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One nick that has a 100% strike-rate is that of Yankee Victor with mares by Woodman, which has produced stakes winner Timely Reflection, and Kinsale King (TrueNicks A++), who took the Golden Shaheen (gr. I) in Dubai. The granddam, Flaming Leaves is a stakes winner and graded placed, and is a three-part-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Roving Boy (both by Olden Times, and inbred 3 x 3 to the brother and sister War Relic and War Klit, themselves both closely inbred to Rock Sand and Fairy Gold, two of the grandparents of Man o’War). It’s not terribly surprising to see Yankee Victor, by Saint Ballado, by Halo, working with Woodman, a Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser cross. Halo did well with both Mr. Prospector and Buckpasser, and Saint Ballado’s granddam, Miss Swapsco is by Cohoes (dam a sister to the granddam of Buckpasser), out of a a mare by Swaps, and Woodman’s dam, is by Buckpasser out of a mare by Swaps. Yankee Victor’s third dam, Whose to Know is by Fleet Nasrullah (close genetic relative to the dam of Mr. Prospector), out of Masked Lady, whose own dam, Spinosa, is a three-parts-sister to Sequence, the granddam of Mr. Prospector.
Another very proven cross is that of Sadler’s Wells line sires over mares by over mares by Top Ville (and his sire, High Top). In Meydan, the cross was represented by Sheema Classic (gr. I) victress Dar Re Mi, who is by Sadler’s Wells’ grandson, Singspiel, out of the Prix Vermeille (gr. I) victress Darara. A similar mating produced Irish Derby (gr. I) victor Winged Love, who is by Singspiel’s sire, In the Wings from a Top Ville mare. Incidentally Sadler’s Wells and High Top give the genetic relatives Flares/Black Devil and Forli/Abernant.

King’s Best’s son, Allybar may have been narrowly thwarted in the World Cup, but King’s Best gained some compensation when his son, Calming Influence captured the Godolphin Mile (gr. III). Calming Influence has a pretty international pedigree, as his sire is by Kingmambo (TrueNicks,SRO) out of the great mare Allegretta (foaled in England but by a German sire and dam), and the dam, Idilic Calm, is by Indian Ridge (bred in Ireland), out of Miracle Drug, a daughter of Seattle Slew and Grenzen, a multiple graded winner in the U.S. Calming Influence is TrueNicks rated A++, as King’s Best has also sired group winner Vincennes out of a mare by Indian Ridge’s sire, Ahonoora, while Kingmambo has sired group one winning sprinter Malhub from an Ahonoora mare.
The Danehill line picked up two graded events with Australian-bred and South African-trained Musir landing the UAE Derby (gr. II) and Joy and Fun, taking the Al Quoz Sprint (gr. III). Musir, Champion Two-Year-Old in South Africa, is by Danehill’s stellar son Redoute’s Choice out of a mare by that stallion’s major rival for Leading Sire honors in Australia, Encosta de Lago. We have posted about this emerging nick, which is represented by Beneteau in the Golden Slipper Stakes (gr. I) in Australia this coming weekend.
New Zealand-bred Joy and Fun is by the ill-fated Cullen, a two-time grade III winner by Danehill out of the excellent Ahonoora mare, Princess Tracy, who had made a promising start from fairly modest opportunities. Joy and Fun (TrueNicks A) is out of Gin Player, who is by Defensive Play, a staying son of Fappiano who was a bust as a sire in the U.S., but did better as a stallion in New Zealand, and now much better as a broodmare sire.

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