Juddmonte Farms

MIZZEN MAST, A TRUE VALUE SIRE

Excerpt from article taken from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

 by Chris McGrath

....ARROGATE himself could learn a thing or two from the old hand he has joined for his new career. Yes, MIZZEN MAST is now 20, but you can still set your watch by his metronomic production of stakes horses. Year after year he gets them at a percentage bordering the top 10–otherwise populated, almost invariably, by monster sires at giddy multiples of his fee.

Another ten graded stakes performers in 2017 included Gr.1 Ashland winner Sailor’s Valentine. And how many sires standing for bigger fees will ever get two Breeders’ Cup winners–never mind two the same year, as MIZZEN MAST famously did in 2012? (Both, typically, went on from there: Flotilla to win a Classic back in France, and Mizdirection to retain the Turf Sprint the following year.)

After showing his Gr.1 caliber in Europe, MIZZEN MAST was only really getting going for Bobby Frankel when he retired–but had time to switch over from the turf, after a romp in Bien Bien S., to win the Gr.1 Malibu S. on dirt. Versatility was also the hallmark of his sire and, sure enough, MIZZEN MAST has produced smart horses on all surfaces in America, Europe and Asia.

The market has long been chary of his propensity to get horses that thrive with maturity. But he has always injected class into his mares, mined from a pedigree with a ton of scarcity value: not just the sire-line–which gives Caro another way out, apart from Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie)–but a whole ecosystem of outcross blood without a single line of inbreeding in his first five generations.

It’s a pedigree that takes you a very long way, very quickly: his first three dams are by Graustark (Ribot {GB}), Tom Fool (Menow) and Challenger (GB) (Swynford {GB}). Swynford! In four steps, in 2018! Hurry while stocks last, I say.

It’s a line that deserves an heir, and if you aren’t just breeding to stand a horse under an auctioneer’s rostrum, you might yet have time to find one....

Date: 31 January 2018