What was very striking about the results of the mile races is that all six placings were filled by horses from the Mr. Prospector sire line: the Australian version of Fusaichi Pegasus , Zamindar, and Mr. Greeley in the Queen Anne; and Kingmambo, Elusive Quality, and Observatory in the St. James’s Palace. Three of the six are by sons of Gone West: Zamindar, Mr. Greeley, and Elusive Quality. Only two of the six stand in Europe: Zamindar and Observatory, both bred and raced by Juddmonte, and both standing at Banstead Manor.
However dominant the Northern Dancer line has become in Europe, it seems there’s always room for that high-quality, essentially American, Mr. Prospector blood. Oh, and Takeover Target is also Mr. Prospector-line; he’s from an Australian crop by Celtic Swing, who stands in Ireland.
Encouraging from a Summerhill perspective is that eight of the eleven stallions on our 2008 roster carry the blood of MR PROSPECTOR, which we believe to be perfectly suited to our local conditions. Already his two sons, SECRET PROSPECTOR and MUHTAFAL have broadly advertised “Mr P’s” merit, while grandson WESTERN WINTER must rank with the all-time great stallions in South Africa.