Blue blooded Cape sire’s relatives continue to make headlines internationally
Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Philanthropist sports a superb pedigree.
Not only is the big chestnut a son of outstanding sire Kris S (by Roberto), but Philanthropist is a direct descendant of one of history’s great broodmares – Grey Flight. His immediate relatives include a number of top class stallions, including What A Pleasure, Sovereign Dancer, National Assembly, Secret Savings, and Time For A Change – to name but a few.
Further back this is the same family as legendary racehorse and sire Native Dancer, sire of Raise A Native and broodmare sire of Northern Dancer.
The Roberto male line, which has accounted for at least one winner of all the world’s great races, was again to the fore over the weekend.
Sunday’s G1 Japan Cup was won by Epiphaneia, who is by Japanese champion Symboli Kris S. The latter, like Philanthropist, is by the mighty Kris S – sire of 88 stakes winners, and five Breeders Cup winners. One of Roberto’s very greatest sire sons, Kris sired runners have earned in excess of$50 000 000.
Races won by the progeny of Kris S include the Epsom Derby, Breeders Cup Turf, Breeders Cup Juvenile (twice), Santa Anita Derby, St James Palace Stakes, Breeders Cup Distaff, Super Derby, Swaps Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap, Malibu Stakes, and Met Handicap.
Epiphaneia, whose sire was Japan’s Horse Of The Year in both 2002 and 2003, had previously won last year’s G1 Shuka Sho (Japanese St Leger), and Saturday’s big race win pushed the 4yo colt’s earnings to over ¥667 000 000. The grandson of Kris S had also finished second in both the Japanese 2000 Guineas and Derby of 2013.
Philanthropist’s female line, one of the strongest in the Northern Hemisphere, is never short a good horse.
The latest star to have emerged from the Grey Flight female line looks to be West Coast Belle, winner of the recent Gr2 Golden Rod Stakes in North America.
A daughter of Tapit, the promising West Coast Belle is a great granddaughter of G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Dispute – whose third dam is Grey Flight herself.
West Coast Belle who beat the promising Blame (by Kris S horse Arch) filly No Fault Of Mine into second has now won all three of her outings, and looks a classic prospect for 2015.
The Golden Rod has been won by a host of top class fillies over the years – including champions Rachel Alexandra and Silverbulletday, while recent Grade 1 winners On Fire Baby, Pure Clan and Sassy Image are other star graduates of the Golden Rod.
This history, plus her own superb pedigree, bodes well for West Coast Belle’s future, and she could well become the latest superstar from the superlative Grey Flight family.