Showcasing’s rise reflected in book quality

Quiet Reflection shows her rivals a clean pair of heels at Haydock

PICTURE: John Grossick racingpost.com/photos) Showcasing's rise reflected in book quality By Martin Stevens 12:49PM 4 SEP 2016

QUIET REFLECTION'S convincing victory in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Saturday capped a fruitful period for Whitsbury Manor Stud's exciting young sire Showcasing.

The nine-year-old son of Oasis Dream was represented by four winners around Britain on Friday, with two-year-olds Haworth and Moonlit Show breaking their maidens and three-year-olds Fine Example and Showdaisy scoring in handicaps. Haworth led home another son of Showcasing, Hotfill, at Newcastle with the pair returning at odds of 33-1 and 50-1.

Showcasing first shot to fame two years ago when his first crop of two-year-olds – conceived at a fee of just £5,000 – yielded a high percentage of winners to runners including wide-margin Mill Reef Stakes victor Toocoolforschool.

He has since compiled a fine record of nine Group winners and four Listed winners around the world, having also shuttled to Haunui Farm in New Zealand, headed by Quiet Reflection and dual US Grade 2 winner Prize Exhibit.

Showcasing's fee rose to £15,000 in 2015 in the afterglow of his freshman success and rose again to £25,000 last year. He was heavily oversubscribed in both seasons and Whitsbury Manor Stud director Ed Harper said he is already being knocked over with bookings for next year.

"We already have a long application list and the brilliant thing is this was supposed to be his quiet year," he said.

"Showcasing covered his lesser crop in his third season and yet he has managed to have eight individual winners this year from relatively few runners. He's managed to move up another gear in this ‘quiet' year, which bodes well for when the jump in quality he's covered kicks in."

Showcasing was a popular commercial choice from the outset of his second career, covering 117 and 119 mares in his first books at Whitsbury Manor Stud. But that figure dropped to 68 in his third season – the year his current two-year-olds were bred and generally a tricky one for most stallions – when the percentage of winners and black-type performers in his book also dropped.

Numbers recovered in 2014, when 116 mares visited him, although the proportion of quality in his book stayed the same.

It was all change in the following two seasons after that electric start with his first runners, with book sizes of 131 and 127 in the last two years and a related surge in the percentage of black-type performers covered to 19 and 20 per cent.

Among the notable mares Showcasing covered this year were Bird Key, the dam of Greenham Stakes winner Tasleet; Cool Question, the dam of Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor; Coyote, the dam of stakes winners Eradicate and Oh Goodness Me; Kid Gloves, the dam of Grade 2 winner Treat Gently; and Listed winner Sweet Cecily.

Intriguingly, he appears to be growing into a popular outcross for breeders with Galileo mares. He is listed as having covered seven daughters of the champion sire, including Listed winner Crystal Gal; Ivory Gala, the dam of the useful Red Galileo; and Amuser, a daughter of the great Six Perfections.

There was even more reason for Whitsbury Manor Stud to celebrate yesterday as its shuttle stallion Foxwedge got his first Pattern winner when daughter Foxplay struck in the Group 2 Fast & Furious Stakes at Randwick in Australia.

SHOWCASING COVERINGS 2011-16
At Whitsbury Manor Stud

2016

No. covered: 127
% Winners: 68
% Black-type performers: 20
% Black-type winners: 8

2015 (when current foals were conceived)

No. covered: 131
% Winners: 65
% Black-type performers: 19
% Black-type winners: 8

2014 (when current yearlings were conceived)

No. covered: 116
% Winners: 47
% Black-type performers: 7
% Black-type winners: 3

2013 (when current two-year-olds were conceived)

No. covered: 68
% Winners: 47
% Black-type performers: 6
% Black-type winners: 3

2012 (when current three-year-olds were conceived)

No. covered: 119
% Winners: 60
% Black-type performers: 8
% Black-type winners: 4

2011 (when current four-year-olds were conceived)

No. covered: 117
% Winners: 56
% Black-type performers: 12
% Black-type winners:5

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