Inspiring mare’s descendants strike at Kenilworth
Mariah’s Storm, whose story inspired the story of the major film “Dreamer”, made her presence felt at Kenilworth racecourse – in no small degree.
Her locally based son, Tiger Dance, was represented by two winners on the day with his daughter Kitti Cat landing the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint.
His other winner came in the form of another juvenile – when Delta Dancer broke her maiden in the second race.
Tiger Dance, by Storm Cat, is a full brother to the great racehorse and sire Giant’s Causeway. The latter, whose offspring in South Africa have done well and include multiple G1 winner Our Giant, is the sire of Blueridge Mountain.
Having captured the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes last time out, Blueridge Mountain made it three wins on the trot with an authoritive display over 1200m.
An overseas campaign is now in the works for this filly, who looks something special.
Mariah’s Storm herself was something special. She overcame a serious injury as a 2yo to recover and compete successfully at the highest level.
Aimed at the Breeders Cup of 1993, Mariah’s Storm, a daughter of Rakeen’s half-brother Rahy, fractured a cannon bone during the running of the Alciabiades Stakes, one of North America’s top contests for 2yo fillies.
Thanks to patience from her owner and trainer, and the best of veterinarian care, Mariah’s Storm recovered and returned to the race track.
When she eventually retired to stud, Mariah’s Storm had won 10 times, and over $700 000 in prize money.
She sold, in foal to Storm Cat, for $2.6 million at the 1996 Keeneland November Sale – and that resulting foal was Giant’s Causeway.
Widely described as Storm Cat’s best son, Giant’s Causeway was a champion on the track and at stud. He was Cartier Horse of the Year in 2000, following a season which saw the colt known as “The Iron Horse” win five straight G1 events.
Retired to stud, Giant’s Causeway was an instant success, with his first crop producing no fewer than five individual G1 winners.
To date, he has sired over 100 stakes winners, and has headed the US sires list on three occasions. Giant’s Causeway has also become a successful sire of sires, and broodmare sire. One of his daughters, Gardener’s Delight, is the dam of unbeaten South African champion Soft Falling Rain.
Mariah’s Storm’s influence, however, does not stop or end with Giant’s Causeway. The mare has produced no fewer than five sire sons, including G1 sires Freud and Tumblebrutus.
In total, the once broken down mare has bred six black type performers. Mariah’s Storm has a 3yo filly, by champion sire Galileo, named Hanky Panky. One can only imagine what her paddock value must be.
Truly an ending made in Hollywood!