.3) and two listed races. He launched his stud career in 2010 at Mickley Stud, England, where his fee was GBP 3,500 and it increased to 4,000 this year. As far as the average price of yearlings and the fee he fares the worst of all of Oasis Dream’s sons – sires of blacktype horses. Of his first crop forty-six yearlings were sold for the average price of 6,993 guineas. Wee Jean was sold at Doncaster November Yearlings Sale for 2,400 guineas.

The case of Wee Jean shows that a black-type horse can be bought for such a low price. What is yet more interesting, however, is that most of black-type progeny of Oasis Dream’s sons went through a sale. They are attractive for commercial breeders so the high number should come as no surprise. It will be the same with the first products by the Coolmore-based Power who is the most expensive son of Oasis Dream at stud with his fee of EUR 10,000 (he debuted last year with 12,500). The winner of the National Stakes and Irish 2,000 Guineas covered 143 mares in his first season and many of his products are likely to appear at sales of foals this year and of yearlings next year. As many as 30 yearlings by half-brother Finsceal Beo and the winner of the German 2,000 Guineas, Frozen Power, were sold this year. Frozen Power is based at Ballyhane Stud, Ireland, and last year 41 of his foals were sold for the average price of 10,473 guineas.

Monitor Closely, based at Haras de la Hetrie, France, is not likely to contribute much to the offensive of Oasis Dream’s sons at sales. He belongs among those horses by Oasis Dream who were successful over longer distances. The winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes (Gr.2) over a one and a half mile was even third in the Saint Leger. His pedigree, however, shows no reason for this distance preference. His dam is a daughter of Selkirk, his granddam a daughter of Forty Niner and the great granddam is by Green Desert to whom Monitor Closely is 2x4 inbred. The dam, the winner of the Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr.2), Independence, felt best over a mile, same as the granddam Yukon Hope who was just average on the racecourse. It is only the fourth dam, Home on the Range, the winner of the Sun Chariot Stakes, who finished fourth in the Yorkshire Oaks over 1 ½ mile and produced the winner of the Epsom Derby and St Leger, Reference Point.

Naaqoos, based at Haras du Mezeray, the winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Gr.1) where he beat Intense Focus and Mastercraftsman, will contribute less to the wave of progeny by Oasis Dream’s sons that sires by Oasis Dream based in England and Ireland. Naaqoos, of whose first crop twenty-five yearlings were sold for the average price of 23,714 guineas and who has his second crop on the racecourse, has not a scored a black-type succes and the demand is decreasing.

This can happen to other sons of Oasis Dream but these still ride the wave of demand for their progeny at European sales, spurred by the promising results of their products on the racecourse. We will see how they fare in future.

Miloslav Vlček

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