King For A Day

March 18 might as well have gone down as Kingmambo (TrueNicks,SRO) day in France, as his sire ons dominated the stakes events at Deauville.
The 6½ furlong Prix Montenica, for three-year-old colts and geldings, went to Too Nice Name, a son of Kingsalsa. A group III winning miler, Kingsalsa also finished second in the Prix de la Salamandre (gr. I) and third in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains-French 2,000 Guineas (gr. I). Too Nice Name and Indian stakes winner Ocean and Beyond from the first crop sired by Kingsalsa out of the better mares he attracted following the appearance of stakes winners Salsalava and Porto Santo from a relatively limited freshman crop.
Too Nice Name is closely related to the group winning Best Name, also runner-up in the Prix du Jockey-Club-French Derby (gr. I), who is by Kingmambo’s son, King’s Best, out of a half-sister to the dam of Too Nice Name. Out of a mare by the Diesis horse, Halling, Too Nice Name is rated A++ by TrueNicks. This is the Kingmambo/Sharpen Up cross which has produced eight stakes winners from 88 starters (9%) for Kingmambo and his sons, including stakes winners by Kingmambo out of each of the three brothers, Kris, Diesis and Keen.
In the Prix Ronde de Nuit for three-year-old fillies, over the same course and distance, Evading Tempete (by Dubai Destination), scored from another Kingsalsa product, Calina Salsa, and Okapina (by Okawango), all three being by Kingmambo sons. Rated A by TrueNicks, Evading Tempete is out of the Gone West mare, Late Summer. There is a Sharpen Up link here too, as Gone West is a grandson of Native Dancer out of a daughter of Mixed Marriage, and Sharpen Up’s sire, Atan, is a son of that pair. Kingmambo and Late Summer, are both Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer crosses, and Late Summer’s dam is by Ajdal, a Northern Dancer/Raise a Native cross, which is a reverse to Kingmambo and the mare.
As a footnote, we are going to stretch a connection here, but the horse in question is interesting enough to justify it. It’s well-known that Kingmambo has often worked well over Sadler’s Wells, that horse being a three-parts-brother to Kingmambo’s broodmare sire, Nureyev. Two days before “Kingmambo Day” we had another interesting pedigree involving Sadler’s Wells and a genetic relative. In the Jacaranda Handicap (gr. III) at Turffontein in South Africa, the Fort Wood (by Sadler’s Wells) filly Queen’s Bay prevailed in a photo-finish. Her dam, Daphne Donnelly, is by Golden Thatch, a son of Thatch, who in turn is a brother to Special, the granddam of Sadler’s Wells. The pedigree is actually cleverer than that, as Queen’s Bay’s third dam, is Spring Adieu (also granddam of Danehill), a half-sister to Fort Wood’s grandsire, Northern Dancer, so she has Natalma 4 x 4 as well as Special/Thatch 4 x 3.

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