• Ruffina wins The Sprinters Cup (Gr.1)
  • Azzurro wins The Dr M A M Ramaswamy Stayers Cup (Gr.1)
  • Whomakestherules wins The Maj P K Mehra Memorial Super Mile Cup (Gr.1)
  • Kangra wins The Indian Turf Invitation Cup (Gr.1) in record timing
By Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)
Friday 07 Nov 2014
Major Srinivas Nargolkar (Retd.)

Apart from the Champion Stud Farm and the Champion Sire, the table which evokes the greatest interest, atleast from futuristic point of view, is the one pertaining to the Freshmen Sires. The Top Five finishers this year are:- 

1. Win Legend Dashmesh 26 14 40 Rs. 2,3027,576
2. Dancing Forever Dead 15 9 15 Rs. 2,10,96,678
3. Chevalier Ruia 32 12 24 Rs. 1,10,74,166
4. Kingda Ka Nanoli 29 10 18 Rs. 1,06,51,048
5. Top Class Mukteshwar 11 6 15 Rs.   82,51,781

Win Legend finishing on the top must have been heartening for Dashmesh Stud. For many years one of the top nurseries in India, Dashmesh has stepped out of the limelight over the last decade or so and needed a boost which the son of Sunday Silence has provided. Win Legend began most impressively but tapered off a bit as the year went by and his greatest impact was at Calcutta which isn't saying much. He appears to be a good winner producer but needs to make a mark at more exalted levels. Dancing Forever, who stood at Hazara, owes his high position solely to the exploits of Shivalik Storm who alone was responsible for nearly 65 % of the stallion's earnings. Shivalik Storm's victory in the Poonawalla Breeders' Multi-Million, Gr.1 has been the subject of much debate and the horse has not won since. Dancing Forever had 34 foals in his first crop but only 15 of them came under the orders and that is somewhat disconcerting. However, he was the only Freshman Sire to get a Classic winner in The Myth. Chevalier and Kingda Ka, both standing in Pune region, had roughly the same winners to starters percentage but while the former produced just winners, the latter had a black-type star in Zachary and Obellina Princess who was second to Bold Majesty in the Mysore Derby, Gr.1. The unexpected revelation was Mukteshwar's Storm Cat horse Top Class. From a small crop, his progeny has done well, especially at Delhi though he did have fair winners at Pune (Shania) and Bangalore (Emperor Cruise). Overall, though, it is a batch of stallions that is unlikely to have profound impact on Indian breeding.

There are two tables which deal with quantitative achievements and the top five in both of them are given below.

1. Burden of Proof Kunigal 77
2. Ace Exhilaration 68
3. Noverre Dead 63
4. Placerville Dead 60
5. Always A Rainbow Sholavaram 57
1. Always A Rainbow Sholavaram 173
2. Burden of Proof Kunigal 118
3. Noverre Dead 109
4. Placerville Dead 104
5. Ace Exhilaration 99

If the table of Freshmen Sires shows the possible long term impact, the Juvenile Sires table is indicative of a more immediate outcome. In the last ten years, the Champion Sire has always held a prominent position in the Juvenile Sires table the previous year. The standings this year are:-

1. Phoenix Tower Manjri 40 21 34 Rs. 3,24,05,578
2. Always A Rainbow Sholavaram 14 12 44 Rs. 3,15,41,676
3. Multidimensional Usha 35 18 27 Rs. 3,15,18, 467
4. Burden of Proof Kunigal 38 22 32 Rs. 2,62,56,105
5. Win Legend Dashmesh 26 14 40 Rs. 2,30,27,576

The top three sires are very close to each other. Going by the past trend, next year's Champion Sire should emerge from the above five stallions. You can take your pick. In all the available statistics of the past years, no stallion has been as overwhelming a winner as Razeen this year in heading the Broodmare Sires table:-

1. Razeen Dead 240 120 198 Rs. 19,21,59,621
2. Placerville Dead 230 107 203 Rs.  8,52,33,030
3. Steinbeck Usha 120 56 96 Rs.  6,03,34,123
4. Diffident Yeravada 79 40 63 Rs.  4,15,87,740
5. King's Best Abroad 8 7 18 Rs.  3,49,85,202

Razeen has shaded his old adversary Placerville by almost Rs. 11 crores. That's a staggering winning margin. Majority of Multidimensional's good winners were out of Razeen mares. In addition, two Kunigal stud-bred Classic winners, Agostini and Apparition, were also out of daughters of Razeen.


King's Best, who is fifth in the Maternal Grandsires Table, is a globe trotter for sure. Born in U.S.A., he won the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, England. He first stood as a stallion in Ireland, moved later to France and is currently a Darley stallion in Japan. His high position is entirely due to the efforts of Dr. M.A.M. Ramaswamy's Juvenile Champion Be Safe who is responsible for almost four fifths of the stakes earned by the son of Kingmambo.