Caravaggio

Grey 2014 15.3½ hh (1.55 m)
Scat Daddy – Mekko Hokte 
Distance won over: 5f. to 6f.

An Outstanding Sprinter

Timeform’s highest-rated juvenile colt of 2016 who went unbeaten in his first six starts!

  • Unbeaten Group 1 winning 2YO – with sensational victories in the G1 Phoenix Stakes & the G2 Coventry Stakes
  • Top-class sprinter at 3 – bolted up in the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot defeating Harry Angel

By SCAT DADDY – Grade 1 winner at 2 & 3, and the ultimate Royal Ascot sire

Out of MEKKO HOKTE – stakes winner over 6½ furlongs at 2

Damsire is HOLY BULL  unbeaten Grade 1 winner at 2 and Horse Of The Year at 3

Half-sister is MY JEN – unbeaten in 3 starts over 5½f. and 6f. at 2 and a Grade 2 winner over 6½f. at 3

“In his last piece of work he hit a top speed of 45 miles per hour – no horse in Ballydoyle has ever been able to do that” Aidan O’Brien following the Phoenix Stakes

“his Ferrari engine kicked in and he surged past the entire field” Racing Post Weekender on Caravaggio’s Commonwealth-Gr.1 success

Coolmore Fees for 2018

October 30, 2017

“We are delighted to have three very exciting new prospects for the coming season and are very much looking forward…

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Caravaggio embodies all that was good about his sire Scat Daddy. Like Scat Daddy, he became a Gr.1 winner at two, but Caravaggio outperformed his sire by remaining unbeaten in four juvenile starts, including the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes and Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes. Caravaggio also followed his sire’s example by becoming a top Gr.1 winner at three. He was winning for the sixth time in six starts when he defeated Harry Angel in the Commonwealth Cup. Like Scat Daddy’s flying daughter Lady Aurelia, Caravaggio has a pedigree containing the fast Great Above.

Caravaggio ranks alongside Lady Aurelia, No Nay Never, Sioux Nation and Acapulco among Scat Daddy’s seven 2yo European Group winners. Between them they collected five of Royal Ascot’s 2yo Group races, in addition to two editions of both the Prix Morny and the Phoenix Stakes. Scat Daddy was America’s leading first crop sire in 2011 and he was represented by as many as nine 2yo stakes winners in a single crop, with six scoring at Graded/Group level. This suggests strongly that Caravaggio has the perfect background to become a leading sire of fast and precocious juveniles. No Nay Never is similarly qualified and his first-crop yearlings sold extremely well, with colts fetching up to 850,000gns and fillies up to 420,000gns.

Other members of the Storm Cat male line have sired Gr.1 winners from daughters of DANEHILL, DANSILI and FASTNET ROCK. This is a route to follow with Caravaggio, judging by the popularity of No Nay Never’s first-crop yearlings from the DANEHILL line, with high prices being paid for youngsters with dams by FASTNET ROCK, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, CATCHER IN THE RYE, EXCEED AND EXCEL and DANEHILL. Another had a second dam by DANEHILL DANCER. Caravaggio should also suit mares by KODIAC, MOZART, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, CLODOVIL, DANETIME and AUSSIE RULES. Mares by CHOISIR and MASTERCRAFTSMAN should also reinforce his juvenile ability.

The GREEN DESERT branch should also help reinforce Caravaggio’s speed and precocity, especially daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, OASIS DREAM, CAPE CROSS, DESERT STYLE and KHELEYF. Scat Daddy’s 2017 Phoenix Stakes winner Sioux Nation has a dam by OASIS DREAM.

Fast horses from the NUREYEV line could suit, such as daughters of SOVIET STAR, PIVOTAL, CAPTAIN RIO and KYLLACHY. A No Nay Never yearling with a dam by PEINTRE CELEBRE sold for €400,000.

CARAVAGGIO should suit mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND, SHAMARDAL and LOPE DE VEGA. Scat Daddy’s flying daughter Lady Aurelia is inbred 4 x 3 to STORM CAT and another of his Gr.1 winners, Harmonize, is inbred 4 x 4.

MONTJEU had an outstanding record with Mr Prospector line mares, so his daughters are an option for Caravaggio. The same applies to HIGH CHAPARRAL mares, as he owes two of his Gr.1 winners to Mr Prospector line mares. It was a HIGH CHAPARRAL mare which produced No Nay Never’s 850,000gns yearling. GALILEO mares could also work well with Caravaggio, as Galileo is excelling with mares by Storm Cat and Johannesburg.

Expect to see Caravaggio make his mark with mares from the quick-maturing ROYAL APPLAUSE line, including those by his son and grandson ACCLAMATION and DARK ANGEL.

AT 2 YEARS

1stPhoenix Stakes-Gr.1, 6f., Curragh by 4 lengths from Courage Under Fire & Medicine Jack.
1stCoventry Stakes-Gr.2, 6f., Royal Ascot by 2¼ lengths from Mehmas & Psychedelic Funk.
1stMarble Hill Stakes-L, 5f., Curragh by 2¼ lengths from Mister Trader & Ambiguity.
1stMaiden, 5f., Dundalk, by 1¾ lengths from Lundy & Landline.

AT 3 YEARS

1stCommonwealth Cup-Gr.1, 6f., Royal Ascot from Harry Angel & Blue Point.
1stFlying Five Stakes-Gr.2, 5f., Curragh by 1 length from Alphabet & Son Of Rest.
1stLacken Stakes-Gr.3, 6f., Naas by 4¾ lengths from Psychedelic Funk & Mr Scarlet.
3rdBritish Champions Sprint Stakes-Gr.1, 6f., Ascot to Librisa Breeze & Tasleet.
4thJuly Cup-Gr.1, 6f., Newmarket to Harry Angel, Limato & Brando.

Caravaggio-New for 2018


Commonwealth Cup-Gr.1


Phoenix Stakes-Gr.1


Coventry Stakes-Gr.2


Flying Five Stakes-Gr.2


Lacken Stakes-Gr.3


Marble Hill Stakes-L.R.