Sir Prancealot

published: 01 Nov 2017 in Stallion profiles

Sir Prancealot’s first European crop came out of the blocks running in 2016 and by the end of that year there were 32 winners of 46 races, two of them stakes winners. This is hardly surprising as he was a juvenile Gr.2 winner himself and he hails from a fast branch of the Mr. Prospector male line via that horse’s champion sprinting son Gulch.

BRILLIANT juvenile Sir Prancealot (IRE), covering his first southern book at Cornerstone Stud in 2017 and was the Leading First Season Sire in GB in 2016 with 32 winners, looks a “no brainer” to work in Australia. This is especially so when you consider his two stakes winners are from daughters of Danehill (USA) and that horse’s son Danehill Dancer (IRE).

  In a country where pedigrees are dominated by that nine-times champion sire and his offspring, it’s a bonus to discover a stallion who is free of Danehill and his sire Danzig, yet has pedigree elements that complement them. He has two lines of Danehill’s grandsire Northern Dancer, whose dam Natalma is also Danehill’s third dam (and appears 3mx3f in his pedigree), and he also has a line of Natalma’s half-sister Cosmah, the fourth dam of Sir Prancealot’s dam sire Catrail (USA).

  But what immediately struck me about the pedigree of Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz-Mona Em by Catrail (USA)) is the number of quality mares who feature in it. You could say Blue Hens abound, with the likes of Height of Fashion, Special and her dam Thong, Allegretta, Terlingua, High Voltage and Moonmadness among those featuring in his six-generation family tree. Of special interest is the line breeding to family 5h, tracing to Yorkshire Oaks winner Dalmary (Blandford-Simon’s Shoes by Simon’s Square). Sir Prancealot’s sire Tamayuz is out of a mare by Nureyev, whose dam Special is a daughter of Forli and Thong (Nantallah-Rough Shod by Gold Bridge), while his dam Mona Em is by Catrail and from the inbred Moy Water by Tirol (IRE), a son of Thatching, a sire also inbred to this family. 

  Thatching’s sire Thatch is a brother to Special (the brother and sister appear 4x5 in Sir Prancealot’s pedigree), while his dam Abella (Abernant) has Erica Fragrans (Big Game-Jennydang by Colombo) as her second dam. Jennydang’s daughter Cheville (Chamossaire) is the sixth dam of Sir Prancealot. Jennydang (Colombo-Dalmary) appears 6fx5f in Moy Water’s pedigree and there is an additional line of her half-sister, the earlier-mentioned Rough Shod. 

  This concentration of the 5h family makes it likely that Sir Prancealot will also work well with descendants of Special’s influential daughter Fairy Bridge (Bold Reason), a half-sister to Nureyev, the dam of his three-quarter brothers Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King (USA), the latter sire of champion sire and broodmare sire Encosta de Lago. And while we are on the subject of family connections, Catrail is by Storm Cat, whose dam Terlingua (Secretariat) is out of Crimson Saint, dam of Royal Academy (USA) (by Nijinsky, who has strong pedigree links with Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird). Royal Academy’s son Bel Esprit is famous for siring Black Caviar and daughters of both could cross well with Sir Prancealot.

  Catrail’s third dam Royal Match (Turn-to) is a three-quarter sister to influential sire Halo (by Turn-to son Hail to Reason). Almahmoud, the dam of Natalma and Cosmah, is by Mahmoud (Blenheim-Mah Mahal by Gainsborough), the record-breaking Derby winner whose close relatives Abernant and Nasrullah are part of this pedigree.

  Sir Prancealot only had six starts for Richard Hannon, all at two, before his career was ended with a training injury. He kicked off with a win in a 5.5f juvenile maiden at Bath, starting 2/1 favourite and leading most of the way to beat Strong Conviction by two lengths for owner Andrew Tinkler on May 16, 2012. He was next at Sandown on May 31 for the Listed National Stakes (5f) with Racing Post reporting he took the lead a furlong out and “stormed clear, impressive”. He left a gap of 4.5 lengths to runner-up Top Boy, with a further 2.5 lengths to third-placed Effie B, time 1:01.85.

  Taken to Royal Ascot for the Coventry Stakes-Gr.2 (6f) on June 19, he took a keen hold but was held up towards the rear in the 22 runner feature before making a move two furlongs out. Although he quickened well, he was no match for Dawn Approach, Olympic Glory and Cristoforo Colombo, finishing fourth. Withdrawn from the July Stakes-Gr.2 because of the unsuitable soft ground, he instead travelled to France for the Prix Robert Papin-Gr.2 (5.5f) on July 22 but could not catch the runaway leader Reckless Abandon, running on well in the final furlong to be second, beaten 1.5 lengths and with third home, Snowday, a further 2.5 lengths back in the eight-runner event.

  He returned to France on August 19, this time for the Prix Morny-Gr.1 (6f) at Deauville where Reckless Abandon (Exchange Rate) again made the running, that colt would be unbeaten in five starts at two, also winning the Middle Park Stakes-Gr.1 for Godolphin, but would prove sub-fertile at stud. Sir Prancealot got to second a furlong from home but tired in the final stages and finished fourth (1.75 lengths from winner) with the Aiden O’Brien-trained stablemates George Vancouver and Parliament Square filling the minors.

  Sir Prancealot’s final start came on September 14 and he was back at 5f for the historic Flying Childers Stakes-Gr.2 at Doncaster. With Johnny Murtagh in the saddle, he tracked the leaders before being asked for an effort in the final furlong where he tackled the frontrunner Bungle Inthejungle, gaining the upper hand near the post to score by a half-length in 59.47.

  Described by the trainer’s son, also Richard, who took over the stables at the end of 2013 after working, firstly in Australia, and then with his father for 12 years as his assistant, as a horse with “a great attitude and an awful lot of ability”, Sir Prancealot won three of his six starts and was never further back than fourth.

  “He was a gentleman to deal with and it’s a great pity his career ended with a training injury as his performance in the Flying Childers Stakes over 5f was a really stunning effort.”

  Timeform called him a “smart performer” and his annual rating in Racehorses of 2012 was 111. A handsome bay standing 16 hands, Sir Prancealot was bred by Dermot Cantillon and Forenaghts Stud.

  He retired to Tally Ho Stud in Ireland in 2013 and was an immediate success, finishing Champion First Season Sire by both winners and prize money in 2016, ahead of Helmet and Frankel. His 32 juvenile winners included Madam Dancealot (Danehill; has Thatching 5mx4f), winner of the Dick Poole Stakes-Gr.3 and Listed winner Sir Dancealot (Danehill Dancer), as well as the stakes placed Biri’s Angel (Fasliyev; doubling Nureyev 4fx3m) and Stormy Clouds (Kyllachy; Nureyev 4mx5m). He also had multiple winners out of daughters of Arakan (Nureyev), Blues Traveller, Noverre, Bertolini, Alhaarth, Rock of Gibraltar (Danehill), Invincible Spirit, Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) and Darshaan.

  To early October 2017, he had 64 winners from 117 runners for earnings topping $2.8m. Madam Dancelot has taken her good form to the US where she won the San Clemente Handicap-Gr.2 at Del Mar and placed third in the Del Mar Oaks-Gr.1. Beau Recall (Great Commotion), the runner-up in that Gr.1, is also by Sir Prancealot and has several stakes placings to her credit. His additional stakes placed runner is Copper Knight (Oasis Dream) and he also has further multiple winners out of daughters of Fayruz, Elusive Quality, Singspiel (Nureyev-Sadler’s Wells 4x4). Goodwood Crusader, a winner of five races to 1207m, has a dam by the Danzig line sire Invincible Spirit and his second dam is by Desert King, a horse well known in Australia. He’s a son of Danehill and from a mare by Nureyev – two proven nicks even at this early stage in Sir Prancealot’s career. 

  Sir Prancealot’s sire Tamayuz (Nayef-Al Ishq by Nureyev) was Champion 3YO Miler in France when his five wins (all 8f) from seven starts at two and three included the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1 and Prix Jean-Prat-Gr.1. He retired to stud in 2009 and has 131 winners (58.7% of runners) of $11.86m. His 27 stakes winners include 2017 French 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Precieuse (Pivotal), the Haydock Sprint Cup-Gr.1 winner G Force (Common Grounds), multiple Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 runner-up Blond Me (Docksider) and Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Desert Skyline (Acatenango). He has three winners from four runners in Australia including Listed winner Gallic Chieftain (by Danehill son Cacique), whose pedigree features a 3fx4f double of Nureyev.

  Tamayuz is a son of the beautifully bred multiple Gr.1 winner Nayef, a son of Gulch (Mr. Prospector) and the Queen’s Champion 2YO Filly Height of Fashion (Bustino-Highclere by Queen’s Hussar). Height of Fashion became a champion broodmare for Sheikh Hamdan, leaving the English Derby hero Nashwan and French champion Unfuwain, both successful sires. Nayef’s sire Gulch won the 1988 Eclipse Award as Champion US Sprinter, his 13 wins including the Hopeful Stakes-Gr.1, Futurity Stakes-Gr.1, Wood Memorial-Gr.1, Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1 (twice), Carter Handicap-Gr.1 and Breeders’ Cup Sprint-Gr.1.
  Al Ishq, dam of Tamayuz, won in France and is a half-sister to three stakes winners including French Derby-Gr.1 winner and sire Anabaa Blue (Anabaa). Her dam Allez Les Trois (Riverman-Allegretta by Lombard), a Gr.3 winner in France, is a half-sister to Gr.1 winner and sire King’s Best (Kingmambo) and to Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1 winner Urban Sea (Miswaki), whose eight stakes winners include turf champions and leading sires Galileo (IRE) and Sea The Stars. King’s Best and Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) both shuttled briefly to Australia and their descendants could make fine mates for Sir Prancealot.

  Sir Prancealot’s dam Mona Em won twice at 1000m-1200m including a Listed event in France and her seven winners include Listed winner Nice Applause (Royal Applause). Her sire Catrail (USA), a former shuttler (1996-98), is a speedy son of Storm Cat who won at Gr.2 level and was Gr.1 second and third in England, while his dam Tough as Nails is a daughter of Majestic Light (Majestic Prince) and the Buckpasser mare Hardliner (ex Royal Match). Catrail’s local runners included Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Catatonic (Century) and Listed winners Force Apollo (King Apollo), Cation (Vain) and Catango (Bletchingly).
  Second dam is the inbred Moy Water, a winner twice at 1200m and dam of five winners. She is by English and Irish 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner Tirol, a son of Thatching, the latter sire of Australian based Archway (IRE) and Rustic Amber (sire of Sequalo), whose descendants could also work with Sir Prancealot. Tirol also shuttled briefly (1991-94), his best here including tough Listed-winners Mr Selby and Slalom, while he left the Gr.1-winning fillies Tarascon and Miss Tahiti among his stakes winners in Europe. Third dam Croglin Water, dam of nine winners, is by Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Monsanto and from Law and Impulse (Roan Rocket-Miss Justice by King’s Bench), dam of the speedy Governor General (Dominion), a runner-up in the King’s Stand Stakes. Miss Justice is by the Middle Park Stakes-Gr.1 and St James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1 winner King’s Bench (Court Martial) and from Cheville, a daughter of St Leger winner and champion English sire Chamossaire and the Cesarewitch Handicap winner Jennydang (Colombo-Dalmary by Blandford).

  Cornerstone’s stud master Sam Hayes was able to secure Sir Prancealot for shuttle duties thanks to the good response to another shuttler from Tally Ho in Zebedee (GB) (Invincible Spirit (IRE)-Cozy Maria by Cozzene), also a Flying Childers-Gr.2 winner, who came to Cornerstone in 2015 as his first runners were meeting with great success in Europe.

  “It takes something special to beat the likes of Frankel in a sires’ premiership,” Sam Hayes said when announcing his newest shuttler. “Sir Prancealot and Zebedee are upgrading their mares with exceptional consistency and that is one of the benefits of breeding to proven stallions.” n