German Derby big boost for Samum; Kamsin sire's second Pattern scorer from second crop Pedigree analysis on Kamsin.
EIGHT years ago this month I gave an enthusiastic write-up on this page to an emerging sire in Germany, suggesting that he might make his mark on the wider European scene. That horse was Monsun, and what made me think he had the potential to achieve international distinction was that he was already looking out of the ordinary in his home country.
Ten of his first crop had won as two-year-olds in 1999, and in the spring of their second season three had accounted for four Classic trials between them. And on the first Sunday in July he had the first two home in the Deutsches Derby. The impressive winner, still unbeaten after five starts, was Samum, already hailed as the best to have won the nation's premier Classic in 15 years.
The years that followed showed that my prediction of stardom for Monsun turned out to be one of my more inspired prophecies, although I did fall short of suggesting that by 2007 he would be represented by the best horse in the world (Manduro) and in 2008 would be covering an illustrious book of mares as the highest-priced stallion on the continent of Europe.
But Monsun was six when he started at stud, and ten before the first hints that he might be an exceptional sire. He is 18 now, has been blind for several years and the search for a worthy successor is already under way. While we wait to assess the merits of Dalham Hall's Shirocco, whose first foals arrived this year, and Manduro, now completing his first season at Kildangan, Germany already has a son of Monsun who has started the right way.
The aforementioned Samum, whose first crop featured a Group 2-winning filly in Scatina last year, now has two Pattern winners from his second crop, including Kamsin, who emulated his sire by claiming a decisive victory in Sunday's Deutsches Derby.
There was competition from Britain and Ireland in the Hamburg Classic, but in a contest run in a torrential downpour, Kingsclere's Top Lock (third) and Ballydoyle's King Of Rome (sixth) never threatened the dominant Kamsin, who led early, pulled clear on the turn for home and galloped on strongly to score by three lengths from his stable companion Ostland.
Bred, like his sire and dam, by Gestut Karlshof, Kamsin has now won three of his five starts, and if he had not had a curious off-day when only fourth in the Group 3 Bavarian Classic in Munich last month, he would not have been 13-2 on Sunday. His earlier performances at Krefeld in March and at Frankfurt in May had advertised him as a progressive colt with legitimate Classic aspirations.
To have aspirations for the Deutsches Derby generally involves a capacity to cope with soft or heavy ground. Monsun revelled in such conditions - although he was only second in a vintage Derby, dividing Lando and Sternkonig in 1993 - and so did Samum, who continued to thrive after his Classic triumph, next time out confirming his status as one of the best in Europe with a comprehensive victory in the Grosser Preis von Baden. Among his victims there were Prix du Jockey-Club winner Holding Court and the runnerup in the previous season's Epsom and Irish Derbys, Daliapour.
Samum was the best of his crop at three in Germany, and his GAG rating of 102kg made him superior to his sire, who was never rated higher than 100.5. But, unlike Monsun, he did not continue to excel after the age of three, and he never won again after his victory at Baden-Baden.
Samum did have excuses. He went for the Arc de Triomphe, still unbeaten, as a respected third favourite, and it was just his luck that for once the first Sunday in October at Longchamp provided ground on the firm side of good. He was by no means disgraced, but he was only sixth behind Sinndar.
Plan A said that Samum should call it a season after the Arc, but a win in the Hong Kong Cup would have enabled him to become the so-called World Series Champion, so Plan B was unfortunately adopted. It was always odds against his finding any ease in the ground at Sha Tin, and, sure enough, he didn't. He finished sixth again, but only four lengths behind the internationally renowned winner, Fantastic Light. AT FOUR, Samum ran only twice. He finished a disappointing seventh in the Prix Ganay, and was found to be running a temperature when checked out after the race. He then failed by a neck to give 7lb to Bonvivant in a Group 2 at Baden-Baden, promptly went down with a bronchial infection and spent the rest of the year at home.
It was laudable that his connections wanted him to re-establish himself at five, but it did not work out as intended. He did manage placings at Group 1 and Group 2 level, but he was never the force that he had been as a three-year-old, and when he returned home to Karlsh of to begin his stint at stud, he relied on the feats from his Classic season for support.
Well, that was true up to a point.
But by 2003 Monsun was more conspicuous as a successful sire, and among the products to have emerged as gifted runners was Salve Regina, Samum's younger sister. Winner of the German Oaks and runner-up in the Deutsches Derby, she had to be regarded as one of the best Germanbred fillies of recent years, and that was never going to harm Samum's prospects. He got a respectable first book of 48 mares, covered 42 in his second, and was up to 51 in 2005 for the season that produced this year's juveniles.
Samum's visiting list for 2006 was down to 33, a figure replicated in 2007, but he must surely have been busier this spring, thanks to the achievements of his younger brother Schiaparelli, whose 2006 Deutsches Derby win was the first of four at Group 1 level before he joined Godolphin and fell victim to a mishap.
Kamsin's pedigree is notable for the 4 x 4 inbreeding to Sadler's Wells, prompting the thought that this currently rare pattern in the pedigrees of notable runners is likely to become merely typical in the not-too-distant future. The slightly closer inbreeding to Surumu is a pattern already familiar in Germany, and always to be expected in view of his outstanding record there as both sire and broodmare sire.
Kamsin's dam, Kapitol, ran only six times, beaten in the first three and a hat-trick scorer in the remainder. She was among the best in recent generations from her branch of the celebrated 'K' family that has produced a host of notable runners in Germany, not least Konigsstuhl, the Triple Crown hero of 1979 and multiple champion sire who did well enough when he got Monsun, but might yet become recognised as the founder of a dynasty.
Bred by Gestut Karlshof in Germany. Won 6 (1m-1m4f) of 14 races, viz.
2 out of 2 at 2 years, 4 (Dr Busch Memorial-Gr3, Grosser Muller Brot Preis-Gr2, Deutsches Derby-Gr1, Grosser Preis von Baden-Gr1) out of 6 at 3 years, 0 out of 2 at 4 years, 0 out of 4 at 5 years. Champion 3-y-o colt, Group 2-placed at 4, Group 1-placed at 5. GAG ratings: 86.5 at 2, 102 at 3, 98.5 at 4, 95 at 5. Earned EUR980,981.
Quite tall, well-made individual. Top-class performer at 3, most effective on soft and heavy going, unsuited by fast ground at Longchamp and Sha Tin. Missed most of 4-y-o season following bronchial infection.
Very well bred. Brother to Classic winners Salve Regina and Schiaparelli, by an outstanding sire. Dam unraced half-sister to winners Brave Owen (by Welsh Pageant; Gr2-placed) and Lady Member (by Saint Estephe; Gr3-placed). Granddam won 4 races in Britain, half-sister to 5 other winners.
Next dam won German 1,000 Guineas, half-sister to dual German Classic-winning filly Brisanz.
Stands at Gestut Karlshof at a fee of EUR10,000 (Oct. 1). Sire of 3 crops of racing age, inc. notable winners: Scatina (Gr2), Baila Me (Gr2), Kamsin (Deutsches Derby-Gr1).
Bred by Gestut Karlshof in Germany. Ran only at 3 years, won 3 (1m3f-1m4f) of 6 races, inc. Preis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen-Gr3.
GAG rating: 94. Earned DM131,600.
Well-bred, very smart middle-distance performer. By an Irish Derby winner. Half-sister to 3 other middle-distance/staying winners by Niniski, Superlative and Exit To Nowhere. Dam a winning half-sister to 5 other winners. Granddam won 3 races, half-sister to 6 other winners, inc. Kaiserstadt (by Dschingis Khan; Gr3; Gr2-placed) and Kent (by Nebos; Gr2-placed). Next dam won 5 races, Gr3-placed.
To stud at 4 years, and dam of: Kontinent (2002 c by Benny The Dip; winner), Kronos (2003 c by Spectrum; placed), unnamed (2004 f by Samum; unraced), Kamsin (2005 c by Samum; Classic winner), Kohinoor (2006 c by Samum; unraced to date). She has a yearling colt by Samum and a filly-foal by Dubawi.
Emphatic Derby triumph makes him the leader of his generation in Germany. Promises to hold his own at the top level and in competition with older horses.
Kamsin emulated his sire when successful in last Sunday's Deutsches Derby at Hamburg RACINGFOTOS.COM