Ghanaati is Giant Cause for Celebration
Written by Alan Porter 1 | May 06, 2009 |
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.
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).