Holy Roman Emperor

Bay 2004 15.2½ hh (1.58 m)
Danehill – L’On Vite
Distance won over: 6f to 7f.

Proven sire of Classic winners & Gr.1 winning 2yo’s

Fee for 2017: €17,500

Champion 2yo in France, winner of the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in record time as well as the G1 Phoenix Stakes & G2 Railway Stakes.

He is Timeform’s highest rated 2yo ever by Danehill.

Out of a Secretariat mare, like Storm Cat, A.P. Indy, Gone West etc.

Yearlings in 2016 sold for €310,000, €300,000 etc.

Classic Sire & Twice Champion Sire of 2yo’s in Europe

Top performers include Homecoming Queen (1,000 Guineas-Gr.1), Morandi (Criterium de Saint-Cloud-Gr.1), Designs On Rome (Hong Kong Classic Cup-Gr.1, Hong Kong Gold Cup-Gr.1 (x2)), Beauty Only (The Hong Kong Classic Mile-Gr.1, Chairman’s Trophy-Gr.2, Jockey Club Mile-Gr.2), Rich Tapestry (Santa Anita Sprint Championship-Gr.1, Al Shindagha Sprint-Gr.3), Sheidel (Oakleight Plate-Gr.1, Sensis Stakes-Gr.3, Cape Grim Beef Stakes-Gr.3), Mongolian Khan (NZ Derby-Gr.1, Australian Derby-Gr.1, Caulfield Cup-Gr.1), Banimpire (5 Group wins inc Ribblesdale S.-Gr.2), Mango Diva (Kilboy Estate S.-Gr.2), Rich Legacy (May Hill S.-Gr.2), Parvaneh (Badener Stutenpreis-Gr.2), Maureen (Princess Margaret S.-Gr.3), Ishvana (Jersey S.-Gr.3), Sandslash (Premio Carlo Chiesa-Gr.3), Leitir Mor (Round Tower S.-Gr.3), Gender Agenda (Robert J. Frankel S.-Gr.3), Emperor Max (Singapore’s Kranji Sprint-Gr.3, Saas Fee Stakes-Gr.3) etc.

Like Rock of Gibraltar and Exceed And Excel, Holy Roman Emperor is inbred 3×3 to the great NORTHERN DANCER and 4x4x4 to the celebrated Natalma. This doesn’t rule out more NORTHERN DANCER blood, as Rock of Gibraltar and Exceed And Excel have enjoyed plenty of success with NORTHERN DANCER line mares.

Holy Roman Emperor is injecting speed and precocity into daughters of SADLER’S WELLS, notably siring the high-class international sprinter Rich Tapestry. He also sired the 2016 Gr.2 2yo winner Rich Legacy and the Dewhurst runner-up Leitir Mor from daughters of GALILEO, plus the very speedy Charles The Great from a BARATHEA mare.

Mares by sons of NUREYEV should also suit. He has Gr.3 winners out of mares by FASLIYEV and PEINTRE CELEBRE (the smart Pinturicchio), plus a Listed winner out of a daughter of DIABLENEYEV. His high-class daughter Banimpire has a second dam by NUREYEV.

HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR has the smart German colt Amarillo from a ROYAL ACADEMY mare, plus Gr.3 and Listed winners out of mares by Royal Academy’s son Ali-Royal. He has achieved pleasing results with KAHYASI mares, siring such as the 2016 Gr.2 winner Parvaneh, so the NIJINSKY line is obviously successful.

Holy Roman Emperor already has three stakes winners with second dams by GREEN DESERT and his fast son Louis The Pious is inbred 3×3 to DANZIG.

The fact that the very tough Dewhurst Stakes second Leitir Mor and the Gr.2 winner Mango Diva are inbred 2×3 to DANEHILL suggests this is a path worth following.

His smart daughter MAUREEN is out of a mare by LINAMIX who also sired the dams of Group winners by Danehill, Danehill Dancer, Dansili and Choisir.

Holy Roman Emperor owes his first classic winner to the SHARPEN UP line, siring the runaway 1,000 Guineas winner Homecoming Queen from a DIESIS mare.

In siring the Irish 1,000 Guineas second Ishvana and the Gr.1 winner Morandi, Holy Roman Emperor became one of five sons of Danehill to have sired a Group winner from daughters of BERING.

Holy Roman Emperor is shaping up well with the MR PROSPECTOR line. He has Group-winning two-year-olds out of mares by MACHIAVELLIAN and ZAFONIC. He also has good winners with LYCIUS mares as their first or second dam. He has 13% Group winners with mares by ZAFONIC.

Holy Roman Emperor has sired the high-class Banimpire from a KRIS S. mare. He also has speedy Listed winners from daughters of SRI PEKAN and DR FONG and a New Zealand Gr.1 winner with a RED RANSOM.

He has Listed winners out of DAYLAMI, DARSHAAN and DALAKHANI mares.

Holy Roman Emperor already has Group performers with second dams by RAINBOW QUEST, GROOM DANCER and NASHWAN.


1stPrix Jean-Luc Lagardere – Gr.1, 7f., Longchamp by 2 lengths from Battle Paint & Vital Equine (Champagne S.-Gr.2) in record time.
1stPhoenix Stakes – Gr.1, 6f., Curragh by 1¾ lengths from Hellvelyn (Coventry S.-Gr.2) and Miss Beatrix (Moyglare Stud S.-Gr.1).
1stRailway Stakes – Gr.2, 6f., Curragh by ¾ length from Drayton (dual SW), Excellent Art (St James’s Palace S.-Gr.1) and Creachadoir (Gr.1 winner).
1stMaiden, 6f., Leopardstown by 1½ lengths.
2ndNational Stakes – Gr.1, 7f., Curragh beaten 1¼ lengths by Teofilo.
2ndDewhurst Stakes – Gr.1, 7f., Newmarket beaten a head by Teofilo and defeating the Gr.2 winners Strategic Prince, Vital Equine, Hamoody and Halicarnassus.

Rated 125 by Timeform

Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1

Phoenix Stakes-Gr.1