Group 2 son of FASTNET ROCK to stand at Willow Glen in conjunction with the Inner Mongolian Rider Horse Industry. From Amazing Beauty by GALILEO he combines classic bloodlines with his proven ability on the track and will be a grand addition to the New Zealand stallion ranks.
Pure Champion is a black type winner in Europe, Asia and New Zealand and winner of close to $2 million in stakes money throughout his illustrious career.
A quality stallion with pedigree and international performance, a Pure Champion.
Willow Glen’s successful association with the Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry has gone to another level with the Waimate stud to stand Mongolian Falcon.
Mike and Barbara Cooney’s South Island operation will launch the stallion career of the well-performed son of Fastnet Rock, whose promising career was pre-maturely ended by injury.
Rider Horse Industry principal Lang Lin, affectionately known as Mr Wolf because of his love of his pet wolves, has been a regular visitor to Willow Glen.
“He’s been here quite a few times and we’ve sold horses out of the paddock to Mr Wolf for a number of years,” Barbara Cooney said.
“We’ve enjoyed a good association and at his invitation we went to Inner Mongolia in the north of China the season before last. We went to their three-day race-meeting and loved every minute.
“We’re very excited about Mongolian Falcon and Rider Horse will be heavily supporting the horse with a nice selection of mares.”
Trained at Ruakaka by Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, Mongolian Falcon won three of his nine starts, including a five-length victory in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at Hastings where he beat subsequent Gr.1 Australian Derby (2400m) winner Jon Snow and Gr.1 Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner Heroic Valour.
Also placed in the Gr.2 Sarten Memorial (1400m) and the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper (1200m), Mongolian Falcon’s career was ended by a knee issue after he finished sixth in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).
“He was a top-class galloper and started a strong favourite in the Guineas before his injury,” Cooney said.
Mongolian Falcon is out of the Group-performed Galileo mare Amazing Beauty, whose only other foal to race is the multiple winner Mongolian Beauty.
It is a well-performed North American family that features the Group One winners Phone Chatter, In Lingerie and Dixie Chatter.
“He’s such a lovely horse and he is bred on the Fastnet Rock/Galileo cross which has produced an incredible 27 per cent stakes winners to runners.
“It’s an exciting venture and you have to take opportunities when they come along,” Cooney said.
Mongolian Falcon will stand at $3000 + GST at Willow Glen alongside the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) winner Pure Champion, who began his stud career in 2015.
“He’s doing really well and his young stock are beautiful types, very athletic,” Cooney said. – NZ Racing Desk.
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.