Lush Lashes: Jim Bolger's triple Group 1-winning daughter of Galileo will visit Sea The Stars this seasonPICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
Inbreeding to Urban Sea a possible risk - Bolger
JIM Bolger confirmed on Tuesday that he is to send eight mares to Sea The Stars - two of the daughters of the Gilltown stallion's half-brother Galileo.
Jim Bolger: "it's the best
going to the best"
Such numbers would make Bolger one of the most significantpatrons of Sea The Stars, just as he was in the early career of Galileo. But it is not just the number of mares he is sending that is so eye-catching.
Bolger conceded that the mating between Sea The Stars and Lush Lashes, the trainer's triple Group 1-winning daughter of Galileo, could be "slightly risky" as it creates 2x3 inbreeding to Urban Sea.
The resulting foal will also be inbred 4x4 to Danzig through Sea The Stars' sire Cape Cross and Lush Lashes' damsire Anabaa.
Last season's 1,000 Guineas runner-up Cuis Ghaire, another of Bolger's high-performing daughters of Galileo, has also been booked to Sea The Stars.
"It is slightly risky but it's worked before," said Bolger, who bought out partner John Corcoran in Lush Lashes when the bidding reached 1.8 million guineas at last year's Tattersalls December Sale.
Sea The Stars: will cover 130 hand-picked mares at €85,000PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER
"Marcel Boussac had a lot of success inbreeding. If it doesn't work the first time, there is always a chance that it could work down the line - a filly bred like that could become a very good broodmare. It's the best going to the best."
The pair are the most significant mares Bolger is sending to Sea The Stars, who will cover a book of approximately 130 hand picked mares this year at a fee of €85,000.
"I'm also sending Maoineach, an American-bred filly by Congaree who won the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial last year," added Bolger, "and Blas Ceoil, a daughter of Mr Greeley who looked good before she got injured."
Marcel Boussac, who was the leading breeder in France 17 times, was renowned for inbreeding back to his foundation lines to produce superior stock; for instance, his 1949 Arc winner Coronation was inbred 2x2 to Tourbillon while his champion two-year-old Djeddah contained 3x4 inbreeding to Teddy, Durbar II and Banshee.
More recently, tight inbreeding to Natalma produced outstanding sire Danehill while Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy was bred on a 3x3 cross to A.P. Indy's dam Weekend Surprise.