dansili european sire
dansili european sire

Dansili

(Photo : Juddmonte/Europmap) 

“THE TIMEFORM 120 BRACKET”

Some years ago, Summerhill put down a marker. Our observations were that the single most important ingredient in sire success was racing class. Our history is replete with Champion sires of superior racing performance, and singularly lacking in those that were not good racehorses. While there are exceptions, that’s pretty much the story of the world.

Relatively modern times recall DrumBeat (Timeform 131,) High Veldt (126) Sybil’s Nephew (121,) and Fairthorne (120) – they belong to the 50’s and 60’s, while the “in-between” era remembers Persian Wonder (118,) Royal Prerogative (117) and Foveros (120). Jungle Cove was American and therefore beyond the clutches of Timeform, but he was a competent runner and a Grade Two winner.

This decade, we’ve been graced by some of the best South African sires ever, and they include 8-time Group One winner, Jet Master, Fort Wood (117) and while Western Winter was American, the lack of a Timeform assessment doesn’t detract from a narrow 2nd in one of his homeland’s “stallion-makers” the Met Mile (Gr.1). While they weren’t quite in the same racing league, both Al Mufti and Jallad were honest Graded Stakes campaigners.

A glance at our latest Stallion brochure reveals that, to a man, our barn is occupied by Group winners, all of whom reside in the 120 plus bracket.

Now turn your attention to the table below, the current European Sires Premiership, and you find exceptional racehorses occupying every one of the top 15 slots. No exceptions. That tells its own story, not only of how valuable class is, but how competitive the stallion business has become. It’s an arguable proposition that this could be Europe’s best line-up of all time.

While Galileo, Montjeu, Pivotal and Danehill Dancer have been around for some time, the two rising stars on the firmament are the Juddmonte pair, Oasis Dream and Dansili. While the former kicked off at a proper commercial fee of £25,000, Dansili has done it the hard way, starting out at £7,500, and now boasts the world’s highest ranked racehorse of 2010, Harbinger. Yesterday we posted a piece on Sadler’s Wells as a Broodmare sire phenomenon. If you’re a Ready To Run fan, you’ll have noticed our draft included a Dansili colt from a very well related Sadler’s Wells mare.

LEADING SIRES IN EUROPE 2010

Sire

Grandsire

BT Wins

Total GBP

1

GALILEO

Sadler’s Wells

15

3,741,878

2

OASIS DREAM

Green Desert

19

2,746,959

3

DANSILI

Danehill

20

2,584,048

4

DANEHILL DANCER

Danehill

13

2,523,214

5

DUBAWI

Dubai Millennium

12

2,264,731

6

PIVOTAL

Polar Falcon

20

2,086,179

7

KING’S BEST

Kingmambo

6

1,965,908

8

SHAMARDAL

Giant’s Causeway

8

1,945,002

9

MONTJEU

Sadler’s Wells

9

1,895,848

10

CAPE CROSS

Green Desert

9

1,865,669

11

INVINCIBLE SPIRIT

Green Desert

14

1,601,040

12

ANABAA

Danzig

6

1,530,757

13

ROCK OF GIBRALTAR

Danehill

9

1,458,228

14

REFUSE TO BEND

Sadler’s Wells

4

1,436,558

15

VERGLAS

Highest Honor

4

1,309,271

16

CHOISIR

Danehill Dancer

4

1,308,258

17

INTIKHAB

Red Ransom

9

1,270,939

18

HAWK WING

Woodman

5

1,192,260

19

NOVERRE

Rahy

4

1,151,884

20

HIGH CHAPARRAL

Sadler’s Wells

6

1,130,911

21

KINGSALSA

Kingmambo

2

1,096,071

22

SINGSPIEL

In The Wings

4

1,050,811

23

PEINTRE CELEBRE

Nureyev

5

1,032,004

24

MEDICEAN

Machiavellian

6

1,031,876

25

HALLING

Diesis

8

1,026,267

26

TIGER HILL

Danehill

7

1,014,551

27

MONSUN

Konigsstuhl

5

988,865

28

DIKTAT

Warning

4

987,803

29

GREEN TUNE

Green Dancer

6

980,750

30

EXCEED AND EXCEL

Danehill

4

973,896

31

KYLLACHY

Pivotal

2

973,173

32

FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND

Giant’s Causeway

4

934,650

33

ACCLAMATION

Royal Applause

3

934,134

34

DUBAI DESTINATION

Kingmambo

2

892,657

35

SADLER’S WELLS

Northern Dancer

13

889,026

36

FASLIYEV

Nureyev

3

887,644

37

SINNDAR

Grand Lodge

2

574,229

38

TAGULA

Taufan

3

863,493

39

SLICKLY

Linamix

1

861,800

40

BARATHEA

Sadler’s Wells

5

859,334

41

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Storm Cat

3

844,838

42

GREEN DESERT

Danzig

2

829,486

43

ONE COOL CAT

Storm Cat

0

819,504

44

CAPTAIN RIO

Pivotal

3

816,176

45

BERTOLINI

Danzig

1

802,228

46

ORPEN

Lure

5

802,021

47

OBSERVATORY

Distant View

2

799,870

48

ELUSIVE CITY

Elusive Quality

0

795,214

49

MUHTATHIR

Elmaamul

0

781,885

50

RED RANSOM

Roberto

2

775,587

Statistics courtesy of European Bloodstock News

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