Fairy Gold (GB), 1896

Author: Jana Nemeckova, published: 7th October 2017, updated 11th January 2018

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Descendants of this chestnut Bend Or’s daughter wrote headlines both during the whole 20th century and across the world. From the champion fillies Bateau in the United States in the late 1920s and phenomenal Corrida in France in the early 1930s, over the Eclipse champions Forward Gal in the early 1970s and Snow Chief in the late 1980s, to the turf star Daylami in the late 1990s and international fighter Red Cadeaux in the 21st century. During more than 15 generations, the family produced a lot of notable horses, and still belongs to real blue blood of thoroughbred breeding.


The family can be traced back to grey mare Maid of Masham by Don John, born in 1845, the winner of the Great Yorkshire Stakes. She had great impact on horse-racing, as her direct female descendants produced no less than 15 classic horses by the end of the 19th century, and of course it did not end only with this number in the next years. Notable males in the family include the unlucky American champion Sysonby, U.S. sire Star Shoot, and Cyllene, a male ancestor of the fundamental sire Pharos. Worth at least a short note are grandsons of Maid of Masham, full brothers Peter and Timothy by Hermit; the the first one being the third damsire of Solario, and the grandsire of an important broodmare Marchetta, whose family is certainly one of the candidates for another article with members like Aurora and Sweet Lavender; the latter being the sire of the broodmare Paradoxical, another hot candidate for closer analysis with families of La Troienne and Picture Play to the awesome score of the whole Maid of Masham influence. But for now, let's focus on Fairy Gold.

With no big success, the family continued from Maid of Masham to her unraced great-granddaughter Dame Masham, the dam of not only Fairy Gold, but also her full sister Dame d'Or by Bend Or, and Ferelith by Amphion. Dame d'Or's biggest success came with her son All Gold by Persimmon, who, after running successfully in the Great Britain, was imported into the USA in 1913 and became a stallion. His daughter Bonus not only produced the champion Twenty Grand, but also was the granddam of Quick Touch, and the dam of successful broodmares Capelet and Quill. Another mention belongs to All Gold's daughter Bubble, who produced number of talented US runners, including Nixie and Iseult; her family continued to much more recent times with Goldencents or Tough Tiz's Sis, while another All Gold daughter Crescent was the ancestress of the Kentucky Derby winner Sunny's Halo.

Ferelith was a whole different story, continuing in two major branches of the One Thousand Guineas placed Firouze Mahal, and of the Prix Chloe winner Astronomie. Firouze Mahal left nothing more than some regional marks with the Irish Derby second Shamsuddin, and Mehemet Ali, a local sire in France; her granddaughter Bastani had some short-lived success in Germany, mostly with the German Derby third Burgeff by Ticino. Burgeff, whose only successful descendant at stud was his grandson Telemach, the winner of the Austrian Derby, also left his granddaughter Monacensia by Kaiseradler, ancestor of the champion Majorität and the leading sire Monsun, among others.

Astronomie was a homebred for Marcel Boussac, being a daughter of the Prix de Royaumont winner and the Prix Penelope placed Likka. Astronomie had an absolutely unique produce record, with three top stayers in Marsyas – a four times winner of the Prix du Cadran, Caracalla – the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris, the Ascot Gold Cup, the Prix Royal Oak, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Arbar, the Ascot Gold Cup winner and second at the St. Leger. Among them she produced the Epsom Oaks winner Asmena, the St. Leger Stakes placed Estremadur, the top miler Arbele and the Grand Prix de Paris second Floriados. Unlike her famous sons, who made some impact in breeding shed, her daughters didn't continue the family in any spectacular fashion. Asmena produced Whirlaway colt Kurun, the Prix Daru winner and placed in the Prix Jean Prat and the Hardwicke Stakes; Arbele is the ancestress of the Hardwicke Stakes winner and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club Italiano third Dihistan, as well as the St. Leger second Baynoun, mostly known as the sire of the Brazilian champion and the US fighter Sandpit. The last daughter, White Rose, was the granddam of Parthia’s daughter Toyland, whose family produced several G1 horses in Australia, including the Golden Slipper Stakes winner from 1974 Toy Show. Her family is still active in the 21st century.

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Historical family scheme

Fairy Gold

Fairy Gold was bred in 1896 by R. Swanwick. As a two-year-old, she won the Woodcote Stakes in Epsom - the very same race which was won by Ladas, Sceptre, or Rock Sand during this period. She also defeated Desmond here – the winner of the July Stakes and the Coventry Stakes in the same season, and a later champion sire. Still it was her only important victory and one of only three from ten starts, but luckily, Fairy Gold was much better producer than runner. Her first foal was her unraced daughter St. Lucre, who happened to be one of only two producing daughters of Fairy Gold, and certainly the better one. She'll have an extra part of this article dedicated to her.

The second British foal was a chestnut colt Golden Measure by Florizel, well downhill built just like his mother, but she was still the winner of the Queen's Vase at 16 furlongs, as well as second in the City And Suburban Handicap to the Coronation Cup winner and the Champion Stakes placed Dean Swift, and second in the Jockey Club Cup to the Goodwood Cup winner and the Ascot Gold Cup second Radium, to at least briefly mention her achievements.

Bred to Isinglass after producing Golden Measure in 1902, Fairy Gold came out barren; she was bred to Isinglass again in 1903 and exported into the USA; her foal from that mating died. In 1905, she finally produced live foal by Hastings, named Fair Play. His story is well known: a rival to Colin or King James, Fair Play earned his own place in the sun when he finished second in the Hopeful Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, the Withers Stakes, the Brooklyn Handicap, and also with the victories in the Lawrence Realization and the Jerome Handicap. Later he became a multiple champion sire and a broodmare sire, most notably producing the great Man o'War and Display, the sire of Discovery.

A year younger full sister to Fair Play, named Golden View, won once from six starts. The second producing daughter of Fairy Gold, she was no match for the St. Lucre's family, but left some footprint. Bred almost exclusively to Rock Sand and his son Flint Rock, she produced a bay colt in 1910, named Rock View. Well forgotten in history, Rock View, trained by Louis Feustel, was a 3-year-old champion colt in 1913 after winning the Travers Stakes, the Withers Stakes, and the Brooklyn Derby over the Belmont Stakes winner Prince Eugene, when both the Kentucky Derby winning outsider Donerail and the Preakness winner Buskin failed to fire again in the season. In addition, he won the Lawrence Realization and ran second in the mentioned Belmont Stakes. A year later, Rock View was defeated by Buskin in both the Brooklyn and the Metropolitan Handicaps and won the Toboggan Handicap; another year later, he ran third in the Brookdale Handicap behind Roamer and Stromboli. As a sire, Rock View produced the Kentucky Oaks third filly Dresden; he was the damsire of the St. Leger third and the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Sir Andrew, the third sire of the Belmont Stakes winner, a 3-year-old champion colt and 1997 Horse of the year Granville, and the fourth sire of the tough handicap runner of late 1950s Terrang, a rival to Round Table or Porterhouse, and the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in 1958.

The Golden View's family had no major impact, but still exists in various branches, best known horses being stallion Boundary, the sire of Big Brown, or the young stallion Noble Causeway. There are even two G1 placed juveniles from last year, Dangerfield and Lookin At Lee.

The next three foals of Fairy Gold, born from 1906 to 1909, were unraced daughter Fargone by Octagon, probably no progeny, and the colts Golden Rock by Rock Sand and Farrier by Hastings. The latter finished second in the Canadian Sprint Brewery Stakes in 1912. Another Hastings colt, Flittergold, was born in 1911, and grew up into a good handicap horse, who competed on a high level for 5 years, reportedly running 150 times; he won the Babylon Handicap and placed in the Long Beach, the Baltimore, the Havre de Grace, or the Chesterbrook Handicaps. Flittergold also became a stallion; his best foal was Roguish Eye, the winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes, second in the Futurity Stakes and third in the American National Futurity. He also became a damsire of good horses in Twoses and Sidney Grant; more interestingly, he can be found in the family of the late 80s' successful sophomore Executioner by The Axe II, and in the family of the champion female sprinter of 2015 La Verdad.

Two years after Flittergold, Fairy Gold delivered a chestnut colt by Rock Sand, named Friar Rock. The well-known "brother of Fair Play", he earned great reputation on his own, winning the Belmont Stakes, the Brooklyn Handicap, the Suburban Handicap, and the Saratoga Cup, and earning the honours of 1916 Horse of the year, while in the care of Sam C. Hildreth. The importance of Friar Rock is a good topic for another sire profile here on the website; let's mention the stallions Pilate, Eight Thiry, and Sailor, and the families of Mr. Trouble, Jet Pilot, or Two Lea.

Fairy Gold was barren for the next three years, from 1914 to 1916; after the pause, she delivered another chestnut colt Fair Gain, this time by Rock Sand’s son Vulcain. He ran at least for four years, having some success in smaller handicaps. The very last daughter of Fairy Gold, Ferole’s filly Treasure Fair, was born in 1918, being the last and also unimportant foal of Fairy Gold.

Fairy Gold's progeny and Golden View's family scheme

St. Lucre's branch

Bay filly St. Lucre, born in 1901, was one of only two British foals out of Fairy Gold. As you can see in the extent of the following scheme, it's totally impossible to comment every single horse in the family for the period of more than one century, but we can try to give it some frame.

The very first name, which emerged from the unknown, was Dark Legend by Dark Ronald, the first son out of St. Lucre's first daughter Golden Legend. He ran third in the war substitute of the Epsom Derby in 1917, behind the Triple Crown winner Gay Crusader; he was sent to India the same year, and he notched several victories there, including the King Emperor's Cup, the Viceroy Cup, and the Aga Khan's Cup. He returned to Europe three years later and produced five classic winners in Fairy Legend, Dark Lantern, Mary Legend, Duplex, and Galatea. His daughters produced successful brothers Dante and Sayajirao, and La Varende's sire Blue Moon; families of Dark Legend's daughters led to great Noor or Zucchero, and even to mighty Zenyatta. Dark Legend's son Easton added his influence into the names like Buisson Ardent, Venture VII, Le Fabuleux, Riva Ridge or Noblesse, and another son Legend of France became the damsire of Faberge.

The second big name was St. Lucre's last daughter Zariba, born in 1919. For three years, she showed great form in her homeland France. As a two-year-old, she won the Prix Morny and the Prix de la Foret. A year later she added the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Prix Jacques le Marois, and the second place in the Prix de Diane, and followed another year with the second place finishes in the Prix D'Ispahan and the Prix Jean Prat, to name only the most important races. What's even more important, Zariba became the great producer too. Her best-known foal was the double Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Corrida from the runnings 1936 and 1937, respectively; she also finished third a year earlier behind Samos. She also won the Prix Morny as a juvenile, two consecutive runnings in the Grand Handicap International d'Ostende (and placed in another running too), the Prix du Presidente de la Republique (later the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud) and the Hardwicke Stakes, and ran third in the Champion Stakes behind previous year's winner Wychwood Abbot. Corrida managed to produce only one foal before disappearing during the World War II, a bay colt named Coaraze. The son of Tourbillon not only won the Prix du Jockey Club, but also the Prix Morny, the Prix Jacques le Marois, and the Prix d'Ispahan twice; he placed in both the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and the Coronation Cup. Coaraze was sent to Brazil as a 12-year-old; he produced the Brazilian Derby winner and good sire Emerson, among others. But his biggest influence lies in families of his daughters, who can be found in the pedigrees of Nasram, Carwhite, the New Zealand sire In the Purple or families of Silver Hawk, Saganeca, or Lope de Vega. But there are more important family connections of Corrida to mention, starting with no less than three brothers of Corrida - Abjer, Goya, and Goyescas.

Gainsborough's son Goyescas was actually born four years before Corrida, and he had a great start of his career in Great Britain, as he finished second in the Middle Park Stakes. As a three-year-old, he lost the Two Thousand Guineas only to Cameronian and the Eclipse Stakes to Caerleon, but won the Champion Stakes. As a four-year-old, he won the Hardwicke Stakes and defeated Cameronian for the second place in the Coronation Cup, in addition to the second place finishes in the Eclipse Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Returning to France for the 1933 season, Goyescas added some more victories in what are now graded races, most importantly the Prix d'Ispahan. Goyescas didn't leave any foal for an unknown reason, but his five years younger half-brother Abjer did - after not so stunning racing career only at the age of two, but he was able to defeat Mahmoud in the Middle Park Stakes, and got beaten only from him in the Champagne Stakes. He sired the Grand Criterium winner Nosca and also Hierocles, the second damsire of great Dahlia. Abjer himself was the third sire of the Japanese champion sire Partholon, best-known as the sire of the Japanese Triple crown winner Symboli Rudolf. But it was probably the last of the siblings, Goya, who had the greatest impact at stud. Good racehorse too, Goya won the St. James's Palace Stakes and ran second in both the Middle Park Stakes to Fair Copy and the Two Thousand Guineas to Le Ksar. Goya's sireline survived to 1970s, going through Goyama to the Prix du Jockey Club winner Nelcius; Goyama was also the damsire of Connaught and Crocket, and Goya's daughter Sakountala produced Hugh Lupus, sire of Hethersett. The great geldings of the early 1980s, Teleprompter and Kingston Town, are descendants of Goya's daughter Gradisca, and so is the star filly of the early 21st century Ouija Board.

Aside the awesome success of the male part of Zariba's progeny, her daughter L'Esperance spread the family into numerous successful branches. Souryva's branch gained major success in the late 1940s and the early 1950s when Goya's daughter Galgala dead-heated with great Coronation in the 1949 running of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches. Only a year later, her half-brother Galcador won the Epsom Derby over champion Prince Simon and ran second in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains behind great Tantieme. In 1953, both Philius and Talgo were born; the former won the Prix du Jockey Club, while the latter dominated in the Irish Derby, and ran second to Ribot in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Talgo's half-brother Fidalgo not only won the Irish Derby in 1959, bud also added second-place finishes in both the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger. It's worth mentioning that Philius's close relatives, Ancasta and Crepellana, gave family another success in the 1960s - the former won the Irish Oaks and became the champion 3-year-old filly in Ireland, while the latter earned the same honor in France in 1969, winning the Prix de Diane. As a 4-year-old, Crepellana ran second to Caro in the Prix d'Ispahan, and third to Nijinsky in the King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Another Crepello filly was born in 1966 in Great Britain. Chestnut mare Love In was bought by famous German stud Gestut Fahrhof and established the great family in Germany. In the early 1980s, this family produced the Deutsches Derby winner Lagunas and the Guineas winner Lirung; Lirung lost the Deutsches Derby only to Acatenango, future multiple champion sire. As a four-year-old, Lirung won the Prix Jacques le Marois and ran third in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and the Prix d'Ispahan. A real superstar came in 1988 with chestnut colt Lomitas, who lost the Deutsches Derby to Temporal, but won three other G1 races, in addition to a couple of G2 turf races in the U.S. after severe health issues. As a sire, Lomitas, who also stood at Dalham Hall Stud for several years, produced famous Silvano, now South African sire; and probably the biggest star among his many G1 horses was filly Danedream, winner of the Oaks d'Italia, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and later also the King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Only a brief mention about the rest of the family: the Preis der Diana (Oaks) winner Longa was born in 1989, followed by the Deutsches Derby and the Guineas winner Lavirco, who was born in 1993 - the very same year as the German Guineas winner, champion 3-year-old filly, and champion 4-year-old filly La Blue. Younger members of the family include La Ina, born in 2001, second in both the German 1000 Guineas and the Oaks; classic-placed Lord of England, born in 2003, already sire of the German Oaks winner Feodora and the German Derby winner Isfahan; and also Nayef daughter Lady Marian, born 2005, who ran 'only' second in the German Oaks, but won the Prix de l'Opera over British triple G1 winner Lush Lashes. Shortly, German "L family" is still doing great even after the half of the century.

Another significant broodmare in the family was Daltawa, born in 1989, a grey filly bred by Aga Khan. Her first son Daylami was a real international turf superstar; aside of being G1-placed juvenile, he won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and placed second in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and third in the Prix Jacques le Marois, both times behind then four-year-old star miler Spinning World. As a four-year-old, Daylami added the Eclipse Stakes in Great Britain and the Man o'War Stakes in the United States to his score, but at the age of five, he really ruled the world after winning the Coronation Cup, the King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Irish Champion Stakes, and ended his spectacular racing career with an easy victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf. Daltawa's second foal, bay colt Daymarti didn't emulate his brother, but was a double G1-placed; the third colt Dalakhani stunned the racing world in 2003, winning several French trials on his route to victories in the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe; his only lifetime loss came in the Irish Derby won by Alamshar, who went on to win the King George VI. and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Despite being pensioned at the age of only 16, Dalakhani sired classic winners Conduit, Moonstone and Reliable Man, in addition to Daylami's champion son Grey Swallow. What's more interesting, family has two young female hopefuls in Dalkala, winner of the Prix de l'Opera and several other graded races, and Dolniya, who won the Dubai Sheema Classic over US champion and international G1 runner Flintshire, and placed in other 3 G1 races, including the Prix Vermeille and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, where she ran third behind star filly Treve and Flintshire.

It's worth mentioning that Daltawa's third dam Rose Ness is also granddam of Rilasa, who started quite a successful family of Irish runners, including the Irish St. Leger second Rayseka, the Irish Guineas placed Shiftin Power, Rayeni and Ivanwood, and the Prix de l'Opera winners Ridasiyna and Kinnaird.

For the fourth branch of this family, which produced something more than 'regular' G1 horses, we have to go back to the Irish Derby-winning brothers Talgo and Fidalgo, who were mentioned above. Fidalgo's full sister Etoile de France became granddam of Sunbittern, member of the 1970 crop, who became renown for her reluctance to race at the age of 3; before that, she was a stakes winner and ran fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Sunbittern's daughters proved to be real jewels: the very first one, Seriema by Petingo, produced proven graded warrior filly Infamy, winner of the Rothmans International; her own family now includes 3 G1 horses, all of them fillies, the youngest one being the 2012 VRC Oaks winner Summerbliss. Sunbittern's foal of 1980 was High Hawk, winner of the Premio Roma and second in the Irish Oaks; the star in her family is the Breeders' Cup Turf winner and successful sire In the Wings, while his half-brother Hunting Hawk ran 'only' third in the Prix du Jockey Club. The Lockinge Stakes second Alexandros, born in 2005, and the AJC Australian Derby second Tupac Amaru, born in 2010, hail from the same branch. The third Sunbittern daughter High Tern by High Line was born two years after High Hawk and gained immortality when her son High-Rise won the Epsom Derby in 1998. Her granddaughter Zomaradah was born in the same year as High-Rise, and not only won the Italian Oaks and ran third in the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare Turf, but she also produced one of the top sires in Dubawi, who won the Irish 2000 Guineas and ran third in the Epsom Derby on his route to his successful stud career. Dubawi's half-sisters Emirates Queen and Princess Nada are both G2-winning or placed. The last one of Sunbittern's daughters mentioned here, High Spirited, is the granddam of the One Thousand Guineas winner Virginia Waters, born in 2002; her full-sister Canterbury Lace is the granddam of the youngest star of the family, the Racing Post Trophy winner from 2014 Celestial Path.

Only briefly; other significant members of Zariba's family include the Grand Criterium winner and the Prix du Jockey Club third Mariacci, born in 1972; the Irish Guineas winner and the Irish Derby third Northern Treasure, born in 1973; multiple U.S. G1-placed turf runner and the Japan Cup winner Pay the Butler, born in 1984; the Prix Saint Alary winner and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe second Behera, born in 1986; proven French G1 horse and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe third Pistolet Bleu, born in 1988; double Irish St. Leger winner and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe third Oscar Schindler, born in 1992; the U.S. G1 winner and the Breeders' Cup Mile third Gorella, born in 2002; the Champagne Stakes winner and the Two Thousand Guineas second Vital Equine, born in 2004; the Grand Prix de Paris winner and the Breeders' Cup Turf third Behkabad or the Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance, both born in 2009.

For now, we're done with two daughters of St. Lucre, Golden Legend and Zariba. The third one, Lucrative, produced only the U.S. stakes winner and the Hopeful Stakes third Kentucky Cardinal, and also minor stakes-placed horse Zacaweista, whose influence can be found in pedigrees of the Epsom Derby third and successful Australian sire Bellotto, and the Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup. But with these two, we're done with this small part of the family.

The fourth important daughter of St. Lucre, older than both Lucrative and Zariba, was Lisette, whose family didn't achieve such a great success, but was spread into many viable family branches. Her first daughter, Escuina, was exported into the United States; in 1925, she produced Man o'War daughter Bateau - a tough juvenile, who won the Coaching Club American Oaks and the Gazelle Handicap at the age of three, which earned her the title of the champion three-year-old filly. Even better deserved was her championship title a year later, when she won the Suburban Handicap over Petee-Wrack, and the Whitney Handicap over Display; in addition to these victories she ran third in the Havre de Grace Cup Handicap behind Sun Beau, in the Saratoga Handicap behind Diavolo and in the Metropolitan Handicap behind Petee-Wrack. Unfortunately, Bateau was unable to get in foal and never produced any. Eight years later, Escuina produced her full brother Jean Bart, third in the Futurity Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Merchants and Citizens Cup, to complete the starting point of the family in the United States.

In the upcoming years Escuina's family produced several really good handicap horses, like Loyal Legion and Double Brandy; the Coaching Club American Oaks winners Willamette, born in 1954, and Wonder Lady Anne L, born almost fifty years later, and also French classic-placed colt Jour et Nuit. But probably the only real star of the family was Snow Chief, the U.S. champion three-year-old colt of 1986. Prior to that, he won two grade 1 races in California in 9 starts as a juvenile; in his championship season, he won both the Florida Derby and the Santa Anita Derby before losing the Kentucky Derby in the 11th place finish. He rebounded with the victory in the Preakness Stakes, and while skipping the Belmont Stakes, he won the Jersey Derby and also ran second in the Malibu Stakes. The next spring he added the Oaklawn Handicap and the Charles H. Strub Stakes to his score, and placed in the Californian Stakes, the San Fernando Stakes and the Gulfstream Park Handicap, all G1 races.

Another important branch was the one of Escuina's half-sister Listen In by Rabelais. Worth mentioning is her very inconspicuous daughter Static, who not only produced the Prix Maurice de Gheest winner and the Prix Jacques le Marois third Galene, but her daughter Statita added the Grand Criterium second Tosco, the Prix de la Foret second Soleil Royal and the Grand Criterium and the Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Tyrone. Static's half-sister Confidence by Ksar lost both the Prix de Diane and the Prix Vermeille to the fantastic double classic winner and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Pearl Cap, but won two editions of the Grand Prix de Deauville and the Prix d'Astarte. Confidence's daughter Never Again by Pharos was sent to the United States, where she produced four unraced horses and five multiple winners. Successful broodmare Pocket Edition hailed from the first group, and her first foal was Gold Capitol, winner of the Californian Breeders Champion Stakes, third in the Del Mar Futurity and later second in the Santa Anita Maturity to Intent. Gold Capitol was followed by the Del Mar Futurity winner Double Speed, and the San Felipe Stakes winner Jean's Joe, who was three times beaten by Californian superstar Swaps, including the Santa Anita Derby. In addition to that, he ran second in the Blue Grass Stakes. Four years younger Hieroglyph was sent to Great Britain, where he ran third in the Middle Park Stakes and second in the King Edward VII. Stakes one year later. The last one of this memorable group of youngsters was Breakspear, second in the Pimlico Futurity to Quadrangle, and later sire. From this point of view, it's no surprise that Pocket's Edition younger brother was Mahmoud's son Oil Capitol. Winner of both the Breeders' Futurity and the Pimlico Futurity, Oil Capitol was not only named Turf Sports and Digest champion 2-year-old colt, but also delivered into the one of top sophomores, winning the Everglades Stakes and the Flamingo Stakes, running second in the Blue Grass Stakes and finally honorably fifth in the the Kentucky Derby. As a handicap horse, Oil Capitol won several good races, including the Arlington Handicap, the Widener Handicap, and the Palm Beach Handicap, and was a rival to horses like champion Crafty Admiral and To Market, or Battlefield during his flat career.

Another sister to Oil Capitol, Cigar Maid, was the third dam of Nodouble daughter Chain Store, whose family clearly blossomed in the 21st century. Mostly, but not exclusively thanks to Al Bahathri: a rival to Triptych, Park Appeal or Oh So Sharp, Al Bahathri had enough talent to win the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, and to run second in the One Thousand Guineas and third in the Cheveley Park Stakes. At stud, she's known mostly for producing Alhaarth colt Haafhd, who, after being G1 placed juvenile, won the Two Thousand Guineas and the Champion Stakes. Al Bahathri's daughter Hasbah ran second to Chimes of Freedom in the Coronation Stakes; her grandson Military Attack performed well in Hong Kong, winning the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the Hong Kong Gold Cup and the International Cup twice, among his numerous G1 top efforts. Unfortunately, Military Attack was a gelding, as well as another star in the family, Al Bahathri's great-grandson Red Cadeaux. A real globetrotter, Red Cadeaux achieved such a great scores like victory in the Hong Kong Vase, second place in the Coronation Cup to St. Nicholas Abbey, second place in the Dubai World Cup to Animal Kingdom, and no less then three second places in the Melbourne Cup, behind Dunaden, Fiorente and Protectionist. Aside from Al Bahathri, Chain Store's daughter Peplum is responsible for four more G1 horses, including Hong Kong G1 winner Giant Treasure, and Al Bahathri's full sister Chain Fern's family is even one more G1 horse ahead, including sires Heatseeker and Lord Shanakill.

Other members of Listen In's family, from not so prolific branches, include French classic winner and top filly Solitude, born in 1958; the U.S. champion 2-year-old filly and winner of the Spinaway Stakes, the Frizette Stakes or the Gazelle Handicap Forward Gal, born in 1968; the Derby Italiano winner and sire Gay Lussac, born in 1969; very successful Californian gelding Double Discount, born in 1973, who also set new world record for 1 1/4 miles on turf - 1:57 4/5, while winning the Carleton F. Burke Handicap; successful British miler Lahib, born in 1988; quadruple G1 winner on turf and the Breeders' Cup Turf second Bien Bien, born in 1989; both the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders' Cup Turf second Freedom Cry, born in 1991; and finally, the unbeaten star of the 2016 British juvenile season and G1 winner Caravaggio.

The very last part of family awaiting us is the one of Lisette's daughter and Listen In's sister Minaret by Ksar, born in 1927. Her family had only random success after long generations, with two possible exceptions. The first one is still quite a tiny branch of Evil Elaine, who defeated the Hollywood Oaks winner Perchance to Dream in the 1986 Coronado Stakes. She produced the champion 2-year-old colt and 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, and her family has another three G1 placed horses on her account, including recent runners Favorite Tale and Fury Kapcori. The second one was Pretty Pat by Swaps, born in 1959; she is best-known as the third dam of unlucky Three Ring - the Acorn Stakes winner and third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, who had to be euthanized after a tragic accident at Belmont Park. Pretty Pat's daughter Queen Pat added another curiosity, when her son Shuttle Jet, later G1-placed, defeated Swale while breaking his maiden. More importantly, Queen Pat's family produced seven G1 or G2 horses, the youngest one being Wicked Strong, born in 2011 - fourth in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, second in the Travers Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and third in the Woodward Stakes.

St. Lucre's family scheme