Darley’s hot-shot stallion New Approach showed why he is in record demand with breeders in both hemispheres at Newmarket last Saturday when his unbeaten son Dawn Approach produced a five-length demolition in the English 2000 Guineas over a mile.
Dawn Approach was resuming after winning all of his six starts at two – the last two in group 1s – and he made it a top-line trifecta for breeder-trainer Jim Bolger.
New Approach is one of Galileo’s best sons – Frankel is obviously his best – and his popularity in Australia has been amazing as breeders queue up to get one of the 80 nominations available.
New Approach was responsible for another black-type winner at the Newmarket meeting last Sunday when Talent took out the listed Pretty Polly Stakes, run over 10 furlongs (2000 metres).
The weekend racing resulted in New Approach becoming the second-leading flat sire in Europe this year for progeny earnings. He has had seven individual winners and earnings of £274,433 ($416,500). Cape Cross is leading with 21 winners. Galileo is third with 25 winners.
Despite a hefty increase to $55,000 this year, New Approach was the first of Darley’s 23 sires to be fully booked. ”His demand is unbelievable and we have had to reject so many breeders. But our instruction is for only 80 broodmares to be available,” Darley’s Aaron Bott said.
”We’ve also closed our books on Exceed And Excel. He’s got 200 mares, which isn’t surprising considering the phenomenal year he is experiencing,” Bott added.
New Approach retired after his three-year-old season with a Timeform rating of 132. He won eight of his 11 starts, plus had two seconds and a third, and his progeny were immediate sale-ring hits, fetching big money in Europe and here. Peter Snowden has more than 30 two-year-olds by New Approach and has already produced one stakes-winner in Montsegur. Snowden loves the breed and racegoers can expect plenty from his progeny in the coming seasons.Kingdom on top
Arrowfield Stud’s Animal Kingdom, which heads to the Hunter Valley after contesting the group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, has been rated as the world’s best entire in the world thoroughbred rankings.
The runaway Dubai World Cup winner has been rated on 126 for the period dating from November 1 last year to April 28. The six-year-old gelding Game On Dude shares the same figure as Animal Kingdom.
Australia’s champion mare Black Caviar headed the ratings on 130 ahead of US sprinter Wise Dan on 129. The latter, which is a gelding, won at Louisville on Kentucky Derby day last Saturday.Master off to a flyer
Coolmore’s shuttle sire Mastercraftsman has had a great start to his career after his first three starters all won on debut in Europe. The latest winner was in Rome last Saturday when Pablosky romped home by six lengths. Mastercraftsman shuttled from Ireland the past two seasons to Windsor Park in New Zealand where he covered large books and consequently was the highest-represented stallion at this year’s Karaka yearling sales.New blood
Hats off to Inglis Bloodstock for its effort to introduce new owners to racing at its Newmarket complex last Sunday. Inglis held a syndication open day and 50 rising two-year-olds were paraded from 14 companies. More than 300 were on hand to learn the ins and outs of being able to afford racing a thoroughbred. Caroline Searcy hosted along with Jonathan Darcy and James Price. The consensus was most people there were interested buyers. The syndicators praised the Inglis concept and believe there is a place on the racing calendar for such a day. Champion, Darby, Dynamic, Proven, Star, Topline and Triple Crown all sold shares.