Duporth & All American

published: 08 Jul 2014 in Pedigree analysis

DAVID BAY takes a look at two young sons of Red Ransom (USA), Duporth and All American, who created quite an impression with their first runners in 2013-14, as well as a grandson, Shrapnel, whose first yearlings will be offered at sales in 2015.

THE future is certainly looking bright for Gr.1 winner Duporth whose first crop hit the ground running in 2013-14 with five juvenile winners in Australia and two in NZ. This son of Red Ransom (USA), who stands at Kitchwin Hills, Scone and is third on the first crop sires’ list, has also been represented by the Gr.1 placed youngster Cornrow, third in the Blue Diamond and the ATC Sires’ Produce, who could easily be one of our better three year-olds in the new season.

It’s not surprising Duporth is getting winners as he hails from an exceptional family. His Gr.2-winning dam Staging is a daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and noted broodmare sire Success Express (USA) and her five winners also include Gr.1 winner Excites (Danewin), now at Vinery, and Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Tickets (Redoute’s Choice), who is on the roster at Widden Stud. Her winning daughter Succeeding (Flying Spur) is also dam of South African Gr.1 winner Delago Deluxe (Encosta de Lago), who stands at Newhaven Park Stud.

Staging, who won 10 races and more that $1.1m, was also Gr.1 placed when runner-up in the Doomben 10,000 and QTC Sires’ Produce and she is a sister to Listed winner Dashing Image. They are from Cinerama by Bletchingly’s Gr.1-winning son Best Western. Duporth beat Bank Robber and Apache Cat in the BTC Cup-Gr.1 (1200m) and he also won the Golden Rose-Gr.2 (now Gr.1, 1400m) and AJC San Domenico Stakes-Gr.3 (1100m) at three. He is among 108 stakes winners sired by the brilliant Roberto son Red Ransom whose best in Australia include Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, Red Dazzler, All American, Charge Forward, Onemorenomore and abroad include Perfect Sting, Ekraar, Ransom O’War and Casual Look. Duporth’s fee at Kitchwin Hills this season is $16,500.

With two talented half-brothers by Danehill-line sires, it’s no surprise to see both Duporth black type performers being out of mares from the same line. Cornrow is from a mare by Exceed and Excel (second dam by Scenic), while NZ stakes performer Two Over One is from a mare by Flying Spur (second dam by Bletchingly). The Danehill/Star Kingdom combination also appears in the pedigree of Duporth winners Mamaroochy (Danehill/Marscay) and Advertensia (Flying Spur/Marscay), while Inkling (Last Tycoon/Bletchingly) and Thelittleracketeer (Street Cry/Last Tycoon) show Red Ransom’s continuing affinity with Last Tycoon. Other Duporth winners include Chris Waller’s brilliant first-up Melbourne winner Dupe ‘em (Snowland/Palace Music/Luskin Star), who won over 900m on debut in early July, and NZ debut winner Penzance (Danzero/Rory’s Jester), who won first-up over 1150m in early May, while he has placed runners from daughters of Saint Ballado, Fusaichi Pegasus and Quest For Fame.

Although he isn’t a winner yet, his five placings from seven starts have netted Cornrow $267,850 and in addition to his two Gr.1 thirds also included a second in the Blue Diamond Preview-LR (to Mohave) and a third in the Todman Stakes-Gr.2 behind Ghibellines and Unencumbered for trainer Mick Price. His dam Baby Corn (Exceed and Excel), second dam Sweet Corn (Scenic) and third dam Corn Maizcay (Maizcay) all won black type and he is the first foal of his dam. He looks a really exciting prospect among the new three year-old colts. To early July Duporth was sitting in third spot on the first crop sires’ list behind I Am Invincible and Denman. His five Australian winners have collected $442,465.

All American on road to success

WITH seven winners of more than $435,000, including stakes winner Bachman, as the season was drawing to a close, Arrowfield Stud’s John Messara couldn’t have been happier with his young sire All American. The son of Red Ransom and Milva (USA) (Strawberry Road), whose four wins included the Cantala Stakes-Gr.1 (1600m) at Flemington, is among the leading first crop sires and sure to be popular in 2014 on his $16,500 fee.

The winner of three of his six starts at two, including his first two over 1000m and 1200m, as well as the Skyline Stakes-Gr.3 in Sydney, runner-up to Reaan in the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 at Caulfield and fifth to Sebring on a heavy track in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1, All American seemed certain to get some smart youngsters, but most breeders expected his stock would be even better at three and four. Although he didn’t win at three he was placed behind Whobegotyou in the Bill Stutt-Gr.2 and Northern Meteor in the Ascot Vale-Gr.1 and was also fourth in the Golden Rose-Gr.2 behind Duporth. His major win came in the Cantala (Emirates) Stakes-Gr.1 at four when he beat So You Think and Gold Salute in the Flemington mile, running 1:33.98. He started that season with a second to Mic Mac in the Aurie’s Star Handicap-LR (1200m in 1:09.66) on a dead track down the Flemington straight and was also third in the Crystal Mile-Gr.2 at Moonee Valley behind Rangirangdoo at the start before his Gr.1 triumph. He retired with four wins, three seconds, two thirds and two fourths in 24 starts for earnings of $1,269,415.

His dam, who won twice in the US, is a daughter of international Gr.1 star and Australian Horse of the Year Strawberry Road (Whiskey Road (USA)-Giftisa by Rich Gift (GB)), whose local wins included the Cox Plate and AJC Derby and who became a very good sire in Kentucky, and the Champion French Juvenile Filly and Prix Morny-Gr.1 winner Tersa (Mr. Prospector-Peacefully by Jacinto), a half-sister to Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 winner and sire Gato del Sol. Tersa’s eight winners included the multiple US Gr.1 winner Rock Hard Ten, whose sire Kris S is also a son of Roberto.

Milva also produced the Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed More Strawberries to More Than Ready (USA) (Southern Halo) and stakes placed Connecticut to Danehill Dancer (IRE) (Danehill) and these lines have appeared in the best runners by All American. The Gerald Ryan trained Gr.3 winner Bachman (“If ever I’ve had a Caulfield Guineas horse, I reckon this is it”) is out of a mare by Nothin’ Leica Dane, while the stakes placed Tender is out of a mare by Danehill.

All American’s city winner and stakes placed runner Zubulon is out of a mare by Saint Ballado (Halo) and his second dam is by Pleasant Tap. Zebulon’s pedigree is quite an interesting one as Roberto and Halo are sons of Hail to Reason and there is an additional line of that sire in All American’s pedigree via a daughter Morning Calm, who is All American’s fourth dam, while Whiskey Road’s dam Bowl of Flowers is a half-sister to Pleasant Tap’s sire His Majesty (who also happens to be the damsire of Danehill). Noholme, another Cox Plate-winning expat also appears in Zebulon’s pedigree (via a son Nodouble), Noholme is a son of Star Kingdom (and brother to Todman), who also features in the pedigree of several of All American’s winners.

Other All American winners include debut Sydney winner Invisible (Hussonet, Redoute’s Choice; inbred 4fx3m to Mr. Prospector and 5f,6fx5f to Nashua, the last named being the damsire of Roberto and Mr. Prospector), Sandown winner Lady Trickster (Favorite Trick, Century), The Big Rig (Stratum, El Gran Senor), Datable (Flying Spur, Rory’s Jester) and American Time (Danehill, Marauding).

All American remained popular with buyers in 2014 with his second crop yearlings selling to a high of $360,000 and others making $240,000 and $150,000, a super return on his $16,500 fee. Importantly, he covered his second biggest book (120 mares) in 2013, the biggest coming in his first season (130). He also covered in the US in 2011. His seven first crop winners had earned $435,295 to mid-July, putting him in fourth spot, just behind Duporth, on the first crop sires’ list.

Red Ransom’s talented son Red Element, a Listed winner and son of South African champion Tracy’s Element (Last Tycoon (IRE)) is also in the top 10, sitting ninth with eight winners of $270,235 (31 starters) and is set to give Jon Haseler’s Glenlogan Park yet another leading first crop sire in Queensland. Red Element, who stands at $5500, is a brother to Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and to Gr.1 runner-up Kylikwong (dam of Cantonese). He has winners from daughters of Rory’s Jester, Show a Heart (two), Nediym, Dodge, King Ivor and Monashee Mountain (stakes placed Kevin the Kruel).

Sitting just outside the top 10 in 13th spot is Champagne Stakes-Gr.1 winner Onemorenomore (Red Ransom-Palia by Last Tycoon). Standing at Vinery on $13,200 in 2014, he has sired three winners in Australia including the good WA-based winner Tonto and has progeny earnings of $145,460. He’s also had two winners in NZ and one in the Philippines and eight placed runners from 33 starters with dams of his winners being by Arena, Danzero, Flying Spur, Dane Shadow, and Rahy. Another with first crop runners in 2013-14 was Red Arrow (ex Lady Jakeo by Last Tycoon) who stands at Blue Gum Farm, Victoria on $8800. 

A winner in Australia before travelling to the US where he was a Gr.3 winner over 6f at Hollywood Park, Red Arrow’s dam won the Australia Stakes-Gr.1 and Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 and also left the HK stakes winner Able Choice (Dehere). Red Arrow’s first runners include the city placed Scarlet Arrow (Euclase), Final Arrow (Came Home) and his first winner Tipsy on Red (Danewin), who won over 1100m at Port Augusta on July 20.

Shrapnel is ready to charge forward

RED RANSOM grandson Shrapnel will have his first yearlings at sales in 2015 and the Kooringal Stud stallion, who is a Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed, is a half-brother to brilliant sprinter Wanted (Fastnet Rock). He is by Arrowfield’s AJC The Galaxy-Gr.1 winner Charge Forward, sire of the Gr.1 winners Response and Headway.

The Lamont family’s Kooringal Stud at Wagga has long been a good source of winners and is also home to proven sires Alert (ARG), Zariz and Krupt. The last named, a Todman Stakes-Gr.2 winner by Flying Spur, is another with his first runners in 2013-14 including the good winner Veselka. Shrapnel, whose pedigree screams speed, is sure to follow suit.

He was a talented performer whose major win came in the SAJC Yallambee Classic-Gr.2 (1200m) at Morphettville. He also won the Breeders’ Classic-Gr.3 there (beating Yosei) and his placings included a third behind Star Witness in the Ascot Vale-Gr.1.

Charge Forward (Red Ransom-Sydney’s Dream by Bletchingly), who stands at Arrowfield on $22,000 and retired to stud in 2005, had sired 177 winners (61.9% of starters) of more than $14m to late July. His 14 stakes winners (4.9%) include dual Gr.1 winner Response (Match Winner, second dam by King Hadrian, who stood at Kooringal) and Gr.1 winner and Champion Two Year-Old Filly Headway (Flying Spur), who was runner-up in the Golden Slipper, as was her sire. Other good winners by Charge Forward include Solar Charged (Danehill), London Lolly (Lion Hunter), Cavalry Rose (Danske), Sabrage (Maroof), Direct Charge (Redoute’s Choice), Rush (Timber Country), Road Trippin’ (Flying Spur), Assail (Redoute’s Choice), Urban Groove (Flying Spur), Fort Lincon (Flying Spur; inbred to Bletchingly) and Crack a Roadie (Flying Spur). Mares bred on the Danehill (or Danzig)/Star Kingdom cross have worked well with Charge Forward and should also work with his young son. Last Tycoon has also proved a noted cross with Red Ransom and his descendants should also work here (his son Fubu stood at Kooringal).

Charge Forward was a short course specialist, his major win coming as a three year-old in the AJC The Galaxy-Gr.1 (1100m) (beating Spark of Life). He also won the San Domenico-Gr.2 (1000m) at Randwick (beating Fastnet Rock and Dance Hero) at that age and was also pretty special as a juvenile, claiming the Todman Slipper Trial-Gr.2 and the Breeders’ Plate-LR (100m) on debut and finishing second to Dance Hero in the Slipper. His dam Sydney’s Dream (Bletchingly-Dream Appeal (USA) by Valid Appeal) was a Gr.1 winner in South Africa and is a three-quarter sister to Gimcrack Stakes-Gr.2 winner Marskin (Marscay) and half-sister to Listed winner Settler’s Cove (Luskin Star), both stakes producers.

Shrapnel’s dam Fragmentation was another speedster and her four wins (1000m-1300m) included the VRC Carnival Stakes-LR. She is also the dam of Newmarket Handicap-Gr.1 winner and sire Wanted whose first crop runners created a big impression in 2013-14. Fragmentation is a daughter of Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1 winner and leading sire Snippets (Lunchtime) and from five-time winner Southern Sprinter (Southern Appeal), a sister to Listed winner and stakes producer In The Mist. Shrapnel carries a 4fx4m cross to noted US speed influence Valid Appeal. That horse is by In Reality, a sire inbred 3mx3f to War Relic (Man o’War), whose son Relic is the damsire of Bletchingly.

This is family 7d and Shrapnel’s third, fourth and fifth dams are by Plush (Sovereign Edition), Ragtime (Tudor Melody) and Moondust (by Star Kingdom’s sire Stardust). Shrapnel’s 10th dam Vane (Orme) is a sister to English Triple Crown winner and noted sire Flying Fox. Her daughter Lady Wayward II (Ladas) is Shrapnel’s ninth dam and her other descendants in this part of the world include the superb brothers Sovereign Red and Gurner’s Lane (Sir Tristram) as well as Arctic Symbol, Starjo and Gay Filou. Shrapnel, who stands at $6600, has covered books of 67 and 62 in his first two seasons and Kooringal’s Stuart Lamont described his youngsters as “outstanding types with great length and wonderful temperament”. He stands 16.1 hands.