The King (mambo) Still Rules and Other Racing Tidbits

Pensioned in 2010, Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector—Miesque, by Nureyev) ruled the Sept. 2 international racing scene, providing two stakes winners on the day, including his 93rd lifetime added-money winner.

In Turkey, Kentucky-bred Master of Hounds won the International Topkapi Trophy (Tur-II) over the mile turf course at Veliefendi Race course in Istanbul. The 4-year-old bay colt ridden by Christophe Soumillon for owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and trainer William Haggas eked out a neck victory over another Kentucky-bred, Catesby Clay’s 3-year-old Arch colt, Archbishop.

Out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Silk And Scarlet, Master of Hounds represents a most successful nick between Kingmambo and mares by Coolmore’s iconic patriarch. No less than 11 of Kingmambo’s 93 (11.8%) stakes winners are from this cross.  These include grade or group I winners Archipenko, Campanologist, Divine Proportions, El Condor Pasa, and Henrythenavigator. The cross carries familiar inbreeding to Native Dancer and, of course, Northern Dancer. It also provides female family inbreeding through a son, Nureyev (sire of Miesque), and a daughter, Fairy Bridge (dam of Sadler’s Wells), to Claiborne Farm’s grand broodmare Special, a granddaughter of one of the farm's foundation mares Rough Shod II.

Kingmambo’s newest black-type winner is Aghareed, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly who won the listed Prix de Liancourt at Longchamp. Bred and owned by Shadwell Farm, Aghareed is the first foal of Eclipse Award winner Lahudood, who earned the 2007 grass female championship by winning the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf over the sodden turf at Monmouth Park. Aghareed also represents the Kingmambo/Sadler’s Wells nick as Singspiel (sire of 91 stakes winners in his own right) is one of Sadler’s Wells many outstanding grandsons. Aghareed is the second stakes winner from Kingmambo’s penultimate crop of 12 named foals. His final crop has only one named foal.

Veliefendi’s other international group stakes, the group II Bosphorus Cup at 12 furlongs on the grass was won by Mitico, a 4-year-old Turkey-bred son of Red Bishop, who stands at The Jockey Club of Turkey Stud Farms. Kentucky-bred Red Bishop, a son of Silver Hawk (by Roberto) out of the Silly Season mare La Rouquine, raced until age 7, winning 10 races including Hong Kong’s International Vase and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (both HK-I) and the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita. The 24-year-old stallion has sired 17 lifetime stakes winners.

Juddmonte’s leading stallion Dansili (Danehill—Hasili, by Kahyasi) continued his already outstanding weekend in Europe, notching stakes winner 72 when his 4-year-old son Dance Moves bounded away with Longchamp’s listed Prix de Boulogne. Out of the group II-winning Sadler’s Wells mare Dance Routine, Dance Moves is trained by Andre Fabre for the colt’s owner/breeder Juddmonte Farms.

In Germany, last year’s Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr.-I) winner Danedream (Lomitas—Danedrop, by Danehill), looks to be on course for a repeat win in France’s premier race. The 4-year-old bay filly followed her recent Betfair King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng.-I) win with a victory in the Longines Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden, in which she defeated Ovambo Queen (Kalatos) and Sparda Deutsches Derby winner Pastorius (Soldier Hollow). 

Also on the Baden-Baden card, Teofilo (Galileo—Speirbhean, by Danehill) added stakes winner #7 as his 3-year-old daughter Samba Brazil (out of the Dashing Blade mare Sasuela) won the listed Berenberg Bank Cup. She is the sixth added-money winner from his first crop in 2009. Germany-based Monsun (Konigsstuhl—Mosella, by Surumu) also added to his black-type credentials when his 4-year old son Quinindo (out of the Devil’s Bag mare Quebrada) took Baden-Baden’s listed Veuve Clicquot Cup to become his sire’s 108th stakes winner.

Ireland-based freshman stallion Tamayuz (Nayef—Al Ishq, by Nureyev) earned a more international reputation when his 2-year-old Ireland-bred colt Meiner Eternel won the grade IIII Kokura Nisai Stakes in Japan. Out of the Piccolo mare Evva Silca, Meiner Eternel became
Tamayuz’ second stakes winner from his first crop.

Also in Japan, Falbrav’s 7-year-old son Transwarp (out of the Real Shadai mare Bonne Chance) added the grade III Niigata Kinen to his resume for his first black-type win. Falbrav (Fairy King—Gift of the Night, by Slewpy) now has 20 lifetime stakes winners.

In India, Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Jazil (Seeking the Gold—Better Than Honour, by Deputy Minister) sired the winner of the grade III Deccan Bookmakers Colts Championship Stakes at Hyderabad. Machiavellianism, a 3-year-old bay gelding out of the Red Ransom mare Empress Jessie, had also won the grade I Colts Championship Stakes at Bangalore in June.

This just in: At Champs De Mars in Mauritius, South Africa-bred Ice Axe, a 5-year-old gelded son of of Solskjaer (Danehill—Lyndonville, by Top Ville) won the group I Phoenix Maiden Cup. Ice Axe is out of the Northern Guest mare Nordic Air and therefore a half brother to grade II winner Icy Air (Jallad).

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