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Dehere and Storm Cat Emerge as Profitable Duo

Those who have been reading articles on this blog and posts by Alan Porter and me on the PedigreeConsultants.com site will have noticed some time ago that we are big fans of the Deputy Minister stallion Dehere (TrueNicks,SRO) as a broodmare sire. We know we are not alone in this admiration.

Dehere's first stakes winner as a broodmare sire was the 2002 foal Oratory, a brilliant son of Pulpit. By now, we are all well aware of the potency of the Seattle Slew/Deputy Minister nick, and Dehere's daughters have proven to follow the pattern of success when mated to a Seattle Slew-line stallion.

Oratory was quickly followed by Thrilling Victory, a daughter of Event of the Year, and then came Vaulcluse and this years Classic hopeful Friesan Fire, both by A.P Indy, the stallion responsible for the best representative yet of the Seattle Slew/Deputy Minister nick in Rags to Riches.

Dehere certainly has the structure to be a leading broodmare sire. His sire Deputy Minister excelled in that role and his next two dams are by Secretariat (one of the best in the business as a damsire) and Damascus (no slouch either!). With Seattle Slew's broodmare sire Poker being bred on similar lines to Secretariat, and A.P Indy being out of a mare by Secretariat, one can see how the combination of Seattle Slew/AP Indy with Dehere has enduring strength.  

Dehere is no "one sireline wonder" as a broodmare sire, however. His daughters also have done well with the Blushing Groom (FR)-line Cherokee Run (Recapturetheglory) and his son Yonaguska (Digger). Dehere is also the broodmare sire of the high class Australian runner Fravashi (AUS) who is by Falbrav (IRE), a stallion from the Northern Dancer line (who also carries Seattle Slew in his dam).

More recently however, Dehere is shining with sons of Storm Cat. To date Dehere is the broodmare sire of the stakes winners Admiral's Arch (by High Yield), Hoya (Cat Thief), and last weekend's stakes winner First Passage (Giant's Causeway), a stakes winner from a mating recommended by Alan. Of course Storm Cat and Dehere are bred along similar lines, Northern Dancer on top (with both Storm Bird and Deputy Minister having female lines packed with the old Windfields blood), out of Secretariat mares. Physically one can also see how Storm Cat and Dehere would combine well although it must be said that the three sons of Storm Cat that have produced stakes winners out of Dehere mares are, at least from a physical aspect, a fair way away from their sire with all three being taller, leggier types rather than the stockier balanced type their sire is.

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