published: 01 Oct 2015 in Stallion profiles

SQUAMOSA, a horse with obvious Gr.1 ability, a fine turn of foot and a pedigree combining the Australian speed influences Redoute’s Choice, Canny Lad, Rory’s Jester and Bletchingly as well as wonderful broodmare sire Success Express, looks well priced at a fee of just $6600 at Eliza Park International. He should appeal to broodmare owners looking to take advantage of Victoria’s successful SuperVOBIS scheme.

BREEDERS in Australasia owe the late Robert Holmes à Court a huge vote of thanks for his foresight in importing 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Success Express (USA). Although his stud career was compromised by several moves over the years, the stallion, who died earlier this year 
at Vinery, Scone aged 30, has had a remarkable impact, especially through his daughters.

  They have produced 10 Gr.1 winners, notably the Cox Plate winners Shamus Award, Pinker Pinker and Savabeel, while his son Mossman, among several to sire good winners, has been a great servant to Vinery with his runners including the Golden Slipper winner Mossfun. A rare representative of the Princequillo male line, a noted source of soundness, Success Express is also the broodmare sire of Eliza Park International’s talented sprinter Squamosa by Not a Single Doubt.

  Standing in Victoria at just $6600, Squamosa won both his juvenile starts and was a stakes winner at three when he was also runner-up in the Golden Rose-Gr.1, beaten a half-neck by Toorak Toff in record time of 1:21.9 for the 1400m after leading most of the way. With winners of the race including Denman, Forensics, Zoustar, Hallowed Crown, Duporth and Epaulette and with placegetters like Shooting to Win, Albrecht, Smart Missile and Stryker in recent times, Squamosa was certainly keeping exalted company and had obvious talent to do so well in this spring feature for three year-olds.

  Less than 1.5 lengths covered the first six over the line in the Golden Rose of 2010 and Damien Oliver brought Toorak Toff with a strong late run to beat Squamosa by a half-neck and with fast finishing Ilovethiscity third. The winner gave now-retired trainer Rick Hore-Lacey his first major winner in six years and he rated the colt his best horse since his four-time Gr.1 winner Redoute’s Choice (Danehill (USA)-Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad), grandsire of Squamosa.

  Squamosa was only run down in the final few bounds. “I never worry about barriers because you can’t change them, but the wide draw probably cost Squamosa,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said. “Nash Rawiller had to get him out of the gates quickly and the colt got across to the rails early but was a little fired up and over raced. He then kicked away at the top of the straight and nearly hung on. It was a great effort from a horse in his first preparation.”

  Squamosa was offered by Arrowfield Stud as a yearling and made $140,000 to the bid of Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds. He was syndicated to Malaysian owners led by Robert Tan and he named the youngster after an endangered clam. Trainer Gai Waterhouse gave the two year-old two barrier trials 
at 800m in May and June 2010 and he won both before the juvenile faced the starter in an AJC Two Year-Old Maiden (1150m) on July 7. He won as he liked by three lengths from Sabeen and his winning run continued next start in an AJC Two Year-Old Handicap (1400m) with a similar margin to runner-up Giresun.

  On August 14, the now three year-old stepped up to Group company for the first time to score a half-length win in the STC Run for the Rose-Gr.3 (1300m), defeating previously unbeaten Masquerader and Testa Rhythm, kicking clear with a furlong to run for Blake Spriggs. Waterhouse was delighted with the performance and said the colt was the horse to beat in the $1m Golden Rose-Gr.1 a fortnight later.

  “He is a terrific horse and he keeps improving, he has speed from the gate and then a second turn of foot up the straight. He’s on track for the Golden Rose now and too right he’ll be hard to beat,” she said. Only a half-neck stopped her prediction from becoming a reality but this also means breeders have access to Squamosa at a much more modest fee than if he’d landed the Gr.1.

  The horse did not race for the remainder of 2010 after his Golden Rose second, although he did win two barrier trials (800m, 1050m) in November and December before a spell. He then reappeared with a third in a trial to champion sprinter Hay List (1000m) on May 6, 2011 and this primed the three year-old for a start against the older sprinters in the June Stakes-LR (1100m) at Randwick on June 11. The colt jumped well for jockey Jim Cassidy from barrier eight and was soon leading and with 300m to travel he was two lengths in front and travelling well, before the jockey released the brakes and Squamosa put a gap on his opponents to score by 4.75 lengths from Lady’s Angel and Jest Crewsin’.

  “He’s a Gr.1 sprinter without a doubt, he was explosive today, he’s not right yet so he’s going to be pretty frightening when they get him fit. He was just too brilliant. He hit the ground running and he wanted to fight me and I thought I am not going to fight you big boy. He came back underneath me and switched off, cruised up the rise, and when I pushed the button I did not really go for him as he just lengthened and he was explosive,” Cassidy said.

  “He is a really smart horse and he is only 75 to 80% ready. We have had wet tracks and we were trying to get him fit for the Stradbroke, but Gai said that was not going to work, so she said to be patient and we have come here today, then we will look at the Takeover Target (at Gosford) and then we will look 
at the spring. He is a very, very smart horse,” Waterhouse racing manager Bruce Slade said.

  Connections were hoping Squamosa would begin a journey towards a Royal Ascot campaign in 2012 when he lined up in the Listed $100,000 Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) on June 24 as the odds-on favourite. “It’s an ambition of mine to see the Star Thoroughbreds colours racing at Royal Ascot,” Denise Martin said. “If Squamosa can win a Gr.1 race over the next six to eight months then we will be looking closely at going to Royal Ascot.”

  But it was not to be as Squamosa finished seventh of 14, beaten five lengths by Title with Jest Cruisin’ and Motspur next on a track rated slow (6). The horse tipped by Gai Waterhouse as a potential international-class sprinter was given a clean bill of health in the wake of the defeat and things looked back on track when he defeated Dorf Command in an 800m barrier trial a month later, before failing in the Missile Stakes-Gr.3 on August 6 when seventh of nine behind Rain Affair. He was third in a trial in October 2011 and didn’t reappear until August 13, 2012 when narrowly beaten by Rain Affair in and 842m trial, the pair crossing the line together, he had a further trial in late August that year and was unplaced. It marked the end of his career and he retired with four wins and a second in seven starts for earnings of $433,000.

  Squamosa, who retired to stud in 2013, is built very much in the mould of a sprinter and at 15.3 hands is the same height as his sire Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar by Rory’s Jester) who has done a remarkable job at Arrowfield Stud since entering the breeding barn in 2005 and has about 
350 winners of more than $35m led by Gr.1 winner Miracles of Life (More Than Ready). Not a Single Doubt was also a very smart juvenile, winning the Canonbury Stakes-LR (1000m) at Randwick, the rich Strawberry Hill Slipper at Wyong (1100m) and an 1100m event at Rosehill. He was also runner-up 
(to champion Dance Hero) in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast and fourth in the Todman Slipper Trial-Gr.2, all his starts at that age.

 He won the 2005 Zeditave Stakes (1200m in 1:10.00) at Caulfield at three, racing away to beat Danehill Express by 1.25 lengths after sitting fourth behind the leaders and he was also runner-up to Gr.1 performer Shinzig in the MRC Schweppervesence Cup (Manfred Stakes)-LR (1400m) at Caulfield. He retired with four wins and two second in 10 starts.

  Yet another star juvenile is next in the male line of this pedigree in the shape of multiple Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill-Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad) who was unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile including the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1. He won three Gr.1s the next season (Caulfield Guineas, Orr Stakes, Manikato Stakes) before embarking on a stellar stud career, also at Arrowfield (and with two late career shuttles to France) where he commands a fee this season of $110,000. His dam is by a Golden Slipper winner in Canny Lad (Bletchingly), a pattern repeated with Not a Single Doubt whose dam is by Slipper winner Rory’s Jester (Crown Jester). Redoute’s Choice’s next two dams are by classic winners Nijinsky and Sir Ivor and his fourth dam is stellar broodmare Best in Show. He’s become a noted sire of sires including Oakleigh Plate winner Snitzel, who also stands at Arrowfield and Golden Slipper winner Stratum, who stands at Widden.

  Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt have an interesting pedigree link as Snitzel’s dam is by the multiple Gr.1 winner and successful sire Snippets (Lunchtime-Easy Date by Grand Chaudiere (CAN)) while Not a Single Doubt’s dam Single’s Bar (Rory’s Jester-Easy Date) is a half-sister to Snippets. Other Easy Date family members include the Slipper winner Forensics and Slipper runner-up Zizou (whose daughters should work well with Squamosa).

  Not a Single Doubt has worked with a variety of sire lines and his Gr.1 winner Miracles of Life is from the successful More Than Ready/Danehill cross. Her second dam is by Snippets and so she also has Easy Date 3fx4m. Other Group winners include Gypsy Diamond (Zabeel), Villa Verde (Kenmare), Doubtful Jack (Marscay), Karuta Queen (Final Card), Castlethorpe (Sadler’s Wells), My Ex Mate (Kenny’s Best Pal), Pretty Cury (Volksraad), The Grey Flash (More Than Ready) and Always Certain (Akaaber). Doubling Danzig or Biscay or choosing mares with other lines of Star Kingdom or with Sir Tristram in their pedigrees has proved successful with Not a Single Doubt and should also work with Squamosa. He carries a 5mx3f cross of Bletchingly and has four lines of Northern Dancer, two via Nijinsky (Zizou carries Nijinsky’s three-quarter brother The Minstrel and his dam is a half-sister to Not a Single Doubt, while his sire carries a line of Danzig and one of Halo, whose dam is a half-sister to Natalma, dam of Northern Dancer and doubled in the pedigree of Danehill).

  Squamosa’s dam Class Success (Success Express-Enchantor by Bletchingly) was a very smart juvenile in NZ and won from 1000m-1200m, including two Listed events. She was rated the third top juvenile filly of her year and is the dam of five foals, all raced and four are winners.

  She has also produced stakes placed filly Flying Success (Flying Spur) and the winners Pulsify (French Deputy) and Successful Lass (Snitzel) while a placed daughter Accomplishment (Flying Spur) is in the Arrowfield broodmare band alongside her dam and produced colts by Starcraft and All American in 2013 and 2014. Class Success had a filly by Not a Single Doubt in 2013 and a colt by Redoute’s Choice in 2014. Squamosa’s three-quarter sister Successful Lass was covered by Mossman in her first season at stud in 2014 and the resulting foal will carry a 2mx3f cross of Success Express. Success Express was one of two Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-Gr.1 winners imported by Robert Holmes à Court, the other being Is It True (USA) (Raja Baba-Roman Rocket by Proudest Roman) who won the race in 1988. He was eventually exported back to the US in 1999 after a modest stud career in WA, his best local winner being Gr.2 star Mercurial Madam. However, he left Gr.1 winners Black Seventeen and Yes It’s True in the US, the latter a successful sire in Kentucky after starting his stud career in Florida. 

  Success Express (Hold Your Peace-Au Printemps by Dancing Champ) became an outstanding sire, his sons at stud include Gr.1 winners Mossman, Al Akbar and stakes winner Key Business, the latter two no longer active but all responsible for very good winners. However, Success Express has really come to the fore as a sire of broodmares with his daughters leaving 600 winners of $60m including 10 Gr.1 winners, three of them Cox Plate winners. Savabeel (Zabeel) is the current star sire in NZ, while Shamus Award (Snitzel) is just beginning his stud career for Widden, serving his first book in 2014.   Sadly, the Reset (Zabeel) daughter Pinker Pinker died in 2012 before going to stud. Other Gr.1 winners include Duporth (Red Ransom), Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock), Guiseppina (by the Gone West horse Johar), Excites (Danewin), Gold Edition (Lion Hunter), Wonderful World (Agnes World) and Vouvray (Zabeel). 

  In a long stud career Success Express left more than 450 winners (73% of starters) of $37m and his 32 stakes winners included eight at Gr.1 level including Golden Slipper winner Polar Success (dam by Covetous), NZ Oaks heroine Savannah Success (Semipalatinsk), Coogee Walk (Bletchingly), Mossman (Twig Moss), Al Akbar (Blakeney), Explosive Burst (Tights), Quick Star (Biscawong) and It’s My Sin (Double Jump). 

  Squamosa’s dam, Class Success, is from Enchantor, who left three winners from five foals, and she is by Star Kingdom’s grandson Bletchingly. Next dam is the unraced Tiphered, by the ill-fated champion Exceller (Vaguely Noble), winner of 15 of 33 starts including the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Coronation Cup, Canadian International, Hollywood Gold Cup and Jockey Club Gold Cup. Tiphered produced the stakes winner Phered (10 wins) to Marscay and she is a three-quarter sister to the Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed producer Vidor (Vaguely Noble), their stakes-placed dam Prestissimo (Bold Reasoning-Fast Ride by Sicambre) is a half-sister to Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Jalmood (Blushing Groom). This is family 16b and eighth dam Char Lady (La Farina-Spring Cleaning by Neil Gow) is a sister to Gr.1 winner and sire Bubbles.