The Importance of Being Miswaki

It does not happen too often that a sire having the first crop of three-year-olds on the racecourse celebrate two Gr. 1 victories on a single day. This is what happened to the grey Mastercraftsman on Saturday when first Kingston Hill, second in the Epsom Derby, won easily the Saint Leger and, later, The Grey Gatsby, a classic winner from June, beat the hot favourite Australia in Irish Champion Stakes. The reasons of Mastercraftsman exceptionally successful start at stud can be looked for anywhere but definitely the influence of his damsire Black Tie Affair and mainly Black Tie Affair’s sire Miswaki should not be neglected.

You may remember our recent column on Danehill’s role as broodmare sire of sires. We mentioned that Mr Prospector’s son Miswaki is probably the most successful among them today. The sire of the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and later an excellent broodmare Urban Sea, may seem to take this glory mainly from the achievements of her sons Galileo and Sea The Stars at stud but the list of stallions, sires of blacktype winners whose dams are daughters of Miswaki, is much longer. As of today it includes 25 sires who have produced a total of 383 blacktype winners.

Sires out of dams by Miswaki, sires of blacktype winners

stallion (sire) YOB To Stud BTW
GALILEO (Sadler's Wells) 1998 2002 173
HERNANDO (Niniski) 1990 1996 42
DALAKHANI (Darshaan) 2000 2004 37
DR FONG (Kris S) 1995 2000 32
CAPTAIN RIO (Pivotal) 1999 2004 23
DAYLAMI (Doyoun) 1994 2000 14
SEA THE STARS (Cape Cross) 2006 2010 9
BLACK SAM BELLAMY (Sadler's Wells) 1999 2004 8
LUCKY STORY (Kris S) 2001 2005 8
JOHANN QUATZ (Sadler's Wells) 1989 1996 8
YARROW BRAE (Deputy Minister) 1995 1999 6
IKHTYAR (Unfuwain) 2000 2005 4
TALKIN MAN (With Approval) 1992 1996 3
LIMIT OUT (Northern Flagship) 1995 2000 3
JIMWAKI (Gem Master) 1993 1996 2
KING BULL (Holy Bull) 2001 2007 2
WILD TEMPEST (Summer Squall) 1994 2001 1
CHATEAU ISTANA (Grand Lodge) 2002 2007 1
RES JUDICATA (Rainbow Quest) 1995 2002 1
ADNAAN (Nashwan) 1996 2001 1
CHEROKEE FIVE (Cherokee Run) 1998 2003 1
TO TERAS (Unbridled's Song) 2000 2004 1
HOT WAR (In Excess) 1999 2005 1
AWESOME CAT (Storm Cat) 1996 2000 1
TOMPEST (Storm Cat) 2003 2008 1

On the racecourse, Miswaki was, above all, a top two-year-old who won the Prix de la Salamandre (Gr.1) at Longchamp, finished second in the Prix Morny (Gr. 1) at Deauville and third in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr. 1) at Newmarket, which was won by the later influential sire Storm Bird. As a three-year-old Miswaki raced in the United States where he finished second in the Fall Highweight Handicap (Gr. 2) but did not build upon his two-year-old form. Then he left for stud at Walmac Farm where he spent twenty-two years. Here he produced 94 blacktype winners including the 1991 American Horse of the Year and the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Black Tie Affair, the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Urban Sea, the winner of the Japan Cup Marvelous Crown and Bachelor Duke, successful in the 2,000 Guineas. His daughters, however, proved yet more successful at stud, producing 165 blacktype winners including the above mentioned half-brothers Galileo and Sea The Stars.

Miswaki is one of just four black-type winners from the Mr Prospector x Buckpasser cross but once we take into account the fact that the same cross has produced Seeking The Gold or Woodman, we can speak about one of the most influential crosses in history. Moreover, Miswaki was of an excellent family, established by the great broodmare Leallah. Same as Miswaki, Woodman and Seeking The Gold were successful not only as sires but also by damsires. Woodman’s daughters have produced 190 black-type winners, the daughters of Seeking The God 126. And their daughters have produced a number of successful sires. Woodman, for instance, is the damsire of More Than Ready or Byron, Seeking The Gold’s daughter Heavenly Prize have gave birth to the U.S. Gr.2 winner and a great sire in Argentina and sire of twelve Gr.1 winners, Pure Prize.

Miswaki beats both easily. The table of sons of his daughters who have managed to produce black-type winners only confirms this. Moreover it shows that these sires come from various lines. There is a number of branched of the Northern Dancer line, then Mill Reef, Roberto, Caro and others. The table needs little comment, let us just add that it contains four sons of the Gr. 3 Prix du Calvados winner Whakilyric (Hernando, Johann Quatz, Res Judicata and Adnaan), among sires Sadler’s Wells, the sire of bothers Galileo and Black Sam Bellamy a Johann Quatze, is represented by three sons.

A number of sires is at the beginning of their stud career and in the case of Sea The Stars, for instance, we can be pretty sure that the number of his progeny successful in black-type races will significantly increase. The table contains a number of sires with one or two black-type winners but these include horses such as King Bull who earned only 14,000 dollars on the racecourse and has nine foals of racing age but two of them won a black-type race and two placed. Or unplaced Cherokee Five with eight foals of racing age and one black-type winner.

Mastecraftsman shows that Miswaki’s skills as a broodmare sire of sires might have been inherited by Black Tie Affair. Mastercraftsman has just made one of the most impressive debuts at stud in recent years, achieved with a significantly less excellent setup of partners than that of his foremost rival among European sires with two crops, Sea The Stars. Among the dams of his ten products-black-type winners, only two are black-type winners, listed – the dam of Kingston Hill and Vague Nouvelle. Mastercraftsman, however, is not the single successful sire out of a dam by Black Tie Affair. The winner of the El Camino Real Derby (Gr.3) Ocean Terrace performs surprisingly well at stud. He started his stud career in the United States but became a star in Chile where he has produced eight Gr.1 winners.

Looking at the pedigrees of the above mentioned Gr.1 winners by Ocean Terrrace, one cannot miss the fact that two of them are out of mares by Sadlers Congress and two out of dams by another Sadler’s Wells’s son Tanaasa. The combination of Miswaki’s and Sadler’s Wells’s blood which has produced the excellent Galileo is successful in a quite different environment and shows that daughters and granddaughters of Miswaki can produce sires successful at different places all over the world.

Miloslav Vlček

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