Take a closer look at SIGNIFY’s broodmare sire, Pivotal (GB)
Broodmare Sires of 2019: A Pivotal Hat Trick
by John Berry, TDN Europe 1/6/20
Through the 2019 season we seemingly never had to wait too long for the next big-race triumph for a son or daughter of a mare by Pivotal (GB) (Polar Falcon). It is no surprise, therefore, that the 27-year-old Cheveley Park Stud patriarch has ended the year not merely completing a hat-trick of titles as Champion Broodmare Sire of Great Britain and Ireland but also topping the European table too.
One of Pivotal’s principal advantages as a broodmare sire is, of course, that Sadler’s Wells does not appear in his pedigree, which means that the majority of Pivotal mares are compatible with Galileo (Ire) and his sons. Pivotal’s daughters were collectively responsible in 2019 for eight individual Group 1 winners in Europe who between them won 12 Group 1 races.
Three of the eight are by Galileo: Magical (Ire), Hermosa (Ire) and Love (Ire). Furthermore, Cheveley Park Stud’s homebred G1 Tattersalls Falmouth S. heroine Veracious (GB) is by Galileo’s best son Frankel (GB).
It would, though, be grossly unfair to Pivotal to attribute his success as a broodmare sire solely to the fact that his daughters are generally compatible with Galileo. For one thing, a mare has to be high-class to merit a place in Galileo’s book, whoever she is by; secondly, Pivotal’s daughters regularly produce good horses from a broad spectrum of stallions.
G1 Investec Coronation Cup winner Defoe (Ire) is by Dalakhani (Ire) whose pedigree is not merely devoid of Galileo: it is devoid of Northern Dancer entirely. Showcasing (GB), Kodiac (GB) and Fastnet Rock (Aus), sires respectively of Advertise (GB),Fairyland (Ire) and One Master(GB), are similarly free of Galileo, notwithstanding that all three hail from the other branches of the Northern Dancer sire-line.
To put Pivotal’s achievement of three consecutive Broodmare Sire Championships of Great Britain and Ireland into perspective, he ranks as only the third horse since the start of the 20th century to have topped the table three years running, following St Simon (five consecutive seasons, 1903 to 1907) and Sadler’s Wells (seven consecutive seasons, 2005 to 2011). Company does not come any more elite than that.
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Congratulations on culminating the racing season with a big win. New Day Dawning came out of her race well on Saturday and scoped perfectly clean. If you haven’t watched the replay or if you haven’t watched it enough, enjoy again REPLAY. She received a 61 Beyer for her performance which I thought was a little low but considering she was geared down the final 1/16 I would not put too much thought into the figure.
New Day Dawning showed several positive progressions by relaxing and settling into stride then when Irad asked for her to engage and make her move she did so willingly. Again, she showed some greenness down the lane wanting to get out, there is a large video screen at Gulfstream and she was “gawking” around according to Irad, so this may have added to her course. If you watch the head on you will see she did not break with professionalism and will need to improve in this area when encountering winners at the next level. At the 4:00 mark of the replay you get a nice iso shot of New Day Dawning pulling up, this shows another positive. When you watch she shows no signs of distress, ears pricked and full of confidence, all very positive body language. This shows that she took to the whole experience well and enjoyed it, in my opinion she looks pretty proud of herself.
Rodolphe will monitor how she trains over the next several weeks and if she keeps her head in the feed tub. If New Day Dawning shows good energy and puts weight on she will tentatively have her first breeze back in approximately two weeks. We will watch how she breezes and look at races for her in about a month or so, both stakes and allowance options.