Nicks That Click

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Industry News & Views, The Mission, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Aquis, in response to its Queensland breeders, have secured a stallion that has the speed and commerciality that all Australian breeders are looking for, but also a stallion that will complement the bloodlines that are prevalent in the Queensland broodmare population.

The Mission was an outstanding juvenile and Co-Champion 2YO in Australia in 2016-17. An extremely precocious son of Choisir, The Mission debuted in October in the Listed Breeders’ Plate before rounding out his 2YO season with victory in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes – beating none other than the Co-Champion 2YO, and Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Invader.

The Mission possesses some of the most prepotent bloodlines desired in a Champion Sire – he is inbred to Danehill via his sensational Champion Sire sons Danehill Dancer and Redoute’s Choice, while his grandam is the Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Carry On Cutie, by Champion Sire More Than Ready – a sire who nicks so well with the Danehill line.

Rated 1lb superior to Trapeze Artist at 2 and running a huge race behind him in the Group 1 All-Aged Stakes at 3, The Mission hails from the family of the successful sires Pompeii Court – sire of Champion 2YOs Courtza and Pompeii Pearl; and the successful American-based sire Ghazi – sire of Irish Champion 3YO Port Bayou.

Co-Champion 2YO in Australia in 2016-17, The Mission’s victories in the Gr.3 The Schweppervescence (above) and Gr.1 Champagne Stakes were nothing short of sensational. Photos: Bradley Photography

The Mission is out of My Amelia (Redoute’s Choice), a winner at 2, and will be the first stallion at stud that has been bred on the Danehill/Redoute’s Choice cross – a cross that was again to the fore last Saturday with the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara winner Prompt Response inbred 3×3 to Danehill (via Danehill’s sons Redoute’s Choice, and Exceed and Excel), while the unbeaten 2YO Malahide, winner of the Aquis Farm Crystal Slipper on the same card, is inbred 3 x 3 to Redoute’s Choice.

The first Group 1-winning stallion out of a Redoute’s Choice mare to stand stud in Australia is the Leading First Season Sire Zoustar, and he, like The Mission, are following in the footsteps of proven Group 1 sire sensations such as Sebring, Teofilo, Frankel, and Siyouni, who are all out of Danehill line mares, and whose best runners all carry multiple strains of Northern Dancer close up in their pedigrees (think Dissident, Happy Clapper, Cracksman and Ervedya). Spirit of Boom (out of a mare by Danehill’s son Special Dane) is another who fits this equation and it is only a matter of time before himself and Zoustar sire their first Group 1 winner.

Zoustar, Spirit of Boom, Epaulette and Sizzling have sired over 10 Stakes performers between them in their first 2YO crops, and while it is not remarkable in itself that all their Stakes performers are inbred to Danehill, what breeders need to note are the Danehill line stallions that successfully nick with other Danehill lines time and time again and who out-perform the success of the cross as a whole; they are; Danehill Dancer/Choisir, Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Exceed and Excel and Fastnet Rock.

Mares carrying a further strain of Danehill via either a daughter, or via Danehill Dancer, Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Exceed and Excel or Fastnet Rock, will nick well with The Mission. A part from this however, there are a plethora of bloodlines that will nick beautifully with his – most notably those that are prevalent in the Queensland broodmare population.

Click here to read Pedigree Notes on The Mission and discover the nicks that click with this Champion.