Meydan Musings

Last Thursday was “Super Thursday” in Dubai, the preview to World Cup Day. Here's a look a some of the more interesting pedigrees.

Presvis, who took the Jebel Hatta (gr. II), is by the Riverman, grandson, Sakhee, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (gr. I), and Juddmonte International (gr. I). What’s more unusual, however, is that Presvis, is out of a mare bred in Sweden. This is the Never So Bold (by Bold Lad, the Irish son of Bold Ruler, not the U.S. one) mare Forest Fire. Forest Fire, who won four time in England is out of Norwegian stakes placed, Mango Sampaquita, by the U.S. bred Nasrullah grandson son, Colombian Friend. The third dam, Twins Fire, by Firestreak (best-know as sire of English Derby winner and U.S. Champion, Snow Knight), won the Norwegian Oaks (gr. I), so this is a three generation Scandinavian pedigree. Presvis is rated A++ on TrueNicks, and this is one of those 100% crosses, as Sakhee has two stakes winners from two starters out of mares by sons of Bold Lad.

The Kingmambo (TrueNicks,SRO) /Sadler’s Wells cross supplied the beaten favorite the Jebel Hatta (gr. II), the runner-up Alexandros (by Kingmambo out of a King of Kings mare), but it did take the Dubai City of Gold (gr. II) through Campanologist. He is by Kingmambo out the exceptionally well-bred Ring of Music, a daughter of Sadler’s Wells out of Champion Glorious Song (by Halo), and a three-parts-sister to the very successful stallion, Singspiel. Of course this is a mega-nick that’s produced the likes of El Condor Pasa, Divine Proportions, Thewayyouare, and Henrythenavigator, and combines the three-parts-brothers Nureyev – the broodmare sire of Kingmambo – and Sadler’s Wells.

Halo and Sadler’s Wells who play a major part in the dam of Campanologist, appeared in several of the other Super Thursday winners. The Al Maktoum Challenge Round Three (gr. II) went to the Japanese-bred Red Desire. A grade one winner and second in the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks native country, Red  Desire, is from the third crop of Manhattan Café, who brings in Halo through his almost inevitable sire, Sunday Silence. Her dam, Great Sunrise, is an English-foaled daughter of Caerleon, out of a Sadler’s Wells half-sister to the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (gr. I) winner, Belmez. Manhattan Café has wasted little time established a very useful affinity with mares by Caerleon and his sons, getting three stakes winners, Red Desire (TrueNicks A++), grade one winner Jo Cappuccino (out of a mare by Caerleon son, Fusaichi Pegasus (TrueNicks,SRO)), and graded winner Garbo (out of a mare by Caerleon son, Generous).


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