Canford Cliffs

Bay 2007 16.0½ hh (1.63 m)
Tagula – Mrs Marsh
Distances won over: 6f. to 8f.

The best horse Richard Hannon Sr ever trained!

“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 (x2) & Prix Servanne-L.R. winner. Connections are considering a step up to G1 company
Princess Asta – Premio Chiusura-Gr.3, Bayerischer Fliegerpreis-L.R. (x2) & Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis-L.R. winner
Charm Appeal – Prix Volterra-L.R. winner & Prix Herod-L.R. third
Aktoria – Prix Six Perfections-L.R. winner
Dorset Noble – East Cape Derby-L.R. winner
Tata Pila – Premio Perrone-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, Prix Guillaume d’Ornano-Gr.2, Solario Stakes-Gr.3 & Feilden Stakes-L.R. second
Cliff Hanger – Autumn Classic-Gr.2 second
Goodthingstaketime – Curragh Stakes-Gr.3 second
Tomily – Doncaster Stakes-L.R. second
Bournemouth Belle – Empress Stakes-L.R. third
Supermensch – Prix de Saint-Patrick-L.R. third

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.


Canford Cliffs

Lockinge Stakes-Gr.1

Sussex Stakes-Gr.1

Queen Anne Stakes-Gr.1

Irish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1

St. James's Palace Stakes-Gr.1