Nathaniel's Classic winner keeps Newsells on a roll at Epsom
For second year running stud celebrates huge update on page of a new mare
Nathaniel's big breakthrough at Epsom on Friday, when his daughter Enable won the Oaks, was source of huge satisfaction to the team at Newsells Park Stud - and not just for the obvious reason that their young sire had come up with a Classic winner from his very first crop.
They could also congratulate themselves on having added Enable's year older half-sister to their broodmare roster last winter. The unraced Birdwood, by Oasis Dream, was culled by Juddmonte at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale for 150,000gns.
She is in foal to Lope De Vega, but Newsells general manager Julian Dollar is unsurprisingly "pretty sure" that her next date will be with Nathaniel.
Her vendors will doubtless view that loss as a deserved bonus, Prince Khalid Abdullah having gained yet another homebed Group 1 winner by sending Concentric - a sister to the dam of his record earner Flintshire - to the Newsells rookie.
But the recruitment of Birdwood also maintained a great Epsom run for the Hertfordshire stud, which had also been able to celebrate another astute bit of business at the breeding stock sales when Harzand won the Derby last year.
For he is out of Xaar mare Hazariya, acquired by Newsells for €480,000 at the 2014 Goffs November Sale (when Harzand was a yearling). In foal to Invincible Spirit, she was cashed in at Tattersalls for 2,000,000gns to MV Magnier and Mayfair Speculators - just 24 hours before Newsells reinvested some of those gains in Birdwood.
All in all the farm has been on quite a roll at Epsom. The Newsells-bred Legatissimo, sold to MV Magnier for 350,000gns as a Book 1 yearling in 2013, was beaten a short head by Qualify in the Oaks in 2015; while Secret Gesture, another graduate, found only Talent too good in 2013.
Enable's success crowned a fertile spring for Nathaniel with his first three-year-olds.
"I think what I'm pleased about is that people who have Nathaniels don't have to press the panic button," Dollar said on Saturday. "They just need to look after them, let them come, and there's real ability there.
"Nathaniel has had a wonderful four or five weeks where his offspring have just clicked on the turf and he's ended up with loads of three-year-old winners. Enable was just mightily impressive and looks like she could be a bit special."
It seems that Nathaniel's stock are matching the way he flourished with maturity himself - albeit he got closer to Frankel than any subsequent rival when the two sons of Galileo met on their mutual debut at two - to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and, at four, the Eclipse.
Dollar added: "There were some people who were desperate to run them last year as two-year-olds. There will be some, I think, who will come up a little more quickly as he covers different types of mares that may be speedier.
"I'm hugely aware that one swallow doesn't make the summer - but he's got enough going on over the last few weeks to suggest there's plenty of momentum there."
Auspiciously, on the same day that Enable gave him his finest hour to date, Nathaniel had covered a Classic winner in 2006 1,000 Guineas heroine Speciosa.
"Everyone has been generous, kind and thoughtful when you have success like this because we all know hard it is to get," Dollar said.
"I'm just delighted for the stallion man David [Porter-Mackrell], the team and the horse because I just love him to bits. He's just the most generous, kind-hearted horse and he'd do anything for you. If that comes through to his stock then I really think he has a shot."