Storm Cat
Storm Cat

Storm Cat

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“The truth is that Storm Cat would currently enjoy a huge lead on the broodmare table if he received credit for the tremendous results achieved this year by his daughters’ Japanese runners.”

When it comes to hit rates in this country, there’s never been any sireline more effective than Storm Cat’s. Var, Tiger Ridge, Black Minnaloushe, Mogok, Tribal Dance, they all speak eloquently for their heritage, hence the presence at Summerhill of Brave Tin Soldier and Await The Dawn.

Andrew Caulfield - During his racing career, Storm Cat was pretty good at coming out on top in a close finish, showing the sort of spirit which was to become a feature of his progeny’s success story. He won his second start by a neck and three starts later he pushed his nose ahead of Danzig Connections to take the GI Young America Stakes. Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite repeat the display against Tasso in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, when he led virtually everywhere but the finish line.

Storm Cat appears to be involved in another very tight finish this year, this time in his role as broodmare sire, and I use the word “appears” advisedly. According to the Blood-Horse on December 9, the former Overbrook star ranks second to A.P. Indy, with Storm Cat’s total of $14,635,997 lagging just $42,365 behind his rivals.

But, the small print includes “as supplied to The Blood-Horse by The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc., earnings exclude monies from Japan and Hong Kong.” (Note: TDN sire lists also do not contain earnings from Japan or Hong Kong). I mentioned my puzzlement over this arbitrary exclusion in a TDN piece nearly two years ago: “I guess that this is done because the prize-money in those countries is deemed disproportionate to that in the majority of other countries and can therefore slant the statistics,” I suggested.

Statistics from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities confirm that prize-money in Hong Kong and Japan are at a different level. The average prize-money per race in 2012 was equivalent to €110,947 in Hong Kong and €45,851 in Japan, whereas the figures for the U.S. and Canada were €16,136 and €20,013, respectively. But Hong Kong and Japan aren’t the only countries capable of distorting the figures. The average for the 320 races staged in the United Arab Emirates equated to €103,865. Yet, inconsistently, these races are included in the Jockey Club’s figures.

This year, Darshaan ranks third on the table behind A.P. Indy and Storm Cat, but he owes nearly $3.5 million (virtually a quarter of his total) to the UAE exploits of Sajjhaa. Similarly, the 15th-ranked Acatenango owes $6 million of his total to Animal Kingdom’s victory in the G1 Dubai World Cup. Meadowlake and Arch are other substantial beneficiaries from the World Cup meeting.

If a daughter of Storm Cat had supplied the winner of one of these fabulously rich prizes in Dubai, the stallion would have been given the credit, but not if the victory came in Japan or Hong Kong. It doesn’t make sense! Perhaps it would be preferable if The Jockey Club provided two tables, one all inclusive and the other without Japan, Hong Kong or the UAE.

The truth is that Storm Cat would currently enjoy a huge lead on the broodmare table if he received credit for the tremendous results achieved this year by his daughters’ Japanese runners. He currently ranks fourth on Japan’s table of broodmare sires, thanks principally to Kizuna (Jpn) (Deep Impact) (G1 Japanese Derby), Ayusan (Jpn) (Deep Impact) (G1 Japanese 1,000 Guineas) and the excellent Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) (King Kamehameha) (a Group 1 winner in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, Yasuda Kinen and Sprinters Stakes). With support from their fellow group winners Hiraboku Deep (Jpn) (Deep Impact) and Red Spada (Jpn) (Taiki Shuttle), they have built a total of ¥1,922,941,000, which I believe equates to $18,658,470.

Of course, Storm Cat also received a boost of around $1.1 million when Lord Kanaloa thrashed an international field of sprinters to record his second success in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint Sunday. In the process, the son of King Kamehameha improved his career figures to an impressive 19-13-5-1. Add all this to the earnings of Storm Cat’s daughters’ earnings elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere and you arrive at a staggering total of more than $34,000,000. Not bad for a year’s work!

Of course Storm Cat’s broodmare daughters have also had something of a banner year in the U.S., enjoying the limelight via the likes of Close Hatches, Sahara Sky, Honor Code, Global View, Govenor Charlie, Tapicat and Noble Tune. Now the name of the very promising Streaming can be added to the list, following her triumph in the GI Hollywood Starlet Stakes on only her second start.

The last few weeks have seen some spectacular prices for young Group 1-winning fillies and mares, such as Chicquita (Ire) (Montjeu) (€6,000,000), Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer) (4,000,000gns) and Immortal Verse (Ire) (Pivotal) (4,700,000gns). The sky would probably also be the limit were Streaming ever to be offered for sale. After all, she is a granddaughter of Better Than Honour, the brilliant broodmare whose price soared to $14 million when she was offered at Fasig-Tipton in 2008.

Streaming’s dam Teeming repaid less than $70,000 of the $1,500,000 she had cost as a weanling, but she won three of her four starts as a 4-year-old. Although not in the same class as her Belmont Stakes-winning siblings Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy) and Jazil (Seeking the Gold), she is making amends as a broodmare, Streaming being her fifth winner from five foals. There are similarities between Teeming’s pedigree and that of Rising Tornado, the dam of this year’s two-time Grade I-winning filly Close Hatches (First Defence). Both are daughters of Storm Cat and both have the celebrated Best In Show as their third dam. Also, their respective Grade I winners in 2013 were sired by members of the Mr. Prospector male line, Close Hatches being by First Defence and Streaming by Smart Strike.

As a son of Mr. Prospector, Smart Strike had obvious appeal as a mate for Teeming. For a start, Jazil was sired by another son, Seeking the Gold, and Kingmambo, Jade Hunter and Miswaki are other sons of Mr. Prospector with a Grade I winner to their credit from the Best In Show family.

Smart Strike also sired that good filly Denomination, a four-time Grade III winner at up to a mile and an eighth in France and the U.S., from another Storm Cat mare. The Smart Strike/Storm Cat partnership also has another talented juvenile filly this year in the shape of Fascinating, beaten only half a length by She’s A Tiger in the GI Del Mar Debutante and a length by Secret Compass in the GI Chandelier Stakes.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News