Ireland’s commercial market loves a quick-maturing 2yo and they don’t mature much more quickly than Sioux Nation did in 2017. By the time he lined up for the Gr.2 Norfolk S. at Royal Ascot, he had already raced four times, notably winning a maiden race in May very decisively. His experience stood him in good stead at Royal Ascot, where he followed No Nay Never as the second son of Scat Daddy to win the Norfolk.
He then did even better in the Phoenix S., defeating a field which included U S Navy Flag and Romanised to become the second son of Scat Daddy, following Caravaggio, to win this Gr.1 contest. Sioux Nation was to add another Group victory, in the Gr.3 Lacken S. over six furlongs, as a 3yo, when he gave weight and a beating to the future July Cup third Fleet Review and the future Gr.3 winner Speak In Colours. He was also a close third in the Gr.1 Flying Five S.
Sioux Nation’s dam Dream The Blues is a winning daughter of Catch The Blues, who achieved a Timeform rating of 115 with a victory in the Gr.3 Ballyogan Stakes and a second and third in the Gr.3 Cork and Orrery Stakes (now the Diamond Jubilee).
Danzig will be back in the fifth generation of Sioux Nation’s foals. This allows ample scope for him to be mated to the grand-daughters of DANEHILL which were the basis for No Nay Never’s first-crop sires’ championship. The DANEHILL stallions included EXCEED AND EXCEL (broodmare sire of Middle Park S. and July Cup winner Ten Sovereigns), ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (Gr.2 scorer Land Force), ORATORIO (dual Listed winner Servalan), FASTNET ROCK (Gr.2-placed Neverland Rock) and DANEHILL DANCER (Gr.1-placed The Irish Rover and Gr.3-placed We Go). Many other sons and grandsons of Danehill could reinforce Sioux Nation’s precocious talent.
As GREEN DESERT will be back in the fourth generation of Sioux Nation’s foals, a second line is possible. The Gr.1 Flying Five S. winner Havana Grey is inbred 4x3 to GREEN DESERT and the Gr.2 winner Barraquero in inbred 3x3. Mares by INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, CAPE CROSS, DESERT STYLE and KHELEYF produce 4x3.
The NUREYEV line could suit, such as daughters of PIVOTAL, SIYOUNI and KYLLACHY. No Nay Never’s Listed winner All The King’s Men has a dam by PEINTRE CELEBRE and another of NUREYEV’s sons, THEATRICAL, sired the second dam of his Gr.1 winner Ten Sovereigns.
Mares by FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND, SHAMARDAL and LOPE DE VEGA could all reinforce Sioux Nation’s juvenile ability. Scat Daddy’s flying daughter Lady Aurelia is inbred 4x3 to STORM CAT and his Gr.1 winners Harmonize and Valid Point are inbred 4x4.
MR PROSPECTOR will be back in the fourth generation of Sioux Nation’s foals. Another line could be added by sending him daughters of RAVEN’S PASS, IFFRAAJ, TAMAYUZ and DUTCH ART. No Nay Never is thriving with mares with Mr Prospector blood, siring the Gr.2 2yo winner Arizona and SW Nay Lady Nay from a mare by ENGLISH CHANNEL, a son of SMART STRIKE, and the Gr.2 winner, Chestnut Honey, from a mare by CHESTER HOUSE.
Sioux Nation is worth trying with mares by leading middle-distance performers, such as MONTJEU, HIGH CHAPARRAL and GALILEO. No Nay Never, another fast son of Scat Daddy, has a Gr.2-winning 2yo out of a daughter of SADLER’S WELLS and a 2yo Listed winner from a GALILEO mare.
The quick-maturing ROYAL APPLAUSE line, including his son and grandson ACCLAMATION and DARK ANGEL, is well equipped to help Sioux Nation sire fast and precocious 2yos.
No Nay Never’s Group-winning 2yos Land Force and Wichita have second dams by INDIAN RIDGE and his Gr.3 winner Nikisophia is out of an INDIAN RIDGE mare.
BLUSHING GROOM’s sons RAINBOW QUEST and RAHY collectively sired the second dam of three of No Nay Never’s black-type winners, and RAINBOW QUEST also sired the dam of one of his Listed winners.