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Coolmore’s funding in sons of Scat Daddy starting to repay

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Coolmore’s funding in sons of Scat Daddy starting to repay

Huge-race successes for offspring of No Nay By no means and different sons of Scat Daddy in current weeks could possibly be an indication of issues to return.

Sadler’s Wells and his son Galileo have been liable for a lot of Coolmore’s success in Europe this century. However with Galileo now lifeless and his greatest stallion son, Frankel, in different arms, Coolmore – and which means Aidan O’Brien too, – may need to rely more and more on a totally completely different sire line for big-race success any further. Latest outcomes level to sons of Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy as being simply such another.

It’s actually been a high-quality few weeks for considered one of Scat Daddy’s sons No Nay By no means. First there was the July Cup victory of his four-year-old daughter Alcohol Free, whereas final weekend his two-year-old sons Little Huge Bear and Blackbeard received the Anglesey Stakes and Prix Robert Papin on the Curragh and Chantilly respectively.

The July Cup was a fourth Group 1 win for the versatile Alcohol Free who made a profitable return to sprinting at Newmarket having received the Cheveley Park Stakes there at two. Final season, her greatest wins came visiting a mile within the Coronation Stakes and Sussex Stakes, with a defence of her title within the latter contest within the offing at Goodwood subsequent week.

Alcohol Free’s July Cup victory was a career-best effort on Timeform scores (123), placing her not far behind her sire’s greatest European performers Ten Sovereigns (126) and Wichita (124). Ten Sovereigns additionally received the July Cup, three years earlier than Alcohol Free, he too having been a Group 1 winner over six furlongs at two (Center Park Stakes), although was a overwhelmed favorite within the 2000 Guineas when tried at a mile.

Ten Sovereigns’ ill-fated Ballydoyle stablemate Wichita went a lot nearer to 2000 Guineas success a yr later, overwhelmed solely a neck by Kameko, and he ran one other good race at a mile behind Palace Pier and Pinatubo within the St James’s Palace Stakes earlier than ending his profession with a Group 2 win over seven furlongs within the Park Stakes at Doncaster.

Alcohol Free is a good-topped filly, typical of the bodily varieties No Nay By no means tends to provide. He was a stocky, sprinting kind on appears to be like himself who by no means ran at past seven furlongs in a six-race profession for Wesley Ward. There had been plans to run No Nay By no means within the St James’s Palace (the Commonwealth Cup wasn’t launched at Royal Ascot till a yr later) however they by no means got here to fruition and he ran his greatest race at three on his ultimate begin when runner-up within the Breeders’ Cup Turf Dash at Santa Anita. He was unfortunate too, faring better of those that raced up with an overly-strong tempo however pounced on late by Bobby’s Kitten to be overwhelmed half a size in a blanket end.

A Breeders’ Cup victory would have added to No Nay By no means’s cv however he’d already booked his stallion profession as an unbeaten Royal Ascot- and Group 1-winning two-year-old. After beating the Ballydoyle favorite Coach Home within the Norfolk Stakes within the colors of his American homeowners, No Nay By no means was carrying Sue Magnier’s silks by the point he adopted up within the Prix Morny at Deauville.

Coolmore’s buy of a significant share in No Nay By no means took on added significance when his sire Scat Daddy died all of the sudden late in 2015 at their Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Aged solely 11, his payment had been as a consequence of hit a brand new excessive of $100,000 and there’s little doubt that it will have risen once more given his even higher outcomes to return.

That success was significantly putting at Royal Ascot in 2017 the place Scat Daddy had 4 winners, headed by Caravaggio profitable the Commonwealth Cup a yr after he’d received the Coventry Stakes on the similar assembly. Additionally profitable on the royal assembly for the second yr was the brilliantly quick Woman Aurelia, the highest-rated performer by Scat Daddy of both intercourse with a Timeform score of 133. Additionally educated by Ward, she put up a top-class effort to win the King’s Stand by three lengths twelve months after profitable the Queen Mary by seven. Her stablemate Con Te Partiro received the Sandringham Handicap, whereas Sioux Nation, who adopted up within the Phoenix Stakes, turned one other winner for Scat Daddy within the Norfolk.

Caravaggio, Sioux Nation and Ten Sovereigns have all now joined No Nay By no means on Coolmore’s stallion roster. No Nay By no means was main first-season sire in 2018, on account of which his payment elevated fourfold to €100,000 after which to €175,000 in 2020 – ten instances what it had been simply three years earlier! Whereas No Nay By no means has stood for €125,000 within the final couple of seasons, one other improve subsequent yr wouldn’t come as a shock.

Caravaggio emulated No Nay By no means by turning into main first-season sire in 2021 when Cheveley Park Stakes winner Tenebrism was his main performer. That filly notched her second Group 1 success earlier this month when profitable the Prix Jean Prat at Deauville. Nonetheless, she has been overtaken as Caravaggio’s greatest performer by Maljoom (124p), winner of the German 2000 Guineas and unfortunate to not comply with up when a fast-finishing fourth within the St James’s Palace Stakes. Caravaggio was switched from Eire to Ashford Stud for this yr’s masking season.

Sioux Nation has work to do to match the exploits of No Nay By no means and Caravaggio with their first crops as he’s in second place behind clear chief Havana Gray within the present first-season sire standings however has had 13 particular person winners in Britain and Eire thus far.

Two extra Coolmore-owned sons of Scat Daddy with their first two-year-olds this yr, and who’ve had notable winners in current weeks, are the Ashford-based pair Mendelssohn and Justify. Mendelssohn had his first US winner final weekend when Fadethenoise received at Ellis Park in Kentucky. Purchased for a sale-topping $3m as a yearling at Keeneland, Mendelssohn was one other demonstration of Coolmore’s religion in Scat Daddy as a sire of sires. A half-brother to Grade 1 winners Beholder and Into Mischief – the latter has been main sire in North America for the final three years – Mendelssohn ended his two-year-old season by profitable the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after which ran away with the next season’s UAE Derby.

Mendelssohn completed final within the Kentucky Derby which the unbeaten Justify received earlier than taking the opposite two legs of the Triple Crown. With a Timeform score of 129, Justify was Scat Daddy’s highest-rated colt and it was nearly inevitable that Coolmore would snap him up too for stallion duties, although they needed to go to a reported $75m to take action after he’d clinched the Triple Crown within the Belmont Stakes.

Justify had his first US stakes winner earlier this month when Simply Cindy received the Grade 3 Schulyerville Stakes at Saratoga. However he’s already made his mark on turf on this facet of the Atlantic too with Statuette (105p), an in depth relative to Tenebrism, who took her document to 2 out of two when profitable the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes on the Curragh.

With Coolmore investing so closely in Scat Daddy’s sons, it’s hardly stunning that loads of the foals from this explicit sire line have ended up in coaching with Aidan O’Brien. It’s value remembering, due to this fact, that Scat Daddy’s personal sire Johannesburg was a Ballydoyle resident himself 20 years in the past. His three-year-old season in 2002 fizzled out with disappointing performances within the Kentucky Derby and, put again to sprinting, within the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However at two, Johannesburg (rated 127) loved an outstanding unbeaten seven-race marketing campaign culminating in a profitable swap to filth and step up in journey within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Earlier in Europe he’d received the Norfolk Stakes, the Anglesey, the Phoenix, the Prix Morny and the Center Park, all races received a minimum of as soon as, as we’ve seen, by his grandsons or nice grandsons. Little Huge Bear or Blackbeard, possibly even each, might be emulating their nice grandsire within the Phoenix and/or Morny within the weeks forward.

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