Glorious Double for Dark Angel at Goodwood

Glorious double For Dark Angel at Goodwood

Flagship resident sire Dark Angel has assembled a fine progeny roll of honour, bursting with top-class two-year-olds, sprinters and milers, and the latest addition to the list is in the form of Yeomanstown Stud homebred Khaadem.

The lightly raced three-year-old colt blitzed his rivals to a two-and-three-quarter-length success in the Unibet Stewards’ Cup at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday in the manner of a future superstar.

Khaadem storms home in the Unibet Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood , Racing Post (c)

Representing owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jim Crowley, successful 24 hours earlier with Battaash, Dark Angel’s highest rated runner and the decisive winner of the Group Two King George Stakes on Friday, he demonstrated they have another sprint star on their hands. Khaadem ran out an impressive winner  from Open Wide, with Raucous third and Summerghand fourth.

Battaash is one of seven Group 1 winners for Dark Angel, who was trained by Hills’ father Barry to win the Mill Reef and Middle Park Stakes at two before his retirement to stud. The other six are Harry Angel, Hunt, Lethal Force, Mecca’s Angel, Persuasive and Raging Bull.

The sire has 56 stakes winners to his name in total, a number that includes Khaadem as he scored in the Listed Carnarvon Stakes on his seasonal bow.

Khaadem hails out of the winning Footstepsinthesand mare White Daffodil, a half-sister to an earlier Carnarvon Stakes winner in Lady Links, who in turn produced Selinka, successful in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. Selinka is in turn the dam of Group 3-winning sprinter Hit The Bid.

White Daffodil is also a half-sister to the stakes-placed pair King Malachi and Umniya, and is out of Sparky’s Song, a winning half-sister to the classy sprinters Bold Edge and Brave Edge.

The mare has also produced the Redcar Two-Year-Old Trophy winner Log Out Island to Dark Angel.

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Brilliant Battaash Makes Hatrick History at Glorious Goodwood

Brilliant Battaash records hatrick history at Glorious Goodwood

Battaash produced his blistering speed to land his third successive victory in the King George Qatar Stakes Gr.2 at Glorious Goodwood in the hands of Jim Crowley. 

For the second year in row, the Charlie Hills-trained speedball was favourite to claim a ninth career win in the five-furlong Group Two he dominated in 2017 and 2018.  

The five-year-old jumped out  smartly and after taking an early lead from outsider Ornate, he took over passing the two-furlong marker putting his rivals to work.

In the end, Battaash was well on top as he passed the post three-quarters of a length to the good, with the Martyn Meade trained Houtzen settling for second and Ornate boxing on admirably for third.

 

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Leading first season sire had a red-letter day at Newbury recording his first double with an exciting pair of juveniles.

Leading first season sire Gutaifan had a red-letter day at Newbury recording his first double with an exciting pair of juveniles

 

Hard Nut by leading Freshman sire Gutaifan winning at Newbury, photo credit: Newbury Racecourse

The Richard Hannon trained Hard Nut, who graduated over this trip at Chelmsford last time when breaking his maiden tag broke well to shadow the pace, under firm grip in a prominent second from flag fall.  Shaken up to lead approaching the final furlong the son of Gutaifan was comfortably on top and ridden out to assert by 1 1/2 lengths under penalty from Commit No Nuisance in the Mirage Signs EBF Novice Auction Stakes contest. The progressive juvenile is the second foal out of a half-sister to Listed Hambleton S. victor Mia’s Boy.

 

Odyssey Girl at Newbury, photo credit: Newbury Racecourse

Later on, the card, debutante Odyssey Girl was bringing up a double for leading freshman sire Gutaifan. Trained by Newmarket based Richard Spencer and bred by Guy O’Callaghan’s Grangemore Stud, she was ridden under cover in sixth through halfway by Jason Eatson,  but then angled into the clear to lay down her challenge approaching the quarter-mile marker before keeping on strongly under mild encouragement in the closing stages to score by a half-length, becoming the 14th winner for her sire. She is the second foal and first winner out of a half-sister to G3 Prix de Cabourgwinning sire Mazameer and to the dam of GSW G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Vue Fantastique.

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Brilliant Battaash Lands Top Sprinting Honours at Haydock

 

Battaash records back to back to Group two Temple Stakes victory at Haydock 

BATTAASH by Dark Angel and Jim Crowley win the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock 
Photograph credit:  Grossick Racing via Racing Post Photos.

 

The Charlie Hills trained Battaash again staked a big claim for top sprinting honours as he scorched home in what looked a vintage renewal of the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes at Haydock.

The  son of Dark Angel and 2017 Prix de l’Abbaye winner has speed to burn and was up against a handful of other fast horses, with no prisoners taken.

Caspian Prince and Kachy flew out of the stalls and made the running towards the far side, with Alpha Delphini in third place towards the near side.

Battaash showed his rivals a clean pair of heels and galloped past the line two and a half lengths clear of Alpha Delphini, with Mabs Cross third, as he became the first horse to land back-to-back victories since Mind Games in 1995 and 1996.

 

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Gutaifan Off The Mark At Pontefract

 

Gutaifan Off The Mark At Pontefract

First season sire Gutaifan recorded a first success in the form of KIDDA when landing the 5f novice stakes contest at Ponterfract on Wednesday 1st May. The Richard Fahy  trained juvenile was reversing the form with rival Xcelente when previously finishing fifth on debut at Thirsk. Kidda is a Tattersalls October Book Two graduate, purchased by Nick Bradly for 43,000gns, and now runs in the colours of Nick Bradly and Partners.

Kidda bred by Jane Allison out of the precocious American Post mare Lily Again, who won the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown at two. The dam has produced two previous winners in Ertiyad, a Dark Angel filly who was a 6f maiden winner at two, and Li Kui, a son of Poet’s Voice who was a 5f maiden winner as a juvenile last year.

Gutaifan, winner of the Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers Stakes, stands alongside his high-achieving sire Dark Angel as well as El Kabeir and Camacho at Yeomanstown Stud in County Kildare at a stud fee of €10,000 Oct 1st.

 

 

Gutaifan, winner of the Prix Robert Papin and Flying Childers Stakes,at Yeomanstown Stud in County Kildare at a stud fee of €10,000 Oct 1st

 

 

 

 

 

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Camacho: a breakout year for the sire in 2018 as he was represented by a Classic winner in Teppal and a Royal Ascot scorer in Signora Cabello

Breakthrough Year for Camacho  

It can be a lonely, frustrating business knowing what could be possible yet being forced to wait for the right circumstances for everyone else to appreciate it.

Since they retired him to stud in 2006, the O’Callaghan family knew they had a stallion in Camacho capable of delivering the people what they wanted. But hamstrung by small crops, it was not until last year that the beautifully-bred son of Danehill truly broke through and was finally able to increase his influence outside those who had believed in him from the beginning.

“We always felt, and he showed even at the start, that he was capable of siring a good horse as well as plenty of fast, speedy two-year-olds,” David O’Callaghan, farm manager at his parents’ Yeomanstown Stud says.

“His biggest problem right from the beginning was a lack of numbers on the ground. He had a reasonable first crop but then crops two, three and four were quite small.

“People saw what his first two-year-olds did, so crop five was bigger and then it dropped off again for him after that. Finally, he has numbers and people can see that he’s a quality stallion producing quality horses across the board.”

And in terms of quality it doesn’t come much higher than Classic success and victory at Royal Ascot, triumphs which were delivered by Camacho’s daughters Teppal (Poule d’Essai des Pouliches) and Signora Cabello (Queen Mary).

Teppal and Signora Cabello were sired in the immediate years after Camacho returned to Ireland from a year out on loan at Mickley Stud in Shropshire, where breeders could avail themselves of his services for a mere £2,750 in 2013. In 2019, he will stand at his highest-ever fee of €12,000 – and he has never been more popular.

Vindication, then, for those who had faith.

“There was never any doubt in our minds that he could do it, but you can’t show it until you have the numbers to back it up,”

O’Callaghan, 38, says. “We breed our own horses and we’d always be more critical of our own stallions than anybody else because we send them more mares than anyone else.

“So, if a stallion is not doing it for us then realistically they’re not going to do it for anyone else either. If they do do it for us then we stay true to them and other people will come along and appreciate them for what they are capable of. If Camacho hadn’t worked with our own mares we wouldn’t have persisted with him.”

He adds: “In Camacho, we were always able to keep the faith. He’d be near enough full this year and have more mares coming to him than any other year. It’s an exciting time for him and for us.”

Sharing a mother with one of the hottest stallions in Europe has not done Camacho any harm either. His little brother (half-brother to be precise) Showcasing has continued to sweep all before him with Group 1-winner Advertise and Royal Ascot scorer Soldier’s Call helping to bump his fee up to £55,000 for this year, putting him out of reach of those with smaller budgets.

“One horse backs the other and galvanise each other,” O’Callaghan points out. “It’s clear to everyone that it’s a very good female line so if Showcasing has gone out of reach for you then here’s Camacho as his half-brother who’s capable of getting you a very talented horse at a lower price. Showcasing has done phenomenally well and they complement each other.”

Camacho’s achievements have also allowed him to step out of the shadow of Yeomanstown colossus Dark Angel a star name on the ITM Stallion Trail and whose expanding influence on the breed can be seen from many angles.

Brilliant sprinter Harry Angel became his latest son to go to stud, while the likes of Battaash, Tip Two Win and Yafta flourished on the course. His offspring proved as popular as ever with a yearling sale average of 140,090gns and a new aspect of his potency came into force as the dam sire of the rapid pair Rumble Inthejungle, winner of the Molecomb, and Flying Five winner Havana Grey, who stands alongside Showcasing at Whitsbury Manor Stud.

“Every day Dark Angel is around is a good day,” says O’Callaghan, his admiration and appreciation of the 14-year-old clear and crisp in his delivery. “He’s a super horse and very special to everyone here, and everyone that’s been involved with him – shareholders, breeders, owners. He’s been good to everybody and continues to produce good horses.

“The biggest thing with Dark Angel and what makes him so special is that he’s not a one-trick pony. He gets two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds, colts, fillies, mares, sprinters, stayers, jumpers – anything you could want in a horse. It’s been remarkable what he’s done.”

David O’Callaghan: “There was never any doubt in our minds that Camacho could do it, but you can’t show it until you have the numbers to back it up”

What Dark Angel has also done is offer stud owners a view of what is possible when a two-year-old retires to stud. It has perhaps led to some dubious imitators being taken from the course before their time and without due testing, a vital aspect to O’Callaghan.

“I feel once a horse has proven he is tough, sound and versatile on what ground he can race on then that’s okay [to retire them],” he says. “Dark Angel ran nine times at two on everything from soft to good to firm and he retired sound. It made a lot of sense for him and it’s the same for Gutaifan as he had a chance to show people what he was capable of. These horses aren’t retiring to stud unexposed and having not showcased what they are capable of.

“Thoroughbred breeding is a tough market and [breeders] aren’t going to just let you retire anything and send their mares to you.”

 Gutaifan 

O’Callaghan says: “On a numbers front he was well represented and generally they sold well as they are good-looking horses. They’ve ended up in good homes and he’s got every chance.

“He was a fast two-year-old and I’m sure that’s what people will be wanting from him. They’re good, big scopey horses and they have a lot of the Dark Angel attributes

With No Nay Never rocketing to €100,000 and studs scrambling to secure sons of the late stallion, Yeomanstown beat the rush by plucking the striking El Kabeir from America in 2017.

“We were lucky to get him as he was a very talented horse in America,” says O’Callaghan, deflecting any semblance of credit for the stud’s foresight. “He has real credentials to do well as a stallion.

He was a proper racehorse and a sale-topper too before Scat Daddy was Scat Daddy, if you get what I mean, so he’s a good-looking, desirable horse as well.

“He was popular last year and made a lot of sense to a lot of fellas with No Nay Never standing at €25,000 and Caravaggio at €35,000, while this lad was €8,000 with all those credentials behind him.

With four strong stallions on paper as well as a robust consigning and breeding operation, Yeomanstown may be better placed than others to weather some of the storms lingering over the bloodstock world.

Nevertheless, O’Callaghan is ensuring the stud remains focused and says: “A lot of the things going on are out of our control so we have to focus on what is under our control and keep producing good-looking horses with good pedigrees. If you’re producing nice stock with a bit of pedigree then you will sell them.

“You have to have horses that are desirable to buy and the market is tougher than ever on those lesser horses that in other years you might have sold them at a loss whereas last year you couldn’t sell them at all.”

He adds: “They talk about overproduction but that generally sorts itself out pretty quickly because of market factors. People need to be incentivised to buy horses. A helluva lot of time and effort goes into creating schemes and what have you but the one scheme that will change British racing for the good is improved prize-money.

“If all the energy that went into everything else went into improving prize-money then every other market works. There’s money to be made and there’s people to enjoy the sport if they feel they can be rewarded for what they do.”

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El Kabeir Welcomes First Foal 

Morristown Lattin Stud  Wednesday 9th January 2019
Foal for Yeomanstown Stud
B Colt – El Kabeir – She’s Ranger
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El Kabeir Welcomes First Foal 

 

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to welcome the first foal by our stallion EL KABEIR. A colt foal (and a first foal) for the 2 year old winning and Gr. 3 placed racemare SHES RANGER. SHES RANGER is from the top Oppenheimer family of GLATISANT (dam of Footstepsinthesand) and Lael Stable stalwart SUPERSTAR LEO, ENTICING, ONE MASTER (Gr 1 Prix de la Foret 2018) etc.
EL KABEIR is a multiple graded stakes winning son of Scat Daddy, standing at Yeomanstown Stud for a fee of €8,000.

Photography by Caroline Norris.

Please contact Rolline (087 6837785) for any further information.

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STAR PUPIL DARK ANGEL HAS PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO FOR 2019

 

Star Pupil Dark Angel Has Plenty To Look Forward To For 2019 

 

So promising were Dark Angel’s two-year-old runners in 2018, and such is the enduring quality of his older progeny, that we can say with a degree of certainty that the Yeomanstown Stud stalwart has a big 12 months ahead of him.

But, then again, every year has been a successful one for Dark Angel since his debut juveniles raced in 2011. His first crop – bred off a fee of just €10,000 – yielded four Group winners, a further three stakes scorers and several other useful performers besides, including the dual Cambridgeshire winner Bronze Angel.

The highlight of that group was Lethal Force, a non-winner at two but a close fourth in the Coventry Stakes that season who developed into a dual Group 1-winning sprinter at four. He provided an early clue that Dark Angel might be a priceless upgrader of stock as not only was he a €9,500 foal and resold for €1,000 less than that as a yearling, but also his dam Land Army, though relatively well-bred, had finished a distant 13th in a Windsor maiden on her sole start.

Next came Dark Angel’s second, third and fourth crops bred off fees ranging from €7,500 to €7,000 before he had shown his hand with his first two-year-old runners.

July Stakes victor Alhebayeb was the sole Pattern winner in the sire’s second crop; the brilliant sprint filly Mecca’s Angel was one of three Pattern winners in the third; and the fast pair Estidhkaar and Markaz (a brother to Mecca’s Angel), as well as last year’s US Grade 1 hero Hunt, were among six Pattern winners in the fourth.

Dark Angel’s fifth crop, conceived at an increased fee of €12,500 in the wake of his promising freshman season, delivered a further four Pattern winners including Queen Elizabeth II Stakes heroine Persuasive and high-class two-year-olds Birchwood and Gutaifan.

From the sixth crop, bred off a price held at €12,500 even as the sire continued to impress during his sophomore season, came six more Pattern winners, of which the sensational sprinters Battaash and Harry Angel – whose matings were masterminded by the same genius breeder, Paul McCartan – were the standouts.


DARK ANGEL – THE FACTS AND FIGURES

Pedigree 14yo grey Acclamation-Midnight Angel (Machiavellian)

© Peter Mooney

Stands Yeomanstown Stud, Ireland

2019 fee €85,000

Lifetime Flat runners 739*

Lifetime Flat winners (%) 451* (61%)

2018 yearling average £148,313

*Northern hemisphere results only


 

Bringing the story up to date are Dark Angel’s next two crops, those who were aged two and three in 2018 having been conceived in 2014 and 2015, by which time the sire’s powers were well-known and his fee had been increased to €27,500 for both years.

The older generation of the two has yielded four Pattern winners – Juliet Capulet, Raging Bull, Stage Magic and Yafta – as well as 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win, while there is one Pattern scorer so far among the year-younger cohort in Angel’s Hideaway.

There are plenty of other unexposed talents among Dark Angel’s offspring who have just turned three, not least Red Impression, a Juddmonte homebred filly trained by Roger Charlton who won both her starts on the all-weather in the autumn by an aggregate of around ten lengths, and Khaadem, a dual winner who triumphed decisively in a conditions race at the St Leger meeting for Charlie Hills and Hamdan Al Maktoum, who purchased the colt for 750,000gns.

There was also San Andreas, a rare runner by the sire saddled by Aidan O’Brien for Coolmore who finished last, but far from disgraced when beaten only six lengths, in the Criterium International on his only start in stakes company.

All of which means that, as we enter 2019, Dark Angel is firmly established as one of the elite sires in Europe. He is the source of 29 Pattern winners in total, seven of whom have struck at the highest level – the majority, remember, having been bred off fees at the more pragmatic end of the spectrum.

Most of his progeny to date have excelled over shorter distances or up to a mile, which is to be expected as he is by a sprint stallion in Acclamation and he was a sharp and speedy customer in his own racing career.

More surprising, perhaps, is that Dark Angel stubbornly refuses to be pigeonholed as a two-year-old sire. Somewhat ironically, considering the controversy that accompanied his retirement to stud without racing at three, many of his progeny have displayed commendable durability.

Of the sire’s five best runners on Racing Post Ratings – Battaash (129), Harry Angel (128), Mecca’s Angel (125), Lethal Force (124) and Persuasive (121)  only Harry Angel was forward enough to win a stakes race at two. All five posted their peak marks at the age of four or five.

Furthermore, his smart first-crop sons Gabrial and Sovereign Debt were still winning decent races at the age of nine last year and have run 87 and 63 times each. Hunt was six when he took the Shoemaker Mile last May; Ardhoomey was the same age when he collected Listed honours at the Curragh that month on his 28th start.

Yeomanstown Stud is now in the charmed position of Dark Angel having gained the patronage of both of racing’s superpowers – Godolphin having bought into the stallion in 2015 and Coolmore sending mares in volume for the first time last year. Most of Europe’s foremost breeders have by now climbed aboard the bandwagon.

Not that Yeomanstown’s profits have been unearned. Far from it, as it bred or sold many of the sire’s best representatives, including Alhebayeb, Heaven’s Guest, Juliet Capulet, Mecca’s Angel and Sovereign Debt.

Why it is an especially important 12 months ahead for Dark Angel is the fact that his crop just turned two is the first conceived at the major league fee of €60,000 – in the afterglow of Mecca’s Angel slamming Acapulco to land the Nunthorpe, and Birchwood, Delizia, Gutaifan, Log Out Island and Promised Money notching two-year-old stakes successes in 2015.

We might, therefore, reasonably expect to see a higher concentration of those juveniles hint that they are Classic material for 2020, and even one or two of those better-bred youngsters make the grade over middle distances in the coming years.

That would allow Dark Angel to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Ahonoora, Danehill Dancer and Pivotal, earlier examples of sprinters who retired to stud with inexpensive price-tags but developed into sires of Epsom Classic winners.

Dark Angel’s profile does not make him an obvious candidate for a source of 12-furlong champions but then neither did any of Ahonoora and co; and despite being from a speedy sire-line his unraced dam Midnight Angel is by Machiavellian out of a Night Shift mare, which allows a modicum of hope. Clutching at straws again, maybe, but several of his emigrants from the Flat scene have proved remarkably effective over jumps – not least the classy staying chaser Guitar Pete and progressive hurdler Silver Streak.

There are also the more classically-bred mares who graced his court at Yeomanstown in 2016 and have two-year-olds on the ground to consider.

As an overview of Dark Angel’s improved chances at stud that year, he covered 225 mares in 2015, 22 per cent of whom were black-type performers and 12 per cent of whom have produced black-type performers to other matings.

Twelve months later at the new €60,000 fee he was granted 201 concubines, 41 per cent of whom were black-type performers and 14 per cent of whom are dams of black-type performers.

Among the more regally-bred names in the 2016 book, especially those who might have injected Classic ability into the mating, were Pretty Polly Stakes winner Chinese White (produced a colt named Misty Grey); Harzand’s Group 1-placed half-sister Harasiya (an unnamed filly); Purely Priceless, a daughter of Galileo and Peeping Fawn (an unnamed colt); and Inchina, a daughter of Montjeu from a deep Hascombe and Valiant Studs family (a filly named Perfect Inch).

Generally, though, it might be more of the same top-class sprinters and milers coming off the Dark Angel production line in 2019, with many breeders having returned to the well three years earlier after producing good horses from him before.

His two-year-olds include full-siblings to stakes winners or performers Alhebayeb (a colt); Birchwood (a filly); Estidhkaar (a colt); Fanciful Angel (a filly); Frozen Angel (a colt); Heeraat (a colt); Juliet Capulet (a colt); La La Land (a filly); Maggies Angel (a filly); Mecca’s Angel (a colt); Promised Money (a colt); Realtra (a colt); and Sovereign Debt (a filly).

Other Dark Angel juveniles bred in the purple include half-brothers to Group 1 winners Amadeus Wolf, Expert Eye, Havana Gold, Intense Focus, Royal Marine, Slade Power and Sudirman, and a three-parts sister to Marsha.

It also looks like being a significant year for Dark Angel as a grandsire. Son and studmate Gutaifan’s debut two-year-old runners are set to race and are entitled to excel, considering the sire’s own precocity and the similar level of support from Yeomanstown Stud behind him that helped propel Dark Angel into the stratosphere.

Meanwhile Harry Angel will be covering his first mares at Dalham Hall Stud in the coming months, and the introductory yearlings by the commercially popular pair Estidhkaar and Markaz will go under the hammer from the summer onwards.

A star pupil all round, Dark Angel is even already flourishing as a damsire with his oldest daughters aged only ten.

Havana Grey became his first Group 1 winner in this department in the Flying Five in September and is about to embark on his own stallion career at Whitsbury Manor Stud, while Molecomb Stakes scorer Rumble Inthejungle could take high rank among the three-year-old sprinters this term.

Yeomanstown’s white-haired wonder will be spending his second season covering at a career-high price of €85,000 aged 14 in 2019.

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Pedigree Insights: Dark Angel Finding Success Stateside

DEL MAR’S HOLLYWOOD DERBY PLAYS PERFECT SCRIPT FOR RAGING BULL VICTORY

By Andrew Caulfield for TDN

The concept of a stallion covering his first mares as a 3-year-old is nothing new in the U.S., where the more notable examples include Raise a Native, Hail To Reason, Graustark, Saratoga Six and Malibu Moon. However, each of these went into premature retirement because of injury, unlike a spate of fast European horses who have been retired at the end of their juvenile careers despite having no soundness problems.

An exception to this was the champion 1999 2-year-old Fasliyev, who fractured a pastern. He recovered to sire a first crop of 112 foals, including five group winners, but never replicated that success. Next came Holy Roman Emperor, one of the best juveniles of 2006 who was unexpectedly added to the Coolmore team when another son of Danehill, the G1 2,000 Guineas winner George Washington, ran into severe fertility problems. Holy Roman Emperor has since carved out a solid career, with the GI Sword Dancer S. winner Glorious Empire being one of three 2018 Group 1 winners by him.

The list also features the G1 Middle Park S. winners The Last Lion and Dark Angel (by Acclamation (GB), as well as Dark Angel’s two-time Group 2 winner Gutaifan. Then there’s Lilbourne Lad and Mehmas, a pair of Group 2 winners by Acclamation (GB), Green Desert’s Group 2-winning grandsons Zebedee and Approve, and yet another Group 2 winner in Sir Prancealot, who this year has enjoyed graded stakes success in the States with Beau Recall and Madam Dancealot. Two other recent additions to the list are Prince of Lir, a Group 2 winner at Royal Ascot, and Kessaar, a winner this year of the G3 Sirenia S. and G2 Mill Reef S.

The argument usually put forward for the early retirement of these fast and precocious horses is that they face a very stiff task as 3-year-olds in taking on the more mature older horses in the top sprints. While the introduction of the G1 Commonwealth Cup for 3-year-olds at Royal Ascot has partly rectified the situation, keeping a sprinter in training as a 3-year-old still represents quite a gamble.

At least Dark Angel received a thorough testing in his only season on the track, if not to the same extent as Hail To Reason, whose trainer Hirsch Jacobs famously said that he “thought it better to let him wear out than rust away.” Whereas Hail To Reason raced 18 times before he broke his left fore sesamoids, Dark Angel raced nine times between April and October.

The son of Acclamation won four times, notably collecting a big prize in the £300,000 St Leger Yearling S. before going on to more important successes in the G3 Mill Reef S. and G1 Middle Park S. It was that Group 1 win in the Middle Park which would have made his tasks all the more difficult at three, as he would have had to carry a Group 1 penalty in a lot of the sprint races available to him.

The early years of Dark Angel’s stallion career suggested that breeders weren’t exactly sure what to make of him. Although he started out at €10,000, his fee was down to €7,000 by his fourth season and the number of foals in his first three crops went from 93 to 62 and then to only 39.

 

Fortunately, his first-crop 2-year-olds made a very fast start–fast enough to boost demand for his services in his fourth season in 2011. Since then, it has been a case of onwards and upwards, as may be judged from the fact that his fee reached €27,500 in 2014, €60,000 in 2016 and €85,000 in 2017. Still only 13, Dark Angel now has seven Group 1 winners to his credit, the latest being Raging Bull, who finished well to land the GI Hollywood Derby three days ago.

Bearing in mind that Dark Angel hasn’t had a lot of runners in the U.S., he has done well to sire three sons which have performed very creditably at Grade I level. Hunt won four graded stakes in California, headed by the GI Shoemaker Mile, while Raging Bull has now won three graded races. The third son is Fanciful Angel, who was second last year in the GI Arlington Million and GI Turf Classic. Dark Angel’s daughter Midnight Crossing is another graded winner on turf in California.

An interesting aspect of these American performers is that all four have shone over a mile and an eighth or more. One of Hunt’s victories came over 1 3/8 miles and Fanciful Angel stayed at least as well. The way Raging Bull finished at Del Mar suggests he could be a force over 1 1/4 miles as a 4-year-old (although his pedigree raises some doubts).

I am beginning to think that Dark Angel might have stayed a mile had he stayed in training as a 3-year-old, even though his connections considered him a six-furlong specialist. The belief that Dark Angel was a sprinter pure and simple had been reinforced by several of his best European winners, which feature such fast performers as Harry Angel, Battaash, Mecca’s Angel and Lethal Force. Each of these four has a lot of speed in the bottom half of his or her pedigree.

On the other hand, Midnight Crossing has a dam by the stamina-packed Sadler’s Wells and Hunt’s dam raced at up to 1 3/8 miles. Fanciful Angel’s first two dams are daughters of Groom Dancer and Gay Mecene, two horses who stayed at least 1 5/16 miles.

Raging Bull’s dam, the Mr. Greeley filly Rosa Bonheur, was a talented miler in France. Mr. Greeley, of course, was fast enough to finish second in the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint, so it is a little surprising that Raging Bull is so well suited by a mile and an eighth.

Rosa Bonheur’s dam Rolly Poly began her career with four sprint victories as a 2-year-old in Italy and France. Her victory in the G2 Prix Robert Papin led to her being sold to Daniel Wildenstein, who eventually transferred her to Sir Henry Cecil. The filly won the G3 Fred Darling S. over seven furlongs before being transferred to the States, where she again did well. Among her three stakes successes on turf were the Las Cienegas and Senator Ken Maddy H., over 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill at Santa Anita.

One interesting aspect of Dark Angel’s success is that Raging Bull is the latest of several good Dark Angel winners which have two lines of Mr. Prospector, even though Mr. Prospector’s influence is less widespread in Europe than in the U.S. Dark Angel’s dam Midnight Angel is out of a granddaughter of Mr. Prospector, by Machiavellian, and he has two group winners– Hunt and the Group 3 winner Stage Magic–inbred 3 x 3 to Machiavellian.

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2019 STALLION FEES ANNOUNCED

YEOMANSTOWN STUD ANNOUNCES 2019 NOMINATION FEES 

 

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce the 2019 nomination fees for its four stallions standing at Morristown Lattin Stud.

Dark Angel – €85,000

Gutaifan – €10,000

El Kabeir – €8,000

Camacho – €12,000

 

Commenting on the announcement, Gay O’Callaghan said “CAMACHO has had a sensational season on the track in 2018, headed by the classic winner TEPPAL (Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches Gr. 1) and Royal Ascot winner SIGNORA CABELLO (Queen Mary Stakes Gr. 2 and Prix Robert Papin Gr.2). Adding to this are over 30 two-year-old winners in 2018 and a very positive year in the sales ring.”

 

“DARK ANGEL has had another sensational year at stud, proving himself once again as an established Group 1 producer. With a new Gr. 1 winner in 2018 in the form of HUNT who ran out a good winner of the Shoemaker Mile Gr.1 at Santa Anita, adding to his previous three Group 2 wins.  The emergence also of Raging Bull who is among the top rated three year old milers in America having won listed, Group 3 and Group 2 contests, he looks set to be a future star. BATTAASH (King George Stakes Gr. 2) and HARRY ANGEL (Duke of York Stakes Gr. 2) showcased their scintillating speed and durability this season, competing at the highest level. Dark Angel’s influence as a broodmare sire was also seen in the top-class performers Havana Grey and Rumble Inthejungle.”

 

“It’s been with great excitement that we’ve watched GUTAIFAN’s yearlings sell this autumn. The record breaking dual Group 2 winner and son of Dark Angel was very well supported in the sales ring by trainers, agents and owners alike who were impressed by the excellent quality of his stock which share his attributes of strength and class.”

 

“We look forward to the first foals of EL KABEIR to be born this spring.  As a son of the hugely influential Scat Daddy, he is a really exciting prospect and a wonderful looking individual who showed both a very high level of ability and toughness on the track . He was a Multiple Graded Stakes winner at 2 and 3 from 5 furlongs to a mile and sixteenth and will continue to give European breeders the opportunity to avail of precocious and speedy bloodlines.”

 

Please contact us on 00353 (0)45 897314 or yeomanstownstud@eircom.net for more information.

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