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Sir Prancealot Eyes Off USA
From humble beginnings to Champion Freshman Sire in Europe, Sir Prancealot is becoming a truly international success story. In a stallion crop that includes the likes of Frankel and Nathaniel, Sir Prancealot notched up an incredible 32 individual winners in his first crop, double that of his nearest rival, and in doing so booked himself a ticket to Australia. "It takes something special to beat Frankel, and Sir Prancealot's first season performance was statistically outstanding. His best winners were all by Danehill line mares making him perfect for Australia," said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud. It is the exploits of this first crop of two-year-olds, now four-year-olds, that is attracting the attention of stud masters in yet another continent. In the past month Beau Recall and Madam Dancealot have both been victorious at Gr2 level at Santa Anita in California over a mile and nine furlongs respectively. "We are encouraged with how well Sir Prancealots progeny are handling firmer turf tracks such as those in the US. Interestingly it was a pattern we noticed in Europe where his progeny performed better on drier surfaces," said Hayes. The team at Cornerstone Stud have recently secured a controlling interest in Sir Prancealot and are currently considering various reverse shuttle options in both the USA and Europe. Sir Prancealots first crop of Australian foals will be born in 2018.
Sir Prancealot (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Cornerstone Stud Announce 2018 Fees
South Australia's Cornerstone Stud has announced the services fees for its quality line up of stallions for the 2018 breeding season. After a highly successful yearling sale season the first runners for Zebedee is the source of much anticipation by Sam Hayes and the team at Cornerstone Stud. "We could not be happier with the line-up of stallions for 2018. We are taking the first foals of Free Eagle and Valentia to market in May and we were delighted with how popular Zebedee's first crop of yearlings were at all sales around Australia," Hayes explained. The full Cornerstone Stud roster is:
- Free Eagle - $16,500 (inc. GST)
- Sir Prancealot - $14,300 (inc.GST)
- Zebedee - $14,300 (inc. GST)
- Ambidexter - $7,700 (inc. GST)
- Valentia - $7,700 (inc. GST)
Dream Dancing Wins US Gr1 Del Mar Oaks
Meanwhile, also at Del Mar on the US West Coast, mega-sire Tapit brought up Gr1 winner number 23 with a rush finish by sophomore daughter Dream Dancing (Tapit-To Dream About, by Monarchos) in the US$300,000 Gr1 Del Mar Oaks (8.5 furlongs). She is a well-bred daughter of a full-sister to Gr1 Breeders Cup Distaff heroine Mecke, who was also owned by Dream Dancing's owner-breeder John Oxley. Given a peach of a ride by Julien Leparoux who allowed the filly to find her feet before punching her out to a nose victory, Dream Dancing edged out fellow 3YO fillies Beau Recall and Madame Dancealot (both by Cornerstone Stud shuttler Sir Prancealot). She now has 4 wins & 3 placings from her 11 starts for US$415,000 earnings.
2017 Cornerstone Stud Open Day
You are warmly invited to join us at Cornerstone Stud for our annual open day and stallion parade. On Sunday, 27th of August 2017 we are opening our gates to all that wish to experience our hospitality and welcome our new and returning stallions for the 2017 breeding season. This year Cornerstone Stud is launching the southern hemisphere stud career of Europe's Champion Freshman Sire Sir Prancealot, as well as welcoming back shuttle stars Free Eagle and Zebedee. Cornerstone’s resident stallions will also be on display, namely Valentia, who is welcoming his first crop of foals this spring, as well as Ambidexter and stalwart Good Journey. The stallion parade is scheduled to commence at 11:45am.
Smart Gr3 Winner for Cornerstone's Sir Prancealot
Highly talented filly Madam Dancealot (Sir Prancealot-Sisal, by Danehill) added a valuable black-type success when winning the Gr2 San Clemente Handicap (8 furlongs) at Del Mar in the US on Sunday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. After trailing in last position with significant work to do turning for home, the 3YO stormed down the centre of the track to score an impressive 1.75 length win over fellow fillies Lull (War Front) & Sircat Sally (Surf Cat) in the US$200,000 feature. "The way she was finishing the last two races on the grass down the hill at Santa Anita, I thought she could get a mile," said trainer Richard Baltas. "She's settled now, she's relaxed and when she was last down the backside, I was like 'Wow.' I know she can run and when a good horse gets settled like that they're going to run at the end, and she did." The Irish-bred Madam Dancealot improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Dick Poole Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed Special Goddess Stakes) from 12 starts for 169,497 in earnings. Madam Dancelot is by Europe's Champion Freshman Sire Sir Prancealot, who will shuttle from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia this year. A precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes, Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz) went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes on his final outing. He will stand at Cornerstone Stud at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
Sir Prancealot To Cornerstone Stud
Sir Prancealot, Europe’s Champion Freshman Sire, will shuttle from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia from 2017. With 32 individual winners Sir Prancealot was Champion First Season Sire by both winners and prize money finishing ahead of Helmet and Frankel. Included in the long list of winners were Gr3 winner Madam Dancealot and Listed winner Sir Dancealot. Sir Prancealot will travel from Tally Ho with Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) who has shuttled to Cornerstone Stud for the past two seasons. "The O'Callaghans have been a pleasure to deal with and with the ongoing assistance of Johnny and Susie McKeever we are delighted to be standing another leading sire for Tally Ho Stud," explained Cornerstone's Sam Hayes. "It takes something special to beat the likes of Frankel in a sire’s premiership. Sir Prancealot and Zebedee are upgrading mares with exceptional consistency and that is one of the benefits of breeding to proven stallions." A precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes, Sir Prancealot went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes at his last start. His fee will announced in March.
Sir Prancealot (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Tally-Ho Stud Announce 2017 Fees
Meanwhile, Ireland's Tally-Ho Stud has announced its fees for the upcoming 2017 breeding season. The Tally-Ho roster is led by Danehill's son Kodiac who has had his fee increased from 45,000 to 50,000. The full roster is:
Kodiac (Danehill) - €50,000
Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz) - €8,000
Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) - €7,500
Vadamos (Monsun) - €10,000
Mehmas (Acclamation) - €12,500
Morpheus (Oasis half brother to Frankel) - €5,000
Baltic King (Danetime) - €1,500
Injury Forces Sir Prancealot Retirement
Also in the UK, promising Gr2 Flying Childers Stakes winner Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz-Mona Em, by Catrail) has been forced into premature retirement and a stud career "after sustaining a training injury", reports racingpost.com. He will join the roster at County Westmeath's Tally-Ho-Stud in 2013. From only 6 race starts Sir Prancealot saluted 3 times (also winning the Listed National Stakes) and placed once (runner-up in the Gr2 Prix Robert Papin), while also finishing 4th in both the Gr1 Prix Morny and Gr2 Coventry Stakes. Richard Hannon jnr commented: "Sir Prancealot has a great attitude and an awful lot of ability and is a gentleman to deal with. It's a great pity that his racing career has ended with a training injury, as his performance in the Flying Childers Stakes over 5f was a really stunning performance… He's a very good-looking, athletic individual with a high cruising speed".
1st Stakes Winner For Gr1-Winning Freshman Tamayuz
Shadwell's dual Gr1-winning 7YO reshman stallion Tamayuz (Nayef-Al Ishq, by Nureyev) recorded is 1st stakes-winner with his 1st runner overnight when unbeaten Irish-bred juvenile colt Sir Prancalot (Tamayuz-Mona Em, by Catrail) raced away for a 4.5-lengths victory in the UK Listed National Stakes (5 furlongs) for 2YOs at Sandown Park. Sir Prancealot (ridden by Richard Hughes for trainer Richard Hannon) defeated fellow colt Top Boy (Exceed And Excel-Injaaz, by Sheikh Albadou) & the filly Effie B (Sixties Icon-Blakeshall Rose, by Tobougg). Sir Prancealot was originally a €52,000 (A$67,00) weanling at Goffs Ireland in 2010 & subsequently a €140,000 (A$179,000) yearling at the 2011 Goffs Orby Sale. He now has 2 wins from 2 starts. Sir Prancealot's sire Tamayuz stands at his owner-breeder Hamdan Al Maktoum's Derrinstown Stud in Ireland for €15,000 (A$19,200). On the track, Tamayuz defeated older rivals to win France's 2008 Gr1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois (1600m) at Deauville, following earlier victories in France's 2008 Gr1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly & Gr3 Prix De Fontainebleau (1600m) at Longchamp.
1st Winner For Gr1-Winning Freshman Sire Tamayuz
Also in the UK overnight, Shadwell's dual Gr1-winning 7YO stallion Tamayuz (Nayef-Al Ishq, by Nureyev) recorded is 1st winner with his 1st runner when 2YO colt Sir Prancalot (Tamayuz-Mona Em, by Catrail) scored on debut over 5 furlongs at Bath for trainer Richard Hannon. Sir Prancealot was originally a €52,000 (A$64,500) weanling at Goffs Ireland in 2010 & subsequently a €140,000 (A$174,000) yearling at the 2011 Goffs Orby Sale. His sire Tamayuz stands at Derrinstown Stud in Ireland for €15,000 (A$22,500). On the treack, Tamayuz defeated older rivals to win France's 2008 Gr1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois (1600m) at Deauville, following earlier victories in France's 2008 Gr1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m) at Chantilly & Gr3 Prix De Fontainebleau (1600m) at Longchamp.