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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sadler’s Wells Day

Sure, stallions go through good years and bad years with crops of foals, but particularly in terms of producing outstanding turf routers, Sadler’s Wells certainly earned his retirement in 2008, leaving his sons such as Galileo, Montjeu and the red-hot High Chaparral to admirably continue to pump out champions.

Saturday, October 16 should go down as a very good day for Sadler’s Wells. At Newmarket, in the ENG-G1 Dewhurst, both impressive juvenile winner Frankel and runner-up Roderic O’Connor are by Galileo.

Down under, in the AUS-G1 Caulfield Cup—one of the top four premier races in Australia—the top three place-getters are by sons of Sadler’s Wells: winner Descarado and third-place finisher Monaco Consul by High Chaparral, and runner-up Harris Tweed by Montjeu.

At Woodbine, the G1 Pattison Canadian International was won by a Montjeu colt, Joshua Tree, while runner-up Mores Wells is by Sadler’s Wells himself and third-place finisher Redwood by High Chaparral.

Current G1 winners by sons of Sadler’s Wells:

High Chaparral:
2010 AUS-G1 Caulfield Cup winner Descarado
2010 AUS-G1 AJC Derby winner Shoot Out
2009 AUS-G1 Cox Plate winner So You Think
2009 AUS-G1 AAMI Victoria Derby winner Monaco Consul
2010 CAN-G1 Northern Dancer winner Redwood

2010 IRE-G1 Irish St. Leger winner Sans Frontieres
2010 IRE-G1 Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco
2010 ENG-G1 Juddmonte International winner Rip Van Winkle
2010 FR-G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Lily of the Valley
2009 IRE-G1 Irish St. Leger winner Alandi

2010 ENG-G1 Coronation Cup winner Fame and Glory
2010 NZ-G1 Thorndon Mile winner Wall Street
2009 AUS-G1 Metropolitan winner Speed Gifted
2009 FR-G1 Criterium International winner Jan Vermeer
2009 GER-G1 Preis von Europa winner Jukebox Jury


Susan said...

Nice in-depth piece on the Canadian Int. yesterday for Thorofan.I look forward to your pedigree expertise. I "found" Mores Wells yesterday just because of his daddy, and though I generally don't like a blinker change on an older horse, he was coming off a win with them back on. Joshua Tree ran great but I was hoping Mores Wells caught the win end of that photo. Place price was good enough though. Anytime I see Sadler's Wells in a pedigree I take note, but they are getting scarce. Are you going to the Breeder's Cup?

Valerie Grash said...

Thanks, Susan :-) Yes, I'm thrilled to be attending my first BC, especially with so much history (Zenyatta, Goldikova) on the line. How about you? Maybe we can meet up there if possible. And good job on Mores Wells. I shouldn't have dismissed him off that win in Sweden. Live and learn :-)