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Bloodstock Briefing: Oaks winners at stud: who has fared best since 1982.

Byline: Janet Hickman

A NATURAL inclination is to believe most Classic-winning fillies have been disappointing at stud. But that is against an expectation that they will produce progeny in, or near, their league much of the time. In reality, they are doing extremely well if a third of their foals are within 10lb of their dam's ability.

With the Vodafone Oaks two days away, we look at the stud records of Oaks winners since 1982. The more recent ones have not had sufficient time to establish themselves, but most of the others have produced at least one very smart offspring. There are some distinguished broodmares among them, and time is likely to increase their influence.

2001 Imagine

The Sadler's Wells half-sister to Generous is in foal to Danehill.

2000 Love Divine

Bred and owned by Trevor Harris's Lordship Stud, Love Divine foaled a Sadler's Wells colt this spring and is now in foal to Galileo.

1999 Ramruma

Ramruma failed to conceive to Sadler's Wells in 2001. Newgate Stud's homebred is now in foal to Rainbow Quest.

1998 Shahtoush

The Alzao half-sister to 1990 Oaks runner-up Game Plan had a Danehill filly in 2000 and a Giant's Causeway colt this spring, with a barren year in between. Her latest mate is Danehill.

1997 Reams Of Verse

Dam of the juvenile winner Western Verse, she has a yearling filly by Distant View for Juddmonte but no foal, and is visiting Diesis.

1996 Lady Carla

Her first foal for Wafic Said was a Gone West colt (unraced to date) purchased by Demi O'Byrne for 775,000gns at the 2000 Tattersalls Houghton Sale. Her two-year-old Zafonic colt is with Pascal Bary, and she has a Gone West yearling filly and Kingmambo colt foal. She is now in foal to Rainbow Quest.

1995 Moonshell

Has had mixed fortune at stud for Maktoum Al Maktoum's Gainsborough Stud. Her winning four-year-old Rainbow Quest colt, Alunissage, is with Saeed Bin Suroor; her three-year-old Woodman filly, Forest Pearl, is with Nicholas Clement but is due to go to Australia later this year, and her two-year-old Seeking The Gold filly, Moonsprite, is with Ed Dunlop. But her 2001 Rainbow Quest colt died, and she then failed to conceive to Dubai Millennium. She is now in foal to Machiavellian.

1994 Balanchine

Her first foal, the Mr Prospector filly Crescent Moon, was placed at three in France and has been retained by Gainsborough. Balanchine's foals since then have been the Rainbow Quest four-year-old filly Dorothy's Shoes, the Woodman three-year-old colt Gulf News - a winner at Saint-Cloud on May 24 - and the Seeking The Gold two-year-old Balkan Knight with Godolphin. She has no yearling or foal, but is in foal to Seeking The Gold.

1993 Intrepidity

She had a Rainbow Quest filly (Classique) in 1997 and a Darshaan colt in 1998. She also has a yearling colt by Seeking The Gold, a colt foal from the first crop of King's Best, and has been covered by Mark Of Esteem.

1992 User Friendly

The only mare here to have gone to auction after her Oaks victory, User Friendly (by Slip Anchor) was sold for $2.5m (carrying her first foal, a Mr Prospector filly who won in Japan) in 1995 and $1.7m (in foal to Deputy Minister) in 1999, when Barronstown Stud was the buyer. The colt she was carrying on the latter occasion is named Debussy and is with John Hammond. She has a Sadler's Wells colt foal and is now carrying to Danehill.

1991 Jet Ski Lady

One of the quietest broodmares here. Her daughters Legaya and Lucky Lady were minor winners and have been retained by Gainsborough. In the last four years, her only foal has been a yearling filly by Machiavellian, to whom she returned this spring.

1990 Salsabil

Salsabil (by Sadler's Wells) made a big impact before her death from cancer in 1996. She produced five foals - the Grade 2-winning colt Sahm, now standing at Shadwell in Kentucky, and four fillies, including Group 3 winners Alabaq and Bint Salsabil. Those fillies have been having the best of stud chances with Darley.

1989 Snow Bride

No mare in this list has foaled a better racehorse than Snow Bride, dam of 1995 Derby, King George and Arc hero Lammtarra. Three of the four foals following him were at least useful, namely Kammtarra, Haltarra and Saytarra (won the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale). Since then Snow Bride has been quieter, but she had a Deputy Minister colt last year and is in foal to Sadler's Wells for 2003. Gainsborough has retained several of her daughters.

1988 Diminuendo

Disappointing at stud with the exception of Calando (by Storm Cat), one of the best juvenile miling fillies of 1998. She has had plenty of chances, as her Storm Cat colt foal is her 11th. She also has a Red Ransom yearling colt, and her mate this year is Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

1987 Unite

Unite (by Kris) died in July 1995, but she still had seven live foals for Shiekh Mohammed, of whom four won. The best, Group 2 Sun Chariot Stakes winner La Confederation (by Nureyev), also died prematurely, and Unite's three other daughters (United Kingdom, Hamasaat and Afraah) have yet to make an impact at stud.

1986 Midway Lady

Still active for Shadwell, Midway Lady (by Alleged) foaled an Unfuwain filly on April 21 and has visited Mujahid. Her best offspring has been 1,000 Guineas third Umniyatee (by Green Desert), whose daughter Meshhed is infamous for nearly killing Willie Carson, but her most prolific winner is the jumper Fatehalkhair (by Kris). Her three-year-old colt Iktinas (by Unfuwain) has been placed this year, while her two-year-old filly Itnab (by Green Desert) is with Ben Hanbury.

1985 Oh So Sharp

Oh So Sharp (by Kris) achieved much at stud for Sheikh Mohammed before her death last October at 19. She produced two major stakes winners - Rosefinch in the 1992 Prix Saint-Alary and Shaima in the 1991 Grade 2 Long Island Handicap. Rosefinch has foaled 2000 Predominate Stakes winner Roscius, while Shaima is dam of 1996 St Leger winner Shantou. Oh So Sharp's other offspring include Sacho and Savoire Vivre. Her final foal is a Danehill yearling colt.

1984 Circus Plume

The daughter of High Top foaled several useful performers among seven foals for Sir Robin McAlpine and his daughter Carolyn Elwes before dying in 1996. The best, 1993 Group 3 Premio Dormello winner Scarlet Plume (by Warning), has been retained by the Elwes' Aylesfield Farms, while Barnum Sands and Circus Light were Listed-placed.

1983 Sun Princess

Sun Princess died last December, having had 11 foals for Ballymacoll Stud. The first was the ill-fated Dewhurst Stakes dead-heater Prince Of Dance (by Sadler's Wells), the penultimate was recent Haydock maiden winner Princely Venture (Entrepreneur), and the final one is the Barathea two-year-old filly Gold Bar. Ballymacoll kept Stage Struck, the full-sister to Prince Of Dance, but did not retain the unraced Ballet Queen (by Sadler's Wells), dam of Japanese Derby winner Fusaichi Concorde.

1982 Time Charter

Now retired, this Saritamer mare is one of the most influential Oaks winners of the last 20 years. Her Group 2-winning son Zinaad is sire of 1,000 Guineas winner and Oaks hope Kazzia, while her unraced daughter Not Before Time (by Polish Precedent) is dam of Musidora Stakes winner and Prix de Diane third Time Away (by Darshaan). Unfortunately, her Group

2-winning daughter, Time Allowed, died. She has had three other stakes-placed offspring. Her last foal is a two-year-old Sadler's Wells filly with Sir Michael Stoute.


Ramruma: the 1999 heroine is in foal to Rainbow Quest
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 5, 2002
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