Dark Angel double shows top juvenile sire also does durability
Sovereign Debt and Realtra win at the All-Weather Championships
There is keen anticipation for this year's two-year-olds by Dark Angel, a fine source of sprinters and two-year-old talent, as they were bred in the year his fee was more than doubled to €27,500.
But the Yeomanstown Stud resident showed he is not just about precocity when his hard-knocking first-crop son Sovereign Debt – now eight years old – completed a high-profile double for his sire on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield on Friday.
Sovereign Debt won the mile conditions race by a neck from Nimr (by Shamardal) just over an hour after his paternal half-sister Realtra, aged five, defeated Muffri'Ha (Iffraaj) by a neck in the fillies' and mares' contest over 7f.
Victories in those two valuable races added more than £185,000 to Dark Angel's progeny earnings for this season.
Sovereign Debt, trained by Ruth Carr since the retirement of his previous handler David Nicholls for Lady O'Reilly and partners, has now won 12 of his 51 starts.
He was originally a 105,000gns purchase by Blandford Bloodstock from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and was trained by Michael Bell for Lawrie Inman.
His best efforts for those first connections were four victories and a runner-up finish to Farhh at odds of 80-1 in the Lockinge Stakes of 2013.
Nicholls purchased Sovereign Debt for 145,000gns at the Tattersalls February Sale in 2014 and sent him out to win the Group 3 Concorde Stakes, four Listed races and a valuable contest in Qatar.
Yeomanstown Stud bred Sovereign Debt out of Kelsey Rose, a Listed-placed sprinter by Most Welcome from the family of stakes-winning two-year-olds Indian Rocket, The Bonus King and Terror.
The dam has produced six winners, also including Fred Darling Stakes scorer Puff, while her three-year-old Dark Angel filly Sorelle Delle Rose – a sister to Sovereign Debt – was purchased by Moyglare Stud for €350,000 as a yearling and broke her maiden over 6f at Naas by three lengths for Dermot Weld on Sunday.
Kelsey Rose also has a yearling colt by Charm Spirit and was covered again by Dark Angel last year.
Realtra was another pricey purchase as a horse-in-training.
The five-year-old was originally bought by Middleham Park Racing for just €10,000 from the draft of her breeder Tom and Geraldine Molan's Riversfield Stud at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale of 2013.
After Richard Fahey saddled her to win two races and finish placed in two Listed races, she was sold to Japanese owner Yasushi Kubota for £290,000 at the 2015 Goffs London Sale and moved to Roger Varian.
Varian has trained her to win the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes and two Listed events – the Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes and Prix Miss Satamixa.
Realtra is the only winner out of the winning Dr Devious mare Devious Diva, a half-sister to stakes performers Bahati, Dangle and Solid Approach, from the family of Racing Post Trophy winner Seattle Rhyme.
Devious Diva has a yearling colt by Harbour Watch – another star bred by the Molans – and was covered again by Dark Angel last year.
Among Dark Angel's more expensively bred two-year-olds to look forward to this year are Final Set, a sister to Group 3-placed Midnite Angel bought as a yearling for 700,000gns and with Sir Michael Stoute; Eraad, a colt out of Abernant Stakes winner Tickled Pink bought as a yearling for 500,000gns and with Charlie Hills; and an unnamed sister to top sprinter Mecca's Angel who cost 400,000gns and is with Ed Dunlop.
There could be even better to come from Dark Angel in the future as his fee at Yeomanstown Stud has risen to €60,000 in 2016 and €65,000 this year.