Breeding records for six of Coolmore’s top broodmares

“Breeding the best with the best” seems like a simple enough formula for producing top racehorses, although few breeders have the wherewithal to put the theory into practice.

Coolmore is an exception, of course, and the next six broodmares became top producers thanks in large part to repeated matings with the late great stud sire Galileo.

DIALAFARA was an Aga Khan defrock for whom she won one of her four starts in France, a young girl at Le Croise-Laroche over a mile and a half extended. Although she was by top sprinter Anabaa, Dialafara did all her runs over medium distances and endurance was the main theme for her offspring. Of its nine runners, five have achieved a Timeform rating of 100 or higher.

They are led by Corsair (rated 124), winner of the Irish Derby and the St Leger at Doncaster in 2017, while Passion and Cypress Creek (113 each) are Group 3 winners in Ireland over one mile and three quarters and two miles respectively. Dialafara’s current four-year-old Brazil won the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and while his three-year-old daughter Engagement ring didn’t show much in two young girls from Curragh this year, her two-year-old colt Tower of London made his winning debut over a mile at Leopardstown earlier this week (tune in to watch the replay below).

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HALFWAY TO HEAVEN was a smart filly (118) for Ballydoyle, winning the Irish 1000 Guineas, Nassau Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes, and therefore showed more stamina than her parents Pivotal and Cassandra Go who were both King’s Stand winners. Her repeated matings with Galileo have produced a few fillies that have achieved even higher ratings than herself.

Rhododendron (120) finished his two-year season winning the Fillies’ Mile, finished second in the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks the following season winning the Prix de l’Opéra and fell back a mile to win the Lockinge four-man.

Better yet was Halfway To Heaven’s next colt Magical (128). She only began to hit her peak at the end of her three-year-old season by winning the Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot before winning six more Group 1 contests aged four and five, including the Champion Stakes and two editions of the Irish Champion Stakes. Halfway To Heaven’s current three-year-old colt denver has not run yet.

LILLIE LANGTRY, a daughter of Danehill Dancer, is another Group 1 winner for Ballydoyle who has passed on many of her abilities to her offspring. She became a very smart midfielder (120) at three, winning the Coronation Stakes and Matron Stakes.

Her broodmare record is notable in that her eight foals to date have been fillies. Four of them achieved Timeform ratings of 100 or more, including Attention (127), a Moyglare Stud Stakes and Fillies’ Mile winner as a two-year-old who won the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, Pretty Polly Stakes, Nassau Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes as a three-year-old. Empress Josephine (114) became Lillie Langtry’s second classic winner after winning the Irish 1000 Guineas last year and three Tuesday (118) became his third when emulating Minding at Epsom last month (tune in to watch the replay below). Lillie Langtry is two years old Deliciouswho holds a Moyglare entry, could make his Galway debut next week.

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MEOW, by Storm Cat out of Airwave, Cheveley Park winner, raced just five furlongs as a two-year-old, showing useful form (108) finishing second to the Queen Mary and winning a Listed race at the Curragh. Her remarkable foal is Churchill (126) who finished his two-year season winning the National Stakes and Dewhurst and completed the 2000 Guineas double at Newmarket and the Curragh in 2017.

That same year, Meow’s daughter Clemency (118) was the top two-year-old filly, emulating her grandmother in winning Cheveley Park, while Meow’s third standout performer is Blenheim Palace (114), winner of the Group 3 Diamond Stakes at Dundalk. two year old filly Dower house made a promising debut when sixth in a first at the Curragh last month and holds an entry into a similar event in Galway next week, as well as the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

RED EVIL was another smart racing mare (117), privately purchased by Coolmore after a career for Michael Bell that included Group 1 wins in the Matron Stakes and Lockinge. She too has produced five foals with Timeform scores of 100 or more, including Found (129), a big, strong mare in the mold of her dam and winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac at two, the Breeders’ Cup Turf at three and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at four.

Another girl, The best in the world (110), Group 3 Give Thanks Stakes winner, got herself off to a strong start at stud, producing the three-time Oaks winner last season Snowfall and well considered Alfred Munnings who started favorite for last month’s Chesham Stakes.

Red Evie’s Own Daughter Divinely (104) was placed behind Snowfall in the Oaks and Irish Oaks. His current three-year-old filly Champagne has not raced since finishing mid-division on her Naas debut in April.

YOU ARE TRILLANT was a smart filly (117) and winner of the Cherry Hinton Stakes for Ballydoyle, although she always ran the risk of living in the shadow of her brother Giant’s Causeway. But her achievements at stud made her a star in her own right.

When her current three-year-old child Toy recently finished second to the Irish Oaks, earning a Timeform score of 112, this meant his eight foals to have raced have now been black type and scored above 110. The pick of these is 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Winner of Guineas and St James’s Palace Gleneagles (128), although fillies Marvellous (116) and Jeanne D’Arc (114) are also classic winners, respectively in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Prix de Diane.

Another girl, Fortunately (120), winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère, is You’resothrilling’s fourth Group 1 winner, while Group 3 winner Coolmore (111), Australian Group 2 winner The Taj Mahal (119) and Irish 2000 Guineas finalist Vatican City (114) complete their mother’s excellent brood mare record.