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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Factfiles on Caravaggio and Winter, the stars of day four

More success for supersires Scat Daddy and Galileo

Caravaggio: a fourth winner of Royal Ascot for sire Scat Daddy
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Commonwealth Cup (Group 1)
Winner Caravaggio
Pedigree Scat Daddy-Mekko Hokte (Holy Bull)
Breeder Windmill Manor Farms Inc et al

Sire Scat Daddy has taken Royal Ascot by storm and Caravaggio was his fourth winner of the week after Lady Aurelia (King's Stand Stakes), Con Te Partiro (Sandringham Handicap) and Sioux Nation (Norfolk Stakes). The sire has also supplied Coventry Stakes third Murillo and Albany Stakes third Take Me With You.

Scat Daddy has now been responsible for the winners of eight races at the royal meeting since 2013 as Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia won the Coventry Stakes and Queen Mary Stakes last year, while Acapulco took the Queen Mary Stakes in 2015 and No Nay Never landed the Norfolk Stakes in 2013.

Scat Daddy has been represented by 138 stakes performers including 63 black-type winners and 20 at the highest level – 13 of whom were bred in Chile, where the sire formerly shuttled to and is held in extremely high regard.

Sadly, Scat Daddy died in December 2015, weeks after his fee had been increased to $100,000 from $35,000. So his final northern-hemisphere crop are yearlings and they are bound to be in hot demand when they come up for auction.

No Nay Never stands at Coolmore in County Tipperary – his own first crop are yearlings – and Caravaggio looks sure to take high billing on the operation's stallion roster in future.

Dam Mekko Hokte is a daughter of recently deceased horse of the year Holy Bull who won the Delta Miss Stakes, a restricted race over 6½f at Louisiana Downs, and was also stakes-placed over a mile.

Caravaggio is her sixth foal and fifth winner, her previous best offspring being the Fusaichi Pegasus mare My Jen, a winner of the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap over 6½f who is in Japan having been sold to Shadai Farm for $485,000 at Keeneland at the end of her racing career.

Mekko Hokte is out of the winning Relaunch mare Aerosilver, a half-sister to the dam of Secretariat Stakes third Sharp Performance, and hails from the family of top-level winners Bien Bien, Sharp Lisa and Sprint At Last.

What's next? Mekko Hokte has a yearling filly by Scat Daddy and was covered by American Pharoah last year.

Winter: her dam Laddies Poker Two won the Wokingham Handicap

Coronation Stakes (Group 1)
Winner Winter
Pedigree Galileo-Laddies Poker Two (Choisir)
Breeder Laddies Poker Two Syndicate

Sire Winter is only a second winner at Royal Ascot this week for her sire Galileo: not a huge tally, but the doyen of the European stallion ranks has dazzled in other ways, as his other scorer, Highland Reel, led home a Group 1 trifecta in the Prince of Wales's Stakes by beating Decorated Knight and Ulysses, while Order Of St George went down all guns blazing when second in the Gold Cup and Deauville, Hydrangea, Orderofthegarter and Rain Goddess have also achieved podium finishes.

To recap Galileo's breathtaking achievements at Coolmore, he has supplied 64 individual Group/Grade 1 winners including the history-making Frankel, Derby heroes Australia, New Approach and Ruler Of The World and numerous other Classic winners.

Galileo is only 19 yet his influence already runs deep: he is an increasingly important sire of sires and his son Teofilo was on the mark at Royal Ascot on Friday with King Edward VII Stakes winner Permian, while Teofilo's own sire son Havana Gold was responsible for Tuesday's narrowly beaten Coventry Stakes second Headway.

Galileo is also now firmly established as one of the most effective broodmare sires around and his daughter Alina produced Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes hero Barney Roy.

Dam Laddies Poker Two is a rare thing among Galileo's regular concubines as she does not possess any black type and neither do her dam or any of her siblings. She owes her place in the perennial champion sire's books due to the fact she proved she was an excellent sprinter by landing an almighty gamble to win the Wokingham Handicap of 2010 by a wide margin on what turned out to be her final run.

Another thing in her favour is the identity of her sire: Choisir, who rocked Royal Ascot in 2003 when he bookended the meeting with victories in the King's Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes and as a sire has supplied further Royal Ascot winners Starspangledbanner and Rajasinghe.

Winter is also the third Royal Ascot winner in the last two years who is out of a Choisir mare, after My Dream Boat in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Persuasive in the Sandringham Handicap in 2016.

Laddies Poker Two is a half-sister to four winners out of the Favorite Trick mare Break Of Day, a granddaughter of Robin Scully's Prix Morny winner Ancient Regime.

What's next? Laddies Poker Two has a two-year-old Galileo filly called Snowflakes who was eighth in the Albany Stakes on Friday, a yearling filly by Galileo and returned to the same sire last year.

Scat Daddy's final northern-hemisphere crop are yearlings and they are bound to be in hot demand when they come up for auction
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