Bloodlines: Scat Daddy and His Powerful Granddaughters in Europe E! News UK

Without alcohol wins the Coronation Stakes

One of the perennial assets of racing in North America, both in the United States and Canada, is the extensive and quite lucrative racing program reserved for fillies.

This allows breeders and owners to place their fillies in conditions that allow them to race effectively and win. Overall, fillies-only racing makes owning fillies a smart financial decision, and the program allows breeders to assess the athletic potential of fillies, especially those that are a cut or two below the best, then to use the race test as a means of selecting good potential broodmares.

In Europe, this is not always the case. Not only is the structure of the purse fairly lean for races that are not sponsorship events, but to a significantly greater degree fillies and mares must compete against colts if they want a share of the prize money.

The benefit of this is that fillies more often prove their ability to compete and win in open company, even at Group 1 level. Over the past weekend, a pair of fillies did just that.

On July 9 at Newmarket, the 4-year-old filly Alcohol Free (by No Nay Never) was fast ahead of her fellow colts to win the July Cup Group 1 over 1400m. This race was the fourth victory at G1 level for the talented racer. Previously she won the Cheveley Park as a two-year-old, the Sussexes and Coronation Stakes last year as a three-year-old, and the July Cup was her first top-tier success this season after four starts including a third in G2 and a fourth in the G1 Lockinge behind the best colt Baaeed.

The following day in Deauville, Tenebrism (Caravaggio) beat the foals of the G1 Prix Jean Prat by seven furlongs. It was the third victory and the second G1 in five lifetime starts for the very talented filly. She won the G1 Cheveley Park last year as an undefeated juvenile.

And a victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes is not the only point of resemblance between these two talented fillies. Each is out of a son of the late and late leading stallion Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), and both sons are part of the Coolmore International Stallion Circle.

No Nay Never, winner of the G1 Prix Morny as a two-year-old, won four of his six starts and finished second in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Sent to stud at Coolmore in Ireland, No Nay Never is one of the most powerful horses imaginable, with enormous muscle development, and he has enjoyed resounding success from his first generation of riders. Alcohol Free was part of his sire’s third generation of foals from 2018. No Nay Never stands in Ireland for €125,000.

A gray son of Scat Daddy and a Holy Bull mare, Caravaggio had an extraordinary galloping reputation and won seven of his 10 races, including the G1 Phoenix Stakes at two and the G1 Commonwealth Cup at three. Caravaggio entered Coolmore Stud in Ireland, then the horse transferred to Coolmore Kentucky Stud, Ashford, in 2020 and proved popular there, as well as with Irish breeders.

Tenebrism is part of his father’s first generation and is one of his three group winners to date. Caravaggio stands in Ashford for a $35,000 live colt.

Descended from the Scat Daddy sire line branch of Storm Cat and possessing a great turn of speed and precocity distinguished this pair of accomplished fillies. In addition, they have distinctive characteristics, especially in their female families.

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Bred in Ireland by Churchtown House Stud, Alcohol Free comes from a good family but not of particular distinction lately. There is not a G1 caliber racer in the female line until the fifth generation. There, Special Account (Buckpasser) is a full sister to champion and major producer Numbered Account. Recent relative calm in the family is one of the reasons the filly only fetched €40,000 at the November 2018 Goffs Foal Sale. in this assessment.

Tenebrism, on the other hand, is out of multiple G1 winners Immortal Verse (Pivotal), who was England’s three-year-old bred weight filly out of seven at 9.5 furlongs. Immortal Verse won the G1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, then won the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and finished third in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes against colts.

Bred in Kentucky by Merriebelle Stables and Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt, Tenebrism is the top colt of his distinguished dam, and the middle dam is a Sadler’s Wells-listed winner and a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup winner Mile Last Tycoon (Try My Best) and German heavyweight Astronef (Be My Guest).

Tenebrism joined the party as a heavyweight juvenile filly last year in England and Ireland, and she and Alcohol Free are outstanding indicators of Scat Daddy’s continued influence.

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Mary I. Bruner