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Sadlers Wells - Coolmore - Jan 2007

Sadler's Wells leads sons Galileo, Montjeu and High Chaparral at Coolmore

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

 

Montjeu's strong hand boosts title chance

SADLER'S Wells dominates the head of this year's International two-year-old Classifications thanks to two leading young sires in Montjeu and Medaglia d'Oro.

Montjeu has an exceptional record with middle-distance three-year-olds but thepast season saw him produce two top-class juvenile colts in St Nicholas Abbey (124) - who became his sire's third Racing Post Trophy winner following Motivator and Authorized - and Jan Vermeer (119). Another of the stallion's squad, Joshua Tree (112), looked Derby material when taking the Royal Lodge Stakes. 

St Nicholas Abbey is 3/1 for the 2,000 Guineas, but his sire's record dictates that the Derby is his race. Montjeu has finished third in the past three sires' championships, but his strong three-year-old hand could see him top the charts for the first time in 2010.

Sadler's Wells' grandson, the US-based Medaglia D'Oro, is the sire of the second highest-rated juvenile in Passion For Gold (120), who provided evidence of his sire's ability to produce a top-class colt when running away with the Criterium deSaint-Cloud. The son of El Prado has made a fantastic start to his stud career as the sire of 13 stakes winners - including the Grade 1-winning fillies Rachel Alexandra and Gabby's Golden Gal - from just two crops of racing age, and consequently will stand at Darley at Jonabell next season at $100,000.

Medaglia d'Oro's other juvenile to break 110 was Al Zir, who like Passion For Gold was a sale-topping juvenile.

Arcano - 9.7.09

Arcano: a flag-bearer for
Oasis Dream

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 

Oasis Dream's meteoric rise during the past season has been well-documented and contributed toan excellent season for stallion sons of Green Desert. Juddmonte's star stallion owns three two-year-olds rated above 110 in Arcano (118), Showcasing (114) and Misheer (110) while another son of Green Desert, Invincible Spirit, sired shock Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vale Of York (118).

Last year's two-year-old International Classifications saw three stallions by Danehill produce juveniles rated 115 or above. However, the only Danehill stallion to meet that criteria this year is freshman Oratorio, sire of the Dewhurst one-two Beethoven (117) and Fencing Master (116). The leading two-year-old sire of 2009, Danehill Dancer, is well represented further down the table as the sire of Alfred Nobel (112), Air Chief Marshal (110) and Dancing David (110).

Four Storm Cat-line juveniles were rated 115 or higher. Storm Cat's son Hennessy provided impressive Cheveley Park Stakes heroine SpecialDuty (117), while Hennessy's son Johannesburg was responsible for Norfolk Stakes winner Radiohead (115), whose rating was boosted by a third against older competition in the Nunthorpe.

Hennessy's paternal half-brother Giant's Causeway was sire of Shamardal, crowned Europe's champion first-season sire by progeny earnings and supplier of Round Tower Stakes winner Arctic (116), and fellow freshman Footstepsinthesand, who was on the mark with Dewhurst fourth Steinbeck (115).

Dubawi was the most prolific source of winners among the first-crop sires, and he has one juvenile to have been rated above 110, Poet's Voice (112).

Awzaan - Mill Reef Stakes - Newbury - 19.09.2009

Awzaan: a first Group 1 juvenile winner by Alhaarth

  PICTURE: Getty 

Pivotal was represented in 2009 by three high-ranking juveniles in the shape of Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Siyouni (118), Buzzword (114), third in the same race, and Emerald Commander (112). Alhaarth was the exceptional juvenile of 1995, but it wasn't until last year that he sired a two-year-old out of the top draw. His son Awzaan won all four of his starts including the Mill Reef Stakes and Middle Park Stakes to earn a rating of 117.

Only two sires of the top 20 juveniles are free of Northern Dancer blood. They are the pensioned Rahy (Pounced) and Tagula (Canford Cliffs).


2yo International Classifications 2009

 Ranking  2yo  Sire  Grandsire
 124  St Nicholas Abbey  Montjeu  Sadler's Wells
 120  Passion For Gold  Medaglia d'Oro  El Prado
 119  Jan Vermeer  Montjeu  Sadler's Wells
 118  Arcano  Oasis Dream  Green Desert
 118  Canford Cliffs  Tagula  Taufan
 118  Siyouni  Pivotal  Polar Falcon
 118  Vale Of York  Invincible Spirit  Green Desert
 117  Awzaan  Alhaarth  Unfuwain
 117  Beethoven  Oratorio  Danehill
 117  Pounced  Rahy  Blushing Groom
 117  Special Duty  Hennessy  Storm Cat
 116  Arctic  Shamardal  Giant's Causeway
 116  Fencing Master  Oratorio  Danehill
 116  Hearts Of Fire  Firebreak  Charnwood Forest
 116  Kingsfort  War Chant  Danzig
 116  Xtension  Xaar  Zafonic
 115  Chabal  Galileo  Sadler's Wells
 115  Elusive Pimpernel  Elusive Quality  Gone West
 115  Jealous Again  Trippi  End Sweep
 115  Radiohead  Johannesburg  Hennessy
 115  Steinbeck  Footstepsinthesand  Giant's Causeway
 

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TOP TEN

STALLION £ TOTAL PRIZE
Galileo £10,647,143
Dark Angel £3,007,182
Dubawi £2,934,398
Kodiac £2,219,020
Acclamation £2,084,861
Frankel £1,958,449
Nathaniel £1,874,732
Sea The Stars £1,866,794
Iffraaj £1,748,970
Invincible Spirit £1,692,034