In the Wings sire sons centre stage in Germany

Adlerflug: German Derby winner doing well at stud

PICTURE: Gestut Harzburg In the Wings sire sons centre stage in Germany By Nancy Sexton 11:20AM 9 SEP 2016

AS COLOSSAL an influence as Monsun was on German breeding, his sire-line has yet to lay down any roots in the country. That could change through Gestut Fahrhof's Prix du Moulin and Prix d'Ispahan winner Maxios, who has the pedigree to match his race record as a Niarchos-bred from the female family of Machiavellian and Northern Dancer.

Supported by a strong syndicate of breeders, there seems to be a real hope within the bloodstock community that he will do well, not just because he is one of the last Monsuns to stud but in light of his potential role in the health of German bloodstock.

But that is all in the future and for now one ongoing theme within German bloodstock is the increasing prominence of the In The Wings sire-line.

In The Wings left behind ten Group 1 winners from his time at Kildangan Stud, led by Sheikh Mohammed's globetrotter Singspiel, who swept the Dubai World Cup, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International of 1997 before becoming an influential stallion at Dalham Hall Stud.

Another international son, Mamool, began his stud career at Gestut Graditz in Germany, where he enjoyed his time in the sun as the sire of Group 2 winners Lucas Cranach, Orsino and Lips Poison. Now based at Clongiffen Stud in County Meath, Mamool could be represented in Saturday's Ladbrokes St Leger by the Andrew Balding-trained Ormito.

German breeders also once had access to another Group 1-winning son in Winged Love, the sire of Group 2 winners Aolus and Macleya before his switch to the jumps ranks in Ireland.

Today, however, they have greater reason to appreciate the merits of In The Wings through other sons Soldier Hollow and Adlerflug, who occupy first and fourth on the leading German sires' list.

Gestut Auenquelle's Soldier Hollow, the winner of four Group 1 races, including two runnings of the Premio Roma during his 31-race career, did not take long to make his presence felt in his second career when siring Deutsches Derby hero Pastorius out of his first crop.

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Ivanhowe, a Group 1 winner in Germany and Australia, followed in his second while the stallion primarily owes his current position at the head of the German sires' list to the exploits of Preis der Diana winner Serienholde and Deutsches Derby third Dschingis Secret.

Unsurprisingly, his progeny proved particularly attractive to buyers at last week's BBAG Yearling Sale, selling for up to €300,000 and an average of €64,045.

Adlerflug didn't seem to be such an easy sell with three yearlings purchased for an average of €16,500. The Gestut Harzburg resident is in the midst of his best season, one that has granted him further promotion in France alongside Germany, so perhaps time will show those buyers who pursued his yearlings secured some sort of value.

Indeed, Adlerflug's name was very firmly in the spotlight just two days after the sale thanks to Iquitos, whose wide-margin victory in the Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden came less than two hours after another son, Moonshiner, had taken the Prix de Lutece at Saint-Cloud.

Their successes continued a fine run for their sire, also represented in recent weeks by narrow Deutsches Derby runner-up Savoir Vivre and Group 2 Diana-Trial winner Meergorl. Savoir Vivre went on to claim the scalp of Erupt in the Grand Prix de Deauville last month despite not seemingly fully appreciating the tactical nature of the four-runner contest.

A Gestut Schlenderhan homebred, Adlerflug was a champion of his generation in Germany who turned in one of the most dominant German Derby performances of recent times when taking the 2007 running by seven lengths. That victory was recorded on heavy ground and conditions were again on the soft side when he landed his second Group 1 race, the 2008 Deutschland Preis, as a four-year-old.

However, that is not to say he was solely effective in those conditions as it was on good ground that he finished third to Vision D'Etat in the 2009 Prix Ganay. It was a run that seemingly set him up for a fruitful five-year-old campaign for Jens Hirschberger but several weeks later he suffered an injury that necessitated his retirement.

Adlerflug was a proper mile-and-a-half horse who competed at Group 1 level over three seasons, a profile that various German breeders would appreciate rather than penalise, as is the case in several other markets across Europe. More importantly, however, he hails from one of Europe's most powerful stallion families as a great-grandson of Anatevka, also the granddam of King's Best and Urban Sea.

Adlerflug, who is out of the winning Last Tycoon mare Aiyana, is one of seven members of the Anatevka clan to sire a European Pattern winner this year after Galileo, Sea The Stars, Born To Sea, King's Best, Tamayuz and Tertullian.

Adlerflug stood his first season in 2010 for €5,500, a fee that has not changed during the course of his stud career, and his merits as a stallion were advertised early on by a first crop that contained three stakes winners led by the 2015 Grosser Preis von Bayern scorer Ito and Prix Chloe winner Wunder, who also finished third in the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis. In turn, his progeny went on to change hands for an average of €78,667 at that year's yearling sales.

The lukewarm response to his five representatives at BBAG last week suggests the market feels Adlerflug has not lived up to expectations (although in fairness, the majority of his yearlings were conceived before his first three-year-olds had thrown up a stakes winner). But another seven stakes winners have emerged out of his second and third crops while Iquitos heads a group of four stakes winners from just 34 runners this year in Germany. In addition, Savoir Vivre appeals as a Group 1 winner in waiting while Swacadelic is a Listed winner in Australia.

Like Soldier Hollow, Adlerflug has become a good outcross for Monsun mares. Five of the stallion's stakes horses are out of Monsun mares, among them Moonshiner, Savoir Vivre and Oaks d'Italia runner-up Gambissara.

Meergorl, meanwhile, is out of a Tertullian mare and therefore inbred to Anatevka.

Sunday's easy Grosser Preis von Baden winner Iquitos bucks the trend as a son of an Areion mare in Irika. Bred by Dr Erika Buhmann, Iquitos is the first foal out of his winning dam, who is a sister to the Listed-placed Inanya. He is the only foal registered on the Adlerflug-Areion cross and the first Group winner within the first four generations of his family.

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