There is, arguably, no better bred stallion going to stud this season than MONGOLIAN FALCON, with a pedigree chart that features Danehill’s champion son Fastnet Rock over the ‘King of Europe’, Galileo.
The Galileo/Danehill cross has dominated in the Northern Hemisphere for a decade or more with the likes of Frankel. Add the fact that at his best Australian-bred Mongolian Falcon was a formidable performer and is also a grand looking individual of some size, and one can see that he is going to be an influential addition to South Island stallion ranks.
He raced for “Mr. Wolf’s” Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry NZ Ltd out of the Ruakaka stable of Donna Logan, who was joined in partnership by Chris Gibbs for his three-year-old season. He debuted on Boxing Day at Ellerslie when third over 1100 metres and a month later he produced a dominant front-running display to score over 1200 metres at Matamata, defeating the subsequent big winners Gold Rush (Matamata Breeders S.) and Luna Rossa (Manawatu Sires’ Produce S.).
Mongolian Falcon looked to be going places on that performance and he was expected to shine in the Matamata Slipper, his first stakes assignment. However he was hampered in running and flashed home late to be second, most unluckily, to Heroic Valour.
At Ellerslie for the Gr. 1 Diamond Stakes, he again experienced a very rocky passage and that run is best ignored. When he resumed at the start of the new season, he scored comfortably over 1000 metres on his home track before going to the El Roca Sprint at Hastings where he ran on well late after racing awkwardly.
Three weeks later we saw the real horse in the Gr.2 Hawkes Bay Guineas (1400m), where Leith Innes had him jumping well and spearing clear of the top class field to bolt in by five long looking lengths from Jon Snow (Australian Derby) and Heroic Valour, with Ugo Foscolo and Wyndspelle behind. His New Zealand 2000 Guineas lead-up was at Te Rapa in the Gr. 2 James & Annie Sarten Memorial, where he was ridden with more restraint before flashing home late to divide Ugo Foscolo and Wyndspelle, just a head in arrears.
The Gr. 1 2000 Guineas was memorable for the suicidal pace set by Ugo Foscolo, which burned off most of the opposition. Mongolian Falcon sat on the heels of the leader and appeared to be cantering as they came into the straight. In hindsight it seems obvious that was when the knee problems that ended his career chose to reveal themselves and he was an unhappy horse when he ended up back in sixth. He never raced again, but for my money he was one of the picks of a very good crop and could well have been the best of them.
Mongolian Falcon’s sire is the champion three-year-old and champion sprinter Fastnet Rock, who won the Gr. 1 VRC Lightning Stakes and VATC Oakleigh Plate, and who has twice been champion Australian sire and champion on the worldwide earnings index twice as well. He has also been second and third to Galileo on the Irish sires’ list for the past two years.
His current tally of 138 takes winners (35 x G1) includes such stars as Atlantic Jewel, Mosheen, Sea Siren, Shoals, Fascinating Rock, First Seal, Catchy, Zhukova, Avantage, Merchant Navy, Qualify, Heroic Valour, Rock ‘n’ Pop and ill-fated Atlante. Several of his sons like sadly deceased Hinchinbrook, Smart Missile, Highly Recommended, Rock ‘n’ Pop and Foxwedge are already starting to fire as sires and his future in that role also seems to be assured.
Among his stars from Galileo mares are Rivet (Doncaster Racing Post Trophy), Unforgotten (Australian Oaks), Zhukova (Belmont Man o’War S.), Qualify (Oaks), Magicool (Queensland Derby), Age of Fire (Levin Classic) and Intricately (Curragh Moyglare Stud S.).
That damsire Galileo may well end up being as influential as a broodmare sire, as he has already been as a multi-champion sire. Just about every day he racks up another stakes winner, and the great sire with 277 stakes winners is closing in rapidly on the tally of his own sire Sadler’s Wells, being currently just 14 short.
If he can catch Danehill on 347 it would be a huge achievement, given that horse’s extensive use of the shuttle and it could be within reach in three more seasons. His daughters have left 108 stakes winners to date, including U S Navy Flag, Saxon Warrior, Roly Poly, La Cressonniere, Galileo Gold, and Night of Thunder.
The sire of the granddam is Gone West, one of Mr. Prospector’s most important sons. Winner of the Gr. 1 Dwyer Stakes and other major miles, he left 95 stakes winners including Zafonic (sire of Iffraaj) and his daughters 129 stakes winners headed by the Derby winner Motivator.
The female line is the No. 3 family descending from Black Duchess, whence came Bay Ronald, Blandford, Sun Chariot and Caro amongst others. This branch has been in North America for about a century and the new sire’s fifth dam is the Hollywood Oaks winner Hooplah, an own sister to the stakes winner Hillarah. She left six winners, four at stakes level including Afifa (Gr. 1 Hollywood Park Vanity H.), Alias Smith and the British Group sprinter and sire Auction Ring. She is ancestress of many stakes winners, her Group One winners including Any Given Saturday (Haskell Invitational) and New Money Honey (Belmont Oaks).
Her unraced daughter Passing My Way produced five winners, of which our subject’s third dam Phone Chatter was the best. The daughter of Phone Trick was champion USA two-year-old filly in 1993, winning the Gr. 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Gr. 1 Santa Anita Oak Leaf Stakes. She had three winners including the Storm Cat filly Cat Chat, who won the Gr. 2 Belmont Nassau County Stakes and became dam of the Empire Maker filly In Lingerie (Gr. 1 Keeneland Spinster S.).
Phone Chatter’s daughter Doula won and left seven winners, among them the stakes placed Amazing Beauty and Humungous. Another daughter Mini Chat left two stakes winners, the pick of which was Dixie Chatter (Gr. 1 Oak Tree Norfolk S.). Amazing Beauty’s two foals to race so far are both winners, one of them being Mongolian Falcon.
His sire Fastnet Rock is a Danehill (Northern Dancer – Ribot – Buckpasser)/Northern Dancer – Sir Tristram – Star Kingdom cross and is balanced mainly to Natalma, Nearco, Hyperion and Menow. The distaff side shows Galileo (Northern Dancer – Hail To Reason – Mr. Prospector – Buckpasser/Mr. Prospector – Nearctic – Buckpasser, with Amazing Beauty balanced to Native Dancer, Buckpasser and Hyperion.
Mongolian Falcon is inbred 4/5 x 4 to male Northern Dancer and is sex-balanced linebred to Natalma (5/5/6 x 5), Buckpasser (5 x 6/6), Native Dancer (6/6/7 x 6/7/6), Hyperion (14 lines), Menow (6), Princequillo (4), Nasrullah (6), Nearco (18), Teddy (18), Bull Dog (9), Sir Gallahad (3), La Troienne (4), Bull Lea (4), War Admiral (5), Mahmoud (5), Blue Larkspur (4), Bahram (3) and Big Game.
Further sex balance can be attained through males of Petition, Royal Academy, Miswaki, Gone West and Round Table and daughters of Danehill, Danzig, Northern Dancer, Nearctic, Nijinsky, Ribot, Sir Tristram, Sir Ivor, Luthier, Sadler’s Wells, Mr. Prospector, Raise A Native and Hail To Reason.
Storm Cat blood would be great in his mates as he nicks so well with Galileo, and as he is by Storm Bird a close relative of Nijinsky, and also because he comes from the same immediate family at Royal Academy. It should also be easy enough to add further to the proven nicks, especially that between Mr. Prospector and Buckpasser.
Looking at potential damsires likely to have younger mares around, I particularly liked Bachelor Duke, also Thewayyouare, Postponed, Battle Paint, Elusive City, Edenwold and Road to Rock. Others worth a second glance – remembering always that there is always the addition of the mare’s distaff side – are Bahhare, My Halo, Perfectly Ready, Coat’s Choice, Zacinto and Willow Glen’s own Saperavi, also Iffraaj and Mastercraftsman if you can find them.
If this fellow throws stock in his own mould, I will expect to see them in full enjoyment of Riccarton’s big track at the very least.
By John Richardson, The Informant.
Special Offer to Thoroughbred Broodmare Owners
Inner Mongolian Rider Horse Industry’s
Mr Lang Lin has made a SPECIAL OFFER
to purchase ANY FOAL – colt or filly – (of normal size without defect) by MONGOLIAN FALCON for $10,000..!!
…..Delivery at weaning….
Mr Wolf is heavily supporting this impressive Group Winning son of FASTNET ROCK with a large selection of well bred mares from some of Aust and Nz best bloodlines
Mongolian Beauty Another Standout for Curraghmore
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Curraghmore have yet again delivered a highlight lot with the winning Fastnet Rock filly Mongolian Beauty on Day 2 of the Karaka May Sale.
Setting a new top price at the 2018 Sale, Andrew Williams Bloodstock was determined to acquire the smart filly catalogued as Lot 371 and went to $180,000 to do so.
“I thought she was absolutely fantastic physically,” commented Williams. “She was the one I came over for.”
“She comes from a very good American family which I had quite a bit to do with when I was based in America.
“Fastnet Rock is doing a fantastic job as a broodmare sire and she’s a full to a very good horse. She’ll head straight to Australia and be mated to a suitable sire.”
Mongolian Beauty is out of Group Three-performing Galileo mare Amazing Beauty making her a sister to Group Two Hawkes Bay Guineas winner Mongolian Falcon.
She has been lightly raced with 10 starts for two wins, five seconds and one third under the guidance of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, and was offered through Curraghmore’s draft as a breeding proposition.
“It was a good price,” commented Gordon Cunningham. “There was plenty of interest in her and she would be very sought after in any catalogue.”
“She’s a very good looking mare, from a very good family and by a good stallion. She had a lot of ability as a racehorse and will make a very good broodmare.”
Who would have thought 2years ago when guests in Inner Mongolia with Mr Lang Lin (Mr Wolf) we would be hosting Bloodstock manager Victoria Wang and standing their super stallion Mongolian Falcon at Willow Glen….
Weaning is Finished
Incentive for Breeders
Leviathan Chinese owner “Mr Wolf” has dangled a $10,000 carrot in front of South Island broodmare owners ahead of the next breeding season.
Billionaire racing enthusiast Lin Lang, who is widely known as “Mr Wolf”, had made a landmark offer to purchase the progeny of his stallion, Mongolian Falcon.
It was announced earlier this month that the former group 2-winning North Island galloper will stand at Willow Glen Stud, near Waimate, with a $3000 service fee.
Should broodmare owners send their mares to the rookie sire they will soon have the opportunity to turn their investment in to a tidy profit.
Willow Glen Stud has announced that Lin Lang is offering to buy foals by his stallion for $10,000.
He would consider fillies or colts and the only prerequisite was that they had good conformation, studmaster Mike Cooney said.
The landmark offer, which could potentially put hundreds of thousands of dollars in to the South Island breeding industry, was an exciting boost for South Island breeding and Willow Glen Stud, Cooney said.
“It is great for the industry and we are really looking forward to it.
“He is planning to race a lot of them in New Zealand.”
Lin Lang will not just buy weanlings by Mongolian Falcon; he will also send a big number of his own mares to the stallion, the first of which arrived at the stud from the North Island over the weekend.
“He has got a lot of very well-bred mares arriving here shortly – he is sending down 37 ,” Cooney said.
“A lot of the progeny from them will race here. The odd one might go up to China, but he intends on supporting the industry here.”
Many of those mares are in foal to Lin Lang’s Caulfield Cup-winning stallion, Mongolian Khan.
A knee injury stopped any hopes that Mongolian Falcon could reach the heights Mongolian Khan did on the race track.
In a brief career, the former Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained galloper won three of his nine starts.
It is hoped that his convincing win in the group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas would have caught the eye of breeders.
“If you have a look at his Hawkes Bay Guineas win he beat Ugo Foscolo and Heroic Valour. It was a really good field that day and he won by five lengths,” Cooney said.
“He is a Fastnet Rock horse out of a Galileo mare, so he has got a good pedigree, and I think he will mix with a lot of the mares down here really well.”
By Jonny Turner – Otago Daily Times