Munnings was one of the colts which helped put Speightstown on the map. Having achieved the second-highest price of $1.7m 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 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 a highly impressive percentage of black-type winners, with triple Gr.1 winner I’m A Chatterbox heading his team of four Graded winners. He also already has six black-type winners from a smaller second crop. That’s 16 black-type winners – an inspirational 10 per cent – among his first 165 foals!
He sired his first Gr.1 winner, that fine filly I’m A Chatterbox, from a grand-daughter of DANZIG. Speightstown sired the Gr.1 winners Jersey Town and Seek Again from mares by BELONG TO ME and DANEHILL and also has Graded winners out of daughters of DANZIG, DAYJUR, HONOR GRADES and SEA HERO.
Speightstown has Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to STORM CAT and Munnings has already sired the Gr.2 winner Om from a grand-daughter of STORM CAT, creating 4×3 to STORM CAT. Munnings has a Gr.2 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 a Gr.2 winner with a dam by EL PRADO, plus Listed winners with dams by EL PRADO’s sons MEDAGLIA D’ORO and BORREGO. Munnings has another Listed winner with a dam by Sadler’s Wells’ son PERFECT SOUL. There is another with a dam by THEATRICAL, a son of NUREYEV.
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.
Speightstown has several top winners inbred 3×3 or 3×4 to MR PROSPECTOR, including Travers winner Golden Ticket and Gr.2 winner Heart Stealer. Munnings already 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 he 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