Six first-season sires in race to get off the mark on Monday
Old rivals Society Rock and Lethal Force are among them
No fewer than six first-season sires will bid to have their first winner within 20 minutes on Monday, with four represented in the opener at Windsor before two others launch their own campaigns at Redcar.
Society Rock and Lethal Force, who had such a great rivalry on the track, now cross swords once again - albeit this time there will be a poignant edge. The pair filled the first two places in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, July Cup and Duke of York Stakes, and will battle it out through their progeny for the first time at Windsor. Tragically, this next chapter in their saga will be of finite length as Society Rock was lost to laminitis last May.
But those of his yearlings that went through the ring last autumn certainly reflected well on the Tally-Ho stallion. One was Rock Of Estonia, a 90,000gns Tattersalls Book 2 graduate out of the five-time winner Estonia, herself a daughter of another speedster in Exceed And Excel. Charles Hills has booked Jamie Spencer for this half-brother to Tallinski, twice second in novice races last term, in the EBF Racing Welfare Novice Stakes at Windsor.
Lethal Force's son Lethal Lunch is out of winning Pivotal mare Pin Cushion, who has produced two maiden winners from her two runners to date. Lethal Force's sire Dark Angel is two from four with his runners out of Pivotal mares, including the prolific scorer Ingleby Angel, which must bode well.
He was picked up by Peter and Ross Doyle for £62,000 at last year's Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster. Ryan Moore takes the ride for trainer Richard Hannon.
Neither Lethal Force or Society Rock stood for as much as dual Group 1 winner Declaration Of War, who commanded a fee of €40,000 when retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland. He has since relocated to Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
The son of War Front had plenty of six-figure yearlings but Declarationoflove, saddled by Tom Clover, was one of his cheaper buys at €28,000 for Badgers Bloodstock at Goffs Orby. Declarationoflove is out of the classy Royal Applause mare Mary's Daughter, winner of a valuable nursery at York and second in the Group 3 Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr, both over six furlongs.
Mick Channon gets Mazameer's first crop up and running through Milton Road, a colt out of the Piccolo mare Blakeshall Girl - who produced a seven-time winner in low-grade company, in Interchoice Star.
Mazameer, a son of the mighty Green Desert, won the 6f Group 3 Prix de Cabourg as a juvenile and the 5½f Listed Prix Texanita at three, before retiring to Throckmorton Court Stud at a fee of £3,000.
Society Rock is set for a second runner hard on the heels of his first, being represented in a similar contest at Redcar through Rockin Fella, a £56,000 yearling. This colt is closely related to the Norfolk Stakes third Excel Bolt, by Exceed And Excel, while his year-older half-brother, the Bushranger colt My Man, is a Listed scorer in Italy.
Most Improved and Red Jazz are also represented in the same race.
Ventura Storm - a colt out of the winning Green Desert mare Desert Shine - will represent Red Jazz, that hardy son of Johannesburg whose finest hour came in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
Federico Barberini picked up Ventura Storm for €36,000 on behalf of owners Middelham Park Racing at last year's Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.
Just For The Craic, who represents Most Improved, is out of the Fasliyev mare Beziers. Unfortunately, the colt failed to generate much interest at auction selling for just £3,000 as a yearling.
Those connected with any of these freshmen would be delighted if their first salvos can run as auspiciously as Guessthebill, who almost got the sole crop of subfertile Reckless Abandon off to a perfect start on Sunday. But however narrow that colt's failure in the 5f maiden at Naas, Swiss Spirit remains the only first-season sire with a winner in Britain or Ireland to date - thanks to the easy success of Kick On Kick On at Leicester on Friday. That could well change today.