Sunday, August 21, 2011

Group 1 success for US-based son of Sunday Silence [with video]

Walmac Farm’s Japanese-bred first-season sire Hat Trick had his first Group 1 winner today when his undefeated nearly-black colt Dabirsim (out of Rumored, by Royal Academy) was an impressive winner  of the 6-furlong Prix Morny at Deauville. 

Hat Trick, whose dam is the speedy Grade 2-winning Lost Code filly Tricky Code, is the only Group 1/Grade 1-winning son of Sunday Silence standing stud outside of Japan during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season. He scored in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile-G1 in (where else) Hong Kong and the Mile Championship-G1 in Japan, both at a mile, as a four-year-old. (Grade 1 winner Tale of Ekati is the only other G1 connection to Sunday Silence standing in North America: he is out of a mare by Sunday Silence.) Hat Trick is represented by four winners from seven starters to date from his 99 two-year-olds. 

Below is footage of the Prix Morny. Bred in France, Dabirsim is owned by Simon Springer, trained by Christophe Ferland, and ridden by Frankie Dettori. He was sold by his breeder Mme. Liliane Monfort for €30,000 ($38,000) as a yearling at last year’s Deauville August sale.

For more on Hat Trick and Sunday Silence, click through to a blog entry by Sid Fernando posted on August 3.

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