Olympic Glory

published: 13 Apr 2015 in Freshman 2015

HE’S an Irish bred four-time European Gr.1 winner, by an Australian bred Gr.1 winner boasting big race victories in Australia and the UK. That may take a second for you to get your head around but it describes Arrowfield Stud’s exciting newcomer, the brilliant sprinter-miler Olympic Glory (IRE).

Olympic Glory will be standing at Arrowfield Stud in NSW for $19,250 inc. GST

   Joining Starspangledbanner as a big race-winning son of Choisir to stand in Australia, Olympic Glory has been serving his first book of mares in France at Haras de Bouquetot where his harem included seven figure purchases Scarlet Strike (Gr.3-winning half-sister to Gr.1 galloper Visionaire) and dual Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint-Gr.1 winner Mizdirection. The announcement that Olympic Glory (ex Acidanthera by Alzao (USA)) would shuttle was a timely one, coming on the same weekend that Choisir’s exciting son Luger raced to an impressive victory in the Hong Kong Derby-HKGr.1. And he is not the only recent Choisir success story with the reliable stallion (who boasts a 62.8% winners-to-runners strike rate) averaging over five winners a week this year.

   Choisir collected seven wins in his 18 first three placings in 23 starts and blazed the way for Australian-trained sprinters in England when he won the 2003 King’s Stakes-Gr.2 at the Royal Ascot meeting (beating Acclamation and Oasis Dream) and then backed up a few days later to collect the Golden Jubilee-Gr.1, after winning races like the Lightning-Gr.1 at Flemington and the Linlithgow-Gr.2 in Australia, beginning his career here with a debut win in the 2001 Breeders’ Plate-LR in a season where he was also third in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and second in the AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1.
  A truly international stallion, Choisir (Danehill Dancer (IRE)-Great Selection by Lunchtime), the sire of 64 stakes winners, has sired winners in an impressive array of locations (35 different countries) from Australasia and Asia to the UK and Europe, the Middle East and even Kazakhstan! The sire of six Gr.1 winners, Choisir is certainly a versatile stallion, with his stakes winners having been successful over a variety of distances, from 900m to 2500m.
  Already the dual Gr.1 winner is proving himself as a sire of sires with Starspangledbanner, despite his fertility problems, siring two stakes winners (including the Gr.1 galloper The Wow Signal) in his first northern hemisphere crop, and the speedy Gr.3 winner 
Of The Brave in his first local crop. Choisir’s sons Dreamscape and Incumbent have also sired handy types and there is no doubt that a horse of the quality of Olympic Glory, he won eight of 15 starts and $2.716m, will be warmly welcomed.
  Straight into winning form, Olympic Glory was sent out favourite at his Goodwood debut in June 2012, settling back off a tardy start before cruising up to his rivals 400m out and racing away by 3.25 lengths over 6f. That win was so impressive he was given a crack at stakes level at his second start 11 days later. Olympic Glory was a gallant second, beaten only three-quarters of a length and starting at 20/1 in the 22-runner event, to rising star Dawn Approach (IRE) in the Coventry Stakes-Gr.2 (6f) before breaking through for his first stakes victory in the Superlative Stakes-Gr.2 (7f) at Newmarket for trainer Richard Hannon.
  Proving himself a tough and consistent two year-old Olympic Glory overcame trouble in running, to claim the Vintage Stakes-Gr.2 (7f) at Goodwood at his next outing, and at his fifth and final juvenile outing he ventured to Paris where he got out of a pocket to win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Gr.1 (1400m) in determined fashion, beating What a Name and running 1:25.73. Aptly named, he began his career in the year the Olympic Games was held in London, the talented colt ended his juvenile season with four wins and a second in five starts and a Timeform of 116. He provided a memorable first Gr.1 for his new owner, H.E. Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, of Qatar when he won in France.
  When he resumed as a three year-old in the Greenham Stakes-Gr.3 at Newbury, Olympic Glory defeated the horse now known as Weary, a dual Group winner in Australia. Shortly afterwards he recorded game seconds in the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1 (only just failing to pick up Moonlight Cloud who went so close to Black Caviar at Ascot) and the Prix du Moulin-Gr.1. Then, back in the UK, it was Olympic Glory’s turn to shine at Gr.1 level, the bay showing plenty of heart to get out of trouble to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes-Gr.1 at Ascot by 3.25 lengths when racing in blinkers for the first time.
  He was the second winner in a row of that race to be sired by an Australian-bred stallion, Excelebration (Exceed and Excel) having been successful 12 months earlier, Olympic Glory really put his stamp on the race and relished the heavy going. It’s worth noting Olympic Glory won on all surfaces and he was just as effective on firm ground. His Timeform at the end of his three year-old season was 132, equal to Dawn Approach and beaten only by Toronado (133) and Treve (134) among that age group, and the Timeform experts rated him a “top class miler”.
  At four Olympic Glory added another Gr.1 to his impressive resume when he got back, but charged clear from the 200m to easily win the Lockinge Stakes Gr.1 (8f) with Frankie Dettori aboard. “In the end 
it was as easy as riding work, follow the leaders, pull out, quicken to the front, pull away. He is uncomplicated, he has gears and a great attitude. In fact, he is a jockey’s dream. I was on by far the best horse today and he put the race to bed straight away.”
  Back to France to contest the Prix d’Ispahan, Olympic Glory raced closer to the pace than usual but was still a solid fourth behind Cirrus des Aigles. Fresh in the Prix Jacques le Marois-Gr.1 he was third to Eclipse Award winner Kingman before bowing out in style on one of the world’s greatest race days. At Longchamp on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Day, Treve etched her name in history with a second runaway win in the big race, and in the same colours not long afterwards Olympic Glory starred with his fourth Gr.1 success.
  Getting back to the rear in the Prix de la Foret-Gr.1, Olympic Glory let go with his trademark turn of foot over the final stages, racing away by two lengths from Gordon Lord Byron who held up the form with a Sprint Stakes-Gr.2 victory two weeks later. He retired to stud having earned the accolades of Co-Champion British Two Year-Old, Champion Two Year-Old in France and World Co-Champion Three-Year-Old Turf Miler. Olympic Glory was afforded a Timeform rating of 130, which placed in the world’s top 12 horses for 2014.
  “He was an amazingly consistent horse with a wonderful temperament. Physically you could not wish to see a more imposing individual,” trainer Richard Hannon Junior said. Supporting Olympic Glory’s looks and performance is his pedigree, Olympic Glory hailing from a family that has enjoyed stakes success around the world. Bred on the prolific Danehill-Lyphard cross (those two combining in the pedigrees of 165 stakes winners), Olympic Glory is out of 2013 Irish Broodmare of the Year Acidanthera (5fx5f,6m Princequillo), a winner at 7f and dam of four winners. She is by Alzao (Lyphard-Lady Rebecca by Sir Ivor), broodmare sire of 102 stakes winners including Japanese superstar Deep Impact.
  Her second dam is the Queen Mary Stakes-Gr.2 winner Amaranda (Bold Lad (IRE)), also runner-up in the Flying Childers Stakes-Gr.1 and whose four wins (three at two) all came at 5f. Her descendants include the local Group winners Paddy O’Reilly and Wowee (also by Choisir). The Irish 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 heroine Favoletta (by Baldric from the Cambridgeshire Stakes winner Violetta by Dewhurst Stakes winner and English Derby hero Pinza) is the dam of Amaranda and her descendants include the St Leger-Gr.1 winner Rule of Law and exciting stayer Signoff, second favourite for this year’s Melbourne Cup-Gr.1. Olympic Glory’s sixth dam is Urshalim, by speed influence Nasrullah
  The English Derby-Gr.1 winners Sir Percy and Teenoso are members of this family (3c) as are big race winners Give Thanks, Harayir, Imperial Dancer, Braiswick, Aqaarid, Nicolette, Old Country, Give Notice, Lacquer, Virga, Moulton, Kirtling and Bay Express.
  Standing at a fee of $19,250, Olympic Glory is a horse described by Arrowfield’s Peter Jenkins as tremendous value. “He is the ideal type for Australia, a high class sprinter-miler who gives breeders the opportunity to tap into well proven local speed lines.” The stud’s pedigree expert, Jenkins is looking forward to making the most of Olympic Glory’s pedigree, which he says has “plenty of scope.”
  Breeders should note the son of Choisir has Amaranthus, a mare by English Derby winner Shirley Heights, as his second dam. This son of Mill Reef has had much success with mares from the Sadler’s Wells male line, so breeders looking to produce a classic runner should take note (the Danehill-Sadler’s Wells cross is also a successful one). Olympic Glory has Northern Dancer 5mx4m (Danzig-Alzao), his dam Natalma 6m,6fx5m and her sire Native Dancer 7f,7f, 6mx6f. Olympic Glory began his stud career in 2015 for Sheikh Joaan’s successful Al Shaqab organisation at Haras de Bouqetot in France.
  “Olympic Glory is a first class stallion prospect and as such is a major asset for Australian breeders and also a significant first step in Australia’s relationship with H.E. Sheikh Joaan,” Arrowfield chairman John Messara said. “We look forward to launching Olympic Glory’s southern hemisphere career with a strong book of mares.”
  John Warren, an advisor to Al Shaqab, said, “H.E. Sheikh Joaan is delighted that Olympic Glory will be standing at Arrowfield. John Messara’s team have a wealth of experience standing top class stallions and are committed to making Al Shaqab’s first venture into the Australian thoroughbred industry a success.” n

Brief Race Record 

(in Great Britain, France, U.S.A.)

Age Runs 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 5 4 1 - £251,111
3 6 2 2 - £839,242
4 4 2 - 1 £322,297
Totals: 15 8 3 1 £1,412,651
At 2 : Longchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Gr.1 (1400m beating What a Name and Indian Jade), Goodwood Vintage S., Gr.2 (7f beating Artigiano and Luhaif), Newmarket Superlative S., Gr.2 (7f beating Birdman and Maxentius), Goodwood Fair Trade Practice 2YO Maiden S. (6f), 2d Royal Ascot Coventry S., Gr.2 (6f to Dawn Approach and beating Cristoforo Colombo)
At 3 : Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S., Gr.1 (1m beating Top Notch Tonto and Kingsbarns), Newbury Greenham S., Gr.3 (7f beating Weary and Moohaajim), 2d Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Gr.1 (1600m to Maxios and beating Anodin), Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois, Gr.1 (1600m to Moonlight Cloud and beating Intello)
At 4 : Newbury Lockinge S., Gr.1 (1m beating Tullius and Verrazano), Longchamp Prix de la Foret, Gr.1 (1400m beating Gordon Lord Byron and Noozhoh Canarias), 3d Deauville Prix Jacques le Marois, Gr.1 (1600m to Kingman and Anodin), 4th Longchamp Prix d'Ispahan, Gr.1 (1850m)

World Thoroughbred Ranking: 125 (in 2013), 122 (in 2014).

Six x Six Enhanced Pedigree Grid

Ch. 1999
GW 7 wins
f:1479 r:1260 w:796 SW:64
  Danehill Dancer
B. 1993
GW 4 wins
f:2281 r:2033 w:1356 SW:159
B. 1986
GW 4 wins
f:2413 r:2075 w:1626 SW:347
  Danzig 1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
  Natalma 2
  Pas de Nom   Admiral's Voyage 4
  Petitioner 7
  Razyana   His Majesty   Ribot 4
  Flower Bowl 4
1 Spring Adieu   Buckpasser 1
  Natalma 2
  Mira Adonde
B or Br. 1986
f:10 r:9 w:7 SW:4
  Sharpen Up   Atan   Native Dancer 5
  Mixed Marriage 2
  Rocchetta   Rockefella 7
  Chambiges 5
  Lettre d'Amour   Caro   Fortino 4
  Chambord 3
  Lianga   Dancer's Image 4
  Leven Ones 22
  Great Selection
Ch. 1990
Wnr 1 win
f:4 r:4 w:3 SW:1
Ch. 1970
GW 3 wins
f:606 r:519 w:380 SW:32
  Silly Season   Tom Fool   Menow 8
  Gaga 3
  Double Deal   Straight Deal 1
  Nonats 1
  Great Occasion   Hornbeam   Hyperion 6
  Thicket 1
  Golden Wedding   Sunny Brae 3
  Flighty Falls 7
  Pensive Mood
Ch. 1983
Wnr 4 wins
f:4 r:4 w:4
  Biscay   Star Kingdom   Stardust 16
  Impromptu 1
  Magic Symbol   Makarpura 22
  Magic Wonder 2
  Staid   Minor Portion   Major Portion 8
  Light Comment 3
  Straightlaced   Jambo 9
  Stayput 8
B. 1995
f:7 r:7 w:4 SW:1
B. 1980
GW 4 wins
f:1250 r:1004 w:699 SW:94
B. 1969
GW 6 wins
f:819 r:649 w:427 SW:112
1 Northern Dancer   Nearctic   Nearco 4
  Lady Angela 14
  Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  Goofed   Court Martial   Fair Trial 9
  Instantaneous 1
  Barra   Formor 4
  La Favorite 17
  Lady Rebecca
B. 1971
GW 2 wins
f:7 r:6 w:3 SW:1
  Sir Ivor   Sir Gaylord   Turn-To 1
  Somethingroyal 2
  Attica   Mr. Trouble 13
  Athenia 8
  Pocahontas   Roman   Sir Gallahad 16
  Buckup 20
  How   Princequillo 1
  The Squaw 9
B. 1987
f:10 r:5 w:2
  Shirley Heights
B. 1975
GW 6 wins
f:690 r:521 w:345 SW:60
  Mill Reef   Never Bend   Nasrullah 9
  Lalun 19
  Milan Mill   Princequillo 1
  Virginia Water 22
  Hardiemma   Hardicanute   Hard Ridden 16
  Harvest Maid 3
  Grand Cross   Grandmaster 1
  Blue Cross 1
B. 1975
GW 4 wins
f:10 r:8 w:6 SW:1
  Bold Lad   Bold Ruler   Nasrullah 9
  Miss Disco 8
  Barn Pride   Democratic 3
  Fair Alycia 2
  Favoletta   Baldric   Round Table 2
  Two Cities 13
  Violetta   Pinza 3
  Urshalim 3

Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : 5m x 4m
Natalma (USA) 1957 : 6m 6f x 5m
Native Dancer (USA) 1950 : 6m x 6f

Princequillo (IRE) 1940 : x 6f 6f
Nasrullah (GB) 1940 : x 6m 6m