Best Broodmare Sires Europe

Earl Hamilton
• Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
• 10 min read

Through the 2019 season we seemingly never had to wait too long for the next big-race triumph for a son or daughter of a mare by Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon). It is no surprise, therefore, that the 27-year-old Chesley Park Stud patriarch has ended the year not merely completing a hat-trick of titles as Champion Broodmare Sire of Great Britain and Ireland but also topping the European table too.

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It would, though, be grossly unfair too Pivotal to attribute his success as a broodmare sire solely to the fact that his daughters are generally compatible with Galileo. For one thing, a mare has to be high-class to merit a place in Galileo’s book, whoever she is by; secondly, Pivotal’s daughters regularly produce good horses from a broad spectrum of stallions.

Dane hill’s regular presence among the leaders is easy to understand when one bears in mind that the most obviously successful nick of the current century has been ‘Galileo over a Dane hill mare’, a recipe which has yielded 15 individual Group 1 winners headed by Frankel. Dane hill was Champion Broodmare Sire during Frankel’s final season of racing in 2012 (thus ending the seven-year reign of Sadler’s Wells) and then topped the table again in both 2014 and ’15.

Dane hill’s best representative as a dam sire in 2019 was G1 Judgment Grand Prix de Paris and G1 Judgment International winner Japan (GB), one of three Group 1 winners of 2019 bred on the tried-and-tested Galileo x Dane hill cross which also struck gold with G1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger heroine Search For A Song (Ire) and Cape of Good Hope (Ire), a stakes' winner during the year in both England and Australia. Galileo also regularly gets good results from Dane hill Dancer mares and this cross yielded two top-class 3-year-olds of 2019: G1 St James’s Palace S. and G1 PRI Du Cousin de Longchamp winner Circus Maximus (Ire) and G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Sovereign (Ire).

Nestling in among these greats is another legend: Mon sun (Ger) occupied fifth place thanks to the G1 Qatar PRI DE l’Arc de Triomphe winner Wildcat (GB) (Galileo {GB}) whose earnings account for more than half of his maternal grand sire’s total. Oasis Dream (GB) and Chaparral deserve credit as the only two horses in the top 10 in the GB/Ire table aged less than 20.

Chaparral, of course, had a fantastic season as a sire of racehorses thanks to his three Group 1-winning 2-year-old colts headed by the champion Pinatubo (Ire) but, already well established as an wonderful broodmare sire, he also featured prominently in this role, his grandchildren headed by G1 Bet fair Haddock Park Sprint Cup S. winner Hello Domain (Fr) (Zodiac {GB}). By topping the table in Great Britain and Ireland for a third consecutive year he has, as highlighted above, joined an elite band alongside St Simon and Sadler’s Wells.

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As regards his place among the broodmare sires pantheon of the modern era, he has now put himself alongside the legendary Habitat (Champion Broodmare Sire of Great Britain and Ireland in 1987, ’94 and ’96) and ahead of both Darshan (GB) and Rainbow Quest (GB) who each topped the table twice. With the likes of Galileo, Dubai and Sea The Stars established as arguably the three hottest sires in the world, Europe has moved ahead of North America as the world’s leading sources of the most sought after stallions.

The greatest, and most dominant, son of Northern Dancer, Sadler’s Wells accumulated a gross total of 18 general sires championships in three different countries. Sadler’s Wells progeny won all five British classics, and all excelled in North America.

Very few stallions in the modern era are capable of siring more than 10% stakes winners to foals. Sire of exceptional champions Maduro (Prince of Wales S), Sirocco (Breeders Cup Turf), Stability (French Oaks), Novelist (King George), Maxims (PRI Du Cousin) and Melbourne Cup hero Florence, Mon sun is also becoming a highly successful broodmare sire.

To date, G1 winners produced by Mon sun mares include the German Derby winners Pastors, Lucky Speed and Sea The Moon as well as the likes of Color Vision, Sirius and Cartilage. A top-class stallion, Machiavellian was never champion sire in the UK but has left a real mark on the breed through his sons and daughters.

Another son of Indian Ridge, Definite Article, is the sire of four time Irish St Leger hero Minnie Roe. Indian Ridge mares have produced the likes of Dancing Rain (Epsom Oaks), Ex celebration (PRI Du Cousin), Will (Breeders Cup Juvenile) and Reel Buddy (Sussex Stakes), to name a few.

Horses produced by Indian Ridge mares have won no fewer than ten Group races in 2014 alone. Includes information from North America, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates as contained in our database.

Beautiful Bells is the oldest horse on the list, and she earned her place having been a predominant dam of speed in the nineteenth century. We have already mentioned that eight of her sons took up duties in the breeding shed with some of the best ones being Saint Be who was a leading sire in America in 1894 and Chimes.

She was responsible for Derby & 2000 Guineas winner Nash wan, Unfair and the likeable if underrated sire Name. She also sired Group 1 winner Black Sam Bellamy and of her female offspring, All Too Beautiful and My Typhoon stand out.

Easily grandson Rail Link winning the ArcS he didn’t hit any great heights on the racetrack, with a listed victory at Nantes as a two-year-old being the highlight. Frankel Roger Charlton trained Kind to win six of her thirteen starts, with the listed Flower of Scotland Stakes a particular highlight.

Kind was retired to Prince Khalid Abdul la’s Judgment Farm and has now established herself as one the studs leading broodmares. It was announced last week that the pairing with Galileo that produced the unbeaten Frankel is to be replicated this season and if he/she inherits half of the same traits then it’s something to look forward to.

Invincible Spirit (nearside)She was a Group 1 winner of the PRI de Diane in her racing career, but it’s in the breeding shed where Mafia has really made her mark. Of the two Invincible Spirit was much the best on the track, winning the Haddock Sprint Cup whereas Zodiac didn’t even win a stakes race, but good fortune would have it that the season Zodiac was retiring, his brother Invincible Spirit was a world record by siring 35 two-year-old winners in his freshman season.

This success coupled with his pedigree gave Tally Ho Stud the encouragement to take a chance on Zodiac. Chief among these was Better Than Honor who was responsible for Belmont Stakes winners Jail and the Rags To Riches who became the first mare to win the race in over a century in 2007.

She has produced quadruple Group 1 winner Peeping Fawn along with Thewayouare who sire Toast Of New York but, unfortunately, passed away last year. DubawiThe Group 1 winning juvenile Fall Aspen has had one of the widest reaching effects on the breeding industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

On European soil, she produced Elle See, Colorado Dancer, Hamas, Fort Wood and Bianchi. Another generation on and Fall Aspen’s legacy is growing with Colorado Dancer foaling Dubai Millennium, who himself sired the fantastic Dubai.

Fort Wood was a very successful stallion in South Africa and Elle See produced another three high-class performers Methane who won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Claim who won the July Cup and proved to be a good sire and Only See whose daughter Occupandiste is the grandam of Intel lo. There are multiple reasons why Mosque has earned a place on our list, firstly due to her racing career, secondly her leading stallion offspring King mambo and finally the broodmare success of some of her relatives.

Their genetic superiority combined with the elite broodmares bred to them almost guarantees daughters with impeccable credentials. At the top is the great German runner and stallion Acatenango, dam sire of Animal Kingdom (by Leroidesanimaux) and two other stakes winners.

Indy, Giant's Causeway, Deputy Minister, Sadler's Wells, Seeking the Gold, and Dixieland Band. Except Giant's Causeway, none of these are a real surprise, and Deputy Minister, Sadler's Wells, and Dixieland Band are past leading broodmare sire titleholders.

Although his oldest daughters are only 11, they've produced 27 stakes winners already, six so far in 2013, including the grade I-winning 3-year-old Serrano (by More Than Ready). Giant's Causeway mares have also produced group/grade I winners Planter, Evening Jewel, Eden's Moon, and Lock German.

Some old timers such as Mr. Prospector, Seattle Slew, and Dancing are still strongly represented on the broodmare sires list, born in the golden era of the 1970s. Other powerful names from this decade include Deputy Minister, Nureyev, Mistake, Valid Appeal, Conquistador Cairo, Clever Trick, Kris S., and Crafty Prospector.

The 1980s produced top broodmare sires such as the already mentioned Dixieland Band, Storm Cat, and Unbridled; as well as Woodman, Royal Academy, Seeking the Gold, Ray, Carson City, Gone West, Broad Brush, Wild Again, Capote, A.P. This group also includes European-based sires such as Darshan, Sadler's Wells, Dane hill, Rainbow Quest, Night Shift, Green Desert, Lina mix, and Indian Ridge.

Besides Giant's Causeway, Unbridled's Song, and Deere, some of the more successful include King mambo, Thunder Gulch, Gilded Time, French Deputy, Smart Strike, Holy Bull, Maria's Mon, and Wild Rush. Younger broodmare sires (1994 and later) Awesome Again, Tale of the Cat, Touch Gold, Boston Harbor, Coronado's Quest, Pulpit, Grand Slam, and Arch are showing that their daughters can be great broodmare investments.

European-based Ana baa, Calling, Pantry Celebrex, and Stravinsky are also making a good early showing. Keep their names in mind when shopping for broodmares because it's hard to reach the top with lower class pedigrees.

Son of the “Champion Maker” WH Justice out of the superb Euphoria (Citadel x Nathan ya JC), Azerbaijan seduced us this year for the marriages of Signature & Zohar. Grandson of WH Justice & Legacy Of Fame, Farad have Champion blood that flows in his veins and proved it already on International Shows.

2012 Silver Champion Junior Colt, Kuwait International Show 2012 Winner Best Head, Kuwait International Show 2012 2013 Gold Champion Junior Colt, LABS 2013 Winner Best Head 2014 Gold Champion Junior Colt, LABS Son of the “Champion Maker” WH Justice and out of Claudia, Pegasus JC was married to our beauty Faith for a first foal begin April.

Fulfilling with so much ease and sweetness his role of reproductive stallion, Mater was married to our queen Emma and to the Sahara. It is probably the most exotic black Arabian Pure Bred horse which exist today.

Magic Martinique was married to our beautiful Wazeerah for a black foal/filly impatiently waited for end of March 2016. 2014 Gold Champion Senior Stallions Norman die Arabian Festival Res.

Part Bred Stallion pinto chestnut born in 2005 at Mrs Bronzini in Germany and today property of Ephraim Arabians, Belgium. He possesses a lot of imposing presence and charisma and has the look and the mental of Arabian Pure Bred because of the 92,97 % of Arabic blood which flows into its veins.

Even better than of its full brother (Akin), Juliet ranked first at the Emerald Trophy, 2015 Brecht. 2014 Gold Champion Senior Stallions Norman die Arabian Festival Res.

She thus offered us AM Protein, a magnificent bay filly, which makes our big pride today. Our beloved Mater made its debuts as reproductive stallion and proved that he had everything of an outstanding dad by seducing our beautiful Sahara and Emma who had perfectly hidden her pregnancy.

For his first breeding season, Mater offered us the wish of king, a boy at first named Ryan Al Manual and a girl to end the year in beauty named Halves Al Manual. Son of the unique Ansatz Nile Echo, Dais Al Sophia, as Mater, made his debuts as breeding stallion, and we had the opportunity to use him.

Only Straight Egyptian foal born in March 2015, we called him Felix Al Manual. Part Bred Stallion pinto chestnut born in 2005 at Mrs Bronzini in Germany and today property of Ephraim Arabians, Belgium.

He possesses a lot of imposing presence and charisma and has the look and the mental of Arabian Pure Bred because of the 92,97 % of Arabic blood which flows into its veins. We wanted colors, but Emma gave us a magnificent chestnut foal named Akin Al Manual, sold but still at our stud in pension.

Altar is a black stallion asserting himself as well on the show ring as in ridden classes. Altar gave us a big very fine, exquisitely sophisticated filly in head, named April Al Manual, sold in Liège (Belgium).

Her very pronounced heart-shaped ears, systematic mark of her mother, Bit Al Sahara, and her raised tail from the slightest emotion give her breathtaking movements. Zara is a magnificent black homozygous stallion, Straight Egyptian, Al Hausa, Shake Obey and Heirloom.

Of a matchless kindness, Al Sheriff seduced us by his morphology, his bearing and his magnificent dapple-grey dress. We are really delighted by this first choice of stallion and deeply thank Noelle Dumont from “Hara's de Croissart” for its listening and its proficiency.

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