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Shamardal Makes Impact at Royal Ascot

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Royal Ascot has come and gone and with it brought many storylines to last us until 2020 with multiple stallions having much success, both new and old. In today’s blog, I look at eight different interesting points that we were left with when the Queen headed home after the final race on Saturday, including a resurgence of some stallions and debut of others.
By The Numbers: One hundred and seventy seven stallions had horses entered (pre-scratches) at Royal Ascot over the five day meet. Of those, 11 had entries every day and 20 stallions overall sired 29 individual winners at the meet (Blue Point won both the G1 King’s Stand and G1 Diamond Jubilee). Forty-five different stallions had horses hit the top three in the 30 races with Frankel (Galileo), Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) and Kingman (Invincible Spirit) the only three stallions to have horses finish first, second, and third throughout the week.
Birthdays: Of the 29 winners, 12 (41.38%) were born in February and nine in March (31.03%). Apri…

Keeping It In the Family: Tapit Reigns in Belmont Entries

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The final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown is upon us with 10 runners taking their place in the Belmont Stakes with many familiar faces. Tapit again reigns supreme in the entries as the sire with the most runners while three sires who currently stand internationally are also representing their current countries.
Without further ado, here are some useful facts about the Belmont Stakes runners.

Birthdays: While both the Kentucky and Epsom Derby winners were born in May, the odds are stacked against that month in this classic. Of the 10 horses entered, only one was born in May – that being Grade 3 Peter Pan third Intrepid Heart (Tapit). Six of the 10 entries were born in February with February 12th birthday boy Joevia (Shanghai Bobby) the oldest by six days over Spinoff (Hard Spun). March has no representatives with the other three runners all born in April.
The first two legs of this Triple Crown were won by horses born on May 8 (Country House) and April 17 (War Front).
International Sires: Of…

Sadler's Wells Influence Strong in 3-Year-Old Classics

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While it’s not unusual to see Northern Dancer dominating the pedigrees of stakes runners around the world, on Saturday his son Sadler’s Wells follows in his footsteps in two of the most important races for 3-year-olds in Europe – the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks.
Sadler’s Wells' sireline is responsible from every runner in the Investec Derby with all but one of those through his son Galileo’s branch. Galileo is the sire of six runners with all but one of them trained by Aidan O’Brien, who is saddling seven Derby runners in the race.
O’Brien also has one runner by Galileo’s dual-Derby winning son Australia and is the trainer of the only non-Galileo lined horse in the race in Camelot’s (Montjeu) Sir Dragonet.
Galileo son Noble Mission is pulling a double of sorts in this race with his first crop yielding both a Kentucky Derby runner (second placed Code Of Honor) and an Investec Derby runner (John Gosden’s Humanitarian).
Noble Mission isn’t the only first crop sire with runners in…