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breeders’ cup grand-daughter of the outstanding broodmare Oh So Fair, the dam of five stakes winners, including Oh So Sharp, who completed the filly triple crown of 1,000 Guineas (G1), the Oaks (G1) and the St. Leger (G1), and the four-time Group winner Roussalka, a sister to Wuheida’s fourth dam, Oh So Hot. Oh So Fair, who traces to the “Flying Filly” Mumtaz Mahal via Malinda, a sister to Nasrullah, is also ancestress of the high-class international performer Collier Hill, Shantou, successful in the St. Leger (G1), the 1,000 Guineas (G1) winner Ameerat, and Bribon, a French-bred who flourished on the Dirt in the US, winning four graded stakes, including the Metropolitan Handicap (G1). Wuheida and the Prix Vermeille (G1) winner Left Hand are two of the seven stakes winners from only 21 starters by Dubawi out of mares by Singspiel. In that regard, it’s worth noting that Singspiel’s sire In The Wings is out of High Hawk, a daughter of Shirley Heights and Sunbittern, and Dubawi’s dam Zomaradah is by a son of Shirley Heights out of a grand-daughter of Sunbittern.

Win Approval: the fifth mare to become a dual Breeders’ Cup-producing dam

The Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) saw a rare double as the seven-year-old grey World Approval emulated his half-brother Miesque’s Approval, who took the race in 2006.

Wuheida is another credit for her sire Dubawi, who has sired 122 stakes winners from his first nine northern-hemisphere crops, 79 Group or graded, and 27 Group or Grade 1 It meant that his dam Win Approval became only the fifth mare to produce two winners at the Breeders’ Cup. World Approval also looks likely to follow his sibling as a winner of an Eclipse for champion Turf horse. Win Approval is also dam of the multiple graded stakes-winning millionaires Revved Up and Za Approval, the latter a runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Win Approval is by another champion Turf horse With Approval, a son of Caro, and her dam Negotiator was Grade 1-placed at two, and is out of the Argentine-bred Geneva. She was a winner at the equivalent of Grade 3 level in Argentina, was second in the Argentine 1,000 Guineas and also bred a US graded winner in Duveen, who took the

Emotional: trainer Charlie Appleby welcomes back his Filly and Mare Turf winner, Wuheida


Seneca Handicap (G3) at Saratoga. World Approval’s sire is the veteran Northern Afleet, a multiple graded stakes winning sprinter/miler by Mr. Prospector’s son, Afleet. Northern Afleet never stood for a big fee, but has been a useful sire in both the northern and southern-hemisphere – he was a leading sire in Brazil getting 73 stakes winners, including champion three-year-old colt Afleet Alex, champion sprinter Amazombie, champion Canadian two-year-old Negligee, and Barolo, Horse of the Year in Brazil. World Approval and Miesque’s Approval are bred on very similar lines – Miesque’s Approval is by Miesque’s Son, a brother to Kingmambo, and by Mr. Prospector out of a Nureyev mare, and Northern Afleet is by a son of Mr. Prospector out of Nureyev mare.

Stormy Liberal: a profitable claim

The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) fell to Stormy Liberal, who was claimed for $40,000 last October and has since won five of eight starts, four in stakes company, including the Daytona Stakes (G3). Stormy Liberal is by the Storm Cat horse Stormy Atlantic, a minor sprint stakes winner but a very effective stallion who has 107 stakes winners to his name, including another six Grade 1 winners. Stormy Liberal’s dam Vassar, a daughter of Royal Academy, is also dam of Stormy Liberal’s Grade 1-placed brother Coast Guard, and of Shimmering Moment, a Listed winner in Ireland, and graded placed in the US. Vassar is out of the stakes-winning L’Emigrant daughter Dixie Fine, a daughter of the excellent Raise A Native producer Luv Luvin’ the ancestress of nearly 40 stakes winners, including Henrythenavigator, whose victories took in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1), Magician, successful in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), Saffron Walden, another Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) victor, as well as the other Group 1 scorers Beethoven, Listen, Seqoyah, Insight and Dolphin Street. Stormy Liberal has a fascinating pedigree. His two grandsires, Storm Cat and Royal Academy, are very closely related – Storm Cat by Storm Bird, out of Terlingua, a daughter of Crimson Saint, and Royal Academy by Nijinsky, who is bred on very similar lines to Storm Bird, out of Crimson Saint. On top of that Stormy Liberal’s second dam is a grand-daughter of The Minstrel, another close relative to Storm Bird, and a threequarters brother to Nijinsky.

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Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...


Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...