Kingmambo, the first produce of the irrepressible two-time Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr.1) heroine Miesque, the sire of champions in nine different countries and of 85 black-type winners to date, was euthanized Tuesday at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, due to the infirmities of old age.
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Royal Ascot must surely be one of the most well-known racing events on the international calendar. The Melbourne Cup may stop a nation for a day, but this Royal meeting stops the world for a week.
It was Queen Anne who transformed the naked heathland at Windsor Castle into the arena for England’s most famous sporting tradition in 1711. Since then more money, more pride, more pedigree and more champagne has been splurged on the outcome of the events of these four days than on any other sporting action anywhere.
To line up at Ascot takes more than a measure of talent, and earning a cheque is a serious achievement. Those that lay claim to Group One success are the elite of the breed. Summerhill stallion MALHUB (Kingmambo/Arjuzah) is one such horse; he overcame major adversity, took on the best, and beat the best sprinters in the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr1), including World Champion Juvenile, JOHANNESBURG.
This year, South African-bred J J THE JET PLANE carries the flag for South Africa in Saturday’s Golden Jubilee Stakes (Gr 1), while MYTHICAL FLIGHT takes up the challenge in today’s Kings Stand Stakes (Gr1).
The Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale begins today in an atmosphere of anticipation. The dramatic events on the global economic stage and a general slowing in the local economy has left many analyists wondering how the local Thoroughbred market might fare.
At the TBA Sales Complex there is a cautious optimism among vendors because, as Team Valor’s Barry Irwin says, “this is the best value thoroughbred sale in the world.” With 596 lots on offer, there are some mouth-watering prospects for the astute buyer. Bloodstock South Africa are holding thumbs that buyers are tempted by the progeny of many of South Africa’s, as well as the world’s, top stallions.
The Summerhill team has been working feverishly this past week meeting a steady stream of potential buyers. If you missed it… our draft this year includes progeny from a band of formidable international stallions : Johannesburg, Royal Academy, Oasis Dream and Haafhd. On debut at the sale are the progeny of Solskjaer (brother to champion stayer, Yeats, who was recently awarded a Timeform rating of 128), Cataloochee (the record setting son of Al Mufti), as well as the Summerhill stalwarts Kahal and Muhtafal (sire of Dubai World Cup star, Paris Perfect) and Malhub (Kingmambo’s best racing son at stud).
In an attempt to make the sale more “user friendly”, Bloodstock South Africa have discontinued the contentious green pages and select session. There will also be uninterrupted coverage on Tellytrack (DSTV Channel 232), and for the first time the sale will be streamed live online, starting tonight at 18:30 (South Africa time).
Just log onto www.tba.co.za to follow the action.
“KEEP YOUR HEADS DOWN”
Let’s face it, we expected more from Malhub’s first crop. After all, he was the star son of the stallion of the moment, and Timeform rated him better than his own illustrious father.
But never mind, we’ve been there before. Those with memories, will recall that Northern Guest got off to an even slower start, but once they got going, he was unassailable.
You’d have expected it of him though, wouldn’t you? He’s a son of Kingmambo, and with a record of first or second in four Group Ones, never beaten more than half a length, you’d be looking for an “explosion”.
Monday 1st October, saw not only the passing of the first sector of the Summerhill Breeding Season, but also the eagerly awaited arrival of the Summer rains in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which brought relief to a wide spectrum of farmers across the province. It also marked, amongst other things, one of the busiest days in the Breeding Shed.
In circumstances where one rarely appreciates a steady downpour, soaked to the bone and pushing through the last of the remaining evening covers, I stood with KINGMAMBO’s Grade 1 winning son, MALHUB outside the shed, shouting the remaining last minute checks prior to entering, “mare ID scanned, marking’s complete and correct, both covering schedules checked”. Several disgruntled thoughts pass through the back of one’s mind as under the conditions, nothing seems to be approaching the “ready” stage within. One’s attention is drawn back to the stallion in hand, who although having “picked up” the impatient “vibes” from me as a handler, remains patient, with entirely different thoughts in mind.
The Blog has previously touched on the attributes of DANEHILL and the influence he has as a sire of sires and quietly embarrassed by one’s impatience it is at times like this that one appreciates what “is in hand”. MALHUB for one, was rated as one of the top Grade 1 Sprinters in Britain in his year and with a Timeform Rating of 126, he is one of the few, who denied Triple Grade 1 winner, Johannesburg further victory, when winning The Grade 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. DANEHILL is represented by both SOLSKJAER and WAY WEST in the barn, but one of the frequent questions stemming from copies of the Blog in the Stallion Barn from the staff is just who is KINGMAMBO?
Maria Niarchos designed the mating which produced the high classed five time Champion Mare MIESQUE, labeled by leading pedigree Guru Ken McLean as an “Elite Mare”, she produced amongst others, the multiple Grade 1 winning sire, KINGMAMBO, who appears to be emulating his sire MR PROSPECTOR, as a sire of sires, and he goes on to state that the MR PROSPECTOR sire line is at full strength thanks to his sons, MACHIAVELLIAN (Kahal, Hobb Alwahtan), GULCH, KINGMAMBO, SEEKING THE GOLD, FAPPIANO, FORTY NINER, AFLEET, FUSAICHI PEGUSES, WOODMAN and DISTANT VIEW amongst a host of others.
Several of these sires have gone on to produce leading sires themselves, featured all within the Top Ten on the US General Sires List, MACHIAVELLIAN is represented by STREET CRY, FORTY NINER accounts for DISTORTED HUMOUR and KINGMAMBO accounting for LEMON DROP KID. Under the KINGMAMBO banner in Europe we have seen the likes of KINGS BEST and DUBAI DESTINATION appears to making an impression with his first crop and LEMON DROP KID continues to fulfill his promises.
Commenting on MALHUB, Andrew Caulfield stated that anyone who has ever watched a documentary about wild horses, will know that the right to breed is won only by those stallions capable of overcoming the challenges of all the other contenders, and to do so, the stallion requires a combination of speed, endurance, great physical strength and indomitable spirit. MALHUB had all of these and at the time of winning the “Golden Jubilee” his record stood at four wins from seven starts and he quickly followed up being narrowly “touched off” in three successive Grade 1’s to INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and KYLLACHY.
Today JOHANNESBURG and INVINCIBLE SPIRIT are leading sires in their respective domains and KYLLACHY is rapidly proving himself. As we stand in the rain, one asks oneself, is MALHUB predestined to fulfill the attributes of the KINGMAMBO lineage, based on pedigree, performance, physique, the faith of which fellow breeders and buyers have in him and what we are seeing in the paddocks again in 2007, we believe he is just that and he more than justifies the circumstances in which we stand today, for with each rainy day comes a reward.
Posted by Greig Muir