Nureyev Up Close
Written by Alan Porter 1 | Mar 24, 2009 |
We mentioned a while back in a TBH MarketWatch article
that inbreeding to a major horse tends to transition from controversial, to
accepted, to commonplace ("From Controversial to Commonplace" in TBH MarketWatch Feb. 2009, pg. 23). In recent times, the most prominent horse to undergo that
journey was Northern Dancer. It's been more than a quarter of a century
since the first horse inbred to Northern Dancer won a stakes event, and since
then inbreeding to his major sons has also become quite commonplace.
One example is Nureyev, who is now duplicated in the
pedigrees of at least 29 stakes winners. One of those is a classic winner
(Silvester Lady (GB), who took the Ostermann-Preis der Diana-Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I)), and the pattern may have a
further shot at classic success in the shape of Coubiza (FR), who maintained his
unbeaten record March 19 at Deauville in the listed Prix Montenica, an early pointer to the French classics.
Coubiza is by the Nureyev stallion Fasliyev, out of the
Septieme Ciel mare Catalane, and follows graded stakes winner Russian Valour
(IRE) as the second stakes winner for Fasliyev from just three starters bred on the
cross. However, Coubiza's second dam Company is by Nureyev, giving Coubiza a 2
x 3 cross to that stallion. Company won just once (although she was also listed-placed and fourth
in the Prix d'Arenberg (Fr-III)), but she is a sister to stakes winner King's Signet, and
is out of the brilliant sprinter Sigy (FR), conqueror of older horses in the Prix de
l'Abbaye de Longchamp (Fr-I) as a 2-year-old. Coubiza is the second Fasliyev stakes
winner with Nureyev inbreeding, and the fourth to have Nureyev as close as 2 x
3, the other three all being by Peintre Celebre.
Incidentally, Fasliyev's stud career has followed a somewhat
unusual arc. He was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland at 3, after a perfect 5-for-5 juvenile campaign that included wins in the Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) and Prix Morny (Fr-I). He made a sensational start with his first crop, which produced
eight stakes winners (most of them who scored at 2) including five group
winners, the most notable being the top English 2-year-old filly Carry On Katie. However,
he's sired only four group winners in his subsequent five crops, and he was sold
to Japan in November, 2007.