Lys Gracieux

October 8, 2020Les Young

[First Published: February 2020]

COX Plate winner and Japan’s Horse of the Year for 2019 Lys Gracieux (JPN) is a granddaughter of Sunday Silence and carries three crosses of the diminutive Lyphard in her seven generation pedigree. She also claimed the title of Japan’s Champion Older Mare in 2019, defeating reigning Horse of the Year Almond Eye in both categories.

She has now won seven races from 1600m-2500m including the Nakayama Arima Kinen, Hanshin Takarazuka Kinen (both also in 2019) and Kyoto Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Gr.1 level in Japan, where she is also a four-time Gr.1 runner-up and once third at that level, as well as placing second in the Longines Hong Kong Vase-Gr.1. Lys Gracieux is a daughter of Dubai Sheema Classic-Gr.1 winner Heart’s Cry (Sunday Silence-Irish Dance by Tony Bin), who won five races to 2500m and was Champion Older Horse in Japan in 2005 and Champion Older Male Stayer in the UAE in 2006. He was also a runner-up in the Japan Cup-Gr.1 and third in the Ascot King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes-Gr.1. Lys Gracieux, bred by Northern Farm and owned by U. Carrot Farm and trained by Yoshito Yahagi, is the best of Heart Cry’s more than 730 winners (41SW).

She is also the best of five winners produced by her dam Liliside (American Post), a Listed winner at St Cloud and a sister to another French Listed winner and producer Lily America. American Post is a grandson of Arctic Tern, whose dam Bubbling Beauty is a half-sister to Cosmah (dam of Halo) and Natalma (dam of Northern Dancer), giving Lys Gracieux a rare treble of the famous half-sisters, all daughters of Almahmoud, whose sire Mahmoud is closely related to Abernant, sire of Dilly-Sally (Hyperion 3mx3f), fifth dam of Lys Gracieux, as they are both grandsons of Mumtaz Mahal. This is family 1l, tracing to Valve.

Lyphard, who appears 4fx5fx4f, won the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1 and Prix de la Foret-Gr.1, is an RF to Scapa Flow (5mx5m) via sons Pharos and Fairway. Small in stature but big of heart, he was twice Champion Sire in France and achieved champion sire status when he transferred to the US and also became a champion broodmare sire. He died in 2005, aged 36 years and 31 days and is best known as the sire of champion Dancing Brave. Lys Gracieux carries a fourth line of Northern Dancer via Sadler’s Wells.

Her dam carries a double of Mill Reef, a son of Never Bend and also has Never Bend’s half-bother Bold Reason. Lys Gracieux also has deep line breeding to Almahmoud and many multiples of Selene and Mumtaz Mahal.

HEART'S CRY (JPN) B. 2001 GW 5 wins f:1270 r:1133 w:779 SW:47 Sunday Silence Br. 1986 GW 9 wins f:1441 r:1363 w:906 SW:168 Halo B. or Br. 1969 GW 9 wins f:724 r:602 w:450 SW:63 Hail To Reason Turn-To Royal Charger Nearco 4
7 Sun Princess 9
Source Sucree 9 Admiral Drake 16
Lavendula 1
Nothirdchance Blue Swords Blue Larkspur 8
Flaming Swords 7
Galla Colors 9 Sir Gallahad 16
Rouge et Noir 4
1 Cosmah Cosmic Bomb 5 Pharamond Phalaris 1
Selene 6
Banish Fear Blue Larkspur 8
Herodiade 14
Almahmoud Mahmoud Blenheim 1
11 Mah Mahal 9
Arbitrator Peace Chance 10
Mother Goose 2
Wishing Well B. 1975 GW 12 wins f:6 r:4 w:4 SW:1 Understanding Promised Land Palestinian Sun Again 9
Dolly Whisk 4
Mahmoudess Mahmoud 9
Forever Yours 14
Pretty Ways Stymie Equestrian A1
Stop Watch 1
Pretty Jo Bull Lea 9
Fib 1
Mountain Flower Montparnasse Gulf Stream 5 Hyperion 6
Tide-Way 8
Mignon Fox Cub 16
Mi Condesa 19
Edelweiss Hillary Khaled 22
Snow Bunny 17
Dowager Free France 17
Marcellina 3
Irish Dance B. 1990 SW 9 wins f:7 r:6 w:3 SW:1 Tony Bin B. 1983 GW 15 wins f:907 r:812 w:467 SW:30 Kampala Kalamoun Zeddaan Grey Sovereign 6
Vareta 11
Khairunissa Prince Bio 1
Palariva 9
State Pension Only For Life Chanteur 12
Life Sentence 14
Lorelei Prince Chevalier 9
Rock Goddess 7
Severn Bridge Hornbeam 5 Hyperion Gainsborough 2
Selene 6
Thicket 7 Nasrullah 9
Thorn Wood 1
Priddy Fair Preciptic Precipitation 2
Artistic 2
Campanette Fair Trial 9
Calluna 19
Buper Dance B. 1983 NR f:9 r:9 w:7 SW:1 Lyphard Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco 4
Lady Angela 14
1 Natalma Native Dancer 5
Almahmoud 2
Goofed Court Martial Fair Trial 9
Instantaneous 1
Barra Formor 4
La Favorite 17
My Bupers Bupers Double Jay Balladier 3
Broomshot 14
Busanda War Admiral 11
Businesslike 1
Princess Revoked Revoked Blue Larkspur 8
Gala Belle 10
Miss Muffet Challedon 12
Bona Via 6
LILISIDE (FR) B. 2007 SW 5 wins f:7 r:6 w:5 SW:1 American Post Br. 2001 GW 6 wins f:453 r:384 w:228 SW:27 Bering Ch. 1983 GW 5 wins f:865 r:706 w:470 SW:64 Arctic Tern Sea Bird Dan Cupid Native Dancer 5
Vixenette 4
Sicalade Sicambre 7
Marmelade 2
1 Bubbling Beauty Hasty Road Roman 20
Traffic Court 3
Almahmoud Mahmoud 9
Arbitrator 2
Beaune Lyphard Northern Dancer Nearctic 14
1 Natalma 2
Goofed Court Martial 1
Barra 17
Barbra Le Fabuleux Wild Risk 3
Anguar 13
Biobelle Cernobbio 5
La Beloli - France Adore (Ity.) 7
Wells Fargo B. 1996 NR f:1 r:1 w:1 SW:1 Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco 4
Lady Angela 14
1 Natalma Native Dancer 5
Almahmoud 2
Fairy Bridge 3 Bold Reason Hail To Reason 4
Lalun 19
Special Forli 3
Thong 5
Cruising Height Shirley Heights Mill Reef 3 Never Bend 19
Milan Mill 22
Hardiemma Hardicanute 3
Grand Cross 1
Nomadic Pleasure Habitat Sir Gaylord 2
Little Hut 4
Petite Marmite Babur 7
Madrilene 11
Miller's Lily B. 1988 Wnr 2 wins f:12 r:11 w:7 SW:2 Miller's Mate B. 1982 Wnr 1 win f:236 r:147 w:83 SW:3 Mill Reef 3 Never Bend 7 Nasrullah Nearco 4
11 Mumtaz Begum 9
Lalun Djeddah 13
Be Faithful 19
Milan Mill Princequillo Prince Rose 10
Cosquilla 1
Virginia Water Count Fleet 6
Red Ray 22
Primatie Vaguely Noble Vienna Aureole 2
Turkish Blood 14
Noble Lassie Nearco 4
Belle Sauvage 1
Pistol Packer Gun Bow Gun Shot 6
Ribbons and Bows 1
George's Girl Ossian 14
Dawn Chorus 14
Lymara B. 1978 NR f:6 r:6 w:5 SW:1 Lyphard Northern Dancer Nearctic Nearco 4
Lady Angela 14
1 Natalma Native Dancer 5
Almahmoud 2
Goofed Court Martial Fair Trial 9
Instantaneous 1
Barra Formor 4
La Favorite 17
Maradadi The Marshal Martial Hill Gail 11
Discipliner 2
Wayfarer Straight Deal 1
Windway 10
Dilly-Dally Abernant Owen Tudor 10
11 Rustom Mahal 9
Dilemma Sayajirao 3
Crisis 1

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