Footstepsinthesand’s affinity for DANZIG line mares was underlined in 2021 when Marianafoot, the son of an ANABAA mare, developed into one of France’s best sprinters. He now has 21% Group winners from 14 foals out of mares by ANABAA.
Footstepsinthesand has enjoyed plenty of success with mares by DANEHILL. They notably produced Gr.1 winners Chachamaidee and Steinbeck (Pure Champion), 2022 Gr.2-winning sprinter Brostaigh and Gr.3 winners Sent From Heaven and J Wonder. He has 14% stakes winners from 42 foals out of DANEHILL mares. He also has a Gr.2 winner with a dam by FASTNET ROCK, as well as Listed winners out of mares by ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, DANSILI and EXCEED AND EXCEL, as well as a Gr.2 winner out of a mare by Danehill’s grandson KONIGSTIGER.
He also has a Gr.2 winner with a dam by GRAND LODGE and Listed winners with dams by GREEN DESERT (2), OASIS DREAM (2), KEY OF LUCK and LANGFUHR. Other sons of Giant’s Causeway have Group winners out of daughters of BERTOLINI, ALWAYS FAIR, DANEHILL DANCER, DANSILI, GREEN DESERT, CAPE CROSS (Gr.1 winners Emaraaty Ana and Tarnawa), OASIS DREAM, BYRON, POLISH PRECEDENT and ROI DANZIG.
His Gr.1 winner Chachamaidee and Gr.2 winner Living The Life have second dams by SADLER’S WELLS and Footstepsinthesand also has Group-placed performers out of daughters of HIGH CHAPARRAL, ENTREPRENEUR, IN THE WINGS and KING’S THEATRE, while he sired the useful filly Turf Laurel from a TEOFILO mare.
He has talented performers out of mares by Nureyev’s sons FASLIYEV, PEINTRE CELEBRE, SPINNING WORLD, STRAVINSKY (Gr.2 winner Heshem) and WOLFHOUND, plus grandson PIVOTAL (Gr.3 winner Onenightidreamed).
His Gr.2-winning juvenile Formosina was out of a mare by ROYAL APPLAUSE. Another son of Giant’s Causeway sired the top sprinter Blue Point from the same ROYAL APPLAUSE mare. This suggests ACCLAMATION, DARK ANGEL and EQUIANO mares should also suit.
Giant’s Causeway enjoyed tremendous success with mares from the MR PROSPECTOR male line. Footstepsinthesand sired Gr.2 winners Living The Life and Minakshi from MACHIAVELLIAN mares, the very useful Helene Spirit and the Gr.3 winners Queen of the Sand and Rosso Corsa from mares by WOODMAN. His 13 foals out of KING’S BEST mares include Gr.2 winner Larchmont Lad, Listed winner Fourioso and a Gr.2-placed winner. His dual Gr.2 winner Threat had a dam from the FAPPIANO branch.
Mares by DARSHAAN appeal as Footstepsinthesand has speedy Group winners with dams by DARSHAAN and his son MARK OF ESTEEM. He also has an American Gr.3 winner with a dam by DAYLAMI. DALAKHANI mares are another option. Footstepsinthesand’s Gr.3 2yo winner Marie’s Diamond is also out of a MILL REEF line mare, by KALANISI.
Although Blushing Groom appears twice in his pedigree, Footstepsinthesand has some black-type horses with a third line. His Gr.2-placed son Handsome Devil is inbred 3x3 to RAINBOW QUEST and his Gr.3 winner Arnold Lane is inbred 4x3 to RAHY.
The AHONOORA line could reinforce Footstepsinthesand’s juvenile ability, as he has two-year-old Listed winners out of mares by INDIAN RIDGE and his son COMPTON PLACE.