If History Has Lessons to Impart

If History Has Lessons to Impart

It is often remarked that “History repeats itself” or as Mark Twain said “no occurance is sole or solitary, but is merely a repitition of a thing that has happened before”.

In the Spring of 2006 the “shuttle stallion” had found its full momentum and Australia was given an opportunity to utilise the services of 63 imported stallions from the North. GALILEO ran second to SHOW A HEART in the 1st Season Sires table and on the track it was MISS FINLAND that cemented REDOUTE’S CHOICE and his meteoric rise to elite sire status.

Retiring to stud in that Spring of ’06 was the globetrotting STARCRAFT and quite appropriately a further five sons of REDOUTE’S retired to stud in that year and included a future Champion sire in SNITZEL. Whilst Coolmore launched their three time Group 1 winning son of DANEHILL in ORATORIO; The commercial breeders had certainly sighted their collective minds onto the DANEHILL sireline.

It duly seemed only natural to perhaps question the “genetic fortitude” of the Godolphin galloper and Darley Stud’s 1st season shuttle sire that stemmed from a comparatively obscure MR PROSPECTOR sireline via SEEKING THE GOLD and DUBAI MILLENIUM. At 15.3HH and perhaps a little plain and effeminate in comparison to his barn companions EXCEED & EXCEL and LOHNRO, the introductory service fee of $33,000 certainly appeared to “turn off” a few of the inspecting breeders at the magnficent 2006 Darley Stallion Parade and DUBAWI only covered a comparitively moderate book of 111 mares.

By the end of the 2009/10 racing season, the onlooking crowd from that Darley parade of nearly 3 years prior had collectively had their first impressions endorsed! DUBAWI sat in 15th position in the 1st Season Sires Table by earnings…..“Just another failed shuttle stallion”. 

Within the next 24 months something quite extraordinary had evolved with SECRET ADMIRER winning the Flight Stakes, TIGER TEES winning a Galaxy and HAPPY ARCHER a South African phenomenon and the DUBAWI crop operating at an extraordinary 15% Stakes winners to runners.

Pause for thought for those astute breeders that bred to DUBAWI in his 4th season at mere $16,500 and sold into the 2012 sales off the back of SHAMAL WIND, CATKINS and LADY OF HARRODS. 

SIR PRANCEALOT currently sits in a similar position on the 1st Season Sires Table and just like DUBAWI, stems from another equally obscure MR PROSPECTOR sireline through TAMAYUZ and NAYEF. However, unlike DUBAWI, “Sir P” has a bigger second crop that nearly doubled its Yearling average from his first to his second crop of yearlings and his Northern Hemisphere results already tell us that he works with that DANEHILL blood that proliferates our breed.

Please phone Sam Hayes (0438 767 227) or Sam Pritchard-Gordon (0430 309 428) to organise your tour of the Cornerstone Stallions.