A look at this some of this year’s Royal Ascot winners and their pedigree connections with past performers at the Royal meeting.
The late and now even more lamented Scat Daddy had an extraordinary Royal Ascot, increasingly his tally of winners there over the years by four. Scat Daddy raced exclusively in the USA but his own sire Johannesburg won the 2001 Norfolk Stakes for Aidan O’Brien. The same trainer repeated the trick with Scat Daddy’s son Sioux Nation in the latest Norfolk, a colt whose grandam Catch The Blues O’Brien saddled to be placed in the Cork & Orrery Stakes (forerunner of what is now the Diamond Jubilee) in both 1996 and 1997.
The son of Johannesburg also struck with the brilliant three-year-old sprinters Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Commonwealth Cup and King’s Stand Stakes respectively, both winning at the meeting for the second year after their juvenile successes in the Coventry Stakes and Queen Mary. Scat Daddy’s other winner was Con Te Partiro in the Sandringham Handicap for Lady Aurelia’s trainer Wesley Ward.
The only winner of the meeting out of a past Royal Ascot winner was Coronation Stakes winner Winter whose dam Laddies Poker Two won the 2010 Wokingham Handicap, perhaps not the most obvious race of the Royal meeting to produce the dam of a Group 1 winner. Laddies Poker Two was herself by Australia’s 2003 King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee Stakes winner Choisir who sired the latest Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe – his dam Bunditten finished fourth in the 2004 Queen Mary Stakes.
Another Wokingham winner to boast a winner at this year’s meeting was the 2005 winner (the year the Royal meeting took place at York) Iffraaj, sire of the Queen Anne Stakes winner Ribchester.
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Highland Reel and his younger brother Idaho who won the Hardwicke Stakes, two more winners for Aidan O’Brien, come from an Australian family but one which has been successful twice before for O’Brien at Royal Ascot. Their dam is a half-sister to the 2008 Queen Anne winner Haradasun and from the family of Starspangledbanner who won the Golden Jubilee Stakes two years later, both of them imports from down under.
O’Brien missed out narrowly on winning a second Gold Cup with Order of St George, but he had a strong pedigree connection with the winner, Big Orange. As well as training Big Orange’s sire Duke of Marmalade to win the 2008 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (after being beaten a neck in the St James’s Palace Stakes the year before), O’Brien also trained Fasliyev, the sire of Big Orange’s dam and winner of the 1999 Coventry Stakes.
Pivotal won the 1996 King’s Stand Stakes, and the winners of the first two races on Wednesday of the Royal meeting were sired by a couple of his sons. Jersey Stakes winner Le Brivido is by Siyouni out of a mare by Dr Fong (1998 St James’s Palace Stakes winner), while Queen Mary Stakes winner Heartache is by Kyllachy who himself finished third in the King’s Stand six years after his sire won it. Pivotal also sired the dam of the Wolferton Stakes winner Snoano who is by the 2003 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner Nayef.
Another King’s Stand winner to make his mark was the 2008 and 2010 winner Equiano, sire of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner The Tin Man. He became his dam Persario’s second Royal Ascot winner after Deacon Blues who won the 2011 Wokingham.
The St James’s Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy fared better than his own sire, Excelebration, who was third in the same race in 2011, though with the excuse of coming up against Frankel in both that contest and then again in the Queen Anne Stakes a year later in which Frankel beat him eleven lengths into second. Frankel had his first winner at Royal Ascot when Atty Persse took the King George V Handicap; his dam Dorcas Lane finished third in the 2011 Ribblesdale Stakes.
The 1998 edition of the Ribblesdale Stakes was a significant one for the ancestry of the Hampton Court Stakes winner Benbatl. It was won by his grandam Bahr whose rivals that day included Zomaradah, the future dam of Benbatl’s sire Dubawi. Also by Dubawi, the latest Ribblesdale winner, Coronet, is a granddaughter of Last Second who was beaten a neck in the 1996 Coronation Stakes.
The unraced dam of the Britannia Stakes winner Bless Him has a couple of Royal Ascot connections. She’s by the 2004 Queen Anne Stakes winner Refuse To Bend and a half-sister to the 1998 Cork & Orrery runner-up Dyhim Diamond.
[Scat Daddy image: Banamine]