Emperor could rule world with Beauty
Sire has already sired top-flight winners in seven countries
In these days of shuttle stallions and international racing, to have progeny winning all round the world is perhaps not quite as special as was once the case. But extra credit is surely due to Holy Roman Emperor, who could become sire of Group/Grade 1 winners in a remarkable eight different countries when Beauty Only lines up in the Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo on Sunday.
That would be some achievement, bearing in mind that Holy Roman Emperor has so far sired a total of ten winners at the highest level, including Beauty Only himself.
By comparison, Coolmore's sire sensation Galileo has supplied Group/Grade 1 winners in nine countries from his tally of 64, while Darley stalwart Dubawi - who shuttled to Australia for a time - has seen his name in lights in 11 countries from his total of 26.
Bred by Massimo Parri, Beauty Only is a half-brother to the useful Zebedee colt Dee Dee D'Or, out of the Ali-Royal mare Goldendale.
Trained by Anthony Cruz and ridden by Zachary Purton, Beauty Only is one of 18 runners and a 17.5 chance on the Japanese parimutuel.
The gelding is a familiar name to Sha Tin racegoers, where he has raced for 20 of his 21 starts, including his victory in last year's Hong Kong Mile, and his neck second to Contentment in the Champions Mile in May.
Holy Roman Emperor's other international winners include fellow Hong Kong scorer Designs On Rome; shock 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen; Criterium de Saint-Cloud scorer Morandi; and the top-class US sprinter Rich Tapestry.
Holy Roman Emperor, a 13-year-old son of Danehill, has also been responsible for Antipodean scorers Mongolian Khan, Rollout The Carpet and Sheidel, as well as Brazilian winners Maraton and Salto Olimpico.
He stands at Coolmore Stud at a fee of €17,500.