Mating Suggestions

Author - Philip Jeffreys of CLOUGHMORE PEDIGREES .

Pedigree Analysis  - SATONO ALADDIN 

Toughness and soundness are qualities we all aspire to instil into the thoroughbreds we breed but so many stallions nowadays have so few starts that it's hard to assess whether they are likely to pass on these essential qualities or not. Rich Hill's new horse Satono Aladdin raced 29 times, mainly in top Japanese events; only four stallions in the 2018 Stallion Register had more starts.

However, stallions also need to show top-class ability on the racetrack if they are to appeal to broodmare owners. Satono Aladdin won the 2017 edition of one of the planet's most prestigious 1600 events, the Group 1 Yasuda Kinen and he didn't just win it - have a look at the You Tube video of his performance. His time was the scarcely believable 1:31.5. No that time wasn't a technical malfunction: the previous year Satono Aladdin was victorious in the Group 2 Keio Hai Spring Cup. The 1400 metres took him a mere 1:19.6 to complete.

Yes, this is a serious horse but do his bloodlines offer local breeders a good chance to produce top quality offspring? In my view, the answer is a resounding yes.

Firstly, Satono Aladdin is by Deep Impact, a truly sensational Turn-To line stallion. If you have produced 116 individual Stakes winners, over 80% of which are Group winners, and your AEI is 3.81, you're so far above average that it's not funny. This champion Japanese stallion has crossed well with a wide range of bloodlines, Mr Prospector and Danzig being especially prevalent. These major sires are frequently found in NZ pedigrees and it's worth noting that inbreeding to both sire's can be undertaken quite safely, with the usual proviso of the mare not having conformational defects.

I'm especially fond of the Turn-To x Turn-To cross. Maybe it shouldn't work but it so often does. Thus all those mares with Sir Tristram influences somewhere or other are worth serious consideration. Further strengthening my case is the fact that Satono Aladdin is out of a Storm Cat mare and Storm Cat x Sir Tristram has worked so well in New Zealand conditions.

Another local sire which has shown an affinity with Storm Cat is Centaine. (Think Glamour Puss and Fay Fay.) Sending a mare with the son of Century close up would produce inbreeding to the brilliant My Babu, a source of both speed and good looks.

However, in recent years there has developed a strong nick between Galileo and Storm Cat mares. Churchill, Gleneagles, Misty for Me, Decorated Knight and Happily are just some of the Group 1 winners bred on this cross. Fortunately, we are not short of Galileo blood in this part of the world and thus mares by Rip van Winkle also appeal strongly. Mares by another son of Sadler's Wells, Montjeu, seem especially attractive as Montjeu carries a Grey Sovereign line and if there's one stallion which has a proven affinity with both sides of Satono Aladdin's pedigree, it's this grey son of Nasrullah: when he's crossed with Busted and Nijinsky he has been very effective.

The Tavistock x Zabeel combination has been a huge success in recent years and you'd have to think, for the reasons outlined above, that mares bred on this cross would have every chance of success with Satono Aladdin.

And then there's Fappiano, the sire of Satono Aladdin's grand-dam. We all know that Storm Cat crosses well with Mr Prospector, but what do you do when you've already got these two sires close up. There's a simple answer - find some more Mr. Prospector.

Finally, we have the go-to stallion of modern breeding - Northern Dancer. His sons Lyphard, Storm Bird and Nijinsky already appear in Satono Aladdin but many Group winners have four or five duplications of this great stallion. For example, arguably Deep Impact's best performer is Gentildonna, whose ten wins include seven Group 1 titles. This toughest of mares is inbred to Lyphard 4 x 4 and carries Danzig in her third generation as well.

Without listing NORTHERN DANCER-line stallions, just some of the stallions carrying sire-lines mentioned above as suited to Satono Aladdin, include:

MR PROSPECTOR -  Bachelor Duke, Bahare, Cape Blanco, Captain Rio, Dalghar, Elusive City, Guillotine, Iffraaj, Ishiguru, Makfi, Mastercraftsman, More Than Ready, Per Incanto, Postponed, Pour Moi, Redwood, Reliable Man, Rip Van Winkle, Road To Rock, Rhythm, Shocking, Showcasing, Swiss Ace, Stravinsky, Traditionally, Zacinto.

DANZIG -  Almutawakel, Bertolini, Burgundy, Cape Cross, Chief Bearheart, Danasinga, Danske, Elusive City, Keeper, Librettist, Makfi, Mastercraftsman, Nadeem, Perfectly Ready, Power,  Shocking, Showcasing, Viking Ruler, Volksraad, Zacinto.

TURN-TOAzamour, Castledale, Danske, Don Eduardo, Duelled, Ekraar, Falkirk, Faltaat, Handsome Ransom, High Chaparral, His Royal Highness, Howbaddouwantit, Istidaad, Johar, More Than Ready, My Halo, Nadeem, No Excuse Needed, Oregon, Perfectly Ready, Roc De Cambes, Savabeel, Sebring, Shinko King, Storming Home, Viking Ruler, Volksraad, Yamanin Vital, Zabeel, Zed, Zenno Rob Roy.

CENTAINEAlamosa, Jimmy Choux, Sufficient, Scaredee Cat.

GREY SOVEREIGNAlign, Jungle Pocket, Pins, Power.

GALILEO - Rip Van Winkle, Cape Blanco, Teofilo.


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