First Crop Sires Tick All The Boxes In First Foal Sale Test
Pinhookers seeking precocious types need look no further than the first crop of Gustav Klimt, himself a Group 2 winning juvenile. The son of Galileo went on to be placed at Group 1 level on four occasions, including when beaten just half a length in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes. The bay boasts plenty of appeal on pedigree, too, as a full-brother to three Stakes performers and a half-brother to Group 1 heroine Nayarra. He hails from the stallion-making family of Invincible Spirit and Kodiac. He has six foals on offer this week, including a half-brother Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes second Star Of Orion (Footstepsinthesand).
Saxon Warrior boasts strong international appeal as a son of Deep Impact who won Group 1 contests as a two and three-year-old. Unbeaten at two, the bay defeated Roaring Lion when winning both the Racing Post Trophy and QIPCO 2,000 Guineas, before adding three Group 1 placings to his fine record. Ten foals at Tattersalls represent his quality first crop this week, with four of them produced by black-type race mares, while a half-brother to Group 1 sprinter Growl is among two siblings to Stakes performers.
Sioux Nation also has ten lots catalogued at this week's sale, headlined by a half-brother to globe-trotting Group performer Dark Emerald and a half-sister to Stakes winner Akemi. The handsome bay was one of Europe’s busiest new stallions in 2019, with many breeders enamoured by his comparisons to No Nay Never; himself also a Royal Ascot and Group 1 winning two-year-old by Scat Daddy. Like his grandsire Johannesburg, he completed the Norfolk-Phoenix Stakes double, while his grand-dam Catch The Blues captured the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
U S Navy Flag gives his stud mates a run for their money on pedigree, as a son of sire sensation War Front, out of the top-class race mare Misty For Me (Galileo), making him a full-brother to three-time Group 1 winner Roly Poly. His race record is just as impressive- he was crowned European Champion Two-Year-Old after winning the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes and Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in record time- a double last completed by Diesis in 1982. He trained on at three to win the Group 1 July Cup, a race in which he beat Blue Point; earning him the title of European Champion Three-Year-Old Sprinter. His three foals catalogued at Tattersalls include a half-brother to Group-placed juvenile My Kurkum.