Our postings of the last couple of days have left our team pinching themselves in disbelief at the good luck (so far), we seem to be experiencing with the foals of the four “new” stallions. We’ve said it before, but so that no-one thinks we are taking advantage of it, it’s very unusual to have four stallions from one season all delivering quality stock, and yet, emotions aside, we’d have to say there hasn’t even been a tinge of disappointment at the first SOLSKJAER’S, WAY WEST’S, CATALOOCHEE’S AND HOBB ALWAHATAN’S.
That shouldn’t however, detract from the fact that the proven fellows have been at it well, and last week KAHAL had a formidable collection of youngsters from what we would call “heavyweight” mares.
Everyone at the farm remembers vividly the evening of the Drill Hall Stakes in 2005, when REAL RED was just a head away from defeating the Horse of the Year, Winter Solstice, and she actually got up in the last stride to put away the J&B Met hero of that year, Alastor. This performance earned her an invitation to Dubai (which she was unfortunately unable to fulfill,) but it was a timely reminder of the competition top-class fillies with an aptitude for seven furlongs, have to face, if they are to express themselves at the highest level. Outside of the Tibouchina Stakes, there is no Group contest for fillies at the distance, so she had to take on the best colts in the country at their game, on weight-for-age terms. She gave us an exceptionally attractive, robust KAHAL colt. Partners in this mare include John and Shirley Bartlett, who live near Goodwood in the UK as well as Richard Bartlett and Geoff Player.
In the very stall next door, Graded Stakes winner SELBORNE PARK (from the celebrated French family of Champion race filly Dunette, and French Glory, who lowered the colours of Horse of the Year, Nashwan in that unforgettable renewal of the Prix-Niel, one of the principal Arc trials), gave birth to an own brother to Desert Links for Sheikh Maktoum’s ex Financial Director (now CEO of Sheikh Mohammad’s Rabbah Bloodstock), Stephen Gill and his family. Whilst a slightly neater, more athletic foal at the same stage, this chap otherwise resembles his own brother, whose target for this season is the J&B Met, where he will get every help from his red-hot trainer, Basil Marcus.
Another very well related youngster, and an extremely attractive, robust-bodied foal is the half brother to REBEL KING, the undefeated Champion Juvenile of his year. This chap comes from the family of recent multiple Graded Stakes winner, Cousin John, and a stream of other top quality performers from one of Highlands Farms’ elite families. He was bred in partnership with yet another couple of English clients, Mike and Marty Meredith.
Lest we be chastised by one of our best correspondents, the final arrival in this spate of Kahals, is a half-brother to the impressive Mark Dixon-trained first-timer, PRIZE FLOWER, from the Northern Guest mare DAHLIA’S GUEST. This filly is bred on the identical cross that has been responsible for the exalted likes of Emperor Napoleon, Bold Ellinore, Evening Attire and Bhekinkhosi, and is the property of our long-time friend and customer, Judge Alan Magid.