Black Caviar’s Daughter Oscietra
By Kristen Manning
With Black Caviar’s daughter Oscietra the talk of Geelong after her dominant victory on the synthetic there last Friday, it is timely to have a look at the records of the first foals of other great race mares.
How have some of best females of the turf kicked off their breeding careers?
Sadly dual W.S Cox Plate champion Sunline died young without producing many foals but her first, Sunstrike by Rock Of Gibraltar won a couple of sprints in New Zealand. Unfortunately she also died young with Magic Of The Sun, her first of only two foals also a dual winner.
Caulfield and Melbourne Cup heroine Let’s Elope had a bit more luck with her first foal, remaining in the US upon her retirement to be served by Danzig – the result being the stakes placed Yes I Will who ran fifth in the Flemington Group race named after her illustious dam.
The first foal for triple Melbourne winner Makybe Diva, the Galileo gelding Rockstardom, won a couple in provincial Victoria whilst Jezabeel, winner of the same race, produced the unplaced Eighth Wonder at her first attempts.
The popular grey Emancipation’s stud career kicked off in better style with the Gr.2 Frank Packer and dual Listed winner Royal Pardon. Fellow grey Surround’s first foal was Environ, a three times provincial Victorian winner who ran fifth in a Listed race at his second start as a two-year-old.
Rosie’s Star, who could only be out of Empire Rose, was placed without winning but made her own contribution to stud as the dam of Queensland Derby winner Empires Choice.
Record breaking Japan Cup winner Horlicks’ first foal Stella Artois did not make it to the track but went on to produce the triple Gr.2 winner Tusker.
The speedy With Me, winner of an Oakleigh Plate and five other Group races, was second to Canny Lad in the Golden Slipper and he was the first stallion she visited – the resulting foal being the dual Group One winning sprinter Accomplice.
Super mare Light Fingers’ first born was called Her Boy and he did his mum proud with his durability, racing 99 times – winning 14 races and finishing third in a Listed race in Perth.
Leilani’s daughter Silver Lei kicked off her multiple Gr.1 winning dam’s stud career in good style with a Moonee Valley victory at two, also Listed and Gr.2 placed at that age – winning another couple of city races at four.
A mare whose influence is still being felt, Denise’s Joy did not begin with a winner but her first born daughter Joy And Fun produced Gr.1 winner Euphoria, dual Group winner Christmas Tree and Listed winner Jewel In the Crown.
Bonny black mare Slight Chance did a great job at stud and her first foal Salgado won the Gr.3 Sandown Stakes.
One of the best mares John Hawkes has trained was Toltrice, an eight times stakes winner whose first foal Tolhurst won ten of his 42 starts including a Memsie, Linlithgow and Ascot Vale Stakes.
The multiple Gr.1 winning half-sisters Spirit Of Kingston and Rose Of Kingston both produced stakes winners though neither of their first foals were anything special, the former’s Spirito a two times NSW provincial winner whilst the latter’s Kingston Dancer was unraced.
Triple Gr.1 winner Special Harmony had triple Listed winner Little Surfer Girl as her first foal whilst Horse Of The Year Research’s first daughter Consult was city placed from just four starts.
Caulfield Cup heroine Mannerism fared very well at stud, kicking off with Top Light, a four times winner at Happy Valley and Shatin. Triple Oaks winner November Rain meanwhile had as her first born the two times NSW provincial winner Sovereign Run.
VRC Oaks and 1000 Guineas winner Rom’s Stiletto’s first daughter Princess Royale raced just ten times but during that time managed three metropolitan victories in Melbourne.
Whilst there is a widespread idea that high class race mares disappoint at stud, all studies show the opposite – that there is a direct correlation between the class of mare on the track and the class of her progeny; stakes winning mares are much more likely to produce stakes winners.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.