Sioux Nation shows his sire is the Daddy of them all
Three winners for late Ashford Stud resident Scat Daddy this week
No sooner had the true merit of Scat Daddy been appreciated than Kentucky was robbed of one of its most upwardly mobile and versatile stallions. His death at the age of 11 in December 2015 came just weeks after a new fee of $100,000 had been set - and suddenly left a major void on Coolmore's American roster.
The true extent of his loss has again been emphasised this week at Royal Ascot, where the prevailing quick conditions were always going to play to the strengths of his progeny.
In fact, the figures are quite remarkable. When Sioux Nation landed Thursday's Norfolk Stakes - emulating Scat Daddy's own sire, Johannesburg - he became the third winner of the meeting from just four runners for his sire. He was following in the slipstream of Lady Aurelia, so brilliant in the King's Stand Stakes on the opening day, and Con Te Partiro, successful in the Sandringham Handicap on Wednesday. The stallion's only other runner, Murillo, ran a fine third in the Coventry Stakes.
And yet the best could be about to come. Friday's card features four runners by the stallion - led by Caravaggio, one of the leading protagonists in an excellent renewal of the Commonwealth Cup. Then there is a formidable trio of fillies in the Albany, comprising favourite Fairyland, Princess Peggy and Take Me With You.
Overall, Sioux Nation's victory brings Scat Daddy's record at Royal Ascot to six winners from ten runners since 2013. Between them, they have won seven races and include some of the more dominant winners of recent times in the aforementioned Lady Aurelia, No Nay Never and Acapulco.
"The pace that they have makes them very different," remarked Aidan O'Brien after the Norfolk. "It's pure, raw speed."
That tag could also easily be used for Johannesburg, who was consistently a step ahead of his contemporaries during an unbeaten champion juvenile campaign for O'Brien in 2001.
The son of Hennessy has since become a noted sire of sires, perhaps one of the more surprising bloodstock developments of recent times. Scat Daddy has led that particular charge as the sire of 20 Group/Grade 1 winners, 13 of them bred in Chile where the stallion was an outstanding success.
Scat Daddy's final crop are now yearlings. But there are a number of potential heirs in the pipeline, led by No Nay Never at Coolmore in Ireland and Caravaggio, who could also easily appeal to an American audience as the son of a Holy Bull mare.
Now Sioux Nation has joined the list of legatees. And, as an imposing colt out of an Oasis Dream daughter of high-class sprinter Catch The Blues, he already ticks many of those coveted commercial boxes.
Dubawi joins the party
It might have taken until the third day for Dubawi to get on the scoreboard - but he made his entry to the party in some style, through a brace of Group winners in Benbatl and Coronet.
Both came to Ascot after finishing fifth in their respective Classics at Epsom but the relatively quick turnaround evidently made little difference. In that respect, it could be said that each exhibited the toughness so often associated with their sire.
Dubawi's crop of three-year-olds were bred the year his fee rose to £100,000, and yesterday's winners are correspondingly well-connected.
Godolphin's Hampton Court Stakes winner Benbatl is the first foal out of Nahrain, who provided Roger Varian with a landmark first Group 1 victory in the 2011 Prix de l'Opera. In turn, the daughter of Selkirk is out of Bahr, winner of the 1998 Ribblesdale Stakes on the same Ascot card for Godolphin back in 1998.
Ribblesdale Stakes winner Coronet, meanwhile, is yet another celebrated runner bred by Denford Stud out of their Last Second family.
Faisal Salman paid Ir£120,000 through the CBA for Last Second, bred by Kirsten Rausing and Sonia Rogers, as a yearling at Goffs in 1994. Trained by Sir Mark Prescott, she went on to win the Nassau and Sun Chariot Stakes; later foaled a French 2,000 Guineas winner in Aussie Rules; and features as granddam of Coronet via her Listed-winning Darshaan daughter Approach. Approach is also dam of Group 2 winner Midas Touch, now at stud in New York.
This is the famous Alruccaba family responsible for a host of good runners, among them another of this season’s classy three-year-olds in Eminent.