Hasili influence deepens as son Raise The Flag supplies first Group 1 winner

Juddmonte blue hen's granddaughter Etah James wins the Sydney Cup

From left to right: Banks Hill, Hasili, Heat Haze and Intercontinental
From left to right: Banks Hill, Hasili, Heat Haze and IntercontinentalCredit: Juddmonte

Another chapter in the ever-growing history of Juddmonte blue hen Hasili was written on Saturday when her stallion son Raise The Flag supplied a first Group 1 winner courtesy of Etah James in the Sydney Cup at Randwick.

The seven-year-old mare, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, scored a head victory over the Savabeel colt The Chosen One, with the Irish-bred Sea The Stars gelding Raheen House – trying to emulate his brother Shraaoh's success in the race last year – half a length back in third.

Raise The Flag, by Sadler's Wells out of Hasili, finished sixth in a Longchamp maiden for Andre Fabre on his sole start but earned a place at stud as a half-brother to five top-level winners – Banks Hill, Cacique, Champs Elysees and Intercontinental, all by Danehill, and Heat Haze by Green Desert. The dam produced another two Group 1-placed performers besides, in Dansili and Deluxe.

Dansili (also by Danehill) was a Group 2 winner but never quite won at the highest level, despite being placed six times including when a close second to Giant's Causeway in the Sussex Stakes and third in a blanket finish to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

He more than made up for that omission from his racing CV in his stallion career for Juddmonte, delivering 21 elite winners including world champion Harbinger, Arc hero Rail Link and celebrities Flintshire, Proviso and The Fugue – as well as a previous Sydney Cup scorer in Grand Marshal.

Dansili is doing most to ensure that Hasili's name appears in the pedigrees of countless top-class runners as he has a tribe of useful stallion sons, including Bated Breath, Harbinger and Zoffany, and plenty of daughters producing quality stock. Indeed, he is damsire of ten top-flight winners including Aspetar, Channel, Magic Wand and Uni last year alone.

Dansili and Raise The Flag are among four of Hasili's sons to become Group 1 sires along with Cacique, whose small crops due to subfertility contained Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber, and Champs Elysees, whose offspring include 1,000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook, Gold Cup victor Trip To Paris and dual Australian Cup scorer Harlem.

Hasili's influence continues to deepen through her daughters, too. For starters, Banks Hill is the dam of Prix Jean Romanet winner Romantica and Listed scorer Ideal World, a son of Kingmambo who stands in South Africa and has supplied Group 1 winners Rainbow Bridge, Samurai Warrior and Smart Call. Banks Hill is also the granddam of Hampton Court Stakes winner Sangarius.

Heat Haze has produced Glorious Stakes winner Mirage Dancer and the black type-placed pair Forge and Radiator, while Intercontinental has smart handicapper Abseil on her progeny record.

Two of Hasili's later unraced daughters have also produced classy offspring, with Very Good News the dam of Irish St Leger third Weekender and Responsible on the mark with Prix de Sandringham winner and Prix Rothschild third Obligate.

The great mare Hasili – a Listed winner by Kahyasi out of Kerali, a daughter of High Line and Juddmonte foundation mare Sookera – died aged 27 in 2018.

Raise The Flag is her last son at stud following the retirement of Cacique and Dansili and the death of Champs Elysees.

The 15-year-old stands at White Robe Lodge in New Zealand and is also the source of Group 3 winner Broadside as well as Listed scorers Civil Disobedience, Orepuki Lad, Parthesia, Raise You Ten and Yogi, who was ninth behind Etah James on Saturday.

The sire's last advertised fee was NZ$6,000 (£2,930/€3,340).

Etah James was bred by Mark Lupton – who trained the mare to finish a close fourth to Roger That in last month's Auckland Cup at Ellerslie – and his wife Cath, along with long-time friends Gary Howes, a London lawyer, and Sydney businessman Terry Reid.

She is out of the winning Danasinga mare Etah, a sister to dual Group 3 scorer Tickle. The family has been based in Australasia since the 1970s, when fifth dam Cheerful – a daughter of 2,000 Guineas winner Baldric and Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Fusil – was exported there from Britain.


1996 Dansili (Danehill)

Won Prix du Muguet-G2, Prix Edmond Blanc-G3, Prix Messidor-G3, 2nd Prix de la Foret-G1, Sussex Stakes-G1, Poule d'Essai des Poulains-G1; sire of 21 G1 winners inc world champion Harbinger

1998 Banks Hill (Danehill)

Won Coronation S-G1, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf-G1, Prix Jacques le Marois-G1, Prix de Sandringham-G2; dam of G1 winner Romantica and LR winner Ideal World, sire of G1 winners in South Africa; also granddam of G3 winner Sangarius

1999 Heat Haze (Green Desert)

Won Beverly D Stakes-G1, Matriarch S-G1; dam of G3 winner Mirage Dancer and stakes-placed Forge and Radiator

2000 Intercontinental (Danehill)

Won Matriarch S-G1, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf-G1; dam of LR-placed Abseil

2001 Cacique (Danehill)

Won Manhattan Handicap-G1, Man O'War S-G1; sire of G1 winners Dominant, Mutual Trust and Slumber

2003 Champs Elysees (Danehill)

Won Northern Dancer Turf S-G1, Hollywood Turf Cup-G1, Canadian International-G1; sire of G1 winners Billesdon Brook, Harlem and Trip To Paris

2005 Raise The Flag (Sadler's Wells)

Unplaced; sire of G1 winner Etah James

2007 Deluxe (Storm Cat)

Won Cardinal Handicap-G3; 2nd Prix Saint-Alary-G1

2008 Very Good News (Empire Maker)

Unraced; dam of G1-placed Weekender

2011 Responsible (Oasis Dream)

Unraced; dam of G2 winner and G1-placed Obligate

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Published on 11 April 2020Last updated 16:42, 11 April 2020