The stellar international pedigree behind our new Medaglia d’Oro filly

WHEN looking through this filly’s pedigree you’ll see more bold black ink than an edition of the Daily Mail – most Poms will understand – and it may also take a sound knowledge of British (and Irish) racing to relate to that black ink on her pedigree page which spell out the names of some of the best horses the land has produced.

Step forward Footstepsinthesand, Pedro The Great, Curvy, Power, Dancing Rocks, Thakafaat, Superstar Leo and most recently, strong 2,000 Guineas contender, Rivet. Furthermore, in a name that may well also be familiar to Aussie ears, our filly is out of a mare who is a half-sister to Melbourne Cup third place-getter Mahler, as the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt finished behind Efficient in the 2007 running of Australia’s most iconic race.

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No less than four of the above have triumphed at Britain’s premier Flat racing carnival, Royal Ascot, while two are Classic winners in Britain and Ireland through Footstepsinthesand and Power, both of who have gone on to become highly successful sires, with Power having sired four two-year-old Stakes winners from his first crop alone.

Quantifying the talent of Footstepsinthesand (pictured below) is a difficult task as the son of Giants Causeway raced just the three times in an undefeated career, however his scintillating Guineas display in which he abruptly ended the unbeaten record of the mighty Dubawi puts his ability into context.


Pedro The Great, after claiming the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes – a key trial race for the 2,000 Guineas, will have his first two-year-olds enter a race track in 2017, while the latest crack colt from the family to become a Group 1 winner is Rivet, who is third favourite for this year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

The fillies aren’t half bad either. In Superstar Leo, the family has produced a Champion 2YO in both Britain and France who, among her five wins at two, took Royal Ascot’s valuable two-year-old race, the Norfolk Stakes. Further Group-race winning fillies include Glatisant, Thakafaat and Dancing Rocks, the third dam to our filly, while in America Lady Lara is the winner of three Stakes races.

G1 winners:                                       6

Stakes winners:                               23

MAHLER                                              1st Royal Ascot (Queen’s Vase)                   3rd Melbourne Cup

FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND            1st 2,000 Guineas (beating DUBAWI)

POWER                                                 1st Royal Ascot (Coventry Stakes)             1st Irish 2,000 Guineas

CURVY                                                   1st Royal Ascot (Ribblesdale Stakes)        1st Group 1 EP Taylor Stakes

SUPERSTAR LEO                             1st Royal Ascot (Norfolk Stakes)

RIVET                                                     1st Group 1 Racing Post Trophy (Leading contender for 2017 2,000 Guineas)

PEDRO THE GREAT                        1st Group 1 Phoenix Stakes

DECEMBER DRAW                          1st Group 1 Turnbull Stakes

The frequency with which the family consistently delivers horses of high class is incredible. And it comes as no surprise considering the pedigree, which reveals some of the most potent international bloodlines in thoroughbred racing.

Tracing the damline back and we arrive at Crepello. An incredible 2,000 Guineas winner, Crepello went on to take his second Classic victory in the Derby, however was robbed the chance of Triple Crown immortality due to injury.

On her sire side, third dam Dancing Rocks can trace her sire line back to Nijinsky, the greatest horse of his generation.

Nijinsky became the first horse in 35 years to win the English Triple Crown in 1970. It’s a feat that hasn’t been achieved since.

The family is now making inroads in Australia, with Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner December Draw striking at the highest level and through the match between our filly’s sire Medaglia d’Oro (sire of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver) and her dam Compton Rainbow, she is bred on the exact same cross as a very familiar name – Golden Rose winner Astern.

Medaglia d’Oro has four of his progeny in Stakes action this weekend, including Spectroscope, who goes in Race 4 at Rosehill, and is bred on the same Medaglia d’Oro / Danehill cross as our filly.