frozen fire
Frozen Fire

While New Approach’s withdrawal from Sunday’s Irish Derby denied him the opportunity of joining the pantheon of great dual Derby winners of the likes of Nijinsky, Grundy, The Minstrel, Shergar, Troy, Generous, Galileo and High Chaparral, it did open the door for someone else to scoop the significant spoils of the race.

In a year in which they can scarcely put a foot wrong (even the English Derby, which went to their arch rivals, Godolphin, witnessed a winner by the Coolmore sire of the moment, Galileo,) who else might step up, but Coolmore again?

And while there may have been some sort of “hung jury” on Sadler’s Wells’ prowess as a sire of sires, Frozen Fire’s victory on Sunday must surely have put the final nail into that argument’s coffin. As a son of the already celebrated Montjeu, he added a ninth Irish Derby to the Sadler’s Wells dynasty’s dominance of the great race. The great Champion has produced six of those, while Montjeu now has two, and Galileo one.

And for what it’s worth, he already has Champion Sire sons elsewhere: Fort Wood in South Africa, El Prado in the USA, as well as the top class In The Wings in Ireland.