Stunning foals for promising Ashaawes
Sandown Stud’s resident stallion Ashaawes has made a tremendous start to his stud career – and, if these foals are anything to go by, the best could well yet to come!
This lovely filly is out of Roman Moser – a Caesour mare whose immediate relatives include such superstars as Gay Gallanta, A P Indy, Lemon Drop Kid and Summer Squall. If this good looking filly runs up to her looks and pedigree, a bright future surely awaits her.
Another mare who has an Ashaawes filly foal at foot is Duchess Delight – a daughter of champion sire Fort Wood and multiple Grade 1 winner Duchess Daba. This youngster already has plenty of paddock value, and looks another quality foal sired by Ashaawes.
The latter also has a number of standout colt foals to his credit in 2014. Among them is this colt out of the three time winning mare Bright Things – herself a relative of former star fillies Do You Remember and Festive Occasion, and Horse Of The Year Mountdrago.
Ashaawes, who cost $2.85 million as a yearling, won three of his first four outings before injury interrupted his promising career.
While unable to fulfil his considerable promise on the track, Ashaawes is a stallion with the bluest of blue blood.
He is a son of French 2000 Guineas winner Kingmambo, a hugely successful sire whose offspring include no fewer than 94 stakes winners.
Kingmambo, whose impressive tally of black type winners include over 20 Grade 1 winners, is also the sire of champion sires King Kamehameha and King’s Best, as well as the hugely successful stallions Lemon Drop Kid, Archipenko, Mambo In Seattle and Thewayyouare.
Ashaawes’ female line is equally potent. His dam is the stakes winning Seattle Slew mare Crown Of Crimson –who is also the dam of record priced Meydan City. The latter cost a staggering $11.7 million at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Crown Of Crimson is very closely related to the outstanding filly Excellent Meeting, who won four Grade 1 races and earned over $1.4 million in stakes. While Crown Of Crimson is by Seattle Slew out of Fitted Crown, Excellent Meeting is by General Meeting (by Seattle Slew) out of Fitted Crown. This is the same family as leading sire Doneraile Court (also by Seattle Slew).
Ashaawes is also bred on the highly successful Kingmambo/Seattle Slew cross, which is also responsible for US champion and leading sire Lemon Drop Kid, as well as one of last season’s leading first crop sires in South Africa, Mambo In Seattle.
Standing at Sandown Stud, Ashaawes has more than lived up to this illustrious heritage at stud. From a small first crop, Ashaawes left behind a total of five black type horses. Amongst them was the brilliant mare Priceless Jewel – who has won or placed in seven features and has earned over R800 000 in stakes to date. She looks a big contender for some of the Grade 1 races in the Cape Summer Season this year.
Another talented performer to have emerged from Ashaawe’s first crop was the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby placed Sanshaawes. The latter was exported to Dubai where he won twice and ran second in the Gr1 Maktoum Challenge, and later contested the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Ashaawes’s second crop included the brilliant Reim, who won three in a row including the Gr3 Kuda Matchem Stakes, before being sold to Mauritius en route to a possible Dubai campaign. Reim is thus the second son, in as many crops, to potentially represent Ashaawes in the UAE – a remarkable feat for a sire who has not covered the biggest books of mares to date.
The stallion’s current 3yos include brilliant speedster Asstar (who has been contesting feature races – despite being not actually being three years old yet) and the very highly rated filly Peace Again, to mention but two.
With these smashing looking foals on the ground, the future looks bright for the handsome Ashaawes.