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Houghton Sales: Debut on the main stage.

THE newcomers of 1998 formed a distinguished group, and there is a small but select team of six with yearlings from their first crop in the catalogue.

Just four are represented in any quantity-Desert King (six yearlings), Entrepreneur (eight), Singspiel (seven) and Spinning World (nine)-with Benny The Dip and Danehill Dancer responsible for one lot apiece. In total, they have 33 yearlings, or 16 per cent of the catalogue.

Danehill Dancer and Desert King were the only Group 1 winners at two, which reflects the fact that the Houghton is first and foremost a select sale rather than a source of precocious two-year-olds.

The team demonstrates the pre-eminence of Northern Dancer. Danehill Dancer and Desert King are sons of Danehill. Entrepreneur and Singspiel are respectively a son and grandson of Sadler's Wells, whose close relative Nureyev is sire of Spinning World and maternal grandsire of Desert King.

The exception is Benny The Dip, and it is with him that we start.

The 1997 Derby winner was retired to Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, and it will be fascinating to see how he is patronised next spring at Cheveley Park Stud. As a son of Silver Hawk out of an Ack Ack mare, he has a pedigree well out of the mainstream, which has to be to his


His one filly here (lot 159) has great broodmare potential. Her dam Qui Royalty has foaled eight black-type peformers, of whom seven were stakes winners, notably Bakharoff (Doncaster Futurity-Gr1) and Emperor Jones (Lockinge S-Gr2). Another daughter, Qui Bid, is dam of high-class German filly Que Belle. Qui Royalty has linked particularly well with Danzig and the close relatives Nijinsky and The Minstrel, which means that this filly-who is free of such influences-should prove straightforward to mate in the future.

Danehill Dancer was most successful at two but trained on well enough to win the Group 3 Greenham Stakes and finish third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six and a half furlongs. His sole colt (183) is a half-brother to last year's smart juvenile Royal Highlander from the family of Candy Glen, More So and Panama City.

Desert King, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby, attracted a decent book of mares at Coolmore, including Classic heroines Eurobird

(Irish St Leger) and Lypharita (Prix de Diane). Eurobird, a half-sister to Assert and Bikala, has produced a Listed winner and a Listed-placed filly as well as lot 63, a colt. Lypharita, who is from the family of Belmez, has produced several winners but nothing yet in her own class. Her filly, lot 116, is inbred 4x4x4 to Northern Dancer.

Desert King's team also includes a colt very closely related to high-class pair Danetime and Dane River (15), and a half-brother to a US stakes-placed runner out of a Graded-placed half-sister to Posse from a fine family (91).

His fillies include the first lot of the sale. The first two foals of her dam Utr, a grand-daughter of Al Bahathri, are dual winner Andromedes (by Sadler's Wells) and Bonnard, runner-up in two Group races at two this year. His sire Nureyev is broodmare sire of Desert King.

Standing with Desert King is 1997 2,000 Guineas hero Entrepreneur. The son of Sadler's Wells has eight in the catalogue, including several relatives of current smart runners. Lot 10 is a half-brother to Duke Of Green, who has been Graded-placed this year, from the high-class Oppenheimer family that has produced On The House and Rebecca Sharp.

Lot 67 is a half-sister to Peartree House and also to the dam of Mind Games out of a daughter of influential Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Front Row. Lot 186 is a half-sister to very smart miler Gold Academy out of a daughter of Oaks d'Italia winner Paris Royal from a strong family. And lot 121 (a colt) is out of Mariakova, a sister to Zafonic's dam Zaizafon. Mariakova is dam of Listed winner Well Beyond and grand-dam of several stakes-placed fillies, notably Hasanat, Keld, Out Of Reach and Well Warned.

Joining these are a half-brother to a useful juvenile out of a grand-daughter of Pelting (29), a filly out of a stakes-placed grand-daughter of Bold Bikini (31) and a son of Cheshire Oaks winner Tout A Coup (206).

Singspiel's toughness as well as his class was recognised with a fine first book. Not surprisingly for this beautifully bred stallion, only two of his fillies are on offer here. Lot 172 is out of Listed winner Royale from the family of Double Form, while lot 177 is out of a Listed-placed half-sister to Cunning.

HE did have five colts earmarked for sale, but unfortunately three of them have been withdrawn, including sons of Applecross and Bulaxie. That leaves lots 80 and 173, respectively out of Group 3 Prestige Stakes winner Glatisant and Rum Cay. Glatisant is out of Nassau Stakes winner Dancing Rocks, grand-dam of Superstar Leo. And Rum Cay has foaled Island Magic (Solario S-Gr3) and Persian Punch.

The sixth first-crop sire is Spinning World, who comes out top in terms of number of lots catalogued-nine-despite the fact that this team were conceived in Kentucky. But the outstanding French-trained miler with a fine pedigree was always going to have plenty of sale yearlings, and runners, in Europe.

The outstanding member on paper of his strong team is a colt from Camas Park Stud (48). He is out of

high-class Coup de Folie (by Halo), one of the most successful broodmares of the past 20 years. She is dam of Group 1 winners Machiavellian, Exit To Nowhere and Coup de Genie plus two who were second at that level, Ocean Of Wisdom and Hydro Calido. The last-named is a daughter of Nureyev while Exit To Nowhere is a grandson of Riverman, respectively sire and broodmare sire of Spinning World. This colt is inbred 3x4 to Natalma and 4x4x5 to her dam Almahmoud.

Most of Spinning World's remaining lots are from influential families.

Among the colts, lots 58 and 197 both cost $210,000 as foals. The former is the first foal of an unraced sister to Psychobabble and three-parts sister to Louis Cyphre. The latter is a great grandson of Ballade, grand-dam of Singspiel and Rahy.

Besides this pair, lot 204 is a half-brother to this year's French Listed winner Igman and shares his grand-dam with Green Tune and Pas de Reponse, and lot 130 is a colt out of dual Group 3 winner Mystery Rays, who has produced a pair of stakes-placed fillies.

It would be no surprise if Spinning World's fillies are much sought after, as he traces to the very influential Best In Show and both his sire and maternal grandsire have been fine sources of

high-class broodmares.

His lot 14 has been withdrawn, but the remaining fillies include two from strong French families. Lot 118 is out of a mare very closely related to Bellypha and half-sister to three other stakes winners. And lot 2 is the first foal of a French Listed-placed mare closely related to Group 2 scorers Vadlawys and Val Royal.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Hickman, Janet
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 21, 2000
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