What a race the 1994 Prix Imprudence turned out to be. Not so much for what the principals did on the track afterwards, but for what they achieved as broodmares. That said, the winner Coup de Genie, who was already a dual Group 1 winner at two in the Prix Morny and Prix de la Salamandre, went on to finish a close third in the 1000 Guineas on her next start.
At stud, Coup de Genie made even more of a name for herself, producing the Prix Marcel Boussac winner Denebola and the dam of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Bago (and his half-brother the Prix d’Ispahan and Prix du Moulin winner Maxios), while Denebola herself became grandam of last year’s Prix de Diane winner Senga.
But there were no classics for the filly Coup de Genie beat into second at Maisons-Laffitte. Two attempts at Group 3 level proved unsuccessful and prompted her return to listed company where she picked up another second at Longchamp and a fourth place at Toulouse from four tries. Her racing career ended back where she’d come from in the relative obscurity of the west of France, finishing fourth, wearing blinkers, in the not-so-grand Grand Prix de La Ville de Cholet.
Although unsuccessful in nine races as a three-year-old, Hasili at least had a more lucrative two-year-old campaign to call on, though the chances of her ever bumping into the champion filly of her generation the following spring must have looked very slim at that stage. Although a granddaughter of the Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sookera, it was something of a surprise that Hasili, a daughter of Derby winner Kahyasi, had the speed to make a winning debut over five furlongs, especially as her dam was by the stayer High Line (Sookera was by another Derby winner, Roberto).
Less surprisingly, Hasili progressed as she was stepped up in distance at two, and followed her debut success at Angers during an eight-race campaign that season with further victories at Saint-Malo over six furlongs, at Craon over a mile and in the listed Prix des Sablonnets at Nantes over an extended mile.
But what Hasili did on the track gave little clue to what she would go on to achieve at stud. Her main claim to fame was producing five Group/Grade 1 winners, a unique achievement in the northern hemisphere and one recognised in 2006 when she was named the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s broodmare of the year.
That alone made her a very special broodmare for Juddmonte. But the racecourse success of her offspring, however great, is only part of what made Hasili a remarkable mare. Not only has she left behind high-quality daughters, as a bonus, she produced future stallions for Juddmonte, one of whom – ironically, one whom top-level success narrowly eluded – has proven the most influential of Hasili’s foals.
HASILI’S STUD RECORD
DANSILI (1996c by Danehill) winner of 5 races at 1m, notably G2 Prix du Muguet, G3 Prix Edmund Blanc and G3 Prix Messidor. Missed out on a G1 success, though finished second in Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Sussex Stakes (beaten ¾ length by Giant’s Causeway) and Prix de la Foret, and third in Prix Jacques le Marois (won by Dubai Millennium), Prix du Moulin and Breeders’ Cup Mile (beaten neck and nose behind War Chant). Retired to Banstead Manor Stud in 2001 at a fee of £8,000 and currently standing his 18th season there (£65,000) – fee peaked at £100,000 in 2015. Sire of 20 G1 winners, including Juddmonte’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and former Banstead Manor resident Rail Link, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Harbinger, Juddmonte’s leading money earner Flintshire, G1 winner in France, USA and Hong and dual runner-up in Arc, Irish Champion Stakes winner The Fugue and 1000 Guineas winner Miss France. Also sire of further Juddmonte-bred G1 winners EMULOUS, PASSAGE OF TIME, PRICE TAG, PROVISO, WINSILI and Zambezi Sun along with current fellow Juddmonte stallion Bated Breath.
*BANKS HILL (1998f by Danehill) winner of 5 races up to 10f, notably G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Coronation Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois; champion US turf filly in 2001; dam of G1 (Prix Jean Romanet) winner ROMANTICA, also second in Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, listed winner Ideal World (G2 placed) and winner TROJAN QUEEN, herself dam of G3-placed winner EMERGENT; also dam of DUMFRIESSHIRE
*HEAT HAZE (1999f by Green Desert) winner of 7 races up to 9.5f, notably G1 Matriarch Stakes and Beverly D Stakes; dam of winners RADIATOR (listed-placed), Forge (G3-placed) and Mirage Dancer (third in G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes), and grandam of winner Seldom Seen; also dam of BELLWETHER
*INTERCONTINENTAL (2000f by Danehill) winner of 13 races up to 10f, notably G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Matriarch Stakes; also third in 1000 Guineas; champion US turf mare in 2005; dam of winners So Wise, Abseil (listed-placed), CONTINENTAL DRIFT and MISS EXCLUSIVE. Also dam of MASCARENE
*CACIQUE (2001c by Danehill) winner of 7 races up to 11f, notably G1 Man O’War Stakes and Manhattan Handicap; suffered fertility problems at stud but sired G1 winners Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber
*CHAMPS ELYSEES (2003c by Danehill) proved Hasili’s stoutest stayer, winning 6 races up to 12f, notably G1 Canadian International Stakes, Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and Hollywood Turf Cup; 2009 Horse of the Year in Canada; sire of Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris and 2018 Australian Cup winner Harlem; now standing as NH stallion at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud
RAISE THE FLAG (2005c by Sadler’s Wells) finished sixth in a newcomers race at Longchamp on only start; standing at White Robe Lodge, New Zealand (in conjunction with Juddmonte); sire of G3 Newcastle Gold Cup winner Broadside
DELUXE (2007f by Storm Cat) winner of 4 races up to 9f, including G3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs; went close to being Hasili’s sixth G1 winner when beaten half a length in Prix Saint-Alary; died aged 4 so denied a stud career
VERY GOOD NEWS (2008f by Empire Maker) unraced; dam of listed-placed winner Weekender (by Frankel)
RESPONSIBLE (2011f by Oasis Dream) unraced; first foal is 2yo filly Obligate (by Frankel)
*Group/Grade 1 winner
Horses in GREEN = current Juddmonte broodmares
Hasili was barren to Zafonic in 1997, Danehill in 2002, Rock of Gibraltar in 2004 and Oasis Dream in 2006. She wasn’t covered in 2009 and slipped a foal to Oasis Dream in 2010. She was retired from broodmare duties in 2012 and died on March 23 2018.
Hasili’s siblings have been successful broodmares in their own right. Sister Arrive produced the Pretty Polly Stakes winner Promising Lead, while half-sisters Skiable, Kid Gloves and Dissemble are respectively the dams of Three Valleys (G3 Coventry Stakes and G2 Del Mar Handicap), Treat Gently (G2 Prix de Malleret) and Leroidesanimaux (G1 Atto Mile, Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap and Citation Handicap).