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Street Cry Colt Takes UAE Guineas

Another sire who had a good week on the international scene was Street Cry (IRE) (TrueNicks,SRO). His U.S.-bred three-year-old colt Splash Point captured the U.A.E. 2000 Guineas (gr. III, video below), his only previous win having come over seven furlongs in England last year. Splash Point is out of the Danehill mare Dianehill, a stakes-winning and multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) heroine Very Subtle. Splash Point is the second stakes winner from seven starters sired by Street Cry from Danehill mares, a mating that gives Northern Dancer and two different half sisters (Raise the Standard, granddam of Street Cry’s sire, Machiavellian, and Spring Adieu, granddam of Danehill. Incidentally, the Raise the Standard, and Danehill’s dam, Razyana, are also both from the Ribot line, so similarly-bred top and bottom). We’ll also note the third here, English-bred Krypton Factor, who is by Kyllachy (by Pivotal), out of a mare by Polar Falcon (sire of Pivotal).

In South Africa, Hollywoodboulevard, an Australian-bred daughter of Street Cry out of a mare by Filante (by Star Way, a very successful New Zealand stallion son of upset Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (gr. I) victor Star Appeal, from the Herbager line), took the Three Troikas Stakes (gr. III) at Turffontein. Third here was Mina Salaam, a South African-foaled daughter of Medaglia d'Oro (TrueNicks,SRO), out of Circle of Life, a grade I-winning daughter of Complete Warrior (by the Bold Ruler horse, Dewan).

Street Cry’s trio was completed by River’s Lane (TrueNicks A++), who took SAJC Birthday Cup in Australia. Out of a daughter of Made of Gold, he is one of two Street Cry stakes winners from just four starters out of mares by sons of Green Forest (European Champion Two-Year-Old and miler, by Champion U.S. Sprinter, Shecky Greene, this being a repatriated branch of the Star Kingdom line, which arrived in the U.S. through Noholme II).

On the same day that Splash Point took the UAE 2000 Guineas, the Firebreak Stakes over the same course and distance went to Skysurfers (TrueNicks A), an English-foaled son of E Dubai out of a Night Shift mare. The sire, a son of Mr. Prospector, is now in Pennsylvania, and with 20 stakes winners, ten graded, in his first five crops, looks a major plus for the program in the Quaker State.

We’ve mentioned Pivotal’s sprinting son Kyllachy above, and he had a good winner when the seven-year-old Algol took the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (Hong Kong gr. I) at Sha Tin. He is out of a mare by In the Wings, who is by Sadler’s Wells, a three-parts-brother to Kyllachy’s great-grandsire, Nureyev. This cross hasn’t worked well for Pivotal, but perhaps with Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells drifting back further in the pedigree, it will prove less deleterious for his sons.

An unfamiliar version of a familiar cross was responsible for Ashtar (TrueNicks A), winning of the El Derby (gr. I) in Chile. He is by Merchant of Venice, a Storm Cat half brother to Jules and Orpen, from the same branch of the Natalma family as Machiavellian. The dam is by Hussonet (by Mr. Prospector), out of a mare by another Mr. Prospector son, Sam M.

In India, the Oaks victress Moonlight Romance defeated the colts in the Indian Derby (gr. I). Moonlight Romance is by China Visit, a son of Red Ransom who is having a big year in 2011, out of a mare by the Northern Dancer horse Razeen. The same formula produced the third, another filly, Xisca, with second going to Ocean and Beyond, who is by Kingsalsa (by Kingmambo) out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, so bred on a very proven formula.

Among the stakes winners in Japan was the Kisaragi Sho NHK Sho (gr.III) scorer Tosen Ra (TrueNicks A++), who is by the Sunday Silence horse Deep Impact, out of Princess Olivia, who is best-known for being dam of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner, and young sire Flower Alley (TrueNicks,SRO). Tosen Ra is inbred 4x4 to Lyphard, and his fourth dam is a half sister to that horse.

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