Horse Racing: Rich history of previous July Cup winners retired to stud; BLOODSTOCK DESK.
THE winners of the Classic races have been well-traced at stud, but the July Cup has turned up more high-profile stallions than either the Guineas or the Derby in recent years.
Below, Amy Bennett and Nancy Sexton take a look at the stud history of horses who have won the prestigious sprint - which will form the highlight of the Newmarket July festival next week - over the past two decades.
2005 Pastoral Pursuits
(foaled 2001 colt Bahamian Bounty-Star, by Most Welcome)
The winner of six of ten starts, Pastoral Pursuits was retired with a minor leg injury three weeks after his famous victory. He now stands for pounds 6,000 alongside his sire at the National Stud.
(99 m Efisio-Juliet Bravo, by Glow)
The first filly to land a July Cup since the outstanding Habibti in 1983, she foaled a colt by the 1986 July Cup winner Green Desert in March this year. A product of the potent Danzig line, responsible for nine of the last 20 winners, the colt looks a good bet to follow in the speedy footsteps of his parents.
2003 Oasis Dream
(00 c Green Desert-Hope, by Dancing Brave)
Retired to Banstead Manor, Oasis Dream sired a first foal crop that was the talk of the December Sales last year. His progeny accounted for four of the top ten prices, and his 19 foals brought an average price of 104,763gns from his pounds 25,000 fee.
(97 g Lake Coniston-Krisia, by Kris)
He is the only gelding to land this race, and his sire is one of only two July Cup-winning sires to produce a winner of the same race in the last 20 years, the other being Green Desert, responsible for two winners.
(98 c Danehill-Victoria Cross, by Spectacular Bid)
Mozart's untimely death in 2002 seems even more tragic given the talent shown by his sole crop, now aged three. He was second by earnings in the list of leading British and Irish freshman sires, and his progeny were headed last season by the Middle Park Stakes winner Amadeus Wolf and this season by the Palace House Stakes winner Dandy Man, along with Grade 3 winner Stratham.
2000 Agnes World
(95 h Danzig-Mysteries, by Seattle Slew)
A crack sprinter in his native Japan and winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye in 1999, Agnes World got the better of a blanket finish at Newmarket. At stud in Japan, he also spent time at Dalham Hall. His oldest British crop, now three, has thus far proved moderate. He has enjoyed better success abroad, with Kazusa, a Listed winner in Japan, and Group 1-placed Australian juvenile Wonderful World.
(96 c Nureyev-Fire The Groom, by Blushing Groom)
Retired to Coolmore's Ashford Stud, Stravinsky has enjoyed great success in the southern hemisphere with multiple Group 1 winner Serenade Rose and top-class New Zealand juvenile Keeninsky He has produced some smart sprinting types at home, including the King's Stand runner-up Benbaun and Middle Park winner Balmont. Sold last year to stand at the Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan, he will once again shuttle to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand.
(94 c Danzig-Elle Seule, by Exclusive Native)
Closely related to the 1993 winner Hamas, Elnadim earned his victory by defeating the biggest field ever assembled. Initially retired to Shadwell's Kentucky base in 2001, he was switched to Derrinstown Stud the following season and has remained there since, with his fee a consistent EUR7,000. His oldest progeny are four, and have yet to set the world alight. Villa Sciarra was a useful juvenile in Italy last year while Golden Acer was Listed-placed at two, and he is responsible for some smart performers in New Zealand.
1997 Compton Place
(94 c Indian Ridge-Nosey, by Nebbiolo)
Last year was something of a breakthrough in the stud career of the shock 50-1 winner Compton Place. Godfrey Street and Hunter Street provided him with a 1-2 in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes (with the latter also landing the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes). He also has this season's dual Listed winner Angus Newz, and Boogie Street remains a consistent performer. Standing alongside Cadeaux Genereux, he was initially priced at pounds 3,500, now raised to pounds 7,000.
(92 c Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene)
One of the few July Cup winners in recent years to sire top performers at longer trips, his stud fee of EUR45,000 reflects the calibre of his progeny. The Prix du Jockey-Club winner Anabaa Blue heads his list of stakes performers, along with several high-class performers who showed their best at up to a mile and a quarter, such as Martillo, Precision Ex Anabar and Rouvres.
1995 Lake Coniston
(91 c Bluebird-Persian Polly, by Persian Bold)
Initially retired to Coolmore, Lake Coniston sired the 2002 July Cup hero Continent and the smart juvenile Karasta in his first crops. Another consistent sire of minor winners, Lake Coniston was moved to Collin Stud for the 2002 season. The son of Bluebird now stands in South Africa where he has been well received.
(91 c Green Desert-Old Domesday Book, by High Top)
The results from Owington's first and only crop of 37 foals suggest that he was a loss to the industry. On the same cross as successful sire Desert Style, Owington sired the tough Group 1 performer Gateman and the Lowther Stakes winner Jemima, while his crop of yearlings, conceived on a fee of pounds 7,500, reached a high of 170,000gns.
(89 c Danzig-Fall Aspen, by Pretense)
A son of the outstanding broodmare Fall Aspen, and therefore closely related to Elnadim, Hamas was retired to stand at Derrinstown Stud for Ir4,000gns. He has proved to be a consistent sire of minor winners headed by the King's Stand winner Mitcham. Hamas was moved to Haras des Chartreux for the 2000 season but was brought back to Britain for 2005. He stands now at Pitchall Stud under the Shadwell banner for pounds 1,500.
1992 Mr Brooks
(87 h Blazing Saddles-Double Finesse, by Double Jump)
Mr Brooks outbattled Pursuit Of Love to win the Newmarket dash by a head. He would later go on to take the Prix de l'Abbaye by two lengths, but, tragically, broke down in his next start, the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
1991 Polish Patriot
(88 c Danzig-Maria Waleska, by Filiberto)
Polish Patriot was initially retired to stand at Rathbarry Stud at a private fee. From a first crop of 62 two-year-olds, he came up with the Group 2 winner Gothenberg. He later sired the smart fillies Hasty Words and Polaire, but by 1996 he had been exported to Japan.
1990 Royal Academy
(87 c Nijinsky-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan)
Royal Academy has always been well supported at stud, whether in Europe, Australia or the US, and is consequently represented by a large quantity, and variety, of winners. He is capable of throwing high-class milers, such as Sleepytime and Val Royal, but he has also sired Group 1-winning sprinter Carmine Lake and the Irish St Leger winner Oscar Schindler. Royal Academy moved to Ashford in 1998 and currently stands for $15,000.
1989 Cadeaux Genereux
(85 c Young Generation-Smarten Up, by Sharpen Up)
Crowned the champion sprinter of 1989, Cadeaux Genereux has remained near the top of the sires' list several years running. Not only has he sired speedy sorts such as Bahamian Bounty, Hoh Magic and Embassy, but also the top-class milers Bijou d'Inde and Touch Of The Blues. His son Bahamian Bounty sired last year's winner Pastoral Pursuits. Cadaeux Genereux stands at Whitsbury Manor Stud for pounds 20,000.
1988 Soviet Star
(84 c Nureyev-Veruschka, by Venture VII)
The brilliant Soviet Star was retired to Dalham Hall in 1989 at a fee of pounds 30,000. His first crop yielded only four winners from six runners and, by the following year, he was sent to Japan. After his export, several high-class horses emerged, notably Ashkalani, Starborough, and Limpid, while his Australian crops have included the outstanding miler Starcraft, now at Cheveley Park Stud. Soviet Star returned to Ireland in 2000 and stands at Ballylinch Stud for EUR12,000.
(84 c Northern Dancer-Native Partner, by Raise A Native)
Ajdal will go down in history as the winner of the July Cup who ran respectably in the Derby a month earlier. What this extraordinary feat meant from a breeding perspective would have been fascinating to witness, but, unfortunately, Ajdal died after only one season at Dalham Hall. From a crop of 35 foals, he left behind 19 winners including the Irish Champion Stakes winner Cezanne and the dams of Mark Of Esteem, Olden Times, Dilshaan and Daggers Drawn.
1986 Green Desert
(83 c Danzig-Foreign Courier, by Sir Ivor)
The first in a long line of Danzig-line horses to triumph, Green Desert is arguably the most influential sire to have come out of the race. The leading first-season sire of 1990, he went on to make his name as the sire of such speedsters as Owington, Sheikh Albadou and Oasis Dream, as well as top-class milers such as Desert Prince and Cape Cross. He stands at Shadwell Stud for pounds 50,000.
2003 winner Oasis Dream retired to Banstead Manor and his first crop were the talk of the December Sales last year