Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Pathfork, whose first crop of 2yos last season including the brilliant G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Red Chesnut Road, is from one of the world’s very greatest female lines.
Pathfork, who himself was an unbeaten G1 winning champion at two, traces back to the wonderful broodmare Best In Show (North America’s Broodmare Of The Year in 1982). Herself a five time winner whose scores included the G3 Comely Stakes, Best In Show is ancestress of numerous G1 winners and champions.
Among the numerous high class performers who trace their roots back to Best In Show is current US star Effinex, who finished second to American Pharoah in last year’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. A son of Mineshaft, the talented Effinex has won nine times and earned over $3 000 000 in stakes –and is currnently one of the top performers in North America. Effinex’s victories include the G1 Clark Handicap, two runnings of the prestigious G2 Suburban Handicap, and the G2 Oaklawn Handicap.
Another champion from this family was Try My Best (Northern Dancer) – the male line ancestor of two of Europe’s hottest sires in Dark Angel and Equiano respectively. Sire of recent G1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Mecca’s Angel, Dark Angel (who stood for €60 000 in 2016) has been represented by nearly 50 stakes horses.
His paternal half brother Equiano has enjoyed a stellar year thus far –and has been represented by such group/graded winners as Belvoir Bay, The Tin Man, Medicine Jack, and Baciami Piccola , as well as highly promising 2yo Alicante Dawn.
Between them, Dark Angel and Equiano have three runners in Saturday’s G1 Betfred Sprint Cup!
The pair are by the top class sire Acclamation –a great grandson of Try My Best. Acclamation is currently the Leading Sire of 2YOS in Britain (by prize money), with his top performers this season including the multiple group winning 2yo Mehmas.
Try My Best’s full brother El Gran Senor was an outstanding racehorse, who won 7 of his only 8 outings, including the 2000 Guineas and Irish Derby. His 50 plus stakes winners (despite poor fertility) included such champions as Rodrigo De Triano and Lit De Justice, and El Gran Senor is also broodmare sire of outstanding sires Grand Slam, Chester House and Empire Maker –the latter featuring as paternal grandsire of Triple Crown hero American Pharoah.
El Gran Senor and Try My Best’s own brother, Northern Guest, was a champion sire and multiple champion broodmare sire in South Africa –and is damsire of, among others, July hero Pomodoro, champion sprinter J J The Jet Plane and last season’s G2 Fillies Guineas winner Heaps Of Fun.
Another from this magnificent family is triple Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice (sire of South African stars Wylie Hall, Musir and Majmu). The latter is responsible for red hot sire Snitzel –who is currently the Leading Sire in Australia, with Redoute’s Choice himself back in seventh place.
Pathfork, who has had 15 first crop runners to win or place thus far, is sire not only of the undefeated star Red Chesnut Road but also the promising stakes performer Turbo.