Shamardal – Midnight Angel (Machiavellian)
Stands: Mickley Stud
Fee: £3,000

A four-time winning sprinter in Europe and Dubai, Almanaara boasts a pedigree out of the top drawer as a Shamardal half-brother to Dark Angel.

While Shamardal is regarded as a successful sire of sires, Dark Angel has long been a major influence whose seven Group 1 winners include Battaash and Harry Angel.

No Never Never – Lady Ederle (English Channel)
Stands: Castlehyde Stud
Fee: €7,000

A Royal Ascot-winning two-year-old son of No Nay Never from the family of Dabirsim – the package behind Arizona is a commercial one that should appeal to breeders.

He was a typically precocious member of his sire line, winning his maiden by eight lengths before following up in the Coventry Stakes in a quick time. He was also second in the Dewhurst Stakes and third in the National Stakes.

Circus Maximus
Galileo – Duntle (Danehill Dancer)
Stands: Coolmore
Fee: €20,000

A top miler, Circus Maximus was as tough as he was talented for Aidan O’Brien.

The son of Galileo made 13 starts at Group 1 level and filled the frame in ten of them, notably when successful in the St James’s Palace, Prix du Moulin and Queen Anne Stakes. He was also second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and two renewals of the Sussex Stakes.

This hardy customer boasts the background to complement his race record as the only foal bred by the Niarchos family out of the high-class miler Duntle. He also descends from Lady Winborne, a half-sister to the legendary French mare Allez France who is also
the ancestress of Coolmore’s successful American sire Munnings.

Teofilo – Desidera (Shaadi)
Stands: LM Stallions at March Hare Stud
Fee: £2,000

Eight-time scorer Diplomat is one of those rare horses who is proven under both codes as a Group 2-winning miler on the Flat and a winner over jumps at Auteuil. A tough horse, he was also placed seven times at Group 2 and 3 level.

Shamardal – Winter Light (New Approach)
Stands: Kildangan Stud
Fee: €20,000

Earthlight contributed to an annus mirabilis for his much-missed sire Shamardal in 2019 when the leading light of the French juvenile division.

A precocious colt, he swept the Prix Morny – Middle Park Stakes double, the latter in a new juvenile Newmarket Rowley Mile course record, to cap an unbeaten two-year-old campaign for Andre Fabre.

He also filled the frame in each of his four starts at three, notably when successful in the Prix du Pin and a neck second in the Prix de la Foret.

Two-year-old talent is a recurring theme within Earthlight’s family; he is the first foal out of Winter Light, a Group 1-placed two-year-old who is a half- sister to Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Mandaean.

He also hails from the further family of Derby hero Golden Fleece and champion sire Be My Guest.

Far Above winning the 2020 running of the Palace House Stakes – Photo: Edward Whitaker

Far Above
Farhh – Dorraar (Shamardal)
Stands: Compas Stallions at Starfield Stud
Fee: €5,000

A horse in possession of serious speed, Far Above retires as the winner of four of five starts capped by a victory in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.

The quickest son of Farhh, he offers an appealing combination of Pivotal over Shamardal and is related to Godolphin’s tough globe-trotter Benbatl.

Galileo Chrome
Australia – Curious Mind (Dansili)
Stands: Compas Stallions at Starfield Stud
Fee: poa

One of the leading three-year-old colts of 2020, Galileo Chrome swept through the season unbeaten for Joseph O’Brien, his four-race winning run capped by a victory in the St Leger. Prior to that, he had run out the easy winner of the Yeats Stakes at Navan.

An imposing colt, Galileo Chrome is the joint highest-rated performer sired by Australia and a member of the highly influential Alruccaba family.

Dubawi – Nightime (Galileo)
Stands: Kildangan Stud
Fee: €30,000

The highest-rated horse in the world in 2020, Ghaiyyath is best remembered for his dominating victories in last season’s Juddmonte International, Eclipse Stakes, beating Enable, and Coronation Cup, in which he broke Newmarket’s Rowley Mile track record.

However, he also set a new stakes record at two when successful in the Autumn Stakes and also won the Grosser Preis von Baden as a four-year-old by an eye-popping 14 lengths. A relentless galloper with a high cruising speed, he retires as the winner of nine races.

By Dubawi out of Galileo’s first Classic winner Nightime, Ghaiyyath is bred on the same cross as leading young sire Night Of Thunder and was a sale-topping €1.1 million foal purchase by Godolphin.

Kitten’s Joy – Sweeter Still (Rock Of Gibraltar)
Stands: Tweenhills Farm and Stud
Fee: £25,000

Kameko became the fastest 2,000 Guineas winner in history when defeating Wichita and Pinatubo to take this year’s renewal and after running fourth in both the Derby, when failing to stay, and Sussex Stakes, when encountering trouble in running, again proved he was out of the top drawer when defying a penalty to overcome a high-class field in the Joel Stakes.

Not only that, he was also a top-class two-year-old who progressed through his juvenile campaign for Andrew Balding to win the Vertem Futurity.

Kameko is the latest star by North American champion turf sire Kitten’s Joy and is out of the Grade 3-winning Sweeter Still.

Kew Gardens
Galileo – Chelsea Rose (Desert King)
Stands: Castlehyde Stud
Fee: poa

Coolmore’s jumps division welcomes the 2018 St Leger hero Kew Gardens for 2021.

Forward enough to score in Listed company at two, as befits the fact he is out of a Group 1-winning juvenile, Kew Gardens progressed throughout his three-year-old season to wind up as a dual Group 1 winner courtesy of victories in the Grand Prix de Paris and St Leger.

As anticipated, he developed into a fine stayer thereafter, with a productive four-year-old season capped by a defeat of Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup.

King Of Change wins the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot – Photo: George Selwyn

King Of Change
Farhh – Salacia (Echo Of Light)
Stands: Derrinstown Stud
Fee: €7,000

A top-class miler, King Of Change concluded his career by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot over a field that included eight Group 1 winners including Mohaather and Phoenix Of Spain. Prior to that, he had also outrun his odds of 66/1 to take second behind Magna Grecia in the 2,000 Guineas; indeed, he never ran out of the first two for Richard Hannon.

A strong and genuine horse, King Of Change is a half-brother to current high- class miler Century Dream.

Legends Of War
Scat Daddy – Madera Dancer (Rahy)
Stands: LM Stallions at March Hare Stud
Fee: £5,000

Precocious and talented enough to top the 2018 Tattersalls Craven Breeze- Up Sale at 900,000gns, Legends Of War went on to run a close second in the Gimcrack Stakes for John Gosden before switching to the US, where he struck in an extended 6f Grade 3 on the turf.

Legends Of War is from the final crop of Scat Daddy, a renowned source of juvenile speed whose other sons at stud include No Nay Never.

Showcasing – Roodeye (Inchinor)
Stands: Nunnery Stud
Fee: £20,000

Mohaather lit up the 2020 miling division with a pair of brilliant wins.

He was a horse blessed with an exceptional turn of foot, as illustrated by his win in the Sussex Stakes where he ran down Circus Maximus and Siskin despite encountering trouble in running.

Matters had previously been more straightforward in the Summer Mile, won by close to four lengths, while he boasts the additional allure of being a Group 3-winning two-year-old.

One of the best sired by the ascendant Showcasing, Mohaather is a brother to Grade 2-winning miler Prize Exhibit and closely related to another Group 1-winning miler in Accidental Agent.

Old Persian
Dubawi – Indian Petal (Singspiel)
Stands: Glenview Stud
Fee: poa

Group 1 talent and durability are on offer to dual-purpose breeders in the form of Old Persian.

Forward enough to win twice at two, Old Persian progressed into a high-class three-year-old, winning the King Edward VII and Great Voltigeur Stakes, before making the anticipated successful leap into Group 1 company in the Northern Dancer Stakes and Dubai Sheema Classic at four.

Typically for a Godolphin graduate, he also boasts a fine pedigree, in his case as a descendant of Miesque.

Shamardal – Lava Flow (Dalakhani)
Stands: Dalham Hall Stud
Fee: £35,000

You have to go back a generation to the era of Celtic Swing to find a better two-year-old than Godolphin’s champion Pinatubo.

His win in the National Stakes, in which he quickened clear to win by nine lengths, will live long in the memory, as will that ruthless efficiency to his win in the Dewhurst. The latter victory crowned an unbeaten two-year-old season that also included a wide-margin success in the Vintage Stakes and a track record- setting win in the Chesham Stakes.

Pinatubo carried that talent over into his three-year-old season, where after running placed in the 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, he landed a deserved Group 1 score in the Prix Jean Prat.

Pinatubo also brings pedigree to the table as a Shamardal descendant of Eljazzi, the granddam of Invincible Spirit and Kodiac.

Rumble Inthejungle at Goodwood

Rumble Inthejungle lands the Molecomb Stakes, a race which his sire won back in 2012. Photo: George Selwyn

River Boyne
Dandy Man – Clytha (Mark Of Esteem)
Stands: Tara Stud
Fee: €5,000

The first son of his ever-popular sire to retire to stud, River Boyne was a top-class miler in the US whose lengthy resume is highlighted by a Grade 1 win in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile.

In all, the $1.23 million earner won nine races at two to five years and ran placed on other nine occasions, including when second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Shoemaker Mile, thereby demonstrating a durability that should appeal to breeders.

Rumble Inthejungle
Bungle Inthejungle – Guana (Dark Angel)
Stands: Norman Court Stud
Fee: £3,500

A fast horse who represents the commercial package of Exceed And Excel blood over Dark Angel, Rumble Inthejungle enjoyed his most productive season at two when successful in the Molecomb Stakes, having been forward enough to land his debut in May.

He also ran third to Ten Sovereigns in the Middle Park Stakes.

Sands Of Mali
Panis – Kadiania (Indian Rocket)
Stands: Ballyhane Stud
Fee: €6,500

This popular sprinter showcased his ability from an early stage when one of the top lots at the Tattersalls Ascot Breeze-up Sale and went on to assume high order within the sprint division over several seasons.

Trained by Richard Fahey, he was an easy winner of the Gimcrack Stakes and later progressed throughout his three-year-old season to land the Prix Sigy, Sandy Lane and British Champions Sprint Stakes. He also came close to securinanother Group 1 when a close second in the Commonwealth Cup.

A grandson of the highly influential Miswaki, it is also worth noting that Sands Of Mali shares his damsire Indian Rocket with Goken, the champion first- crop sire in France.

Sergei Prokofiev
Scat Daddy – Orchard Beach (Tapit)
Stands: Whitsbury Manor Stud
Fee: £6,500

A $1.1 million yearling, Sergei Prokofiev is another example of Scat Daddy’s ability to throw fast juveniles.

He was an extremely precocious individual for Aidan O’Brien who broke his maiden by almost eight lengths in the April of his two-year-old season en route to victories in the Rochestown and Cornwallis Stakes – he won the latter despite encountering trouble in running.

He also struck in the Cork Stakes at three.

Shamardal – Only Green (Green Desert)
Stands: Yeomanstown Stud
Fee: €6,000

A Classic-placed son of Shamardal from a branch of the deep Fall Aspen family cultivated to excellent effect by the Wertheimer brothers, Shaman enjoyed his finest moment when landing last year’s Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp.

He was also a top miler who consistently mixed it with the best French three-year-olds in 2019, placing in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix Jacques le Marois.

Without Parole and Frankie Dettori capture the 2018 St James’s Palace Stakes © George Selwyn

Siyouni – Starlet’s Sister (Galileo)
Stands: Coolmore
Fee: €30,000

It was revealed last month that Sottsass will benefit from a star-studded collection of mares belonging to his part-owner Peter Brant, notably Grade 1 producers Unaided and Rosa Bonheur.

And little wonder considering that Sottsass smashed the race record in victory in the Prix du Jockey Club at three and later crowned his four-year-old season by winning the Arc. The Jean- Claude Rouget-trained colt was also successful in the Prix Ganay and Prix Niel during a career in which he won or ran placed in eight Group races.

Sottsass is the best runner sired by Siyouni and out of a true blue hen in Starlet’s Sister, also the dam of American champion Sistercharlie.

Southern Hills
Gleneagles – Remember You (Invincible Spirit)
Stands: LM Stallions at March Hare Stud
Fee: £3,000

The first son of Gleneagles to stud Southern Hills was a fine advert for his sire who came out on top in a 21-runner Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Southern Hills was bred to be quick as a son of another fast two-year-old in Remember You. She is a Group 3-placed daughter of speed influence Invincible Spirit while Southern Hills himself is inbred to blue hen Allegretta.

Tip Two Win
Dark Angel – Freddie’s Girl (More Than Ready)
Stands: LM Stallions at March Hare Stud
Fee: £3,500

A popular campaigner for Roger Teal, Tip Two Win won the Flying Scotsman Stakes as a two-year-old and in a testament to his constitution, improved again when sent to Bahrain to win the Al Biddah Mile and Al Rayyan Stakes.

He also ran an excellent race to be second to Saxon Warrior in the 2,000 Guineas, with the likes of Masar and Roaring Lion in behind.
Tip Two Win will be the second highest-rated son of Dark Angel at stud in 2021 and hails from the same female family as successful sire Due Diligence.

Way To Paris
Champs Elysees – Grey Way (Cozzene)
Stands: Coolagown Stud
Fee: €3,500

Way To Paris retires having won seven races and run placed in another 21.

The highlight of his career came last summer when he landed a deserved Group 1 victory in the Grand Prix de Paris.

That win followed a wide-margin success in the Grand Prix de Chantilly, in which he had the measure of Group 1 winner French King, while he fell only a head short of Sottsass in the Prix Ganay.

The first son of Champs Elysees to stud, he is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Distant Way.

Without Parole
Frankel – Without You Babe (Lemon Drop Kid)
Stands: Newsells Park Stud
Fee: £10,000

Without Parole becomes the first Group 1-winning miler by Frankel to stand in Europe.

Trained initially by John Gosden, he won his two-year-old debut by six lengths to commence a sequence of four straight wins that culminated with a victory in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, defeating Gustav Klimt and Wootton.

He later developed into a leading act of the American turf miling division, with placings in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, Shadwell Turf Mile and Shoemaker Mile to his credit.

From a family cultivated by his breeders John and Tanya Gunther, Without Parole is a half-brother to another Grade 1-winning miler in Tamarkuz, a successful first-crop sire in 2020.

Persian King – Photo: George Selwyn

Group 1 talent abounds in France

At €30,000, Persian King is the most expensive new addition to the French stallion ranks for 2021.

The first son of Kingman to stud in France, he is also his sire’s highest-rated performer by virtue of wins in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, Prix d’Ispahan and Prix du Moulin.

Persian King heads a powerful roster at Haras d’Etreham that also welcomes top sprinter Hello Youmzain (€25,000), last season’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner and the first son of emerging sire of sires Kodiac to stand in France, as well as Irish Derby hero Latrobe (€4,000) who will stand at its jumps wing at Haras de la Tuilerie.

Etreham is also among the shareholders, alongside Haras du Mont Goubert and Coolmore, in Threat (€6,000). The horse, who is standing at Haras du Mont Goubert, captured the Gimcrack and Champagne Stakes.

Smart juvenile form is also on show via the Scat Daddy horse Van Beethoven (Haras de Grandcamp: €6,000), the 2018 Railway Stakes winner.

Montfort & Preaux, meanwhile, has gained a star of the past season in Golden Horde (€10,000). The Clive Cox-trained colt was admirably consistent, winning the Richmond Stakes and running placed in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes at two, before landing the Commonwealth Cup at three.

Wooded (€15,000; Haras de Bouquetot) is another Group 1-winning sprinter available at an affordable level. The latest star by Wootton Bassett, Wooded signed off his career with a victory in the Prix de l’Abbaye.

Haras de Saint Arnoult welcomes the first son of Frankel to stud in France in Elarqam (€6,000), a Group 3 winner at two who became a multiple stakes winner and established Group 1 performer as an older horse. He is also notably well related, as a son of champion Attraction.

Saint Arnoult has also added Hackwood Stakes winner Yafta (€2,500) to its roster.

As ever, dual-purpose breeders also have a range of fresh blood to choose from. In addition to Latrobe, the list includes Grade 1-winning jumper For Fun (Haras de la Hetraie; poa), last year’s Prix Alain du Breil winner, and Dante Stakes winner Telecaster (Haras du Mesnil; €4,000).