The Inglis May Yearling Sale 2021 has 356 lots. It is surprising that so may mares have never started or have never won a race. This always makes evaluation of their progeny more tricky. Nevertheless there will be bargains here, if you can find them. Following the theme of my last post, I have concentrated on finding a yearling with the potential to win a Golden Slipper. My criteria are pretty simple. The sire has to have shown he can produce a horse of the right class as well as having plenty of speed.
Lot 88 b c Starspangledbanner – Cannon’s Crown
Starspangledbanner was a top racehorse. In Australia he won twice at the G1 level. The Caulfield Guineas and the ultimate speed test for sprinters the Oakleigh Plate. His efforts crowned him Australian Champion Sprinter in 2009. Moving to Europe he won two more G1s. The Golden Jubilee Stakes and the July Cup, arguably Britain’s most important sprint race. His trainer, Aiden O’Brien, called Starspangledbanner the fastest horse he had ever seen. He deserved to title of European Champion Sprinter in 2010. His stud career started slowly because of low fertility but that seems to be a problem of the past.
Cannon’s Crown didn’t do much on the racetrack. Unplaced in three starts, albeit they were all on rain affected tracks. However, from a pedigree perspective she comes from a strong female family with a 6GFI index of 12.0%. The star of the show is undoubtedly the ten times G1 winner Denise’s Joy. The filly was also second in the Golden Slipper of 1974.Hopefully, her ability will continue to be transferred down the female line
The cross:Starspangedbanner x High Chaparral
This has already produced a G1 winner The Wow Signal. This colt was successful in the 2yo Prix Morny (6f) in France. This race can be described as the “Golden Slipper ” of France. The race commenced in 1865 and its recent winners include Blushing Groom (1976),Irish River (1978), Green Forest (1981) who is in the female line of Starspangledbanner, Machiavellian (1989) Zafonic (1992) Fasliyev (1996) Johannesburg (2001) and The Wow Signal (2014).This cross has a PRI score of 85.4 which suggests a cpable horse
A lot of the boxes have been ticked but you need to inspect at the Inglis May Yearling Sale 2021 and make up your own mind. Hopefully all the bits will come together.