Hallowed Crown, crowned prince of the Street Cry line

published: 27 Jul 2015 in Pedigree analysis

THE late Street Cry (IRE) (Machiavellian-Helen Street by Troy) only just missed heading the Australian sires’ table a few years back, and he has been in phenomenal form recently. 

In the past 12 months he’s been represented by no less than 17 individual stakes winners, including the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1 and MRC Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 scorer Pride of Dubai, and Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 heroine Winx, as well as other Australian Group winners Sabatini, Solicit, Chivalry, Star Fashion, Sweet and Speedy and Cat O’Mountain.

  Remarkably, during the same 12 months, Street Cry’s US Champion Two Year-Old and Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 winner Street Sense (USA) (ex Bedazzle by Dixieland Band) has topped even that effort, with 19 individual stakes winners lead by US Gr.1 winners Sweet Reason and Callback, and Australian star Hallowed Crown. And it’s Hallowed Crown, who retires to Darley in 2015, previously the home of Street Cry and Street Sense, who will continue the next generation of this sire line.

  Racing in the famous red and black colours of his breeder, Eduardo Cojuangco’s Gooree Park Stud, Hallowed Crown went two-for-two as a juvenile, winning the ATC Kindergarten Stakes-Gr.3 on the second of those starts. Hallowed Crown kicked off his three year-old season with victories in the Run to the Rose Handicap-Gr.3 over 1200m, and the Golden Rose Stakes-Gr.1 at 1400m, defeating Shooting to Win, Scissor Kick and Nostradamus. Backing up to 1200m for the Roman Consul Stakes-Gr.3, Hallowed Crown was denied a clear run, but still finished a highly creditable fourth to the brilliant Brazen Beau. 

  Back off a spell, Hallowed Crown rebounded to capture the 1400m ATC Hobartville Stakes-Gr.2 over Sweynesse and the subsequent Doncaster Handicap-Gr.1 victor Kermadec. Hallowed Crown’s final victory proved he was more than just a sprinter as he annexed the Randwick Guineas-Gr.1 (1600m), accounting for old foes Sweynesse and Shooting to Win. Immediately following that performance Hallowed Crown was officially rated the best three year-old in Australia, and the joint top-rated three year-old in the world (the March 8 World Racehorse Rankings).

  We’ve covered Hallowed Crown’s sire line in some detail, but his female line is no less distinguished. His dam Crowned Glory, a daughter of Danehill (USA), won the Bloodhorse Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.3 and took second in the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1. She’s also dam of the Group winner Needs Further (Encosta de Lago), now at stud in Tasmania. Hallowed Crown’s second dam Significant Moment (Bletchingly-Lady Giselle (FR) by Nureyev) 
is a half-sister to the great sire Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram (IRE)) and to classic winner and sire Baryshnikov (Kenmare (FR)).

  Looking at mating possibilities we can note that Hallowed Crown has an interesting and well-constructed pedigree. He is a product of the Machiavellian/Danehill cross that has produced more than 25 stakes winners, 20 Graded, and six Gr.1. 
We can note that his grandsire Machiavellian, is free of Northern Dancer, but is out of a mare inbred to Almahmoud, the second dam of Northern Dancer, while Danehill is a grandson of Northern Dancer, who is inbred to Northern Dancer’s dam Natalma. In addition, Hallowed Crown has inbreeding to the Northern Dancer/His Majesty cross through Bedazzle, the dam of Street Sense, and through Danehill.
  Several descendants of Almahmoud, including Street Sense/Street Cry, descendants of Danehill, and descendants of Nureyev (sire of the third dam of Hallowed Crown) have unusual distance haplotypes, which makes it logical that they have combined well together. This tends to give the ability to sire high class winners over a wide range of distances, a trait that we have seen to an extreme degree with Street Cry and Danehill.
  This suggests Hallowed Crown might do well with further infusions of similar strains, notably with mares by sons or grandsons of Danehill. Repeating the Danehill/Bletchingly cross that produced Hallowed Crown’s dam, by bringing in Redoute’s Choice (sire of Stratum, Snitzel, Al Samer, Bradbury’s Luck, Nadeem and Not a Single Doubt), and the similar Danehill/Star Kingdom cross through such as Danzero, Catbird and Elvstroem.
  There is a Street Sense stakes winner out of a mare by Danehill son Commands, and also Street Cry line stakes winners out of mares by Danehill line stallions Danewin, Al Maher, Lion Hunter and Danasinga. It could also be worth particularly considering Danehill through Danehill Dancer (who is from the family of Street Sense, and who is sire of Choisir), Flying Spur (a reverse cross to Hallowed Crown), with other options including Desert King, Exceed and Excel, Fastnet Rock, and Rock of Gibraltar.

  There are also Street Sense stakes winners out of mares descending from Danehill’s sire Danzig through Danzig Connection, Bianconi, Maroof and Boundary (sire of Big Brown). Other Danzig line broodmare sires to provide the dams of Street Cry line stakes winners include Green Desert (sire of Desert Sun, Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Volksraad), Dayjur (a reverse cross to Hallowed Crown) and Snaadee. Other potential sources of Danzig to try here are Perugino (a relative to Nureyev, the sire of the third dam of Hallowed Crown, and sire of Testa Rossa), Anabaa and Belong to Me.

  Street Sense has three stakes winners out of mares from the Sadler’s Wells line, out of daughters of Singspiel, Horse Chestnut (by Fort Wood), El Prado (sire of Medaglia d’Oro and Artie Schiller). Other Sadler’s Wells line horses who could work 
here include Montjeu, Galileo (who is a reverse cross to Hallowed Crown, and is sire of Teofilo, giving inbreeding to Danehill; and New Approach), Carnegie (a close relative to Lady Giselle, the third dam of Hallowed Crown), Scenic (sire of Blevic), High Chaparral, Barathea and King of Kings.

  Bred to Encosta de Lago (by Fairy King, a brother to Sadler’s Wells), Hallowed Glory’s dam produced Group winner Needs Further. This suggests mares by Encosta de Lago and sons, and also introducing his sire Fairy King, through Falbrav, Second Empire or Shinko King.
  Machiavellian (Mr. Prospector-Coup de Folie by Halo) did very well with Nureyev line mares, and the cross of Street Cry and sons with that line has also significantly outperformed opportunity, including a stakes winner for Street Sense. 
In Australia, Nureyev might be brought in through Stravinsky, Fasliyev (a reverse Northern Dancer/Mr. Prospector cross to Hallowed Crown), Spinning World and Peintre Celebre (a reverse Northern Dancer/Raise a Native cross to Hallowed Crown, 
with the Raise a Native through the genetic relatives Mr. Prospector and Alydar).

  Street Sense has four stakes winners out of a Storm Cat line mares and sources of Storm Cat commonly found in Australia, include Tale of the Cat (bred like Catienus, the broodmare sire of a Street Sense stakes winner), Hennessy (sire of Johannesburg), Catrail (who would be particularly interesting), Giant’s Causeway (sire of Shamardal, who would be extremely interesting here, as he is out of a sister to Street Cry, the grandsire of Hallowed Crown. Shamardal already has a Group winner out of Street Cry mare, with similar inbreeding to this), High Yield and Van Nistelrooy. 

  Street Sense has also outperformed opportunity with mares descending from Northern Dancer through Deputy Minister, the cross producing four stakes horses, two stakes winners, and one Graded winner, from only 19 starters, including a stakes horse who is the only starter out of mare by the most likely Australian source in Dehere.

  Street Sense has enjoyed some success when bred back over certain mares from his own Mr. Prospector sire line. He has a Graded stakes winner and a stakes placed horse out of mares by Coronado’s Quest, a son of Forty Niner (found in Australia through Distorted Humor, who would be interesting here as he is a parallel Northern Dancer/Danzig cross to Hallowed Crown). He also has a Graded stakes winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold, while another son of Street Cry has a stakes winner out of a mare by Seeking the Gold son Mutakddim. In Australia, possible Seeking the Gold sources are Dubawi and Secret Savings (sire of Dash For Cash). There is a Street Sense stakes winner out of a mare 
by El Moxie, who is interesting as he is a three-quarter brother to Machiavellian.

  It may also be worth experimenting with mares by Elusive Quality, whose broodmare sire Hero’s Honor is a Northern Dancer/Graustark cross (where Hallowed Crown has a double of Northern Dancer over His Majesty, a brother to Graustark). Another son of Gone West, sire of Elusive Quality, who shuttled briefly is Mr. Greeley, who is from the same male and female line as Hallowed Crown.

  The Street Cry cross with A.P. Indy line mares has been relatively disappointing, but Street Sense does have a stakes winner out of an A.P. Indy mare, and it could be worth trying him with daughters of Congrats, as his dam is a Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer/Graustark cross, very similar to Hallowed Crown (Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer/His Majesty).

  Street Cry has outperformed opportunity with mares descending from Zabeel, and this strain is interesting here as Zabeel is a half-brother to the second dam of Hallowed Crown. Other sources include Octagonal (broodmare sire of a Street Cry Gr.2 winner), Lonhro (effectively an extended reverse cross to Machiavellian), Reset, Don Eduardo (a three-quarter relative to Octagonal) and Savabeel. Street Cry and Street Sense have not done well over Halo 
in general, but it could be worth considering mares by More Than Ready, who is a Halo/Mr. Prospector cross, the reverse of Machiavellian. n