by Alan Porter
High Chaparral retired to stud at Coolmore hot on the heels of his fellow Sadler’s Wells sons Montjeu and Galileo, who were among the very best of Sadler’s Wells’ sons as runners and have turned out to be his most outstanding stallion sons. High Chaparral is beginning to emerge from the shadows cast by the two giants, however, and in the last 12 months he has had group and grade I winners on three different continents.
While not generally credited with the brilliance displayed by Montjeu and Galileo, the record shows that High Chaparral was a remarkable racehorse. Over three seasons, he won 10 of 13 starts, including the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I), Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), back-to-back renewals of the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT), the Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I), and Ireland the Food Island Champion Stakes (Ire-I). His sole defeats came in a place effort on his debut at 2 and when he took third in consecutive runnings of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
High Chaparral’s most recent group or grade I winner is Wigmore Hall, who captured the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine (VIDEO), one year after High Chaparral’s son Redwood took the 2010 renewal of the race. Wigmore Hall is a member of High Chaparral’s third Northern Hemishpere crop and is his 19th Northern Hemisphere-sired stakes winner. He made a solid, if unspectacular, start with his first crop, which included five stakes winners, among them Magadan, who took the Prix d’Hedouville (Fr-III); Unsung Heroine, winner of the Ladbrokes Give Thanks Stakes (Ire-III) and runner-up in the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I); Senlis, successful in the Premio Parioli (Ity-III), the Italian Two Thousand Guineas equivalent; and Beach Bunny, an Irish listed winner who was extremely unlucky to be beaten by multiple group I winner Dar Re Mi in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I). His second crop saw him add six more black-type scorers headed by Redwood, who is a group and listed winner in England in addition to his North American grade I victory; The Miniver Rose (DFS Park Hill Stakesm Eng-II), High Heeled (Totesport.com St. Simon Stakes, Eng-III), Golden Sword (Virgin Money Chester Vasem Eng-III), Above Average (Bet365 Classic Trial, Eng-III), and Serienhoehe (Maruice Lacroix Trophy, Ger-III). Wigmore Hall heads the seven stakes winners in High Chaparral’s third crop, and he is joined as group winner by Joanna (successful in four group events, and multiple group I-placed), Noll Wallop (Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial, Ire-III).
We must also note that High Chaparral sired a sensational first Southern Hemisphere crop while standing in New Zealand. (He now shuttles to Australia). It contained six stakes winners, among them the group I scorers So You Think, Shoot Out, Monaco Consul, and Descarado, the first three all scoring multiple wins at the highest level. So You Think, an official highweight on the World Rankings last year, is now in training in Ireland with Aiden O’Brien and continues to confirm his talents, winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I), Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), and Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I).
Wigmore Hall is the only runner for his dam, Love and Laughter, a Theatrical mare who was a winner at 2 while racing in England. His second dam, Hoh Dear (by the Red Ransom horse Sri Pekan), set a precedent for Wigmore Hall, as after taking the High Havens Empress Stakes and finishing second in the Charles Heidsieck Champagne Cherry Hinton Stakes (Eng-II) while racing in England at 2, she came to Woodbine to captured the Natalma Stakes (gr. III). She subsequently continued her career in the U.S., winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs and taking second in the Lyrique Handicap and Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks. She is also dam of the French listed winner Kissing The Camera (by Galileo, so bred on similar lines to Wigmore Hall).
Hoh Dear was the only starter for her dam, Miss Kristin, a daughter of Alzao (by Lyphard), who was listed-placed in Ireland. Miss Kristin’s dam, Catos Ridge, was foaled in the U.S., but raced in Ireland, where she was placed. By Cox’s Ridge out of Syndaar (by Lyphard, to whom Miss Kristin was inbred 2x3), Catos Ridge was a sister to Timber Ribbon, winner of the Pippin Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and graded-placed, and subsequently granddam of the Candy Ride Stakes winner Jack Spratt. Catos Ridge was also half sister to Smurfiusa, a listed winner in Italy and dam of English multiple black-type winner Usaidit. Syndaar comes from a strong French family and her dam, Sweet and Lovely, is also ancestress of Epsom Derby victor Kris Kin (granddam Sweetly was a full sister to Syndaar), group and grade I winners Luso, Warrsan, and Common Grounds (also out of Sweetly), as well as Ghadeer (by Lyphard, so closely related to Syndaar), a leading sire in South America.
Since High Chaparral is by Sadler’s Wells, and Wigmore Hall’s dam is by Theatrical, a son of Nureyev, Wigmore Hall has Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev (both by Northern Dancer, with Sadler’s Wells being out of a half sister to Nureyev) 2x3.The combination of the duo has become commonplace, and there are at least 60 stakes winners with Sadler’s Wells in the sire and Nureyev in the dam, four by High Chaparral. Eighteen of these, including other group or grade I winners Rip Van Winkle and Gabby’s Golden Gal, are the result of crossing a Sadler’s Wells-line stallion over a Nureyev-line mare, as here.