The following post appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
There was good sport in the French classics over the weekend, and the winners pointed out a pair of trends worth pondering. The winner of the filly’s classic, as well as continuing events in Japan, have nominated Deep Impact as the most promising of the many sons of Sunday Silence at stud, and the colt’s classic has helped to foreground the prominent young sire Turtle Bowl.
The filly classic, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, went to the Wildenstein family’s Beauty Parlour, whom they bred in the name of their Dayton Investments Ltd. Conceived in Japan and foaled in England, Beauty Parlour is a robustly made daughter of the Japan-based stallion Deep Impact out of the classy Giant’s Causeway mare Bastet. Beauty Parlour has a stakes-winning full brother named Barocci, who is 4, but she is hands-down the best offspring of Deep Impact to race outside Japan.
Unbeaten in four starts, Beauty Parlour was an even shorter favorite than last season’s highweight juvenile colt Dabirsim (by the Sunday Silence stallion Hat Trick) in the subsequent Poule d’Essai des Poulains. The filly went off at odds of 7-10 and appeared better than bonds when winning with something in hand, according to the chart of the race.
The Wildenstein family has been one of the most prominent French breeders and horsemen for the greater part of a century, and they are generally considered among the most prescient European breeders. Therefore, having them send important broodmares to reside in Japan to have access to stallions like Deep Impact is important.
Clearly, the Wildensteins believe that Sunday Silence is an influence of such significance that they need him in their breeding and racing program, and they are in the fortunate position of being able to access some of the very best Sunday Silence sires. And it is important to note that sons of Sunday Silence sired both the heavy favorites for the classics in France, which has a racing program that seems especially well-suited to the line.
The other favorite for the French classics on Sunday was Hat Trick’s champion son, and although Dabirsim appears not to have trained on, finishing close but off the board, the fact that different sons of the American Horse of the Year and classic winner are producing runners of this caliber offers breeders a clear marker of the direction to follow.
Another signpost on the road to success appeared with the winner of the colt’s classic, Lucayan. Despite being held at long-odds in the race, Lucayan was able to finish strongly and earn his third victory from five starts in the mile classic.
The long-time leader in the race was the dead-game Veneto, a chestnut son of the Miswaki stallion Panis, who set a steady pace and was able to kick for home a quarter-mile out. The colt held his opponents to the wire, where Lucayan nipped him in the last strides.
Even so, a bit more than a length would catch the first half-dozen home. So Lucayan will not be accorded supremacy over his contemporaries till he has proven it again.
That is not the case with the colt’s sire, Turtle Bowl, however. A strongly made bay son of Dyhim Diamond, Turtle Bowl was a genuine and high-class racer who possessed a pedigree without any high degree of fashion. Turtle Bowl’s sire, Dyhim Diamond, was the high-ranked sprinter in Germany in 1998 as a 4-year-old. The son of the Northern Dancer stallion Night Shift won twice at G3 level, with three placings at that level, three more at G2.
With that sort of average-good racing record, Dyhim Diamond did well to sire a better horse than himself in Turtle Bowl, who won the G1 Prix Jean Prat at 3. Despite the class of Turtle Bowl and Bannaby (G1 Prix du Cadran), Dyhim Diamond sired only three stakes winners and ended up standing at Dehesa de Milagro in Spain prior to his death earlier this year at age 18.
Turtle Bowl was off the course for 11 months after his Prat success and never won a comparable race again, but he did finish a respectable second in the G1 Prix d’Ispahan to Manduro by five lengths. This is Turtle Bowl’s representative form at 5, when his last four races were all G1s, including a third to Manduro in the Jacques le Marois, beaten three and a half lengths, and a third in the Queen Anne Stakes to Ramonti and Jeremy, beaten two short heads, and a head in front of favored George Washington.
Since Turtle Bowl was a horse who matured well and showed his most consistent top form at 5, the stallion’s progeny might have been expected to follow suit, but Turtle Bowl set those thoughts aside by finishing second on the freshmen sire’s list last year in France.
This season has been even better. In the previous weekend’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, the stallion’s son French Fifteen took the lead in the final quarter-mile and held on to finish a close second to Camelot (Montjeu), and Lucayan won his classic to become his sire’s second G1 winner, following French Fifteen last season.
The 10-year-old Turtle Bowl stands at Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in France for a fee of 6,000 Euros this year.