Golden Sword (left) and High Chaparral (right)
(Image : Summerhill Sires Brochure 2013/14)
“The viral impact of things like Facebook and Twitter these days is so widespread, there can’t be too many souls who don’t already know that we believe his initial crop here ranks with some of the best we’ve seen.”
The rampant successes of Sadler’s Wells’ stallion sons at stud, Galileo, Montjeu and El Prado, have tended to overshadow the emerging force of High Chaparral. That the latter is developing something of a crescendo, is reflected in as new-found respect for his stock at racehorse sales in both hemispheres, recognition at last that he is entitled to take his place not only with the best sons of his sire, but among the best stallions in the world. Events yesterday in New Zealand and in Ireland reminded us of a new breeze blowing in both poles of the world.
The highest price of the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale came on the second and final day of the sale when David Ellis went to NZ$430,000 to secure Lot 401, who was offered by Regal Farm as Agent. The 13 November-foaled colt is a son of Coolmore shuttle sire High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) and is out of Deduction, an unraced daughter of Zabeel (Sir Tristram) who is a daughter of Miss Priority (Kaapstad), a half-sister to the Champion Might And Power (Zabeel). “He was one of the most impressive colts I have ever seen at a Ready To Run sale and I have been keen to buy him since I first saw him nine months ago,” Ellis told ANZ Bloodstock News. “He is by an outstanding sire High Chaparral, out of a Zabeel mare and we all know what a great cross that is. He is a beautiful colt that I can see being in the 2000 Guineas this time next year and I can see him training on to be a Derby contender.”
At the Goff’s Foal Sale a €120,000 son of High Chaparral become the first foal of the week to reach six figures as another good day at Goffs enabled the November Foal Sale to advance on the corresponding figures from 2012 for the third day in succession. The number of horses to make €50,000 or more throughout the day advanced by one to 19, while a healthy increase in the clearance rate enabled the turnover to improve by 16 per cent to just over €4.8m. The average of €25,630 represented an increase of six per cent, while the median climbed by five per cent to €22,000.
The star lot (592) was consigned by Churchtown House Stud and he attracted a number of would be purchasers before Camas Park Stud’s Timmy Hyde saw them all off when bringing the price to €120,000. The colt, whose price easily surpassed the €82,000 mark which topped last year’s penultimate session, is a half-brother to three winners out of a full-sister to the high-class German Gr.2 winner Wurftaube (Acatenango). This is also the immediate family of the Gr.1 Deutches Derby hero Waldpark - a son of Wurftaube - and the Gr.1 St Leger hero Masked Marvel. “He’s a very good looking colt from a top German family and he’s by a great stallion. He’ll be coming back as a yearling,” reported Hyde.
The cat is already out of the bag as far as our impressions of the first foals of High Chaparral’s highly-performed son, Golden Sword, is concerned. The viral impact of things like Facebook and Twitter these days is so widespread, there can’t be too many souls who don’t already know that we believe his initial crop here ranks with some of the best we’ve seen, and like the two subject horses in this article, they seem to carry more size and more bulk than you would normally expect of the Sadler’s Wells tribe.