Click above to watch It’s a Dundeel winning the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr1)
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“…those that got in on the ground floor were the lucky ones.”
If you’ve been following us in the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that High Chaparral has recorded Group One winners on both sides of the Atlantic, while he also has most people’s idea of the best juvenile colt in Britain, the unbeaten Toronado. None of us who have seen his stock at auction houses around the world, would be surprised at High Chaparral’s successes: they look the part, and these days, they fetch the sort of money they deserve. It wasn’t always like this though, and like so many stories in this game, those that got in on the ground floor were the lucky ones. There were six Group One winners from his first year at stud, and once that cat was out of the bag, you’d have to put your head down, if you wanted to buy one.
The point was rammed home last weekend, when It’s a Dundeel, a three-year-old from his second New Zealand-bred crop, scooted home in the Spring Champion Stakes (Gr.1) at Randwick, Sydney, reassuring those of us who’ve booked mares this year to High Chaparral’s most accomplished Northern Hemisphere-bred son, Golden Sword, standing his first season at Summerhill Stud this year.
And while we’re on the subject of stallions, it’s pertinent to speak of Admire Main, whose first youngsters strut their stuff at the Ready To Run Gallops on the farm next Friday 19th October. We very nearly witnessed a Sunday Silence-line winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr.1) on Sunday in Orfevre, while across the seas in the United States, King David (a son of Hat Trick by Sunday Silence) captured the $400,000 Jamaica Handicap (Gr.1) at Belmont. It’s been hard work establishing this male line outside of Japan, simply because the bulk of the world has lived in blissful ignorance of one of the most potent sire influences international breeding has ever known. Hat Trick himself was a good racehorse, but by no means the best of the Sunday Silences, yet he’s already produced (besides King David), the Cartier Juvenile European Champion of 2011, Dabirsim, and the 2012 Graded Stakes winners Howe Great (for Team Valor) and Zenji.
For the record, Admire Main was one of the top three-year-olds of his generation, unbeaten in his first four starts before going down a neck in the Japanese Derby (Gr.1), and it’s a sign of the respect for which the Japanese themselves hold for this horse, that Yusuke Tsukahara should fly out to represent the Shadai group as part of the panel of judges at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Gallops on Friday.