Identifying Sires

published: 21 Apr 2015 in Pedigree analysis

MOST leading broodmare sires of today were prominent sires of winners in the recent past and some are still active. 

The sire of the dam of a feature winner often contributes a great deal whether it be speed, stamina or soundness, and past leading sires of winners have a statistical advantage over less successful rivals due to weight of numbers of daughters and the opportunities those daughters receive in terms of matings with the best stallions of the day.
  That said, there are a number of well bred sires who failed to become prominent as sources of major winners but whose better bred daughters, particularly those of above average racing ability, are worthy of a chance at stud and whose prospects of producing a stakes winner can be enhanced with clever matings. This is the seventh annual article in this series and will hopefully encourage readers to consider breeding from selected daughters of the 12 stallions mentioned, most away from the mainstream and therefore likely to be purchased for reasonable prices.

Here, in alphabetical order, is this year’s list of 12 broodmare sire prospects:


(Bay, 2001, El Prado-Hidden Light by Majestic Light)
A high class racehorse in the US, at his best at around 1600m to 1800m, Artie Schiller won 10 races and more than $US2m, his highlight victory coming in the Breeders’ Cup Mile-Gr.1 at Belmont Park. This grandson of Sadler’s Wells is from a strong American family and has compiled a solid record as a sire of winners in the United Stakes and in Australia where he has shuttled to Victoria since 2007. His leading performers here include Laser Hawk, Lady Melksham, Vain Queen, Big Chill and Secret Liaison.
  It is too early for Artie Schiller to have many runners as a broodmare sire yet (his only one in the US is a winner of five races) but key factors in assessing his potential are that he should prove a great outcross for mares carrying Danzig/Danehill blood and that he carries Sir Ivor blood.


(Bay, 2004, Montjeu-Funsie by Saumarez)
English Derby winner Authorized, also a Gr.1 winner over 1600m as a two year-old, was rated Europe’s Champion Three Year-Old in 2007. This son of outstanding classic sire Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) appeals as an ideal broodmare sire and is well placed to take advantage of the speed sire lines, which predominate in Australia. Coming from an excellent female line, Authorized also has valuable lines of Rainbow Quest, Lyphard and Val de Loir on his dam’s side.
  Authorized has 19 stakes winners around the world but stood only four seasons here at Darley’s Aberdeen farm, covering many well bred mares in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, so only limited numbers of his daughters will be available in Australia.  Other than Complacent in Australia, his only other Gr.1 winners are the females Seal of Approval and My Ambivalent. He is yet to have a starter as a maternal grandsire.


(Bay, 1991, Chief’s Crown-Beautiful Glass by Pass The Glass)
Although he failed to win a black type race, Beautiful Crown won six good races in California and was ranked as one of the fastest sprinters of his time at 1200m to 1300m. This grandson of Danzig, with Secretariat, Buckpasser and Bold Ruler in his background, spent 16 seasons at stud in NSW until 2013, leaving more than 930 living foals so finding a daughter should not be too difficult.
  Beautiful Crown’s 10 stakes winners to date include fillies like Bella Corona, Crown Princess, Maha Chakri, Our Joan of Arc and Tenant’s Tiara. Given the opportunities his daughters had in their early days at stud, they are doing very well with a range of sires. At time of writing Beautiful Crown is maternal grandsire of six black type winners, Hallowell Belle (Starcraft), Salade (Snitzel), Fuddle Dee Duddle (Red Ransom), Whittington (Tale of the Cat), current juvenile Haptic (Exceed and Excel) and another in the US.


(Bay, 2002, Danehill (USA)-Grand Echezeaux (NZ) by Zabeel)
The beautifully bred Darci Brahma is one of New Zealand’s leading sires and has received great support in terms of numbers and quality of mares since retiring to The Oaks Stud in 2007. On the track Darci Brahma proved the best of his age in New Zealand at two and three and was Champion Sprinter at four, winning 10 of 19 starts including the QTC T.J. Smith Classic-Gr.1 (1600m) in Australia, the New Zealand 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 (1600m) and three other Gr.1 events at 1200m, 1400m and 1600m.
  To date he has no record as a maternal grandsire but his better daughters are sure to receive opportunities. His bloodlines should nick with many of today’s sire population on both sides of the Tasman.


(Brown, 2002, Red Ransom (USA)-In The Past (GB) by Zafonic)
I like the prospects of STC Silver Slipper Stakes winner Domesday, a Darley Victoria, sire, following up on the successes of Red Ransom in becoming a broodmare sire of note. From the Roberto branch of the Hail to Reason male line and out of a Damascus mare, Red Ransom crosses well with a variety of lines plentiful in Australia and New Zealand. I would expect Domesday, from the wonderful Best in Show family of Redoute’s Choice, to match well with many stallions currently at stud.
  With around 600 foals on the ground since retiring to stud in 2006, Domesday has eight stakes winners, several of them fillies, headed by Gr.1 winners Doctor Doom and Pressday.


(Bay, 1998, Zabeel-Diamond Lover by Sticks and Stones)
Don Eduardo represents equine perfection and royalty, a superbly related son of the great Zabeel from a Gr.1-winning mare from the amazing Eight Carat family of Octagonal, Danewin, Commands, Kaapstad and a host of other stars, most recent of them Shooting to Win and Deep Field.
  Now standing semi-privately in NSW at Gooree, Don Eduardo was originally retired to stud in New Zealand and has 10 black type winners headed by Booming, Divine Rebel and Swift Alliance. Such a cracking individual that he fetched a record $NZ3.6m as a yearling way back in 2000, Don Eduardo justified his buyer’s confidence by winning the 2002 AJC Australian Derby-Gr.1 (2400m) and two other feature races, and looks to have everything in his favour to make a mark as a maternal grandsire. Already Don Eduardo mares have produced nine winners, headed by Sydney Gr.2 performer Kabayan, also a good winner in Hong Kong.


(Bay or brown, 2002, Southern Halo-Secret Red by Secretariat)
Stocky and as a racehorse effective from 1000m to 1600m up to Gr.2 company in the US, Vinery Stud’s Dubleo could be a valuable “sleeper” as a broodmare sire. His two best runners since retiring to stud in 2005 are the fillies Dubleanny (from a Canny Lad mare) and Koonoomoo (from a Rory’s Jester mare whose dam is by Luskin Star), often a good pointer to later success as a maternal grandsire, and he has worked well with mares carrying the plentiful blood of Danehill.
  Dubleo is by the same sire as leading sire and emerging broodmare sire More Than Ready, who crosses brilliantly with Danehill. His dam is by champion Secretariat from a daughter of Nijinsky and he is closely related to Tapit, record breaking Champion Sire in the US in 2014. Dubleo’s family is one of the best in recent US history and having In Reality as sire of his third dam is another plus.


(Bay, 2000, Kingmambo-Weekend Surprise by Secretariat)
If breeding counts, the smallish, Emirates Park sire Eavesdropper is worthy of consideration as a broodmare sire of the future. By Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector-Miesque by Nureyev), one of the world’s most important sires this century, Eavesdropper was only a minor winner but is a half-brother to US Horse of the Year and champion sire A.P. Indy and to another multiple Gr.1 winner in Summer Squall. This is the renowned Missy Baba family.
  Since retiring to stud here in 2009 Eavesdropper has enjoyed only moderate support in terms of quality mares but is leaving his share of winners and he left one black type winner from a few earlier seasons in the US. Daughters of Eavesdropper should be suited to the many Danehill-line sire available in Australia.


(Chestnut, 1996, Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom by Private Account)
Like the previously mentioned Domesday, Good Journey comes from the famous Best in Show family and on pedigree top and bottom he has impeccable credentials to make a successful broodmare sire. 
He is by Northern Dancer’s influential son Nureyev from multiple Gr.1 winner Chimes of Freedom, by superbly bred Private Account, a top class son of Damascus.
  Good Journey, a Gr.1 winner in Canada and earner of more than $US1.7m on the track, is a half-brother to Aldebaran, Champion Sprinter in the US in 2003 and to other good winners. He had something of a rocky start to his Australian stud career due to his ownership, but after a stint in California he returned here to stand at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.
  All things considered he has done a pretty good job with 14 black type winners thus far, outstanding among them Happy Trails, multiple Gr.1 winner of more than $2.8m.


(Bay, 2004, Danehill (USA)-l’On Vite by Secretariat)
Stallion sons of noted broodmare sires, backed up by exceptional female pedigrees, must have excellent prospects of becoming good broodmare sires so I have included Holy Roman Emperor in this feature for 2015.
  A multiple Gr.1 winner in Ireland and France, the smallish, powerfully built Holy Roman Emperor was retired to stud as a three year-old in Ireland and was a popular visitor to Coolmore in NSW for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, but his early results here were a little disappointing although from them came New Zealand 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Rollout The Carpet, 2015 New Zealand Derby winner Mongolian Khan-Gr.1, Angelic Light and several other stakes winners.
  Worldwide, Holy Roman Emperor has a more than respectable 48 stakes winners, among them Banimpire and Homecoming Queen plus Hong Kong stars Designs on Rome, Rich Tapestry and Charles The Great. Out of an unraced Secretariat mare, Holy Roman Emperor is a brother to Milanova and a half-brother to two other black type winners. His dam is a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer-Ciboulette by Chop Chop) who bred 14 winners and five stakes winners. He comes from the family of Champion Australian Sire Flying Spur (also by Danehill), now one of our leading sires of broodmares and another Champion Sire and excellent broodmare sire in Encosta de Lago (Fairy King (USA)).


(Bay, 1997, Danzig-Prospector’s Delight by Mr. Prospector)
Now standing in Queensland for Eliza Park International, Monashee Mountain has done well as a sire of winners in Australia and in Europe since beginning his stud career in 2001. Winner of four stakes events in Ireland up to Gr.3 level at 1200m and 1400m, we appreciate him best in Australia as the sire of QTC Stradbroke-Gr.1-winning mare La Montagna.
  As a superbly related son of Danehill’s sire Danzig, Monashee Mountain I feel has the potential to have an impact as a broodmare sire as his first five dams are by influential stallions Mr. Prospector, Hoist the Flag, Herbager, Court Martial and Nasrullah and he traces in tail female to La Troienne, the most renowned foundation mare in modern American breeding. Monashee Mountain is maternal grandsire of To My Valentine, a black type winner in the US, as well as a number of good winners in Australia, best to date being No Problem (Real Saga), but as yet no stakes winners here.


(Brown, 1997, Mukaddamah (USA)-Divine Dash by Tolomeo (IRE))
This brilliantly fast two year-old and sprinter, a four time stakes winner, has proved a prolific sire of winners, most notably durable, quality sprinters Zaratone and Riziz and the untypical Lazer Sharp, winner of the South Australian Derby. Still active at Kooringal Stud, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Zariz represents the influential Storm Bird branch of Northern Dancer’s male line and carries in his pedigree a number of other influential horses like Never Bend, Noholme and Grey Sovereign.
  So far Zariz has 700-plus living foals so there are many daughters out there, but as a low fee sire the depth of their female pedigrees may often be lacking commercial quality. That said, Zariz could potentially inject the priceless factor of speed in many matings so a Zariz mare, especially one who possessed racing ability, could prove valuable as a producer.