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High Chaparral Beginning to Rumble

The third of a triumvirate of young classic winning sons of Sadler's Wells -- following Montjeu (IRE) and Galileo (IRE) -- High Chaparral (IRE) is beginning to make significant progress. His first crop are currently 3, and include the Premio Parioli - Italian Two Thousand Guineas (Ity-III) winner Senlis (IRE) and the undefeated group scorer Unsung Heroine (IRE).

That duo was recently joined by a third 3-year-old stakes winner in the shape of Beach Bunny (IRE), who took the Dance Design Stakes at the Curragh. Bred on a mating we designed for breeder David Hardisty, Beach Bunny (IRE) is out of the Peintre Celebre mare Miss Hawai (FR). This gives her the close relatives Sadler's Wells and Nureyev 2 x 3. That, however, is not all. Beach Bunny's second dam, Miss Tahiti (IRE), is by Tirol (IRE), a grandson of Thatch. A champion miler, Thatch is a son of Thong, third dam of Sadler's Wells and granddam of Nureyev.

A few days later, High Chaparral added a juvenile stakes winner when Serienhoehe (IRE) took the Maurice Lacroix Trophy (Ger-III) at Baden-Baden. Serienhoehe is out of Saldenehre (GER), a daughter of Highest Honor (FR). A son of Kenmare (FR), Highest Honor is out of a Riverman mare. This is a strain that has great promise, as he is not only a son of Never Bend (half-brother to the dam of Sadler's Wells' damsire, Bold Reason -- and long established as a great cross for that horse), but is also closely related to Mill Reef, the great-grandsire of the dam of High Chaparral.

 

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6 Comments:

Respectfully submitted for clarification, Nureyev, rather than Never Bend, is the half-brother to Fairy Bridge, dam of Sadler's Wells.

  • TrueNicks Guru:  Thanks for the correction.  The original passage (now corrected) stated:  A son of Kenmare (FR), Highest Honor is out of a Riverman mare. This is a strain that has great promise, as he is not only a son of Never Bend (half-brother to the dam of Sadler's Wells, and long established as a great cross for that horse), but is also closely related to Mill Reef, the great-grandsire of the dam of High Chaparral.  You're correct about Fairy Bridge being a half-sibling to Nureyev; the point Alan was making was meant to refer to the dam of Sadler's Well's broodmare sire, Bold Reason, however.
choltz 10 Sep 2008 12:39 PM

Thanks so much for the update on High Chaparall, one of my all time favorites. What an 03 Cup!!! It's also nice to gain more analysis and insight into European breeding. To see the great Northern Dancer line continue like this through Sadler's Wells and now Montjeu, Galileo, and High Chaparral is.........There is no word for it, just unbelievable.

Jim 10 Sep 2008 12:49 PM

I have long been a fan of High Chaparral, Montjeu and other stout sons of Sadlers Wells.  I don't understand why breeders don't use more of this stamina oriented blood in their breeding programs.  We have already started seeing our horses who can't go 1 1/4 miles, or when they do they run in 2:04 or slower.  With the advent of the new 1 1/2 mile Breeders Cup Dirt race, look for more stamina to be brought over from Europe, and wouldn't it be nice to see High Chaparral and Powerscourt become top sires in America.

Byron's reply: Robert, yours seems to be the wish of many right now! The problem from an implementation viewpoint is that these types of stallions seems to find it very hard to excel in the marketplace today. There was a posting earlier where a comment was made about Albert The Great and I fear that in the pursuit of what you have mentioned above there will be a lot of wastage as stallions are used that sire progeny like themselves that don't really suit the racing environment in North America - they don't have the gate speed to get out and race handily. It may take some time to change. 

ROBERT 10 Sep 2008 2:47 PM

Thanks for the info on High Chaparral.I would definately would like to see more off springs of Montjeuand Galileo race in the U.S.

This is without doubt a top class racing family.

RACEPOST 10 Sep 2008 8:55 PM

At the moment High Chaparral is the poor mans Galileo and Montjeu, as a mating doesn't cost anywhere near as much. There are doubts however about how quirky and injury prone the stock of Montjeu are, so he could eventually rival him, but with the results that Galileo is producing at stud, and the champion mares that he is getting, Pride, Makybe Diva etc: he will probably be the leading producer of all the sons of Sadlers Wells for years to come.

Brian O'Sullivan 11 Sep 2008 5:32 PM

I always though he was the best of all the powerful Europeans we saw in the past 10 years in our Breeder's Cups.  Glad he is succedding.  I always wanted to see what Jerry Bailey could have done with him - no dead heat in California with Jerry abord.

Bill L 13 Sep 2008 1:05 AM

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