Pivotal proving a strong force as a broodmare sire

Pivotal: has supplied 11 stakes winners this year as a broodmare sire

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Pivotal proving a strong force as a broodmare sire
By Nancy Sexton 4:07PM 15 SEP 2016

SUCCESS as a broodmare sire came relatively young in life for Pivotal. By its very nature, the broodmare sire list is often populated by elderly, deceased or retired stallions but Pivotal has consistently been ahead of his contemporaries in that department, being the only active European-based sire to fill a top-ten position by prize-money in each of the past four years.

Early indications Pivotal mares might be worth watching came in 2008 when his eldest daughters had turned ten.

That year, Lady Gloria, out of the Pivotal mare Tara Moon, took the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and Habaya, out of one of his early stars Golden Apples, won a Grade 3 for Hamdan Al Maktoum at Hollywood Park.

The breakthrough season, however, arrived in 2012 when Pivotal featured as the damsire of five Pattern winners worldwide, among them July Cup winner Mayson, Solario Stakes scorer Fantastic Moon – who remains the sole juvenile stakes winner sired by Dalakhani – and smart sprinter Fire Lily.

And as his better-bred daughters have continued to enter the production line, the winners have continued to flow. In 2013 his daughters were responsible for 11 stakes winners. In 2015 the number had grown to 13.

Pivotal mares have supplied 11 stakes winners already this year as well as the earners of £2.7 million in Britain and Ireland, a figure that was enhanced considerably during the past weekend. In taking the St Leger, Harbour Law became the fifth Group/Grade 1 winner out of a Pivotal mare following Mayson, Main Sequence, The United States and Winsili.

Meanwhile, at the Curragh, the Galileo fillies Hydrangea and Rhododendron came close to adding to the Group 1 haul when second and third to Intricately in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Rhododendron and Hydrangea had previously run one-two in the Debutante Stakes to provide another notable result for the increasingly popular Galileo-Pivotal cross.

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There was also a fine run at Leopardstown by Firey Speech – by Street Cry out of the Pivotal mare Firey Red – in second behind Landfall in the Juvenile Champions Stakes, while earlier in the week Spangled, by Starspangledbanner out of Zykina, won the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster.

Both are out of mares bred after 2003 when Pivotal's fee jumped from £25,000 to £40,000 and then up to £85,000. In fact, 29 of his 36 stakes winners in the past three years are out of mares who were foaled between 2004 and 2008.

Cheveley Park Stud's broodmare band has understandably been instrumental in the development, as it has been throughout in the overall success of his stud career. Spangled is the fourth stakes winner this year bred by the stud out of a Pivotal mare (another two, Zonderland and Marenko, are closely related to Spangled as members of their Russian Rhythm family) and sixth overall.

The list also includes Summer Mile winner Mutakayyef and Jockey Club Stakes and Yorkshire Cup scorer Gospel Choir, while one of their families, that belonging to Gay Gallanta, is also responsible for Pluja, an Argentinian Group 2 winner this year.

The Cheveley Park connection has also no doubt been influential in his solid association with the stud's Dutch Art, who has covered his share of Pivotal mares and has sired 42 starters bred on the cross. Of that group, 26 are winners and three – Miss Work Of Art, Zarwaan and Zonderland – are stakes scorers. But it is Pivotal's success with Danzig, primarily through Danehill and Oasis Dream, and Galileo that dominates the statistics.

In Galileo's case he has covered a number of Pivotal's good daughters such as Oaks winner Sariska and the Irish 1,000 Guineas heroines Halfway To Heaven and Saoire.

The results justify supporting the pattern since 17 winners have emerged out of 21 runners, among them five stakes winners led by Australian Group 1 scorer The United States, Gospel Choir and Rhododendron. But it is Pivotal's success with Danzig-line horses that really takes the eye.

Harbour Law, a fifth Group 1 winner for Lawman and second European Classic winner after Just The Judge, is another example of the affinity between Invincible Spirit and Pivotal that was first showcased through Mayson. The list also includes Listed winners Requisition and Rivellino from a group of starters that numbers 14.

Meanwhile, another son of Green Desert, Oasis Dream, has sired three stakes winners out of Pivotal mares, including Meydan Group 2 scorer Cladocera. The pattern has also borne fruit for Kheleyf through his Grade 3-winning daughter Charlie Em.

Anyone with a Pivotal mare would also do well to consider Dansili. The pair have combined to produce five stakes winners out of 16 starters led by the 2013 Nassau Stakes heroine Winsili, Fire Lily and Group 3 winner Brisanto.

Yet another Classic winner bred by Hascombe and Valiant Studs and a £30,000 purchase at last year's Goffs London Sale by Kiltown Bloodstock, Harbour Law is the second stakes performer in as many years out of Abunai.

The winning daughter of Pivotal had been picked up by Black Type for just 15,500gns at the 2013 Tattersalls December Sale and was resold to John and Jake Warren for 40,000gns at this year's Tattersalls February Sale in foal to Toronado following the exploits of her fourth foal Moheet, an 800,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up graduate who ran third in the Craven Stakes.

Abunai hails from one of Hascombe and Valiant's most respected families as a daughter of Listed winner Ingozi, also the dam of E P Taylor Stakes heroine Miss Keller and Oshiponga, herself dam of the high-class two-year-olds Hatta Fort and Blue Bayou.

Granddam Inchmurrin won the 1988 Child Stakes before foaling the diminutive Inchinor, who ran second to Zafonic in the 1992 Dewhurst Stakes, while further back it is the family of the Group 1-winning fillies Venus De Milo and Balisada.

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