Dick Turpin

published: 10 Oct 2014 in Stallion profiles

Dual classic runner-up Dick Turpin (IRE) raced at the highest level in England and France and the dual Gr.1 winner brings an intriguing pedigree to WA, being a grandson of Nureyev and from the same family as Zeddaan, grandsire of Kenmare. He shuttles from the English National Stud to Mungrup Stud and has had a very good response from breeders in the west.

NAMED after a notorious 18th century highway robber, the equine Dick Turpin (IRE) earned his money honestly, gathering more than $1.5m and proving one of the best milers of his generation in Europe, winning nine of his 20 starts from age two to four. The grandson of Nureyev shuttles to Gray Williamson’s Mungrup Stud at Narrikup in WA and is covering his third southern book at $8800.

He served 88 mares in his first season and 101 last year (a sure sign breeders loved his foals) and is one of the best performed horses to stand in the west, winning two Gr.1 events, the Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly and the Premio Vittorio di Capua (1600m) at Milan, running a course record 1:33.02 in the latter and racing on ground firmer than he had ever encountered to beat Cityscape.

Trained by Richard Hannon, who also had his talented rival Canford Cliffs (IRE) (now standing in Victoria), Dick Turpin (Arakan-Merrily by Sharrood), who is the seventh foal of his dam, won his first four starts at two, starting with a 6f maiden at Windsor in June and then a minor event (6f) at Salisbury in July before stepping up to Group company in the Richmond Stakes-Gr.3 (6f) at Goodwood where he gave Buzzword a three length ‘bath’, despite giving trouble in the stalls.

He then contested the valuable Tattersalls Ireland Sale 2YO Stakes (6f) at Fairyhouse, collecting the rich first prize by beating In Some Respect by 1.5 lengths. He was unplaced in Gr.1 events in France (shuffled back) and England at his final two starts for the year and was awarded an end of season Timeform of 111 and the tag of “smart performer”. The report on Dick Turpin in Racehorses of 2010 spreads over four pages, the sort of space given only to a really good horse, and his Timeform of 127, rated him the fifth best three year-old, equal with Lookin at Lucky and headed only by Workforce (133), Canford Cliffs (131), Cape Blanco (130) and Makfi (130).

Dick Turpin started the season by taking on his odds-on stablemate Canford Cliffs in the Greenham Stakes-Gr.3 (7f) at Newbury. He surprised the stable by grabbing Canford Cliffs close to home and running away to win by half a length in what is usually a reliable trial for the 2000 Guineas. Dick Turpin was again sent out at longer odds than his stablemate in the 2000 Guineas and once again he defeated his more fancied rival, however Dick Turpin was denied victory in the classic by the late charge of 33/1 shot Makfi who pipped him on the line. The winner would go on to collect the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1.

Taken to Longchamp for the French 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 Dick Turpin rallied late to try and catch leader Lope de Vega (IRE), in the end being beaten by just half a length. The winner, who stands at Patinack Farm, went on to land the French Derby-Gr.1. Back in England for the St James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1 at Royal Ascot, Dick Turpin looked to have the Gr.1 in his keeping as he led close to home before Canford Cliffs swooped to win by a length. Dick Turpin got his chance to land a Gr.1 in the Prix Jean Prat (8f) at Chantilly and despite the presence of odds-on favourite Lope de Vega, who was unplaced, Dick Turpin ran out the winner by four lengths from Siyouni (fourth in the St James’s) and with Xtension, a last start fourth in the 2000 Guineas, third.

“He was brilliant, to accelerate like that after going such a good pace was impressive. He really deserved that victory,” jockey Richard Hughes said after the Prix Jean Prat win. Dick Turpin then took on the older horses in the International-Gr.1 at York (10f), a race that has proved notoriously difficult for three year-olds, and was unplaced (5th of nine) behind Rip van Winkle before reverting to the more suitable 1400m of the Prix de la Foret-Gr.1 at Longchamp, where he was beaten into third, just half a length, by champion Goldikova (14 Gr.1 wins) and Paco Boy.

It was then end of his season and Timeform wrote, “The good-topped Dick Turpin stays a mile well. He acts on soft and good to firm going and is a reliable sort, despite having a tendency to get on his toes before races.” Dick Turpin’s Timeform rating again remained at 127 at four when he won three of his seven starts including a second Gr.1 and when Racehorses of 2011 noted he was “undeniably a high-class miler . . . with a record to match”.

First up at Sandown in April in the bet365 Mile-Gr.2, he beat Cityscape by 2.25 lengths. He met Canford Cliffs (odds-on) in the Lockinge Stakes-Gr.1 next time out and ran a below par fourth to his stablemate before backing up just eight days later, finishing last of nine behind Goldikova in the Prix d’Ispahan-Gr.1. He was given a break and next appeared in the Summer Mile-Gr.2 at Ascot in July, giving weight to his four opponents but in the end he prevailed by three-quarters of a length from Fanunalter. Dick Turpin then headed to the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August, running well, despite being beaten four lengths (seventh) by Immortal Verse.

Taken to Milan for the Premio Vittoria di Capua-Gr.1 in September, Dick Turpin started favourite but Cityscape looked the winner when two lengths clear inside the final furlong. Dick Turpin responded well to pressure from his jockey and got up on the line, the first two finishing 1.75 lengths clear of the 2010 runner-up Vanjura and with Dick Turpin breaking a 12 year-old track record. Racing alone on the stand side rail in a very strong renewal of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on his final start, he finished a creditable fifth to Frankel, Excelebration, Immortal Verse and stablemate Dubawi Gold (runner-up in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas).

It was his final start in a 20 starts career that had netted nine wins, three seconds and a third and earnings topping $1.5m. The attractive bay, who stands 16.1 hands, began his stud career in 2012 at the English National Stud, Newmarket on £7000 (about $12,100) and then shuttled to Mungrup ($8800). European buyers were keen to secure his first crop yearlings at the recent Doncaster sales with colts selling to $A57,000 (dam by Danehill Dancer) and $A53,000 (dam by Grand Lodge) and a filly for $A44,450 (dam by High Chaparral).

“Dick Turpin has won at every level during his racing career and as a Group-winning two year-old he should appeal to commercial and home breeders alike. We always thought a lot of him at home and he proved his class on the racecourse time and time again. He was a genuine racehorse and had a great turn of foot that served him well in both his Gr.1 victories,” Richard Hannan said.

His sire Arakan (Nureyev-Far Across by the Kris son Common Grounds) was bred by the Niarchos family and gained his two most important wins at 1400m, winning the Criterion Stakes-Gr.3 at four and Supreme Stakes-Gr.3 the following season. He won six races (1200m-1600m) and Dick Turpin is from his first crop. Arakan retired to stud in 2006 and his fee at Ballyhane Stud, County Carlow is 5000 euros. He was twice second from two starts at two, and at three he won twice from seven starts and was runner-up in the Lennox Stakes-Gr.2 and Jersey Stakes-Gr.3 and third in the Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes-Gr.2 at Newmarket.

He won twice and placed twice from five starts at four beating Desert Destiny and Trade Fair (winner of the race in 2003) in the Criterion Stakes (7f) at Newmarket and also won the Listed Abernant Stakes (6f) at the same track first up at that age, earning a Timeform of 123 in a season curtailed mid-year by injury. Timeform noted, “Arakan’s form was not far behind that of the best sprinters and he wouldn’t have looked out of things had he managed the July Cup line up.”

Arakan’s busiest season came as a five year-old where he won twice and was placed four times in 10 starts, his major win coming in the Supreme Stakes (7f) at Goodwood (1.5 lengths to Sabbeeh), while he also won the City of York Stakes-LR at York and was runner-up in The Minstrel Stakes-Gr.3 at the Curragh and third in the Challenge Stakes-Gr.2 at Newmarket. He earned a Timeform of 120 at five, and Racehorses of 2005 called him “a good topped, attractive horse” and a “very smart performer”. He won six of his 24 starts and placed 13 times for Sir Michael Stoute.

Arakan’s unraced dam Far Across (Common Grounds-City Ex by Ardross) has produced four winners and is a half-sister to Group winners Donkey Engine and Petit Poucet (both by Fairy King), the latter twice Gr.1 placed, while his third and fourth dams are by The Minstrel and Raise a Native. Arakan’s damsire Common Grounds was a champion two year-old colt in France where his wins included the Prix de la Salamandre-Gr.1. His sire Kris was a champion stallion in England and is a son of Sharpen Up (grandson of Native Dancer), who has worked well with Danehill, while Common Grounds is out of a mare by Lyphard (Northern Dancer-Goofed by Court Martial).

Arakan has sired the winners of more than 160 races including the two year-old Gr.1 winner Toormore (dam by Danetime), the Gr.2 winner Trumpet Major (Cape Cross) and Gr.3 winner Sruthan (Mark of Esteem). He has other good winners from daughters of Distant Relative, Woodman, Rainbow Quest, Night Shift, General Monash, Second Empire, Barathea, Royal Academy, Danehill Dancer (doubling Sharpen Up), Marju and Chief’s Crown among others.

His sire Nureyev (Northern Dancer-Special by Forli), who won his first two starts in France and was disqualified for interference after winning the English 2000 Guineas in 1980 at his third start (Timeform 130), then almost died after breaking a leg when at stud in Kentucky in 1987. He left more than 200 stakes performers (135SW), notably wonder mare and outstanding producer Miesque (dam of Kingmambo), classic-winning mares Sonic Lady and Reams of Verse and Gr.1 winners and sires such as Peintre Celebre, Theatrical, Fasliyev, Alwuhush, Good Journey, Kitwood, Polar Falcon (sire of Pivotal), Soviet Star, Spinning World (sire of Thorn Park), Stravinsky, Wolfhound and Zilzal, while his daughters have left the likes of Desert King (Danehill), Zabeel (Sir Tristram) and Big Brown (Boundary). Nureyev is a three-quarter brother to Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King and Arakan has worked with mares carrying this blood, which could be a good pointer for mares likely to have success with Dick Turpin.

Dick Turpin’s dam Merrily (by the Caro son Sharrood and from Babycham Sparkle by So Blessed) was labelled a “fair maiden” by Timeform but she has been a good producer with five winners from seven foals and she is a half-sister to six winners including Gr.3 winner Deep Finesse, a talented sprinter who won four times at 1000m-1100m including the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket and placed in the Flying Childers-Gr.2. Babycham Sparkle won at 5f-6f at two, while Dick Turpin’s third dam, Effervescence II Charlottesville-Vareta by Vilmorin), who won over 2000m, is a half-sister to high-class sprinter miler Zeddaan (Grey Sovereign), winner of the French 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 and Prix d’Ispahan-Gr.1 and a noted sire for the Aga Khan and later in Japan.

His short-lived son Kalamoun (ex Khairunissa by Prince Bio) was also a Gr.1 winner whose victories included the French 2000 Guineas and he is the sire of Kenmare (FR) (ex Belle of Ireland by Milesian), a champion sire in France and then a stud success in Australia where his runners included the brilliant sprinters Kenvain and Keltrice. Mares carrying Kalamoun/Kenmare in their pedigrees could be an interesting fit for Dick Turpin. This is family 11g and more distant family members include notable US sires War Admiral and Eight Thirty.

Kenmare’s son Metal Storm (FR) (ex Porphyrine by Habitat) was a great success story at stud in WA leaving Gr.1 winners Old Fashion and Covertly and Gr.2 winners like Avenida Madero, Glory Hunter, Kalataria and Metal Master. His descendants look good choices for Duck Turpin, as do daughters of Oakleigh Plate winner Kenvain (ex Dancelot by Vain), who also stood in WA later in his stud career. A Kenmare grandson Verglas (IRE) (Highest Honor-Rahaam by Secreto) also left good winners from two shuttle seasons in WA and is another horse to consider.

It’s worth taking a look at Dick Turpin’s dam sire Sharrood in this context as he is from the same Grey Sovereign male line as Zeddaan, being by that horse’s grandson Caro. Dick Turpin’s dam Merrily has Zeddaan’s parents Grey Sovereign and Vareta 4x3 in her pedigree. Sharrood won seven of his 18 starts including the Eddie Read Handicap-Gr.2 and Arlington Stars and Stripes Handicap-Gr.2 and was runner-up in the Arlington Million-Gr.1 (behind Manila) and third in the Irish 2000 Guineas-Gr.1 and his dam Angel Island is a multiple Group winner by the Chilean bred Cougar, a champion turf performer in South America and the US (20 wins in 50 starts, set three new track records) and a leading sire there with runners like Kentucky Derby winner Gato del Sol.

Sharrood left the winners of more than $20m including Japan’s Horse of the Year and Champion 3YO Colt of 1993, Biwa Hayahide (dam by Northern Dancer) and European Gr.2 winners Grey Shot (Song) and Surgeon (Northjet), while among the more than 150 winners left by his daughters are stakes winners out of mares by Classic Cliché, Theatrical, Unblest, Mark of Esteem, Vettori, Unfuwain, Turtle Island and Common Grounds. The second dams of three of his stakes winners are by Shirley Heights. His sire Caro also won the French 2000 Guineas. Caro is best known in WA as the sire of Cheraw (IRE) (ex Cease Fire by Missile), sire of the notable winners Belele, Heroicity, The Bukhra and Sunshine Sally. He is another name to remember when looking for mates for Dick Turpin, who should also be a good fit for mares from the Danehill tribe.

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DICK TURPIN (IRE) 2007 Bay colt
by Arakan - Merrily, by Sharrood


Br. 2000
GW 6 wins
f:152 r:129 w:64 SW:4
B. 1977
GW 2 wins
f:784 r:633 w:475 SW:135
  Northern Dancer
B. 1961
GW 14 wins
f:636 r:488 w:382 SW:147
  Nearctic   Nearco   Pharos 13
  Nogara 4
  Lady Angela   Hyperion 6
  Sister Sarah 14
  Natalma   Native Dancer   Polynesian 14
  Geisha 5
  Almahmoud   Mahmoud 9
  Arbitrator 2
B. 1969
f:9 r:6 w:6 SW:3
  Forli   Aristophanes   Hyperion 6
  Commotion 9
  Trevisa   Advocate 4
  Veneta 3
  Thong   Nantallah   Nasrullah 9
  Shimmer 6
  Rough Shod   Gold Bridge 22
  Dalmary 5
  Far Across
B. 1996
f:8 r:7 w:4 SW:1
  Common Grounds
B. 1985
GW 2 wins
f:811 r:652 w:457 SW:34
  Kris   Sharpen Up   Atan 2
  Rocchetta 5
  Doubly Sure   Reliance 16
  Soft Angels 2
  Sweetly   Lyphard   Northern Dancer 2
  Goofed 17
  Sweet And Lovely   Tanerko 12
  Lilya 7
  City Ex
Ch. 1986
Wnr 1 win
f:12 r:9 w:8 SW:2
  Ardross   Run The Gantlet   Tom Rolfe 9
  First Feather 5
  Le Melody   Levmoss 1
  Arctic Melody 23
  Rythmique   The Minstrel   Northern Dancer 2
  Fleur 8
  Georgica   Raise A Native 8
  Queen Sucree 2
Gr. 1993
f:7 r:7 w:5 SW:1
Rn. 1983
GW 7 wins
f:266 r:200 w:114 SW:10
Gr. 1967
GW 6 wins
f:599 r:434 w:294 SW:77
  Fortino   Grey Sovereign   Nasrullah 9
  Kong 6
  Ranavalo   Relic 8
  Navarra 4
  Chambord   Chamossaire   Precipitation 2
  Snowberry 6
  Life Hill   Solario 26
  Lady of the Snows 3
  Angel Island
B or Br. 1976
GW 6 wins
f:13 r:12 w:8 SW:3
  Cougar   Tale Of Two Cities   Tehran 14
  Merida 20
  Cindy Lou   Madara 9
  Maria Bonita 7
  Who's To Know   Fleet Nasrullah   Nasrullah 9
  Happy Go Fleet 23
  Masked Lady   Spy Song 2
  Spinosa 13
  Babycham Sparkle
B. 1980
Wnr 2 wins
f:12 r:10 w:6 SW:1
  So Blessed
B. 1965
f:353 r:190 w:145 SW:16
  Princely Gift   Nasrullah   Nearco 4
  Mumtaz Begum 9
  Blue Gem   Blue Peter 20
  Sparkle 13
  Lavant   Le Lavandou   Djebel 5
  Lavande 4
  Firle   Noble Star 7
  Versicle B3
Ch. 1963
Wnr 2 wins
f:11 r:9 w:7 SW:1
  Charlottesville   Prince Chevalier   Prince Rose 10
  Chevalerie 9
  Noorani   Nearco 4
  Empire Glory 14
  Vareta   Vilmorin   Gold Bridge 22
  Queen of the Meadows 7
  Veronique   Mon Talisman 1
  Volubilis 11

Nearco (ITY) 1935 : 5m x 6m 6f
Nasrullah (GB) 1940 : 6m x 6m 6m 5m
Gold Bridge (FR ) 1929 : 6f x 6m

Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : 3m 6m 6m x
Hyperion (GB ) 1930 : 6f 6m x