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SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM; As Frankel and Bullet Train embark on their stallion careers next year, Nancy Sexton looks back on the fortunes of other brothers at stud.

Sons of Fairy Bridge ... It is not an understatement to say that the decision to send Fairy Bridge to Northern Dancer altered the face of thoroughbred breeding.

The first result was Sadler's Wells (1981, by Northern Dancer), who became a 14-time champion sire for Coolmore. His influence on the breed runs increasingly deep worldwide and only his son Galileo has come close to exerting the same level of dominance in Europe.

Sadler's Wells was joined at Coolmore in 1987 by his brother Tate Gallery (83, Northern Dancer), winner of the National Stakes. He was sold to Japan in 1990 and died in transit to his destination. As fate would have it his death was followed by the emergence of Lyric Fantasy, his pocket-rocket daughter who won the 1992 Nunthorpe Stakes.

Coolmore had also retired another son of Fairy Bridge, the once-raced Fairy King (82, Northern Dancer). Despite the lack of a race record Fairy King became a notable sire in his own right, siring 14 Group 1 winners including Helissio, Oath and Falbrav.

Such success meant that Fairy Bridge's last three sons, Classic Music (87, Northern Dancer; unraced), Hermitage (88, Storm Bird; unraced) and Perugino (91, Danzig; minor winner), were each signed up for stud duty.

Perugino fared best of the trio. He spent six seasons shuttling for Coolmore and enjoyed most success in Australia, where he was responsible for Group 1 winner and prominent sire Testa Rossa.

Urban Sea Galileo's status as the best stallion in the world has to bode well for the prospects of his younger half-brother Sea The Stars, whose first crop races next year. The pair are two of the most sought after stallions in the world - Galileo (98, Sadler's Wells) on account of siring 31 Group/Grade 1 winners and Sea The Stars (06, Cape Cross) as one of the greatest racehorses of recent years - but breeders with a smaller budget have access to another sibling in Born To Sea (09, Invincible Spirit), who stands at Rathasker Stud for [euro]10,000.

Urban Sea, the 1993 Arc heroine, is also prominent in the jumps sphere through Shade Oak Stud's Black Sam Bellamy (99, Sadler's Wells), sire of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster, and Urban Ocean (96, Bering), sire of Grade 3 Prix de Pepinvast Hurdle winner Gaelic Ocean.

Sex Appeal E P Taylor's daughter of Buckpasser produced two brilliant champions in Try My Best and El Gran Senor, both of whom went on to exert an influence at stud.

Champion two-year-old Try My Best (75, Northern Dancer) sired top sprinter Last Tycoon and the Queen Anne Stakes winner Waajib, the sires of Marju and Royal Applause respectively, before his sale by Coolmore to Japan.

El Gran Senor (81, Northern Dancer), the brilliant 2,000 Guineas winner of 1984, spent the majority of his stud career at Ashford Stud in Kentucky. Low fertility meant he sired fewer than 400 foals but 12 were Group/Grade 1 winners, including the 2,000 Guineas and King George heroes Rodrigo De Triano and Belmez.

Another brother, Compliance (78, Northern Dancer), sired Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Fourstars Allstar.

Doubly Sure Britain had Kris, Kentucky had Diesis. The brothers, bred by Lord Howard de Walden and trained to championship honours by Sir Henry Cecil, churned out high-class European performers throughout the 1980s and 90s; Kris (76, Sharpen Up) is best known as the sire of Oh So Sharp and Sure Blade while Diesis (80, Sharpen Up) remained a prominent name in Europe thanks to the likes of Diminuendo, Halling and Ramruma.

Another brother, Keen (81, Sharpen Up), never came close to reaching those heights although he was saved from complete oblivion by siring the Grade 1 winner River Keen.

Rudimentary (88, Nureyev) had his moment in the sun through the top Hong Kong performer Housemaster while Presidium (82, General Assembly) is the maternal grandsire of Cape Blanco.

Hasili Arguably the most prominent double act of our time and one who would be even more powerful if Cacique did not suffer from fertility problems.

Dansili (96, Danehill) never struck at Group 1 level and consequently started his stud career at a fee of PS8,000. But a steady stream of high-class runners - 11 Group 1 winners - has seen his fee rise to PS80,000 and the son of Danehill has filled a top five spot on the leading sires' list for the past three years.

Cacique (01, Danehill) outdid Dansili on the track by capturing two Grade 1s but his stud career has been blighted by fertility problems. His first two small crops yielded four Group winners including Mutual Trust.

The next chapter in the Hasili story could come through their younger brother Champs Elysees (03, Danehill), whose first crop races next year.

Mariah's Storm European champion Giant's Causeway (97, Storm Cat) wasted little time in making an impact at stud, siring Classic winners Footstepsinthesand and Shamardal in his first crop. He has been crowned leading American sire on two occasions (he is close to achieving the feat again this year) and is responsible for 23 Group or Grade 1 winners.

Giant's Causeway's brother, the Group 2-placed Freud (98, Storm Cat), is not in that league but has sired two Grade 1 winners from relatively limited opportunities and features regularly among the leading New York sires. Another brother, Tumblebrutus (01, Storm Cat), is a Grade 1-producing sire in Chile, while the South African-based Tiger Dance (02, Storm Cat) sired the Group 1-placed Tribal Dance in his first crop.

Weekend Surprise American champions A.P. Indy (89, Seattle Slew) and Summer Squall (87, Storm Bird) retired to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky where they went on to enjoy highly successful stud careers.

Today A.P. Indy represents by far the most powerful branch of the Seattle Slew line thanks to stallion sons including Pulpit, Bernardini and Malibu Moon.

Summer Squall did not have the best fertility but he still left behind a number of top-class runners including champions Charismatic and Storm Song. Another half-brother, Honor Grades (88, Danzig), sired the Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Adoration.

Height Of Fashion Nashwan (86, Blushing Groom) and Unfuwain (85, Northern Dancer) took up residence at Nunnery Stud in 1990, months after the conclusion of Nashwan's championship three-year-old season and Unfuwain's victory in the Jockey Club Stakes. Although the half-brothers started stud life at different ends of the fee spectrum each became a notable sire in their own right; Nashwan as the sire of Swain and Bago and Unfuwain as the sire of Alhaarth and Petrushka.

Today their void at Nunnery is filled by the final foal out of Height Of Fashion, multiple Group 1 winner Nayef (98, Gulch). He got off to a strong start at stud when siring the Group 1 winners Tamayuz and Lady Marian in his first crop.

Other super sire siblings Frank Stronach owns the distinction of standing two Grade 1-winning half-brothers at his Adena Springs in Kentucky in Awesome Again and Macho Uno, sires of this season's Grade 1 performers Game On Dude and Mucho Macho Man.

Other brothers who have struck at the top level this season include Unbridled's Song, the sire of 15 Grade 1 winners, and his unraced brother Spanish Steps, the sire of Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike.

Closer to home, the Irish stallion ranks boast two sons of Daltawa in Dalakhani and Daylami while Wemyss Bight is the dam of emerging jumps sires Beat Hollow and Court Cave. Between them the sons of Sadler's Wells covered 298 mares last year.


The Derby-winning brothers Galileo (top) and Sea The Stars (above) are sons of Arc winner and outstanding broodmare Urban Sea
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Date:Dec 29, 2012
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