Cape sire Tiger Dance is certainly one of the best bred stallions in South Africa. He is a son of dual US champion sire Storm Cat, himself sire of the leading sires Giant’s Causeway, Harlan, Hennessy, Stormy Atlantic, Black Minnaloushe, Tiger Ridge, Tale Of The Cat and Forest Wildcat.
Out of an outstanding racemare in Mariah’s Storm –whose 10 wins included seven stakes successes- Tiger Dance is a full brother to Giant’s Causeway, Europe’s Horse Of The Year and Champion Sire in the USA on three occasions.
Sire of over 150 stakes winners (and counting), Giant’s Causeway is enjoying another good year, having been represented by nine stakes winners including G1 Blue Grass Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby contender Carpe Diem.
Tiger Dance is also a full brother to successful US sire Freud and G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner You’resothrilling. The latter has made a sensational start to her stud career, and has a pair of Galileo sired classic winners to her credit in Marvellous (Irish 1000 Guineas) and Gleneagles.
The latter, unbeaten in 2015, made it three G1 wins on the trot when he captured Tuesday’s G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, Gleneagles was settled three lengths off the pace setting Consort, before taking the lead with a furlong to go. The eventual winning distance was two and a half lengths, with 25-1 longshot Latharnach back in second ahead of the front running Consort.
The winners’ next race looks likely to be the G1 Sussex Stakes, over 1600m at Goodwood, in August.
Gleneagles, Cartier Champion 2YO Colt in 2014, has now won seven of his nine outings and over £900 000 in stakes. He had previously won both the G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas and G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas earlier this year, and had landed the G1 National Stakes last year, before being demoted from first place to third in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
This is also the family of Mauritzfontein’s highly promising young sire Ideal World.