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Giant Shoes to Fill

Footstepsinthesand who, like his sire Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO) , stands under the Coolmore umbrella, was represented by his first black-type winner when the filly Sent From Heaven (TrueNicks A++) captured the Sweet Solera Stakes (gr. III). She is out of a mare by Danehill, as are Footstepsinthesand's other two stakes horses, Chachamaidee (group placed) and Walkingonthemoon. Sent From Heaven also has two crosses of Roberto and two of Nijinsky II (broodmare sire, three-quarters related to the granddam of Roberto). The double of Nijinsky II should also be good with the Blushing Groom double in Footstepsinthesand.

The other European freshman by Giant's Causeway, Sharmardal, already has two stakes winners, one of whom, Arctic, took the Round Tower Stakes (gr. III) at the weekend. Arctic (TrueNicks rated A) is out of a mare by Shareef Dancer, who is a Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord cross, where Shamaradal's grandsire, Storm Cat, is a Northern Dancer/Secretariat (half-brother to Sir Gaylord) cross. Shakespearean (A++) is one of two stakes winners from three starters by Shamardal or his sire out of mares by Priolo. That horse is a son of Sovereign Dancer, who like Storm Cat is a Northern Dancer/Bold Ruler cross.



I think it is interesting that both Giants Causeway and Hasili both come from the same female tail line and cross beautifully with Danehill.  The female line seems to get much better when bred to Roberto.  

Ryan 03 Sep 2009 11:52 PM

I think it is interesting that both Giants Causeway and the great mare Hasili hail from the same female family and cross well with Danehill.  

Ryan Zabrowski 03 Sep 2009 11:57 PM

If it's Roberto with Itsabet, it would have to be some of that "old American" stuff linking up at the back of the pedigree.

Alan Porter 04 Sep 2009 10:46 AM

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