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By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
Sunday 06 Aug 2017
Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)

Four of the eight new stallions whose progeny will be seen racing from November onwards were introduced in the previous article. Time now for the pen pictures of the remaining four.

NET WHIZZ[USA] (dk b/br 2009 Mr. Greeley - Reboot by Rubiano)

Standing at Hazara Stud, Ambala, Haryana

1 win at 3 in England (1600 m., All Weather). Best Racing Post Rating 93

Other stallion sons of Mr. Greeley in India: Rebuttal and Western Aristocrat

Previous stallions at Hazara Stud: Dancing Forever and Rebuttal.

In its early days, Hazara Stud stood no stallions but used those standing in Tohana, principally at Vikram Greenlands. Rebuttal and Dancing Forever were the first two stallions to hold court at that nursery and the former had started very impressively. Dancing Forever died in June 2013 when his first crop was in training but had not yet run. Three months later came the double whammy when Rebuttal had to be put down.

Hazara Stud was hence in a dire need of a pair of stallions before the 2014 covering season opened and it opted for Rebuttal's younger full-brother to fill one of the slots. Though he tapered away after a rousing start, Rebuttal was a more than a useful stallion, an excellent winner producer even when the Classic winners had dried up. He had good racing form at 2 in England, placing second in Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, Gr.1 and  having run third in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, Gr.2 before that. That elicited a rating of 117 from Racing Post. The best rating that Net Whizz has commanded from the same publication is 93. So Net Whizz will have to be more prepotent in the covering yard than his older full-brother.  That is not out of the realms of possibility but is a very tall order. The success of Rebuttal and Western Aristocrat, another son of Mr. Greeley, is an encouraging factor.

Net Whizz covered 77 mares in 2014 and produced 49 foals. In 2015, the number of mares covered dropped down to just 28 and the number of foals to 14. There seemed to be some problems with his fertility that year. Hopefully, it was only a temporary blip for in 2016 he and Saamidd had books of almost the same size.

SAAMIDD[GB] (b 2008 Street Cry - Aryaamm by Galileo)

Standing at Hazara Stud, Ambala, Haryana

2 wins at 2 in England (both oveer 1400 m.; once good and once good to firm going). Best Racing Post Rating 116

First son of Street Cry to stand as a stallion in India.

Previous stallions at Hazara Stud:  Dancing Forever and Rebuttal.

If Net Whizz was a straight replacement for Rebuttal, Saamidd was the one chosen to take the place of Dancing Forever. Bred by Darley, Saamidd started racing in Godolphin colours and was trained by Saeed bin Suroor. He won two of his three starts at 3, both over 1400 m. including the Neptune Investment Management Champagne Stakes, Gr.2 at Doncaster. His only start at 3 was in Frankel's Quipco Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1 in which he was never sighted. In his first start at 4, he was narrowly beaten by Sri Putra in Get Your Bet On at Blue Square Paradise, L at Kempton on All Weather. He was unplaced in his remaining five starts including four in Dubai on dirt when he had passed into the ownership of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. He ran just 10 times in four years and probably had soundness issues which prevented him from optimizing the potential he showed in his early days. 

His sire Street Cry won five races including the Dubai World Cup, Gr.1 and earned over $ 5 million in stakes. He has been an outstanding success as a stallion getiing horses like Zenyatta, Street Sense, Shocking, Whobegotyou, Storm Street, Per Incanto and others. His sons like Street Sense, Shocking, Street Boss, Desert Party, Street Magician, etc. are young stallions at stud.  Saamidd's dam won one race at 3 over 2000 m. and is a daughter of the great Galileo. The next dam is a half-sister to Classic winner and sire Barathea. This Tit For Tat family is a good running family.

Saamidd never raced beyond a mile but his low Dosage Index suggests that he could have got further. Some of his progeny will undoubtedly do so. The stallion has 23 foals in his first crop and 36 in his second.

STRONG SUIT[USA] (ch 2008 Rahy - Helwa by Silver Hawk)

Standing at Manjri Stud, Pune, Maharashtra

5 wins at 2 and 4 in England (1200 m. and 1400 m.; all on turf, four on good going and one on good to firm). Best Racing Post Rating 126

Other sons of Rahy in India: Noverre and Dancing Forever.

Previous stallions recently at Manjri Stud: Arabian Gulf, Phoenix Tower, Senure, Major Impact, Don't Forget Me, Portroe, Trojan Fen, Bolder Than Bold, Classic Tale, etc.

Strong Suit was owned by Mrs. J. Wood and trained by Richard Hannon, Sr. After winning his maiden at Newmarket in mid-May, he picked up the Coventry Stakes, Gr.2 next month at Royal Ascot. He was then sent to Ireland for the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, Gr.1 and was narrowly beaten by Zoffany -- now a successful stallion -- and Glor Na Mara.  Back in England, he ran a distant second to Dream Ahead in the Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes, Gr.1 to finish his first year's racing. He was nowhere in Frankel's Greenham Stakes, Gr.3 on his debut at 3 and then won the Jersey Stakes, Gr.3 at Royal Ascot beating Codemaster and Western Aristocrat. He was giving Western Aristocrat 5 lbs. and beat him by a shade under a length. In the Prix Jean Prat, Gr.1 at Chantilly he was third to Mutual Trust and Zoffany, a head and a nose separating the three of them. Then, at the Goodwood meeting, he won the bet365 Lennox Stakes, Gr.2 beating Red Jazz by one and a half lengths. He was then sold to Qatari interests and for them he won the Burj Khalifa Challenge Stakes, Gr.2, slamming Chachamaidee by four and a half lengths. He did not win after that.

Manjri Stud's new stallion had a very consistent record up to a mile -- the right aptitude for India -- winning three Gr.2 races and losing two Gr.1 events in photo-finishes. His winning on good and good to firm going is another plus point. His sire qualifies as a sire of successful sires having had stallion sons like Noverre, Fantastic Light, Dancing Forever, Pounced, Dancing Rahy, Myrmidon, Rio de la Plata and others. Helwa, the dam of Strong Suit, did not race. She comes from an Argentinian family that has domiciled in U.S.A. for many years now and has produced stallions like Personal Flag, Miner's Mark, Proud and True, Our Hero and Our Emblem.

With Phoenix Tower doing well, Manjri Stud has not, rightly, tinkered with his books and launched Strong Suit cautiously. The son of Rahy has 22 foals in his first crop and 15 in his second. One very notable aspect of Strong Suit's pedigree is that he is completely free of Northern Dancer. A rare occurrence these days.

TAZAHUM[USA] (b 2008 Redoute's Choice - Huja by Alzao)

Standing at Sans Craintes Stud, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

4 wins in England at 2 to 4 (1400 m. and 1600m,.; one on All Weather, three on turf, two on good going, one on good to soft.) Best Racing Post Rating 116

First son of Redoute's Choice to stand in India as a stallion.

Previous stallions at Sans Craintes Stud: Lord Admiral, Lucifer Sam, Mathematician, Midtown, Polar Falcon, Mudeer, Groom Street, Vesuvius, McDuck, Ajaad, Wassl Reef, Right Ahead, Grand Parade, Amber Flash

In 2007, Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum sent his Shadwell Stud mare Huja at a considerable expense to Australia. Apart from the travelling costs, there was also the covering fee of Aus $ 330,000 to be paid to Arrowfield Stud for the services of Redoute's Choice. After Huja was confirmed in foal, the mare travelled to U.S.A. to drop Tazahum. Sheikh Hamdan decided to retain Tazahum for racing and the colt entered Freemason Lodge stables of Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket. Tazahum had just two starts at 2, scoring on his debut at Kempton on All Weather and then finishing second to Dubawi Gold at Ascot. He started his second year with two wins at Sandown, both over a mile, including the Listed Charles Heidsieck Champagne Heron Stakes. He won another mile race at 4 and was twice placed in Sky Bet Strensall Stakes, Gr.3 over 1800 m.  at York; he was second at 3 and third a year later. His aptitude and going preference are well suited to India.

Danehill made his name around the world but in Australia his influence has been felt the most. Among his many sire sons in Australia, Redoute's Choice figures prominently. Redoute's Choice won five of his ten starts in Victoria, four of them Gr.1 contests. He won from 1200 m. to a mile and his duels with his contemporary Testa Rossa were eagerly awaited. They opposed each other four times and each won twice. Redoute's Choice was retired to Arrowfield Stud in New South Wales and also had a short spell at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in France. He and his sire sons -- like Stratum, Snitzel, Never a Doubt and many others -- have been outstandingly successful in Australia. Huja, the dam of Tazahum, was Gr.3 placed in England and she is a full-sister to Maraahel who won the Hardwicke Stakes, Gr.1 twice and amassed over a million pounds sterling in stakes. Tazahum traces to Tillywhim, a Classic and staying tap-root.

Tazahum had 32 foals in his first crop and 24 in his second whereas Knight's Tour had 25 and 16 which probably indicates the pecking order at Sans Craintes. While it has no bearing on how Tazahum fares as a stallion, the fact that his half-sister Dhaawiah is the dam of Manifold does him no harm whatsoever.


Unlike some of the previous years, when one stallion lorded it over others in terms of sheer numbers and was the obvious Champion Freshman Sire in the making, we are likely to have a more even contest the coming year. At least one of those Champion Freshman Sires now finds himself banished to wilderness. It is to be hoped that one who emerges on the top from these eight newcomers has more to offer.