Speightstown, the champion sprinter of 2004, enjoyed spectacular success with a first crop sired at a fee of $40,000 and has since doubled his fee. Munnings was one of the colts which helped put Speightstown on the map. Having achieved the second-highest price of $1,700,000 at Calder in February 2008, Munnings quickly established his merit, making an impressive winning debut over six furlongs at Saratoga in late July. He went on to be placed in both the Gr.1 Hopeful S. and Gr.1 Champagne S. At three he had more than five lengths in hand when he took the Gr.2 Woody Stephens Stakes in June and then defeated older sprinters in the Gr.2 Tom Fool Handicap. Munnings held his form well and was back in the winner’s circle after the Gr.2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship at four.
Now Munnings is playing a leading role in establishing Speightstown as a sire of sires. From a first crop sired at only $12,500, Munnings has sired an impressive percentage of black-type winners, including four Graded winners. And he also already has three Listed-winning two-year-olds from a crop of only 60.
With daughters of Holy Bull and Lord At War as his first two dams, Munnings should be an easy horse to mate. He sired his first Gr.1 winner, that fine filly I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG. More mares from the DANZIG male line should suit this fast horse, as Speightstown sired the Gr.1 winners Jersey Town and Seek Again from mares by BELONG TO ME and DANEHILL. He also has Graded winners out of daughters of DANZIG, DAYJUR, HONOR GRADES and SEA HERO. This suggest daughters of WAR FRONT, EXCHANGE RATE, HARD SPUN and WAR CHANT.
As Speightstown already has a Gr.3 winner inbred 3×3 to Storm Cat, there is no reason why Munnings shouldn’t enjoy plenty of success with mares from the Storm Cat line. Sure enough, he has already sired the Gr.2 winner Om from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT, creating 4×3 to STORM CAT. This suggests daughters of such as GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, HENNESSY and TALE OF THE CAT. Munnings already has a Listed winner out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway’s brother FREUD.
Munnings’ early results suggest he has a future with mares descending from SADLER’S WELLS and his close relative NUREYEV. He has Listed winners with dams by EL PRADO’s sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and BORREGO. This is potentially significant, as Speightstown’s very fast son Rock Fall also has a dam by MEDAGLIA D’ORO. Munnings has another Listed winner with a dam by Sadler’s Wells’s son PERFECT SOUL. There is another with a dam by THEATRICAL, a son of NUREYEV. Mares by EL PRADO and his son KITTEN’S JOY are other options. The NIJINSKY branch of the NORTHERN DANCER male line also comes into the picture, as Munnings has a Gr.3 winner with a dam by SKY CLASSIC.
The DEPUTY MINISTER branch has plenty of potential, as Speightstown sired the Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket from a DEPUTY MINISTER mare and he is also one of three sons of Gone West to have sired a Gr.1 winner from mares by sons of Deputy Minister.
Speightstown has several good performers inbred either 3×3 or 3×4 to MR PROSPECTOR, including the Travers Stakes winner Golden Ticket, the Gr.2 winner Heart Stealer and the fast filly Lighthouse Bay. Other sons of Gone West also have several Gr.1 winners inbred 3×4 to this great stallion. There is therefore no obstacle to sending mares with Mr Prospector blood to Munnings. He has Listed winners from the UNBRIDLED and FORTY NINER branches.
Speightstown has Gr.3 winners out of mares by three different sons of SEATTLE SLEW, including A.P. INDY. Mares by PULPIT, MINESHAFT and MALIBU MOON all create 4×4 to Mr Prospector and TAPIT mares could also suit.
BLUSHING GROOM sired the second dams of Speightstown’s Gr.1 winners Seek Again and Lord Shanakill, and Speightstown also has stakes winners out of daughters of MT LIVERMORE, RAINBOW QUEST and PEAKS AND VALLEYS. Munnings’ Gr.3 winner No Problem has a dam by BLUSHING GROOM’s grandson ORIENTATE.
Gr.1 Performer at 2 years
Brilliant speed at 3 years
Top-class at 4 years