Horse Racing: Best on the day but not the best; PEDIGREE ANALYSIS.
IF THE form can be believed, Creachadoir has ensured that this year's 2,000 Guineas is even more at the mercy of Teofilo than we originally thought.
The Group 3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial winner is supposedly inferior to his stablemate, yet under different circumstances, his performance would probably be good enough to warrant serious respect at Newmarket. Instead, Creachadoir will bypass the Guineas in order to tackle a race that doesn't involve clashing with the horse he leads in work.
Nevertheless, Saturday's race was an impressive performance with which to lose a maiden tag. Smartly away from the stalls, Creachadoir was never headed and showed a good turn of foot to quicken away from his pursuers in the straight. Read literally, this is high-class form, but it is too early in the season to be drawing conclusions, especially with regards to the other runners, many of whom were making their seasonal debuts.
What can be drawn from the race is that Creachadoir is a colt with a high cruising speed and a turn of foot reminiscent of his sire, King's Best. On limited evidence, he also seems best when able to dictate matters on his own terms without restraint, something also reminiscent of King's Best.
King's Best had several reputations when he retired to stud, one of which was a sheer brilliance that saw him rated above Zafonic. But, at times, there was also a volatile temper that compromised his ability, most notably when he threw a tantrum during the Dewhurst Stakes and finished last.
There was also a hint of waywardness in his performance as runner-up in the Craven Stakes on his three-year-old debut, when he pulled hard and hung into the whip. He provided a few headaches for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, but those memories were brushed away after he turned in a sensational performance to win the 2,000 Guineas.
King's Best's reputation of brilliance rested upon that race alone, but with good reason, as the colt was trapped behind the majority of the field with two furlongs to go. The turn of foot he produced was outstanding, as was the way in which he quickened clear of Giant's Causeway, who was made to look one-paced.
King's Best thoroughly deserved the Ir25,000gns fee that he was allocated upon his retirement to stud, and he has remained at around that level since, an admirable feat given today's unforgiving climate. And at EUR25,000, he is probably still good value, as from his first crop came two Group 1 winners, including a top-class miler in Proclamation, who showed a scintillating turn of foot to trounce Soviet Song in the Sussex Stakes.
Last year also included two high-class middle-distance colts in Best Name and Best Alibi, both of whom gave ammunition to the belief that King's Best's own potential over 1m4f had remained untapped.
A stallion needs a leading performer every year to remain commercially acceptable, and King's Best has delivered on that score. But in an era when stallions, and more worryingly unproven stallions, cover well in excess of 100 mares a year, King's Best's results should be read with caution. For some of his stock, there can also be temperament issues.
The erratic Proclamation may have been brilliant, but the colt who stunned his rivals at Goodwood was not the same one who reappeared in 2006. More recently, both Best Alibi and Best Name have shown little to suggest that they will be assets to the Godolphin team this year.
Creachadoir follows the likes of Best Alibi, Runaway and To Sender by becoming the sixth stakes performer produced by the King's Best-Sadler's Wells cross. Best Name is also out of a mare by Sadler's Wells's son, Old Vic.
In this respect, King's Best is adopting a pattern embraced by Kingmambo, who has sired Divine Proportions, El Condor Pasa and Virginia Waters from Sadler's Wells mares. This formidable record argues strongly in favour of inbreeding to a superior mare, in this case to Special.
Sadima has come a long way since selling for Ir30,000gns as a yearling, a paltry amount given her breeding. But she redeemed herself to some extent when selling for 125,000gns at the Tattersalls Breeze-Up the following year, and was evidently held in fair regard during her brief career.
Connections had to wait more than 18 months before her ability could be publicly appraised, but her belated debut at Roscommon in October of her three-year-old year was an impressive one, as she won easily by four lengths.
Trainer John Oxx stepped her up to Listed class for her next assignment and she wasn't disgraced in the Finale Stakes. However, there wasn't much encouragement in her final race of the year, when she was beaten 66 lengths, and the fact that connections persevered with her as a four-year-old gives a fair idea of their regard. To some extent, it was justified, as she finished third in a handicap on her seasonal debut and then sixth to Rebelline in the Listed Mooresbridge Stakes. IF THERE was promise unfulfilled during her racing career, then Sadima has definitely fulfilled her stud potential. She got off to a great start by breeding Youmzain, who steadily progressed through the ranks last year to take the Group 1 Preis von Europa.
Judging by his slightly unlucky recent third in the Sheema Classic, the son of Sinndar has progressed again to be near the top of the older-horse division.
Although Sadima's dam, the placed Anima, has bred only two other minor winners in Chile, she hails from a family that has been cultivated by the Weinstocks to good effect. Anima's roots were top class, as she was out of Cocotte, a stakes-placed daughter of Troy who later bred champion globetrotter Pilsudski and Group 3 winner Glowing Ardour.
She traces to the 1974 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Gaily, whose purchase was a tremendous boost to the burgeoning racing and breeding empire of Sir Michael Sobell. The daughter of Sir Gaylord was a half-sister to the Grade 2 Carter Handicap winner King's Bishop, and to the Group 3 winner Empire Glory, who set a then world-record yearling price of EUR4.25 million in 1982.
Their dam, Hollywood Oaks winner Spearfish, was a sister to influential sire Gummo, and traced to champion Spinaway. Therefore, it was to be expected that Gaily would leave her mark.
Her descendants are horses who progress markedly with time and age, so it has to be hoped that, like his half-brother Youmzain, Creachadoir has a lot of improvement left in him.
SIRE KING'S BEST
Bred by M3 Elevage. 2,300,000Ffr yearling. Won 3 of 6 (7-8f) races at 2-3 years, inc. 2 (Listed Acomb-S.) out of 3 at 2, 1 (2,000 Guineas-Gr1) out of 3 at 3. Also 2nd Craven S-Gr3. Earned pounds 210,349. Broke down final start in Irish Derby.
Timeform 112p at 2, 132 at 3. 16.1hh, good-looking, rangy individual. Top-class miler, exceptional winner of 2,000 Guineas, and a high-class 2yo. Acted well on good to firm and good ground, below form on anything softer. Highly strung.
Among the best sons of his sire, a top-class miler and now elite US-based sire. From exceptional family, half-brother to top-class Urban Sea (Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-Gr1; dam of Galileo, Black Sam Bellamy, Urban Ocean, Melikah, All Too Beautiful, My Typhoon etc), Allez Les Trois (Prix de Flore-Gr3; dam of Anabaa Blue, Reunite etc), Listed-placed Turbaine (dam of Tertullian, Terek and Tusculum), Marlene Kelly (granddam of Anzillero). Dam smart dual winner, 2nd Oaks Trial-Gr3, sister to high-class German pair Anno (champion German 3yo) and Arionette.
Stands at Kildangan Stud, Ireland, at a fee of EUR25,000. Sire of 4 crops of racing age, inc. notable winners: Proclamation (Sussex Stakes-Gr1), Dubai Surprise (Premio Lydia Tesio-Gr1), Oiseau Rare (Prix de Royallieu-Gr2), Best Alibi (York Stakes-Gr2), Notability (Oettingen Rennen-Gr2), Best Name (Prix du Prince d'Orange-Gr3), Creachadoir (2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes-Gr3).
Bred by L D'Alessandri and Newbyth Stud in Ireland. Irpounds 30,000 Goffs October yearling, 125,000gns Tattersalls Breeze-Up, 65,000gns vendor Tattersalls December Sale. Won 1 (1m2f) of 5 races, unraced at 2 years, 1 out of 3 at 3 years, 0 out of 2 at 4 years.
Turform 90 at 3, 90 at 4. Earned pounds 5,551. Useful middle-distance performer, highly regarded, although inconsistent. Maiden winner on belated debut, best form when 8th (beaten under five lengths) in strongly contested Listed event. Ran only on ground softer than good.
Well bred. By a top-class performer and outstanding stud influence, as sire, broodmare sire and sire of sires. Half-sister to two minor winners in Chile. Dam placed over 1m at 3 years in 2 starts, showed moderate form, half-sister to Pilsudski (champion European older horse), Fine Motion (champion 3yo filly in Japan), Gr3 winner Glowing Ardour, and Listed winners Peach Out Of Reach, Baraka and Briolette. Granddam winner, Gr3 runner-up, 4th in Gr2. Next dam winning daughter of Gaily (Irish 1,000 Guineas), traces to high-class US family.
To stud at 4 years and dam of: Youmzain (2003 c by Sinndar, Gr1 winner), Creachadoir (2004 c by King's Best, Gr3 winner), Shreyas (2005 f by Dalakhani, unraced to date). She has a yearling filly by Bahri and visited Dalakhani last year.
Has some way to go to emerge from the shadow of stablemate Teofilo, but on the upgrade and likely to improve further with time and distance.
Creachadoir ran away with the 2,000 Guineas Trial, but will likely avoid stablemate Teofilo at Newmarket