Racing & Breeding Digest

Extract from European Racing & Breeding Digest
October 2003

Sookera raced for Robert Sangster, who also sold Mofida, ancestress of Zafonic and his clan, to Abdullah. So he deserves some reflected glory for the succes of these two families, even if Juddmonte’s continuing history of production of high class animals from them reflects its own shrewdness in choice of mates since they were bought. The legacy of James Delahooke’s work in the early days of Juddmonte’s development remains through other families which are still giving Khalid Abdullah such great success both in Europe and across the Atlantic. What a year he is having and what an operation he runs! American Post on Sunday was his 16th Gp or Gr 1 win of the season, all of them by homebreds.

Before leaving Three Valleys one has to give a word to his maternal great grandsire High Line, who has proved such a stout and class-consolidating influence in so many distaff pedigrees, even speedier ones. The grandson of Hyperion’s contribution through his duaghters and granddaughters hasn’t been recognised. More than once, for example, one has heard the British National Stud’s Danzig horse Golden Snake, whose dam is the smart High Line race mare Dubian, being referred to almost dismissively as ‘all High Line’ in looks rather than following his sire. That may be true but it may not prevent Golden Snake, a smart enough racehorse, becoming a good stallion – especially as a sire of fillies.

High Line

Golden Snake’s dam Dubian was placed in the Epsom and Irish Oaks and is dam of the brilliant miler Sayyedati. Dubian was one of a number of smart fillies like Shoot A Line, granddam of Thundergulch, and other good staying horses by High Line, who was out of a mare from one of the Boussac families. The Barnetts, who stood the horse, bred the great racemare Time Charter out of a High Line mare. Delahooke was responsible for Juddmonte using High Line to their continuing advantage. Soviet Line’s dam Shore Line and the Irish Oaks winner Pure Grain’s grandam were other daughters of High Line bred by the Barnetts.

By kind permission of James Underwood’s European Racing and Breeding Digest.