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Foal watch: week one

13 Jan 2017

Is this the first glimpse of future Champions Series stars?

Golden Horn foal

With the return of QIPCO British Champions Series creeping up on us, it is that time of year when we see the results of the months spent at stud for our former favourites.

Each week, we’ll be updating on the arrival of foals from some of our greatest stars – and there’s been quite the flurry this week!

GLENEAGLES

Gleneagles foal

pic: Coolmore

Hot off the press is this image of the first foal by dual Champions Series winner, Gleneagles. Out of Street Style and with a bloodline featuring the master Galileo, could this bay filly be a Champions Series star of the future?

With victories in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and a St James’ Palace Stakes to his name, Gleneagles missed many engagements due to ground concerns, before bowing out bravely on QIPCO British Champions Day. Will his progeny face a similar issue?

Jimmy Murphy of Redpender Stud, said: “I’m delighted with the Gleneagles filly out of Street Style. She has loads of bone, quality and size. I’m a big fan of Gleneagles, I’ve another mare due and will be using him again this year.”

GOLDEN HORN

pic: @DarleyStallions/Twitter

pic: www.DarleyEurope.com

The undoubted superstar of the 2015 Champions Series, Golden Horn has been enjoying himself at his new home at Dalham Hall Stud. His first book included no fewer than 112 Group winners or their dams and the first of his foals arrived on January 9th out of La Dorotea – a granddaughter of Shamardal – whilst his first filly arrived the following day out of Hoyam, a smart juvenile. Born at the Hascombe and Valiant Stud owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, could those colours be carried to Champions Series glory again in the future?

KINGSTON HILL

pic: Coolmore

pic: Coolmore

The 2014 St Leger winner welcomed his first foal into the world on Wednesday, when Nonna Iole – a Listed winner in Italy – produced a bay colt for the Classic-winning son of Master Craftsman. Kingston Hill became his sire’s first Group 1 winner and now that he has joined him at Coolmore’s Fethard Headquarters, this could be a big season for Kingston Hill, especially standing at what could be seen as a snip at €5,000.

Owner Giovanni Parri, of Allevamento LeGi, commented: “He’s a very nice and correct bay colt.”

SWISS SPIRIT

pic: Whitsbury Manor Stud

pic: Whitsbury Manor Stud

Despite failing to win a Champions Series race of his own, Swiss Spirit did manage to finish second in the 2013 running of the Temple Stakes at Haydock. Nonetheless, he is a Group winning sprinter who has beaten the likes of Kingsgate Native, Sole Power and Lethal Force in his career. In true sprinter fashion he has wasted little time in his new career, too, and this young colt arrived on January 3rd –  two weeks ahead of his planned date – to truly kick off the foal season.

AMERICAN PHAROAH

pic: Brookdale Farm

pic: Brookdale Farm

Not strictly a Champions Series star, we know, but this global superstar also welcomed his first foal in to the world on the just the second day of the new year. Out of the very well-bred Kakadu, the colt arrived to much fanfare in the States but there will be plenty more to come from Pharoah, who covered 208 mares in his first season – making him North America’s third-busiest stallion.