Monday, 3 September 2007

Strategic Prince; strategic indeed

It was with a wry smile I met the news that Coolmore had acquired the breeding rights to Strategic Prince. Only the day before had I argued that he did indeed train on and that we were yet to see the best of this good looking, double group 2 winning son of Dansili.

Outpaced over 5 furlongs in the Norfolk stakes at Royal Ascot, the Prince soon notched up back to back group 2 wins, beating the arguably green Duke of Marmalade over 7 at Goodwood. A third in the G1 Dewhurst to the brilliant Teofilo capped off a very respectable 2 year-old season.

On the contrary, his 3 year-old season promised so much yet proved so little. The guineas was (according to all sources) a prep for the Derby and whilst finishing a 4 and a half lengths 8th was disappointing, it did at least serve the purpose of unequivocally proving he had trained on and was not simply a well developed 2 year-old. Before retirement to stud, his Derby run proved he did not stay 12 furlongs and his 7 furlongs Jersey stakes can be scratched all together. Evidently, more questions were asked than answered.

The Prince's new career at stud raises further questions. What was his ideal trip and what will his progeny's be? 8-10 furlongs I would argue based soley on the formbook (or lack of). What's his prospects as a stallion? Very good. The Coolmore boys know how to promote a stallion and based on pedigree we can expect him to be a versatile sire of speedy 2 year-olds through to top class middle distance runners at 3 plus. The damline of his pedigree is steeped in stamina (and black type). His dam Ausherra, won the Lingfield Oaks trial and is a full brother to the Champion Kris. Furthermore, her dam Princess Of Man won the G3 Musidora stakes. Yet, despite this Strategic Prince showed phenomenal pace at 2; undoubtedly inherited from his sire, Dansili.

Strategic Prince will be the first son of Dansili to stand at Coolmore and adds further diversity to their stallion portfolio. We've already seen Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor retired to stud and 'What if's?" raised, while Strategic Prince does not quite fit in that category, this looks to be a very shrewd acquisition. Afterall, purely on a financial basis; if he had won black type at 3 would he now be residing in Ireland?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good piece. Coolmore seem keen on buying into new lines these days. e.g Pivotal, AP Indy, Kingmambo etc.