(Photo: Andrew Watkins)
GOLDEN SWORD (GB)
High Chaparral (IRE) - Sitara (GB)
Those that have trawled the Australian sales grounds, as we have, in an attempt to buy the progeny of High Chaparral will tell you how difficult it is. High Chaparral delivered up four individual Group One winners in his first crop Down Under, including the international superstar, So You Think, and these were complemented by another two from his first Northern Hemisphere-conceived progeny.
Just yesterday, we penned a piece on his unbeaten Champagne Stakes-winning juvenile, Toronado, and within a day, he landed another winner at the highest level when Whigmore Hall waltzed off with the money in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Gr.1) at Woodbine.
Sadler’s Wells is already represented by the world’s current leading sire, Galileo, as well as Europe’s number one sire of Derby winners, Montjeu, while in the Southern Hemisphere, he has the South African champion sire Fort Wood amongst his luminaries. It was only a matter of time before the next in line would emerge, and High Chaparral has slipped seamlessly into the role, being the only stallion since Sadler’s Wells himself to get six Group One winners in his first year at stud.
At Summerhill we’ve been on the lookout for a member of this sireline for some years now, and in Golden Sword, we have found his highest-rated Northern Hemisphere product of all time. We owe his presence here to Mike de Kock’s enterprising raids on the Coolmore stocks for his overseas exploits, and to his owners Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the Ruperts of Drakenstein Stud, Mary Slack’s Wilgersbosdrift and Chris Gerber and Bennie van der Merwe’s Moutonshoek. Justifiably, Golden Sword has an excellent book of mares in his first season, including Ronnie Napier’s Fillies Guineas and Gerald Rosenberg heroine, Fisani.