“A Royal Ascot victory adds lustre to any future stallion’s C.V., but Canford Cliffs now boasts three. These Royal Ascot wins came in the G2 Coventry S., G1 St James’s Palace S. & G1 Queen Anne S. – arguably the three races most likely to endear him to today’s breeders.” Andrew Caulfield, TDN, 21/06/11
“He’s the best I’ve ever had.” Champion trainer, Richard Hannon
An ideal outcross for Sadler’s Wells & Danehill line mares
Sired 35 first crop winning 2YOs in 2015, only Kodiac had more!
Stakes performers already include…
Painted Cliffs – Railway Stakes-Gr.2 winner
Most Beautiful – Grangecon Stud Stakes-Gr.3 winner, 3rd in the Debutante Stakes-Gr.2
Al Jazi – Queens Plate Stakes-Gr.3 & Prix Servanne-L.R. winner. Connections are considering a step up to G1 company
Princess Asta – Premio Chiusura-Gr.3 & Bayerischer Fliegerpreis-L.R. winner
Aktoria – Prix Six Perfections-L.R. winner
Wall Of Fire – Melrose Stakes winner
Harlequeen – Epsom Oaks-Gr.1 & Irish Oaks-Gr.1 third
Salouen – Racing Post Trophy-Gr.1 third, Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Gr.1, Solario Stakes-Gr.3 & Feilden Stakes-L.R. second
Cliff Hanger – Autumn Classic-Gr.2 second
Tomily – Doncaster Stakes-L.R. second
Bournemouth Belle – Empress Stakes-L.R. third
Charm Appeal – Prix Herod-L.R. third
April 26, 2017
Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Jazi (4f Canford Cliffs-Rainbow Crossing, by Cape Cross) looked a contender for top sprinting honours this… View Article
April 10, 2017
The Roger Charlton-trained Comrade Conrad (3c Canford Cliffs-View, by Galileo) looked another smart prospect for Canford Cliffs when winning on… View Article
April 5, 2017
Salouen (3c Canford Cliffs-Gali Gal, by Galileo) features among 10 second entries added yesterday for this year’s premier Classic, the… View Article
October 30, 2016
Progessive filly Princess Asta (3f Canford Cliffs-Lune Rouge, by Unfuwain) brought another Group race win for Canford Cliffs in Milan… View Article
October 22, 2016
A fabulous 2016 in Europe for Fastnet Rock continued at Doncaster on Saturday when Rivet (2c Fastnet Rock-Starship, by Galileo)… View Article
September 11, 2016
Trainer Mario Hofer sent out Princess Asta (3f Canford Cliffs-Lune Rouge, by Unfuwain) to bring more stakes glory for Canford… View Article
July 29, 2016
First-crop Canford Cliffs filly Al Jazi (3f Canford Cliffs-Rainbow Crossing, by Cape Cross) ran out a decisive winner of the… View Article
June 8, 2016
Royal Ascot hero Canford Cliffs posted his first Australian winner when Cliff Hanger (2c Canford Cliffs x Crevasse, by Snowland)… View Article
Canford Cliffs’ consistently outstanding record established him as a leader of his generation at two, three and four. He scored by a facile seven lengths on his debut in May and then quickened away to take the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes by six. Canford Cliffs was much more than just a precocious talent though. At three he reeled off Gr.1 victories in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James’s Palace S. and Sussex S. He extended the sequence of Gr.1 victories to five as a four-year-old, taking the Lockinge S. prior to using his brilliant acceleration to defeat the exceptional Goldikova in the Queen Anne S.
From the Hail To Reason male line and with a dam by Marju, Canford Cliffs is bred along similar lines to Big Bad Bob, who did well from limited opportunities.
As a representative of the Hail To Reason male line, Canford Cliffs also possesses a pedigree which should make him a valuable outcross for many mares.
The GREEN DESERT branch of the DANZIG line has made a fast start with Canford Cliffs. His sire Tagula sired the smart sprinter Tax Free from a grand-daughter of Green Desert and now Canford Cliffs has sired the Gr.3 winners Al Jazi and Most Beautiful from CAPE CROSS mares. He has also sired the useful miler Aspen Mountain from only two runners out of daughters of OASIS DREAM.
Canford Cliffs has already sired the French Listed winner Aktoria from a daughter of ZAFONIC and his first two Group winners have grand-daughters of MR PROSPECTOR as their second dams, by SEEKING THE GOLD and GULCH.
He has already made his mark with GALILEO mares, siring the Gr.1 runner-up Salouen and the very useful Wall of Fire. His sire’s very smart son Limato is out of a mare by SINGSPIEL. His first runner out of a MONTJEU mare is a useful winner in France.
His Group winner Princess Asta is out of an UNFUWAIN mare and is therefore inbred 5×3 to NORTHERN DANCER as well as being 4×4 to STOP THE MUSIC.
KYLLACHY is the broodmare sire of Canford Cliffs’ Gr.2 winner Painted Cliffs. This suggests he could also suit daughters of PIVOTAL too.
The brothers EL GRAN SENOR and TRY MY BEST are an interesting option. Mares by Try My Best’s grandson ROYAL APPLAUSE are likely to reinforce Canford Cliffs’ juvenile ability, and the same applies to ACCLAMATION.
Harlequeen, third in the Oaks and Irish Oaks, has a dam by RAINBOW QUEST who also sired the grandam of Gr.1 2yo Salouen.
Canford Cliffs already has winners out of daughters of DALAKHANI, DAYLAMI and SHIRLEY HEIGHTS, with the last-named siring the second dam of the classic-placed Harlequeen.
More Than Ready, Red Ransom, Sunday Silence and Fuji Kiseki are among the other members of the Hail To Reason male line which have Gr.1 winners from DANEHILL mares. Canford Cliffs already has the useful Stargazer from a ROCK OF GIBRALTAR mare.
At 2 Years
1stCoventry Stakes-Gr.2, 6f., Royal Ascot by 6 lengths from Xtension & Rakaan.
1stMaiden, 6f., Newbury by 7 lengths from Rakaan & Barzan.
3rdPrix Morny-Gr.1, 6f., Deauville beaten ½ length by Arcano & Special Duty.
At 3 Years
1stSussex Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Goodwood by a neck from Rip Van Winkle.
1stSt James’s Palace Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot by 1 length from Dick Turpin.
1stIrish 2,000 Guineas Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Curragh by 3 lengths from Free Judgment.
2ndGreenham Stakes-Gr.3, 7f., Newbury beaten ½ length by Dick Turpin.
3rd2000 Guineas-Gr.1, 8f., Newmarket beaten 1¾ lengths by Makfi & Dick Turpin.
At 4 Years
1stLockinge Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Newbury by 1¼ lengths from Worthadd.
1stQueen Anne Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot by 1 length from 14-time Gr.1 winner Goldikova.
2ndSussex Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Goodwood despite suffering an injury during the race, beaten 5 lengths by Frankel with Rio De La Plata third.
ALL HIS STARTS
St. James's Palace Stakes-Gr.1