Ghanaati is Giant Cause for Celebration

Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO) had no luck with his son Hold Me Back in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but he was still represented by a weekend classic winner when his daughter Ghanaati captured the Stanjames.com One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I). Ghanaati was making her seasonal debut -- her last start came in October -- and was running for only the third time in her life. This was her first time on turf, her previous wins coming on the all-weather. She follows Shamardal and Footstepsinthesand (GB) as Giant's Causeway's third classic winner, and he's now had eight stakes winners (six graded) this year, following from the 22 black type winners that represented him in 2008.

Ghanaati is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Sarayir, a two-time listed winner in England. (She is Giant's Causeway's fourth stakes winner out of a mare by Mr. Prospector, the others including grade I winner Aragorn (IRE), and he's been exceptional with Mr. Prospector-line mares in general.) Sarayir has produced four other winners, but none had earned black type prior to Sarayir's win. However, Sarayir's dam Height of Fashion (FR) is one of the few mares of recent times with a record that compares to Urban Sea.

A daughter of Bustino (GB) and One Thousand Guineas  (Eng-I) and Prix de Diane (Fr-I)  heroine Highclere (GB) (who was bred by Her Majesty The Queen), Height of Fashion was champion at 2 when she won the Hoover Fillies' Mile and May Hill Stakes (both Eng-III). She was less dominant at 3, but did add the Princess of Wales's Stakes (Eng-II) and Lupe Stakes.

Height of Fashion produced seven stakes horses from 10 starters with six of them winning black-type events. The most renowned of these was Nashwan, a Blushing Groom (FR) son who took the General Accident Two Thousand Guineas, Ever Ready Epsom Derby, Coral-Eclipse Stakes, and  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (all Eng-I).

The best of Height of Fashion's other foals include English and UAE champion Nayef (by Gulch), successful in the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I), Juddmonte International, Dubai Champion, and Prince of Wales's Stakes (all Eng-I), and now a successful young sire; and Unfuwain, a remorseless galloper who won four group events and sired European champion 2-year-old Alhaarth (IRE) and classic winner Bolas (GB), Lahan (GB), Lailani (GB), and Petrushka (IRE).

Height of Fashion is also granddam of four other stakes winners, and third dam of champion grass mare Lahudood (GB).

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