Pedigree that's hard to predict; National Stakes hero Sinndar boasts rare mixture of speed and stamina.
THE first wheel came off the Ballydoyle juvenile juggernaut at the weekend, when Bernstein ran himself into the soggy Curragh This article is about the plain in County Kildare. For the racecourse on the plain, see Curragh Racecourse. For the willow scrub habitat known as curragh on the Isle of Man, see Curragh (habitat). For the Irish boat, see Currach. ground in the Group 1 National Stakes The National Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the Republic of Ireland for two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at the Curragh in September.
It has been run as a Group 1 since 1985. . The Storm Cat colt ran too freely and did not get home, but it was just a blip, not an expression of his true form, and his promise remains intact.
The chief beneficiary of the favourite's defeat may have been fortunate that it was not Bernstein's day, but he did come into the race as a highly-regarded winner of his only start, he impressed in looks and attitude, and it might be a mistake to underestimate the merit of his effort.
Sinndar was not there just to support a race sponsored by his owner-breeder. He had behaved like a class act at home, he had won his maiden in fetching style, and he would have started favourite but for the presumed invincibility of the Ballydoyle team.
The transition from a maiden on firmish ground, in which he barely needed to become competitive, to Group 1 company in the mud in the space of two weeks was understandably not easily accomplished. He was under pressure a long way out and it took him time to appreciate what his rider's urgings were all about. When the penny dropped, his response was resolute.
Sinndar will have learned much from the experience, but it would hardly be surprising if he were to be granted the rest of the season off. It was a gruelling contest for a green colt, and with the 2,000 Guineas his priority, an outing in the Grand Criterium or the Racing Post Trophy The Racing Post Trophy is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run over a distance of 1 mile at Doncaster Racecourse in late October. might prove counter-productive.
But what will his targets be next year? Far from supplying easy answers, Sinndar's pedigree makes it seem surprising that he has achieved what he has in 1999.
Check the annals of breeding and you discover that matings involving parents from opposite ends of the distance spectrum do not generally result in a happy medium. Caro, a 10-furlong star by sprinter Fortino out of stayer stayer
a horse that can gallop at racing speed for at least 1.5 miles (2.4 km). Chambord, ranks as the prime exception to a rule that says one factor will tend to dominate the other.
Sinndar comes from the second crop of Grand Lodge the chief lodge, or governing body, among Freemasons and other secret orders.
See also: Grand , a champion two-year-old (albeit a sub-standard one) whose only win at three came in the Group 1 St James's Palace Stakes, and is out of Sinntara, who was unraced at two, but was a Listed winner over two miles in her last start at three.
Was it Grand Lodge's speed and precocity or Sinntara's dour stamina that got Sinndar home in the National Stakes? Will Grand Lodge determine how far he stays, or will Sinntara mean he will lack speed? Might he even be another of those rare exceptions with a blend of genes enabling him to excel at Verb 1. excel at - be good at; "She shines at math"
excel, surpass, stand out - distinguish oneself; "She excelled in math" middle distances?
It is a pedigree which might be compared to that of Grundy, the son of a miler mil·er
One that competes in races one mile long.
an athlete, horse, etc., that specializes in races of one mile
Noun 1. (Great Nephew) who could stretch his stamina to 10 furlongs and of a mare (Word From Lundy) who stayed all day and lacked class. But Word From Lundy was not typical of her family; Sinntara, representing stamina on stamina, decidedly is.
Although Grand Lodge did not win beyond a mile, he did have high-class form at 10 furlongs, notably when runner-up in the Champion Stakes The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in October. It was first run in 1877. . At the March supplementary stage he was even entered in the Derby, and though he did not contest it, another son of Chief's Crown Chief's Crown (1982 - April 29, 1997) was an American-bred Thoroughbred race horse who won the 1984 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Two-Year-Old Male Horse. - Erhaab - won it.
It is too early in Grand Lodge's stud career for us to be definite about the qualities he imparts. But there is nothing to say he will inhibit the expression of stamina in his offspring.
The Aga Khan Aga Khan (ä`gä khän), the title of the religious leader and imam of the Ismaili Nizari sect of Islam, originally bestowed by the Persian shah Fath Ali on Hasan Ali Shah, 1800–1881, the 46th Ismaili imam, in 1818. once famously remarked that when taking over a successful stud, one acquires the expertise of people who got things right, and though one may not always understand what it was, that accumulated wisdom, manifested in the stock they produced, will continue to bear fruit.
The Aga acquired three long-established studs, and they are all conspicuous in Sinntara's background. Her sire Lashkari came from a line developed by his father and grandfather. Her dam's sire, Top Ville, sprang from the Dupre stud. And her dam's mother originated from one of the most prolific Boussac families.
BUT perhaps not the least significant aspect of Sinntara's pedigree is that she is by a son of Mill Reef Mill Reef (1968-1986) was a Champion thoroughbred racehorse in the United Kingdom.
Mill Reef was owned and bred in America at the Rokeby Stables in Virginia of his owner/breeder, the philanthropist Paul Mellon. He was a son of Never Bend, out of the mare Milan Mill. . The Aga has long professed a deep appreciation for Mill Reef's qualities, and his stud now contains much of what is best of the great horse's legacy, including the best sire (and broodmare brood·mare
A mare used for breeding.
Noun 1. broodmare - a female horse used for breeding
female horse, mare - female equine animal sire) from the line, Darshaan. He must be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to welcome Daylami back into the fold.
What makes the Aga different from other breeders is that he keeps faith with horses that others discard. Lashkari sired only one Pattern winner and was never broodmare sire of a Pattern winner until Sunday. Most would have weeded out such an influence.
Similarly, in Sinntara's female line: Tourzima was responsible for a host of celebrities through her daughters by Pharis, but the dire sire Coaltown poisoned the Boussac breed and few would have tolerated his presence in a pedigree. It has taken the Aga a while to obtain a reward for his obdurate persistence, but now Coaltown's daughter from Tourzima is the fourth dam of a Group 1 winner.
Commercial breeders, tied to fashion and the market-place, can never operate like the Aga Khan. But it is no wonder that they clamour clam·our
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of clamor.
clamour or US clamor
1. a loud protest
2. to buy his culls culls
the animals extracted from a herd or flock by culling. . All that accumulated wisdom and expertise!
SIRE: GRAND LODGE
Bred by the late Lord Howard de Walden. Won 4 (6-8f) of 13 races, viz. 3 (inc. Dewhurst S.-Gr1) out of 4 at 2 years, 1
(St James's Palace S.-Gr1) out of 9 at 3 years. Also 2nd in 2,000 Guineas, Champion S., 3rd in Sussex S., Irish Champion S. Timeform 120p at 2 years, 125 at 3 years. Earned pounds 429,512.
Tall, lengthy, well-made sort, good mover, game and consistent, effective up to 10f in top company and on any going except heavy.
By an impeccably bred, top-class racehorse racehorse
refers usually to thoroughbred but may also include standardbred, trotter. , also sire of Be My Chief and Erhaab, but an under-achiever considering his chances. Out of an unraced daughter of outstanding parents - by champion miler, major sire and broodmare sire, out of winner of Cheveley Park and Coronation S.
Stands at Coolmore Stud Coolmore Stud, established in 1975, is the world's largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses and indisputably the best stud in the world, based in Fethard, County Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland. , Fethard, Tipperary, at a fee of Ir12,500gns (Oct. 1). Sire of 2 crops of racing age, inc. notable winners: Raise A Grand (Gr3), Sinndar (National S.-Gr1).
Bred by H H Aga Khan. Ran only at 3 years, won 4 (12-16f) of 6 races, inc. Irish Cesarewitch and Listed Giolla Mear S. Turform 103. Earned Irpounds 25,757.
Strongly progressive form without aspiring to Pattern calibre. Seemingly acted on any ground, best form on soft. Lacked acceleration, but a relentless galloper who stayed two miles well.
By a well-bred, top-class racehorse whose stud record was poor. Out of a four-time winner (10-12f) who was half-sister to Sadjiyd (Gr2 winner, Gr1-placed). Grand-dam sister to Gr3-calibre Abgal.
Next dam half-sister to notable broodmares Corejada (dam of Macip and Apollonia), Gloriana (3rd dam of Acamas, Akarad and Akiyda) and Albanilla (4th dam of Darshaan, 5th dam of Daliapour).
To stud at 4 years and dam of: Sirinndi (1994 c by Shahrastani; winner), Sinndiya (1996 f by Pharly; placed), Sinndar (1997 c by Grand Lodge; Gr1 winner). She has a yearling yearling
an animal in its second year of age, e.g. yearling cattle, yearling filly, yearling colt.
rinderpest in wildebeeste in the Serengheti. colt by Priolo, a filly-foal by Persian Bold, and is in foal being with young; pregnant; - said of a mare or she ass.
See also: Foal to Ashkalani.