Distant View showing talent as broodmare sire.
There were several near misses along the way, when Zoffany narrowly lost out to Mutual Trust in the Prix Jean Prat, and then on Saturday afternoon when Bated Breath came so close to landing the Betfred Sprint Cup.
But recompense wasn't long in coming when a couple of hours later fellow Juddmontebred, Emulous, posted a career-best effort to run away with the Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown for Dermot Weld.
The four-year-old is one of 15 Pattern winners by Dansili bred by Juddmonte and was produced when her sire stood, for the final time, for pounds 12,500, compared to the pounds 65,000 he now commands. In fact, her victory means that Juddmonte has bred all bar two - Harbinger and Zoffany - of the stallion's eight Group 1 winners.
Both Emulous and Bated Breath are out of mares by Distant View. With Distant View once holding court at Juddmonte's Kentucky base, it would be reasonable to assume that Dansili has had his share of chances with Distant View mares. But there are only 11 living foals of racing age bred on the cross, eight of whom have won including four at stakes level.
As well as Emulous and Bated Breath, the list comprises of the Group 1-placed miler Zacinto and Emulous's sister Daring Diva, who became the first stakes winner out of a Distant View mare when taking a Chantilly Listed event as a two-year-old in 2005.
Distant View's reputation as a broodmare sire has since been on a relentless upward curve. To date, 170 daughters have produced 29 black-type performers, among them Nunthorpe Stakes winner Sole Power (by Kyllachy), dual 1,000 Guineas 'winner' Special Duty (by Hennessy), Travers Stakes winner Afleet Express (by Afleet Alex) and high-class Australian performer Speed Gifted (by Montjeu).
Since January, the son of Mr Prospector has been the damsire of 1 stakes performers, five of whom (Bated Breath, Emulous, Moonshine Mullin, Ocean Princess and Sole Power) have added black type since August 1. Part of his success can probably be attributed to access to some of Juddmonte's finest families - 19 of those 29 stakes performers are out of Juddmonte-bred mares - but nevertheless it's an eyecatching record considering that Distant View never stood for more than $20,0 and covered moderately sized books until his retirement in 2007. It looks as if one of his best sons, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Observatory, could follow suit as a broodmare sire.
His oldest daughters are eight-year-olds and are responsible for this season's smart juveniles Crown Dependency and Burwaaz.
Emulous stretches clear to win the Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes at Leopardstown