sadler's wellsSadler’s Wells pictured in 2006 with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters

Pedigree Insights by Andrew Caulfield

As last week’s racing represented something of a lull before the storm of major events scheduled for the next few weeks, I hope you’ll forgive me if I look back to September 13. That day’s quartet of Group 1 races provided yet another reminder of the extraordinary talents of Sadler’s Wells, who figured as the sire of one of the Group 1 winners, Septimus, and as the sire of the dams of two others, Music Note and Conduit.

One could be forgiven in the past for wondering whether the unprecedented scale of Sadler’s Wells’ success as a sire would effectively restrict the opportunities available to his broodmare daughters, especially in the rather cramped upper echelons of the Anglo-Irish industry.

After all, he achieved a record 14 Sires’ Championships between 1990 and 2004 and has more than 2,100 foals of racing age, two of which - Galileo and Montjeu - rank among the most successful stallions of recent years.

Any such fears have proved groundless and Sadler’s Wells, the Coolmore giant, appears to be heading for his fourth consecutive championship as a broodmare sire. His daughters already have earnings in excess of GBP3million this year - over GBP1million more than his nearest pursuer, Darshaan - and they have 11 group/graded winners to their credit. As many as six of the 11 have won at the highest level, with Henrythenavigator, Creachadoir, Youmzain and Conduit scoring in Europe and Music Note and Grand Couturier in the U.S.

A noteworthy feature of the 10 mares responsible for these 11 group winners is how few of them made their mark while in training. The exception to the rule is Henrythenavigator’s dam, the Group 1-winning Sequoyah. Of the others, Coastal Path’s dam Coraline gained a minor win from five starts, while Sadima, the dam of Youmzain and Creachadoir, failed to earn black type despite showing fairly useful form.

That leaves us with seven mares. Rather surprisingly, the dams of Music Note, Conduit, Infamous Angel (G2 Lowther Stakes), Patkai (G3 Queen’s Vase) and Campanologist (G2 King Edward VII Stakes) were all unraced. Grand Couturier’s dam Lady Elgar beat only one home on her only appearance and Juno Madonna, dam of dual Group 3 winner Regime, failed to reach the first seven in two small races at Cagnes-sur-Mer.

The clear lesson is that it isn’t safe to ignore any daughter of Sadler’s Wells, largely because their sire always commanded a fee which guaranteed that the vast majority of his mates came from excellent families.

It is the depth of excellence in his daughters’ bloodlines which has often helped convert them from disappointment as a racemare to success story as a broodmare.

Another fine example is Saddler’s Gal, who failed to earn a single penny in nine starts, but who went on to produce the Japanese superstar El Condor Pasa. Several other Group 1 winners, such as American Post, Laverock, Medaaly, Sumati, the Italian Derby winner Morshdi and the Japanese Derby winner Fusaichi Concorde, are also out of unraced or non-winning dams.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News