Long River, the surprise winner of Saturday’s G1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 in Dubai, is closely related to Maine Chance Farms’ well established sire Black Minnloushe.
Long River, a son of A P Indy, is out of former G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Round Pond, who won seven of 13 outings and banked more than $1.9 million in stakes. Apart from her Breeders’ Cup win, Round Pond also won the G1 Acorn Stakes, G2 Fantasy Stakes and G3 Azeri Stakes.
Round Pond, in turn, is out of the Trempolino mare Gift Of Dance –a half-sister to G1 winners Nasr El Arab, Pennekamp and Black Minnaloushe.
Long River, who was picking up the first G1 win of his career on Saturday, went straight to the front in Saturday’s 2000m race under jockey Mickael Barzalona and stayed there. The seven-year-old, now a five time winner-who also finished third in the 2014 G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, pushed his earnings to over $750 000 with Saturday’s big race win.
His relative Black Minnaloushe, himself a dual G1 winning miler, is a proven sire of stakes winners, and has a total of eight G1 winners to his credit including champions Jokers Wild and Kochka.
The son of Storm Cat, whose son Louis The King is now standing at stud in the Cape, has a single lot on offer at the Cape Yearling Sale next week –a filly from the same family as champions Horse Chestnut and Monyela as well as G1 Fillies Guineas winner Sport’s Chestnut (Lot 11).
Black Minnaloushe has two lots on offer at the March Yearling Sale – a filly out of a winning daughter of Western Winter and G1 winner Fading Light (Lot 81) and a filly from the family of high class females Colonial Rose, Dog Rose and Banbury (Lot 154).