The top sprinter Pivotal has played a significant role in Galileo’s success story, with his daughters supplying Galileo with 12 SWs from 44 foals, headed by the outstanding Gr.1 winners Love, Hermosa, Magical, Hydrangea and Rhododendron. Now Pivotal’s son Siyouni is excelling with daughters of Galileo, with prime examples being Sottsass and St Mark’s Basilica. When Sottsass won the 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, he was landing his third Gr.1 victory, following his 2-length defeat of Persian King in the Prix du Jockey Club and his triumph in the Prix Ganay. It is worth noting that the Prix du Jockey Club has become an important sire-making race in recent years, thanks to the likes of Lope de Vega, Le Havre and Sharmardal, and Sottsass won it in record time.
Siyouni has been either France’s Champion Sire or runner-up in the last four years, even though his first four crops were sired at only €7,000. He already has five classic winners to his credit, another being St Mark’s Basilica, who also has a dam by Galileo. The first foal of his dam Starlet’s Sister, Sistercharlie, went close to classic glory in France, finishing second in the Prix de Diane, before being transferred to the U.S., where she became a 7-time Gr.1 winner.
Sottsass will have Danehill and Sadler’s Wells in the fourth generation of his foals’ pedigrees but his three lines of Mr Prospector will be back in the sixth generation, so is no obstacle to further lines. His first classic winner, Ervedya, is out of a daughter of KING’S BEST and he also has the Group-winning 2YO of 2021 Acer Alley out of a mare by LEMON DROP KID. KINGMAMBO sired the second dam of the smart Sacred Life.
MACHIAVELLIAN sired the second dam of Gr.1 winner Dream And Do and is also broodmare sire of Gr.2 winner Volta. GONE WEST’s son ZAMINDAR is the broodmare sire of three of Siyouni’s black-type horses, including Zaykava. This suggests daughters of ZAFONIC, RAVEN’S PASS, IFFRAAJ and WOOTTON BASSETT could suit Sottsass and he seems likely to suit mares by DUBAWI and his sons.
The STORM CAT line have been working well with Siyouni. He has SWs out of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, SHAMARDAL and LOPE DE VEGA mares. Daughters of LOPE DE VEGA could be suitable for Sottsass. SIYOUNI also has a SW out of a JOHANNESBURG mare, which opens the door to daughters of SCAT DADDY and NO NAY NEVER.
Sottsass is out of a GALILEO mare, as is the Gr.1 sire NIGHT OF THUNDER. NIGHT OF THUNDER has a Gr.3 winner out of a TEOFILO mare which is consequently inbred 3x3 to GALILEO, and New Approach has a classic winner inbred 2x3. Mares by TEOFILO and FRANKEL would also produce 4x4 to DANEHILL, but daughters of NATHANIEL, NEW APPROACH and GLENEAGLES avoid the Danehill inbreeding.
Siyouni has Group winners out of several SADLER’S WELLS line mares, including daughters of MONTJEU, his sons MOTIVATOR and AUTHORIZED (Gr.1 winner Etoile), EL PRADO, POLIGLOTE and BEAT HOLLOW. He also has Gr.2 and Gr.3 with second dams by SADLER’S WELLS.
Siyouni sired two Classic winners from DANZIG line mares, siring Dream And Do from a grand-daughter by LIBRETTIST and Laurens from a CAPE CROSS mare. Sottsass should suit daughters of OASIS DREAM, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, SEA THE STARS, LAWMAN and KINGMAN. Sea The Stars mares would create 4x3 to the exceptional Urban Sea. Mares by such as FASTNET ROCK, DANSILI, EXCEED AND EXCEL, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, KODIAC and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR will create only 4x3 to DANEHILL.
Siyouni has two SWs with mares from the ROBERTO male line and St Mark’s Basilica has a second dam by LEAR FAN.
Sottsass and his fellow classic winner Laurens both have grandams from the NIJINSKY line. Mares with some NIJINSKY blood should definitely suit Sottsass.