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Monsunt opon percentage ofhigh-r atedp erformers; HIDDEN GEMS.

Byline: Martin Stevens

WITHthefirst G roup1 racesinBritainand Irelandoutoftheway theRacing Post bloodstockw ebsite offersag ood resourcetotakean overviewofwhichstallionshavedone thebestjobofproducinghigh-class horsesi ntheearlypartoftheFlat season .

Whileprize-moneystatisticscanbe skewedbyoneortwolucrativesales racesorbighandicaps,and winners-to-runnerspercentagesdo notalways revealthequalitybeing produced,ourtableofleadingsires by percenstage o fperformerswith Racing PostRatingsof80ormore, 100ormore,or115ormore,offerno hidingplaceforstallions.Theysimply showthosewhosecropscontainthe mosttalentedhorses.

Inthetableofleadingsireswith runnersrated100ormoreinBritain and Ireland this season, a mark given toahorsegenerallyjustshortof Listedclass,thereisaclearleader: Germancolossus Monsun, whois producinghorsesofthatstandardat animpressiveclipof33percent.

ManyofMonsun'scurrenthighfliers aretheproductsofbettermaressent tohimfromEurope'smostprestigious breedersintheafterglowofhim supplyingworld-beatersManduroand Shiroccoin2006-07.Hishighest-rated BritishorIrish representativeis JuddmontehomebredMidsummer Sun, a half-brother to Midday, andhis mostexcitingrunnermaybeSunday 's impressivePretty PollyStakeswinner Kailani, w homSheikhMohammed bredoutofhis1,000Guineasand OaksheroineKazzia.

Monsun'stallyof100-plus-rated performersinBritainandIreland couldbeboosted a gainifMasked Marvel'shalf-sister Waldlerche,who gotamarkof106forwinninglast month'sPrix Penelope,headsto EpsomforanOakschallengeasher trainerAndre Fabrehashinted.

Twoof Dubawi's bestrunners, Dubai WorldCupheroMonterosso andhigh-classHong Kong sprinter-milerL uckyNine,havenot runinBritainorIrelandthisseason yettheDalhamHallStud residentstill returnsahealthy13percent strike-rateofrunnersrated100or more.

ThefrequencywithwhichDubawi throwsuphorsesofthatclasswas illustratedattheGuineasmeeting whereAlKazeem(rated121) announcedhisarrivalatthetoptable withanimpressivewinina hot-lookingJockeyClubStakes, Hermival(117)wasacreditablethird inthe2,000GuineasandMariner's Cross(101)wasnarrowlydenied whensecondintheNewmarket Stakes.

Dubawishareshis13percent strike-rate with the mighty Galileo, whohasbyhisownexceptional standardshada relativelyquietstart totheBritishandIrishFlatseason - all of his three best horses this year, TreasureBeach,NiwotandMikhail Glinka,haverunoverseas-butis warmingupnicely. His son Noble Mission(105)wontheNewmarket Stakes with another son, Michelangelo, earningamarkof100 forfinishingthirdinthatraceonhis debut.VitaNova(109)showedplenty ofclasstowintheListedDaisy WarwickStakesatGoodwooddespite seemingtonotenjoytheslowpace, andQuest For Peace(114)was secondintheJockeyClub Stakes.

Cheveley ParkStudstalwart Pivotal alsoboastsa13percent strike-rateandhetooenjoyeda standoutweekend,withIzzi Top (110)winningtheDahliaStakes, Maarek(114)landingavaluable sprinthandicapatNewmarketand Farhh(118)leavinghisrivals standingt owintheThirskHuntCup bysixlengths.

Lanwadesveteran Selkirk returns animpressive12percentstrike-rate of100ormore-ratedrunners,without theaidofhiscurrentflagbearer Cityscape,whohasnotruninBritain orIrelandthisseason. Thelatestentry toSelkirk's100clubis1,000Guineas runner-upStarscope(100),whileit wouldbenosurprisetoseehis high-classhandicappersAiken(106) andEdinburghKnight(111)make theirmarkinstakescompanythis season .

Thesurprisepackageinthistableis Majestic Missile, whohastwo performersw ithRPRsof100ormore thisseason-KatlaandNewPlanet, bothon103-fromjust17runners .

Aswellashisability to get the odd high-class performer, theBallyhane Studstallionhashadafewother recentbooststohisprofile,including thepopularityofhissire-line(heis by RoyalApplause,whoseson Acclamationis red-hot,asis Acclamation'ssonDarkAngel)andhis half-brotherSanto Padre'sconvincing winin l astmonth's WoodlandsStakes. Coveringthisseasonatjust EUR3,000, hemaybeaninexpensivesireto keep aneyeon.

LEADINGSIRES BY PERFORMERSWITHRPRsOF100-PLUS Three-year-olds and older, 15ormore runnersinBritainandIreland sire rnrs rated % besthorse(s) 100+ (RPR) Monsun 15 5 33 MidsummerSun(105) Dubawi 60 8 13 Al Kazeem(121) Galileo 78 1013 QuestFor Peace(114) Pivotal 80 1013 Farhh(118) Selkirk 43 5 12 EdinburghKnight(111) MajesticMissile 17 2 12 Katla(103) Elnadim 19 2 11 Santo Padre(109) Giant'sCauseway 19 2 11 BridgeOfGold,ReveDeNuit(105) InvincibleSpirit 91 9 10 Mayson(117) Clodovil 40 4 10 CoupeDe Ville(114) Alhaarth 20 2 10 EternalHeart(106)

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