Shanghai Bobby was the undisputed two-year-old champion of 2012, topping the Experimental Free H. by a margin of 3lbs. In the Eclipse Award voting, Shanghai Bobby received 253 of the 254 votes, thanks to a record of five victories from five starts from April to November. After taking the Gr.2 Hopeful S., he recorded Gr.1 victories in the Champagne S. (by five lengths) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. His sire Harlan’s Holiday was 2012’s champion sire of two-year-olds.
Shanghai Bobby’s prospects look even better now that two other sons of Harlan’s Holiday, Into Mischief and Majesticperfection, have sired first-crop Gr.1 winners.
There are very few limitations to Shanghai Bobby’s options as Storm Cat will be back in the fourth generation in the pedigrees of his foals, Mr Prospector in the fifth and Northern Dancer even further back.
Goldencents, the first Gr.1 winner by a son of Harlan’s Holiday, is out of a grand-daughter of FORTY NINER. This links to the fact that Harlan’s Holiday sired the very smart Mendip from a mare by CORONADO’S QUEST. Daughters of DISTORTED HUMOR are therefore highly likely to suit Shanghai Bobby. Majesticperfection’s top-class daughter Lovely Maria has a dam by THUNDER GULCH.
Harlan’s Holiday has also shone with the FAPPIANO branch. He sired the Belmont S. second and Kentucky Derby third Denis of Cork, plus Graded winners from mares by UNBRIDLED, UNBRIDLED’S SONG, RED BULLET and EMPIRE MAKER. He also has a fine record with mares by Fappiano’s grandson VICTORY GALLOP. Shanghai Bobby has the speed and precocity to help mares by such as EMPIRE MAKER, QUIET AMERICAN and BROKEN VOW.
Other branches of the Mr Prospector line which have suited Harlan’s Holiday include GONE WEST (broodmare sire of Gr.2 winner Willcox Inn) and KINGMAMBO (Gr.3 winner General Election). Gone West’s fast sons should suit Shanghai Bobby, including ELUSIVE QUALITY, SPEIGHTSTOWN (who creates 4×4 to Storm Cat), GRAND SLAM and MR GREELEY (broodmare sire of two Graded winners by Harlan’s Holiday). It was a GRAND SLAM mare which produced Into Mischief’s Gr.3 winner Strict Compliance.
Another branch of the RAISE A NATIVE line has also supplied Harlan’s Holiday with some good winners. The high-class Majesticperfection has a dam by WAVERING MONARCH, while the good Canadian 2yo Bear Holiday is out of a MARIA’S MON mare.
Harlan’s Holiday has Graded winners out of mares by Roberto’s sons SILVER HAWK and DYNAFORMER. In addition to these, Shanghai Bobby is worth trying with daughters of RED RANSOM, LEAR FAN, KRIS S. and ARCH. SAINT BALLADO mares also appeal.
Another son of Harlan’s Holiday has a Gr.3 winner out of a DANZIG mare. Shanghai Bobby should suit mares by Danzig’s fast sons, such as WAR FRONT, BELONG TO ME, BOUNDARY, LANGFUHR and DAYJUR. His sire has Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners out of DEPUTY MINISTER mares, which opens the door to the likes of AWESOME AGAIN, DEHERE, FRENCH DEPUTY, SILVER DEPUTY and TOUCH GOLD.
Into Mischief sired the Gr.2 winner Vyjack from a mare by STRAVINSKY.
DIXIELAND BAND sired the dam of the 2014 Gr.2 winner Conquest Harlanate and also figures as the sire of the second dams of several good winners by Harlan’s Holiday.
Breeders may also consider inbreeding to STORM CAT through Shanghai Bobby, as this could reinforce his excellent 2yo ability. Mares by such as FOREST WILDCAT, FORESTRY, HENNESSY, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, TALE OF THE CAT and STORMY ATLANTIC would produce 4×3 inbreeding to Storm Cat.
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