Pedigree Insights: Dark Angel Finding Success Stateside


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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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 for more information.

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Gutaifan creates need for speed with a stir in the sales ring for first crop yearlings


As the 2018 yearling sale season draws to a close Gutaifan has certainly made some headlines in recent weeks with first crop yearlings of the dual Group 2-winning and Group 1 performing juvenile, who stands at Yeomanstown Stud, creating a stir in the sales ring. Breeders and Pinhookers with Gutaifan yearlings were well rewarded by the demand for his progeny throughout with yearlings fetching €360,000, 225,000gns, 200,000gns, 180,000gns, 140,000gns, €150,000, €105,000, etc. Peter and Ross Doyle were in good company as they secured Lot 124 on day one of Goffs Orby Sale. The colt is from the family of Royal Ascot Queen Mary winner Signora Cabello and was purchased for €150,000 from the Yeomanstown Stud draft and will go into training with Richard Hannon Jnr.

Tom Hassett’s Monksland Stables enjoyed a profitable day of selling with a well related daughter by the Group 1 Prix Morny runner-up selling for €360,000. The half-sister to Group 2 winner Anda Muchacho and Group 3 placed Parsley was knocked down to Alistair Donald for more than 28 times the stallions stud fee on day two of The Goffs Orby Sale.

Gutaifan opened his account on the first day of Tattersalls Book One with the Baroda and Coblinstown Stud’s consigned Lot 144, an eye catching well related half sister to listed winner Taamol, who’s dam is a half sister to Group 1 winning  Menhoubah. This easy moving filly went the way of American based agent Shaun Dugan for 200,000gns.

Paul McCartan’s leading Limerick nursery Ballyphilip Stud struck gold again when he offered Lot 226, a homebred half-sister to exciting Group 1 winning sprinter Battash. Dermot Farrington was the bidding victor when signing the docket at 180,000gns on behalf of the rapid expanding Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

The fireworks continued into the evening as Lot 238 at Tattersalls October Book One proved a shrewd investment when snapped up for 82,000gns during the Tattersalls December Foal sales before being re-offered by Ciaran Conroy’s Glenvale Stud and selling to Charlie Gordon Watson on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing for 225,000gns.

The opening day of Tattersalls October Book Two got underway on Tuesday. Consigned by Whatton Manor Stud, Lot 642 was knocked down to SackvilleDonald for 80,000gns.

Shadwell’s Angus Gold was busy throughout Tattersalls October Book Two however he wasted no time in securing Lot 985, consigned by Yeomanstown Stud the homebred filly out of listed winning dam Cape Factor sold for a winning bid by Gold of 200,000gns.

Tattersalls October Book 3 session got underway on Thursday with strong trade continuing as James Hanly’s Tipperary based Ballyhimikin Stud offered lot 1435, a homebred filly, half sister to Gr.3 performer Kodiak West who sold to french based owner Javier Maldonado for 38,000gns.

Jamie Osborne was the successful bidder when the hammer came down for Lot 1536 on the opening day of Tattersalls Book Three session. The daughter of Gutaifan was offered by Yeomanstown Stud out of winning dam Ellasha and was knocked down for 30,000gns making this the third purchase by Gutaifan for the Lambourn based trainer.

Overall Goffs Orby Sale Statistics 2018

Sire Sale Lots Offered Average Total
Gutaifan Goffs Orby Sale             12 €101,900 €1,019,000


Overall Tattersalls October Sale Statistics 2018

Sire Sale Lots Offered Average Total
Gutaifan October Book One


186,250gns 745,000gns
Gutaifan October Book Two


58,692gns 763,000gns
Gutaifan October Book Three


16,500gns 214,000gns



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Camacho continues stellar season




Alayna Cullen, Marketing Manager at The TDN visited Yeomanstown Stud recently to speak with David O’Callaghan


Yeomanstown Stud has long been hailed as the home of Dark Angel (Ire), but it is his stablemate Camacho (GB) who has stolen the limelight this year, siring Classic winners and a Royal Ascot winning 2-year-old in Signora Cabello (Ire). With Signora Cabello now aiming for the G1 Prix Morny, David O’Callaghan talks all things Camacho with Alayna Cullen.

TDN: David, Camacho has been having a great year on the track. Tell us how you came to stand him.

DOC:Camacho is a son of Danehill, who we managed to buy off Prince Khalid Abdullah many years ago. He was trained by Henry Cecil. He was a very good 2-year-old and went on to be a very good 3-year-old. He was second in the Jersey and he was then favorite for the July Cup, but he got injured that day. After that, we managed to buy him to stand here at Yeomanstown. He is a very well-bred horse, his first three dams were all stakes winners. And he was a son of Danehill, which was just something we really wanted.

TDN: What were your expectations for this year’s progeny?

DOC: Our expectations for this year were high, because he had put together two crops of 2- and 3-year-olds of good numbers. He had 30 2-year-old winners in 2017, and they were going to go on to 2018 and do well, and thankfully, they did, including a French Guineas winner. He had a triple Classic winner in Scandinavia, a Spanish Guineas winner, so the 3-year-old crop stepped up.

Then on top of that, this year’s 2-year-old crop backed that up with a good filly, Signora Cabello, who won the G2 Queen Mary and then won the G2 Prix Robert Papin, and hopefully she will go on and win the Prix Morny. On top of that, he has a lot of other smart fillies and colts from the 2-year-olds this year. So we were hopeful and thankfully he has come through.

TDN: He has achieved something rather special this year, can you tell us a little about that achievement?

DOC: Camacho has had the rare feat of having three individual Classic winners. So far he has had Teppal (Fr) win the French 1000 Guineas for David Simcock, and that was his first Classic winner. Then we had a Spanish Guineas winner, a horse called Another Day of Sun (Ire), who we actually had as a breezer here ourselves. Then he had a filly in Scandinavia, who won three Classics: the Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian Classic. So it was quite a unique feat to put that all together. Well done to all the breeders involved and to everybody who’s had the rub of the green.

TDN: You mentioned some of his 2-year-olds that were impressing this year, but Signora Cabello has to be a standout. What do you make of her?

DOC: This year his 2-year-olds are flying. Some smart colts, some smart fillies but most notably, as you said, is Signora Cabello. She won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot then she won the Prix Robert Papin and hopefully she’ll go on and win a Group 1 before the end of the year. She is very smart.

What has impressed me about her most is she always looks like she is doing it easy. She has won all of her races with her ears pricked. She looked under pressure in the Prix Robert Papin and then she won in a half-length with her ears pricked, so I’d say we haven’t seen the best of her yet. She looks like she has more in the tank every time she runs.

TDN: Why was her win in the Robert Papin so significant?

DOC: Her win in the Prix Robert Papin was significant because it wasn’t that she just won the Queen Mary and disappeared. She backed it up, so she is a genuine, proper good 2-year-old. Often horses can win a race but they don’t back it up. This proves that she is the real deal, and hopefully will go on and back that up even further when she goes into Group 1 company.

It is significant for the stallion also. It shows that, given the chances, he’ll upgrade your mares, and he is capable of getting a good horse, which is what everybody wants to breed. They don’t want to just breed 2-year-old winners, they want to breed good horses. Camacho has done it with 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, at five, six, seven and eight furlongs. It shows that he is versatile and he will upgrade the mares.

TDN: What is a typical Camacho?

DOC: He is a tremendously strong horse with a huge action, he puts that big walk into everything. When we pull him out in the stallion yard, he is very impressive to look at, from his action to his strength and quality. His stock all have big hips and a big walk but they look like sprinters, which is what they’re bred to be. He is a pretty easy horse to breed to. Big, strong, and fast.

TDN: What are his yearling crop like?

DOC: The 2018 crop is his biggest yearling crop and probably his best bred, too. Physically, they look like a very good bunch, so we’ll be hopeful that next year will be better again. He has the numbers, he has the quality, so we’ll be hopeful that it will come to fruition next year that he’ll have a better year again, and a higher class of horse year on year.

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El Kabeir – New for 2018

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El Kabeir retires to Yeomanstown Stud


El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr win a MSW at Saratoga Racecourse 8/30/14. Trainer: John Terranova. Owner: Zayat Stables LLC

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr win a MSW at Saratoga Racecourse 8/30/14. Trainer: John Terranova. Owner: Zayat Stables LLC

Yeomanstown Stud are delighted to announce the addition of EL KABEIR (USA) to their stallion roster for 2018. In a deal brokered by Brad Weisbord and BSW Bloodstock, the son of Scat Daddy will join DARK ANGEL, CAMACHO and GUTAIFAN at the Kildare based Farm.

A high class performer, El KABEIR is Scat Daddy’s best and highest rated 2 year old son to race in America. A Multiple Graded Stakes winner at two and three, El Kabeir raced at the highest level, breaking his maiden by 10 lengths in Saratoga, before landing the Grade 2 Jockey Club Stakes. He then followed up in the Grade 3 Jerome Stakes before finishing 3rd in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes. Further stakes wins in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and City of Laurel Stakes as well as finishing 2nd in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes, are among the highlights in an illustrious career.

The striking grey was a sales topping yearling having realised $250,000 at OBS August Yearling Sale before embarking on a successful 2 year old career and offers the breeder a chance to breed to a precocious and high-class racehorse.

El Kabeir raced in the famous turquoise and yellow colours of Zayat Stables and Ahmed Zayat described the colt as follows “El Kabeir is a magnificent looking animal. We bought him as a yearling at OBS. His talent was clear to see early on – hence we gave him such a good name El Kabeir, meaning “The Boss”. A TDN rising star – tough, versatile and extremely talented he was on the Derby Trail having won the Jockey Club and the Jerome. We had Americal Pharaoh for the Derby and ElKabeir had such natural speed, we decided to keep him to a mile. He ran in the money 13 times from 5 furlongs to a mile and sixteenth – a proper racehorse. We look forward to seeing his future progeny in the sales ring and racetrack and will be actively supporting his stallion career with mares and in the sales ring”.

Commenting on the recent acquisition Gay O’Callaghan said ‘we are delighted to have purchased El Kabeir, he is an exceptional individual with a race record to match and will offer the European breeder a further chance to avail of the precocious and exciting Scat Daddy bloodlines.’

Stud fee to be announced in the coming weeks.

For any further information, please contact David O’Callaghan (+353 (0)86 8366554) or Gay O’Callaghan (+353 (0)87 2565561) or

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Statement from Yeomanstown Stud


The O’Callaghan family and all the staff at Yeomanstown Stud express their heartfelt condolences to Sharon, Joe, Susan, James and Killian Fitzpatrick on the untimely passing of Jonathan. ‬
‪Enthusiastic, hard working and always good humoured, he was a friend to us all and will be sadly missed.

Johnathan will be reposing at Keatingstown House on Tuesday (15th of August) from 3p.m. until 8p.m. Funeral Mass on Wednesday (16th of August) in St. Canice’s Church, Kilkenny at 11a.m. with burial afterwards.

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We’ve been delighted with Gutaifan’s first foals. Like his sire, Dark Angel, Gutaifan seems to have a predominant bay/grey gene and is also stamping his stock well with his foals showing great bone and action.

Here is a selection of a few:

12 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Aja foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

12 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Aja foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

10 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Wonderful Town foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

10 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Wonderful Town foal. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

8 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Tamarisk foal at Morristown Lattin Stud. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

8 March 2017; Gutaifan ex Tamarisk foal at Morristown Lattin Stud. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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We are delighted to announce that Gutaifan’s first foal was born on the 3rd January. The beautiful grey filly is out of the Desert Style mare Dixiedoodledandy, who is a half sister to Group 2 Flying Childers winner Green Door (by Yeomanstown Stud resident stallion Camacho.)

Gutaifan is by Dark Angel and is a record breaking dual Gr2 winning 2yo and is standing at Yeomanstown Stud for a fee of €10,000.

5 January 2017; Gutaifan ex Dixiedoodledandy foal at Grangemore Stud. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

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A Summer of Success


We’ve all enjoyed some wonderful racing this Flat season, with so many highlights for Yeomanstown graduates and the stallion’s progeny, especially our resident super-star Dark Angel.

A definite highlight so far this year has been watching the great Mecca’s Angel power up the Knavesmire to win the Gr1 Nunthorpe Stakes for a second year in a row, earning her a Timeform rating of 132 and earning her the title of ‘Top Rated Sprinter in the World’ . She really is a filly of a lifetime for her owner David Metcalfe and trainer Michael Dods and we are so proud to have bred her. An accolade that earned us the Red Mills and Irish Field Breeder of the Year, at a wonderful evening in the Hangedmans Restaurant. Her smashing yearling sister is heading to Book 1.


We’ve enjoyed watching our last year yearling graduates running (and winning!), including the Gr 2 Prix Robert Papin winner Tis Marvellous, a Yeomanstown graduate from Goffs UK Premier Yearling sale when selling to his trainer Clive Cox for £52,000. South Seas is another Group winning Yeomanstown graduate, winning the Gr 3 Solario Stakes and maintaining an unbeaten record. South Seas was sold at Tattersalls Book 1 to David Redvers for 145,000gns.


The Malih Al Basti owned Arborist by Dark Angel and sold by Yeomanstown at Tattersalls last year, has proved himself in the winners enclosure and look to be an exciting future prospect. Perfect Angel is another graduate with a bright future, having won a competitive Goodwood maiden for Andrew Balding and owners Midmay Racing. Other exciting graduates include Lady Gio, Barrington, Queen Cleste and Parys Mountain.

The Cheveley Park Stud owned filly Persuasive by Dark Angel, has given us great viewing this year. Bred by John Tuthill, she is now unbeaten in all of her 5 starts including the LR Sandringham Handicap and the Group 3 Atalanta Fillies Stakes at Sandown. She is entered in the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown this weekend, so fingers crossed she makes it 6 in a row!


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