A dozen sires were represented by their first Group 1 winners in Europe during 2015. While none of them were first-season sires (i.e. were represented by their first crop of two-year-olds in 2015), some of them were successful thanks to members of their first crop.
Pride of place goes to Duke of Marmalade and Fastnet Rock who were each represented by three individual Group 1 winners. As well as both being sons of Danehill, they also share a Coolmore connection. Duke of Marmalade stood at Coolmore until his export to South Africa prior to the 2014 southern hemisphere covering season and we covered his successful year fully in this recent post.
It was a case of goodbye Duke of Marmalade, hello Fastnet Rock as the latter enjoyed a breakthrough season in Europe thanks to the three-year-old fillies Diamondsandrubies, winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes, and her Oaks-winning stable-companion Qualify, and the four-year-old colt Fascinating Rock who won the Champion Stakes. All three stay much further than Fastnet Rock did himself in Australia where he never ran beyond a mile and did all his winning at sprint trips, notably in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate. Standing at Coolmore’s Australian base, his success there earned him the highest stud fee in that country, and he was champion sire down under for the second season in 2014/15, a title earned numerous times by his own sire Danehill.
Shuttling in the reverse direction, Fastnet Rock stood his first season in Ireland in 2010 and much larger crops from his Irish stints have followed since – indeed we noted in this post nearly a year ago that Fastnet Rock was strongly represented among the yearling entries for the 2016 Derby. We queried at the time whether Fastnet Rock’s progeny would have the stamina for the Derby trip, but Qualify (out of a Galileo mare) has shown that he is well able to get mile and a half winners in the northern hemisphere too (he already had a VRC Oaks winner Mosheen in Australia).
A third son of Danehill gained his first Group 1 winner as a sire in 2015 when Trip To Paris won the Gold Cup at Ascot for Champs Elysees. A younger brother of Dansili and Cacqiue who are already Group 1 sires, Champs Elysees stayed better than that pair, gaining his three Grade 1 wins in North America over a mile and a half and evidently takes more after his dam’s sire Kahyasi than his own sire Danehill in terms of imparting stamina. All three sons of Juddmonte’s outstanding broodmare Hasili currently stand at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket.
Like Champs Elysees, Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner American Post carried the colours of Khalid Abdullah and he had his first Group 1 winner when Robin of Navan won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud. A more recent winner of the French 2000 Guineas to get off the mark as a Group 1 sire was Falco whose daughter Odeliz was successful in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville and the Premio Lydia Tesio at Rome.
The latest Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Make Believe, later successful in the Prix de la Foret, gave his sire Makfi, the 2010 2000 Guineas winner, a first Group 1 success in Europe. Make Believe was from Makfi’s first crop of three-year-olds, while the latest Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Ervedya, who also won the Prix du Moulin, was from the first crop of three-year-olds of the Aga Khan’s stallion Siyouni, a son of Pivotal like Falco. Makfi currently stands alongside Siyouni at the Aga Khan’s French stud, Haras du Bonneval.
Another sire to have a Group 1 winner in his first crop was the 2007 Deutsches Derby winner Adlerflug whose four-year-old Ito was successful in the Grosser Preis von Bayern in November. Tertullian, now aged twenty, had a longer wait for his first Group 1 winner when Guiliani won the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Bayerisches Zuchtrennen), also at Munich.
Adlerflug and Tertullian both raced for Gestut Schlenderhan and share a common ancestry as great grandsons of the Schlenderhan mare Anatevka, but it’s Galileo and Sea The Stars (also great grandsons of hers) who are her best known descendents. Tertullian was a six- and seven-furlong performer himself, but he’s closely related to the dam of those two Derby winners, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea. Tertullian is by that mare’s sire Miswaki and out of her half-sister Turbaine.
Also in Germany, their Oaks (Preis der Diana) winner Turfdonna was a belated first Group 1 winner for the 2004 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Doyen. Now standing as a National Hunt stallion in Ireland, Doyen started out as a Darley sire in Newmarket before three seasons in Germany.
By Danzig out of a Storm Cat mare, the Shadwell homebred Mujahid, winner of the Dewhurst Stakes in 1998, has been standing in Italy for some time now and finally got his first Group 1 winner when four-year-old colt Cleo Fan won the Premio Presidente della Repubblica at Rome.
Finally, the five-year-old American sprinter Undrafted gave his sire Purim a European Group 1 success when winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. A son of Dynaformer, Purim died in Kentucky early in 2012 following colic surgery aged only ten. Purim also had his first Grade 1 winner in the USA in 2015 when Twilight Eclipse won the Man O’War Stakes.
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