As a two-year-old, Most Improved followed up an impressive five-length victory at Newmarket with a close third in the Gr.1 Dewhurst. The following season up against a St James’s Palace S. field which included the winners of the French and Irish 2,000 Guineas and the third from the 2,000 Guineas, Most Improved won in good style.
Most Improved’s sire Lawman is shaping up with grand-daughters of AHONOORA, siring Group winners from daughters of INDIAN RIDGE and INCHINOR. Lawman’s sire Invincible Spirit has three Group winners with dams by INDIAN RIDGE. Clodovil, another stallion bred on the Danzig-Linamix cross, sired a Gr.1 winner from an INDIAN RIDGE mare and a Gr.2 winner from an INCHINOR mare.
Invincible Spirit sired the Gr.1 July Cup winner Mayson from a PIVOTAL mare and now Lawman has sired his latest classic winner, Harbour Law from another.
Lawman sired the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Just The Judge and her fellow Gr.1 winner Law Enforcement and both are out of mares by RAINBOW QUEST.
SADLER’S WELLS is also playing his part in the Lawman success story, siring the dams of the Gr.2 winner Libran and Gr.3 winner Lady Wingshot. There are also black-type performers out of mares by GALILEO, MONTJEU, HIGH CHAPARRAL, ENTREPRENEUR and BEAT HOLLOW. Mares by MONTJEU and his sons merit serious consideration now that Most Improved’s dam has produced a Gr.1 winner to one of them.
Lawman has only 7 foals out of MARJU mares but they include Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy winner Marcel and a Group-placed winner.
Nijinsky’s sons CAERLEON and ROYAL ACADEMY both appear among the sires of Lawman’s black-type performers, as does Caerleon’s son SUAVE DANCER. A ROYAL ACADEMY mare also produced the durable Group winner Beacon Lodge to Clodovil, another representative of the Danzig-Linamix cross.
Several of Lawman’s stakes winners have two lines of DANZIG, including Most Improved. As there is already a Group winner with three lines of Danzig in her pedigree, Most Improved isn’t ruled out for mares by sons of Danehill, which create 4 x 3 to Danehill and 5 x 5 x 4 to Danzig. The same applies to sons of Green Desert.
Lawman has other good winners with two lines to MILL REEF or SHIRLEY HEIGHTS. Most Improved therefore looked sure to be suited by DARSHAAN blood and this has come to fruition, as his Gr.2 winner Agnes Stewart has a dam by DALAKHANI.
Clodovil also did well with CADEAUX GENEREUX mares. Most Improved’s first yearlings included a €100,000 colt out of a CADEAUX GENEREUX mare.
1stSt James’ Palace Stakes-Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot by ¾ length from 2,000 Guineas placed Hermival, Gr.2 winner Gregorian and Irish Derby runner-up Born To Sea.
1stMaiden, 7f., Newmarket by 5 lengths from Welcome Gift and Goldream.
3rdDewhurst Stakes-Gr.1, 7f., Newmarket beaten just ¾ length by Parish Hall and Power.