First Season Sires - 2022
Regardless of what they may have achieved on the track or what their pedigree may suggest, there is always a certain amount of uncertainty when a new Stallion has his first crop of runners reach the track. 2022 sees its fair share of new Sires and whilst there doesn’t appear to be the expectation that followed the likes of Frankel and Sea the Stars, there are several well known names who will be having their first, and sadly in the case of Roaring Lion there only runners on the track in 2022. In the final part of our progeny series, we have taken a look at a few of these stallions and highlighted some of their progeny who could make an impact in France in 2022 and beyond. The links to the other part of this series can be found at the bottom of this piece. With Saint-Cloud and the turf season less than 2-weeks away, hopefully I have given you a few names to look out for in the coming weeks.
Saxon Warrior x More Than Famous (More Than Ready)
Saxon Warrior has the potential to be one of the leading Sires for the future, from the Galileo Stock, his Guineas victory, coupled with the fact that he stayed further, will make him very attractive as a stallion. IVANOWITCH is out of a nice mare, More Than Famous, who took her time to get her career underway, breaking her maiden tag on her 12th start. She ended her career with 2 wins at Chantilly and Clairefontaine and a peak rating of 35.5-kilos. She has produced 2 winning progeny so far, most notably FAMOUS WOLF, who won the Listed Prix Maurice Caillault at Chantilly in 2019. His pedigree would suggest that he is likely to make an impact between 1600-2000m, but there is hope that he could be an early point scorer for his Sire in France.
Saxon Warrior x Love Magic (Dansili)
Bred by Kilcarn Stud, CHENNAMMA has the profile of a smart horse. A grand-daughter of Cheveley Park stakes winner Magical Romance, she is a half-sister to CHANNEL, the Prix De Diane winner in 2019 for the same yard. With that pedigree, the long term prospects will surely be a classic campaign in 2023, but there are several precocious types in the family, so there is every reason to believe that she may be able to pick up a maiden and then be competitive in conditions races, especially against her own sex.
Roaring Lion x Daltama (Indian Ridge)
It is such a shame that we will only get to see one crop of progeny from Roaring Lion, but hopefully he can make a solid start in 2022 and give him a lasting legacy on the racing world. DALANN is a son of an Indian Ridge mare Daltama, who finished 3rd on her only start on the track. She has made her mark already as a broodmare, producing Dubai Sheema Classic winner DOLNIYA, as well as 3 other winners. The grand dam Daltawa, produced 4 time group 1 winning colt DALAKHANI amongst her 6 winning progeny. With so much Classic winning form in the pedigree, his connections will no doubt be hoping that he can develop into a leading prospect for 2023, especially over middle distances.
Harry Angel x Marasima (Barathea)
If his progeny are as excitable as he was on the track, then Harry Angel could prove to be an explosive sire in 2022. He has 21 juveniles registered in France so far for the coming campaign with a wide variety of pedigrees, but ANGEL CHARLY made some appeal. Her dam Marasina won her only start in France at Bordeaux over a mile, but she has gone on to produce 3 winning progeny, most notably MARKAZI, who won his first 3 career starts and has the Listed Prix Omnium II on his CV, whilst the family also boasts multiple group winner MAKALOUN. MARKAZI is a son of Dark Angel, so the breeding of these 2 family lines has already yielded success and so there is a lot of optimism that ANGEL CHARLY could bring further success for her very capable trainer.
Cloth of Stars x Baki (Turtle Bowl)
Cloth of Stars needs no introduction. A Prix Ganay winner with a multitude of top class form over a 4-year career on the track, including 4 wins in his first 6 starts, he looks to be a very nice prospect as his first runners reach the track. BIRR CASTLE will run in the Godolphin blue as his Sire did and he looks to have a very exciting pedigree for Andre Fabre to work with. He is a half-brother to 2 winners; King Shalaa and Waltham. KING SHALAA won his first 3 starts in France, including the Listed Prix Californie at Cagnes-Sur-Mer and was last seen finishing 2nd in a handicap on the Saudi Cup card last week. Whilst WALTHAM won 3 of his first 4 starts in France, with the Listed Prix Maurice Caillault his last win before being sold to Hong Kong, ending his career running in Group 1 company at Sha Tin. The immediate family have been very precocious, so there is a good chance that BIRR CASTLE will be able to make his mark as a juvenile before embarking on a potential Classic campaign.
The Progeny Series: