Lion roars to G1 success for High Chaparral
July 27, 2014
German 2,000 Guineas hero Lucky Lion (3c High Chaparral-Lips Arrow, by Big Shuffle) brought another top-level success for High Chaparral when scoring in Munich on Sunday.
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High Chaparral is one of Sadler’s Wells’ eight Gr.1 winners out of daughters of Darshaan and the potency of his classic bloodlines is translating into first-rate results with his progeny. His offspring are proving effective over a wide range of distances, having won Group races over trips as short as seven furlongs and a mile in Europe and over six, seven and eight furlongs in Australia. He enjoyed Gr.1 success over a mile in 2013 with the top-class Toronado in Europe and with It’s A Dundeel and Shoot Out in Australia.
Many of High Chaparral’s Stakes horses are inbred 3x4 to NORTHERN DANCER, not necessarily through the mare’s sire line, and some have a third line to this great stallion.
He has a lot to offer mares from the DANZIG branch. He has sired the Gr.3 winners Above Average and Noll Wollop and the highly regarded Free Eagle from DANEHILL mares. He also has a Listed winner out of a DANEHILL DANCER mare.
His 18 foals out of GREEN DESERT mares include the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote, the Gr.1 Fillies’ Mile second Lady Darshaan, the Group-placed Gypsy Highway and the Listed winner Tempest Fugit. CAPE CROSS, a son of GREEN DESERT, is the broodmare sire of Gr.2 winner The Miniver Rose and Gr.1-placed 2yo Johann Strauss.
Nureyev features in the pedigrees of the multiple Gr.1 winner It’s A Dundeel, the dual Gr.1 winner Wigmore Hall, the Gr.1-placed fillies Beach Bunny and Lady Lupus and the smart French horse Petit Chevalier. The stallions involved include THEATRICAL, PEINTRE CELEBRE and PIVOTAL. The Oaks third High Heeled is out of a grand-daughter of FAIRY KING, and is therefore inbred 3x4 to Fairy Bridge.
The high-class Golden Sword is another inbred 3x4 to Northern Dancer, his second line coming via SALSE. Matings with mares by STORM BIRD’s fast son MUJADIL resulted in the accomplished French filly Joanna and the Group-placed Imperial Concorde. The NIJINSKY line is represented by Unsung Heroine, who is out of a grand-daughter of CAERLEON, and the outstanding international performer So You Think, who is out of a grand-daughter of NIJINSKY.
More MILL REEF blood works well. The Gr.1 runner-up Lady Darshaan has 3x3 inbreeding to DARSHAAN, while Gr.1 placed Magadan and three of his Listed winners have second dams by SHIRLEY HEIGHTS. Others with two lines of MILL REEF include the St Leger second Unsung Heroine and Australian Gr.1 winner Shoot Out. RIVERMAN and his son IRISH RIVER also feature among the sires of the second dams of his black-type horses, including the Gr.2 winner Joanna.
HIGHEST HONOR is the broodmare sire of the Gr.3 juvenile winner Serienhoehe and KENMARE figures as the broodmare sire of the Listed winner Le Larron.
The MR PROSPECTOR line is also shaping up encouragingly. His top-class miler Toronado is out of a mare by GONE WEST’s son GRAND SLAM. The Group winner Magadan is out of a MACHIAVELLIAN mare and the Gr.1 winner Redwood is out of a WOODMAN mare. He also has a Listed winner with a dam by KING’S BEST.
Although High Chaparral’s second dam is a top-class daughter of Kris he has Group performers inbred 4x3 to KRIS, including his Gr.1-winning son Wrote.
WARNING had a fine record with Sadler’s Wells mares, so it isn’t surprising that High Chaparral’s Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Senlis is out of a WARNING mare.
ROBERTO and his grandson SRI PEKAN figure among the sires of the second dams of High Chaparral’s good winners.
He is also suited by Germany’s SURUMU male line, siring the very smart stayer High Jinx from a SURUMU mare and the Gr.1 placed Araldo from a mare closely inbred to SURUMU. Surumu’s son ACATENANGO is the broodmare sire of two of his Listed winners and also sired the second dam of the Gr.3 winner Tai Chi.
AT 2 YEARS
1stRacing Post Trophy - Gr.1, 8f., Doncaster, by ¾ of a length and 5 lengths from Castle Gandolfo and Redback.
1stMaiden, 7f., Tipperary, by 2½ lengths from Querin Pier and Dexileos.
AT 3 YEARS
ECLIPSE CHAMPION TURF HORSE IN U.S.A.
TOP RATED 3-Y-O IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND (11-13f.)
1stDerby Stakes - Gr.1, 12f., Epsom by 2 lengths from Hawk Wing with Moon Ballad 12 lengths back in third.
1stIrish Derby - Gr.1, 12f., Curragh by 3½ lengths from Sholokhov & Ballingarry.
1stBreeders’ Cup Turf - Gr.1, 12f., Arlington Park by 1¼ lengths from With Anticipation and Falcon Flight.
1stDerrinstown Stud Derby Trial - Gr.3, 10f., Leopardstown by a length from In Time’s Eye and Surveyor.
1stBallysax Stakes - L.R., 10f., Leopardstown by 7 lengths from Twentytwoandchange and Rahn.
3rdPrix de l’Arc de Triomphe - Gr.1, 12f., Longchamp beaten 1¼ lengths by Marienbard and Sulamani.
Rated 130 by Timeform
AT 4 YEARS
ECLIPSE CHAMPION TURF HORSE IN U.S.A.
TOP RATED OLDER HORSE IN IRELAND (9.5-13f.)
1stBreeders’ Cup Turf - Gr.1, 12f., Santa Anita, dead-heated with Johar with Falbrav in third.
1stIrish Champion Stakes - Gr.1, 10f., Leopardstown by a neck from Falbrav and Islington.
1stRoyal Whip Stakes - Gr.2, 10f., Curragh by ¾ length from Imperial Dancer and In Time’s Eye.
3rdPrix de l’Arc de Triomphe - Gr.1, 12f., Longchamp to Dalakhani & Mubtaker.
Rated 132 by Timeform