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Bold Diamond/Powers Mirage (USA, 2015)



Bay foal, xx.x hh
Owner: Circle F Farms
Breeder: Circle F Farms

$0 0: 0-0-0

by High Chaparral x Piavonic (Scenic)


Trainer's Notes: bred to route.

Owner's Notes: List breed. Sadler's Wells cross (2x3), Enicks give ratings from D to F (depending on source) but it has 2 stakes winners (one in Italy the other in Germany). I figure the dams sire lines will help balance with top being Mill Reef and the bottom being Round Table. The main difference between VCDH and this cross is in dropping 1 copy of Native Dancer and adding the Mill Reef. 3rd and last foal of Piavonic in game.

Bloodstock manager: Piavonic's best IRL foal to date is Von Costa de Hero, essentially a 3/4 brother to this foal. VCdH's sire Encosta de Lago is a grandson of Fairy Bridge through Fairy King. High Chaparral is also a grandson of Fairy Bridge, though through Sadler's Wells. Family 32 which includes Belmont-winning filly Ruthless

Additional Pedigree:
6.33% IC for Von Costa de Hero and this foal
VCdH: DP = 4-0-6-2-0 (12) DI = 1.40 † CD = 0.50
PF foal: DP = 3-0-10-6-1 (20) DI = 0.67 CD = -0.10

DI 0.67 suggests 15-16 furlongs (abt 2 miles)
CD -0.10 suggests 18-19 furlongs (abt 2 1/2 miles)
Practice suggests about 9-10 furlongs (about 1 1/4 miles)

Foolish Pleasure: 97 Top 100 TB of 20c, Round Table: 17 Top 100 TB of 20c, Native Dancer: 7 Top 100 TB of 20c, Northern Dancer: 43 Top TB of 20c, Mill Reef: Timeform 141

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1st dam: PIAVONIC by Scenic. 9 wins (1000m-1200m), 3 to 6, Manikato S (G1), Carlyon S (G2). Dam of 7 foals, 4 to race, 3 winners:
VON COSTA DE HERO (c Encosta De Lago) G2 winner, see Race record.
KHATAAF (g Grand Lodge) 12 wins (1000m-1600m), 3 to 6.
AL YAMAMA (f Fusaichi Pegasus) Winner (1200m) at 3.

2nd dam: Piave Girl by Brave Salute. 4 wins (1000m-1100m) at 2 and 3, 2nd The Laurent-Perrier S (G2). Dam of 3 winners:
PIAVONIC (f Scenic) G1 winner, see above.
STENNAR (g At Talaq) 3 wins at 3 and 4.
BACCIOU (g Redding) Winner at 3.

3rd dam: BLACK SERENADE by Black Opaque. 3 wins at 3 and 4. Dam of 8 winners:
Piave Girl (f Brave Salute) G2 placed, see above.
Rubra Lass (f Alzao) 2nd Balcrest S. Dam of:
EMLOZZA (f Encosta De Lago) Thoroughbred Club S (G3), Lightning S (G3).
DOPPIO (g Umatilla) Macau Derby, Macau Winter Trophy.
Segusino (c Habituate) 2nd Balcrest S.
MY SERENIC (g Scenic) 7 wins, 3 to 6.
TREVISO (g At Talaq) 5 wins, 4 to 7.
ROYAL RUBRA (g Rory's Jester) 3 wins at 2 and 3.
BELLE UNO (f Delgado) 2 wins at 3. Dam of:
BELLONIC (f Redding) SAJC St Leger. Dam of: Belscenica (f Scenic) 2nd W. H. Stocks S (G2).
BLUE MUSIC (f Bluebird) 2 wins at 3.

4th dam: SERENADING by Star Of Heaven. Winner. Half-sister to CLASS ABOVE (Gimcrack S). Dam of 6 winners:
DARK RHYTHM (f Black Opaque) Champion three-year-old filly in Australia (1000m-1200m), Leilani S (G3), 2nd SAJC Breeders' S (G2), 3rd Moomba Plate (G3). Dam of:
RAISE A RHYTHM (f Raise A Cup) Maribyrnong Plate (G2), Blue Diamond Prelude (G3). Dam of:
OAMARU RHYTHM (g Dehere) Leslie Froggatt S.
BIRA (g Bluebird) Andersen Consulting S.


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High Chaparral (1999)
Bay stallion by Sadler's Wells (C/S) x Kasora by Darshaan (Q)

13 Starts: 10 - 1 - 2, $5,331,231

At 2: WON Racing Post Trophy (GB-G1,8f).
At 3: WON Epsom Derby (GB-G1,12f), Irish Derby (IRE-G1,12f), Breeders' Cup Turf (G1,12f), Derristown Stud Derby Trial (GB-G3,10f), Ballysax S. (IRE-LR,10f); 3RD L'Arc de Triomphe (FR-G1,12f).
At 4: WON Irish Champion S. (IRE-G1,10f), Breeder's Cup Turf (G1,12f dead heat w/Johar), Royal Whip S. (IRE-G2, 10f); 3RD L'Arc de Triomphe (FR-G1, 12f)

2002: ECLIPSE CHAMPION TURF HORSE IN U.S.A.; TOP RATED 3-Y-O IN ENGLAND AND IRELAND (11-13f.); Co-Champion 3YO in Europe; Rated 130 by Timeform.
2003: Horse of the World; ECLIPSE CHAMPION TURF HORSE IN U.S.A.; TOP RATED OLDER HORSE IN IRELAND (9.5-13f.); Rated 132 by Timeform


Media Notes:

"High Chaparral was an exceptional racehorse and now he is developing into a sire of similarly exceptional merit.

His first crop of Australasian bred three year olds scored wins in a number of Australasia's most prestigious races, including the G1 VRC and AJC Derby's, the G1 Cox Plate and the G1 Randwick Guineas. The deeds of his progeny catapulted him to the top of the second season sires list while also making him the leading sire of three-year-olds in Australia."

"HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) (1999 c. by Sadler's Wells (USA)), Top rated 3yr old in England & Ireland in 2002 (11-13f.), Top rated older horse in Ireland in 2003 (9.5-10.5f. & 11-13f.), won 10 races at 2 to 4 years and £3,440,246 including Vodafone Derby Stakes, Epsom Downs, Gr.1, Budweiser Irish Derby, Curragh, Gr.1, Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.1, John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, Arlington Inter, Gr.1 (twice), Racing Post Trophy, Doncaster, Gr.1, Royal Whip Stakes, Curragh, Gr.2, Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes, Leopardstown, Gr.3 and Ballysax Stakes, Leopardstown, L., placed twice including third in P. de l'Arc de Triomphe-Lucien Barriere, Longchamp, Gr.1 (twice); sire; full brother to Helena Molony (IRE)"


Pedigree Notes:

"High Chaparral is one of eight Gr.1 winners that Sadlerís Wells has sired from daughters of Darshaan and the potency of his classic bloodlines has been amply demonstrated. He had six Group winners in 2009 and his progeny from his first two crops have been placed in the Oaks, Irish Derby and St Leger. Two juveniles from his third crop have already been Gr.1-placed.

The vast majority of High Chaparralís stakes horses are inbred 3x4 to NORTHERN DANCER, and some have a third line to this great stallion in the fifth generation. He has sired the Gr.3 winner Above Average from a DANEHILL mare, and the Gr.1 Filliesí Mile second Lady Darshaan is out of a daughter of GREEN DESERT. CAPE CROSS, a son of GREEN DESERT, is the broodmare sire of Gr.2 winner The Miniver Rose.

Sadlerís Wells is a full-brother to FAIRY KING and three-parts-brother to NUREYEV. Beach Bunny, who went very close to beating Dar Re Mi in the Gr.1 Pretty Polly Stakes, is out of a mare by Nureyevís son PEINTRE CELEBRE. The Epsom Oaks third High Heeled is out of a grand-daughter of FAIRY KING.

The high-class Golden Sword is another inbred 3x4 to Northern Dancer, his second line coming via SALSE. A mating with a mare by STORM BIRDís fast son MUJADIL resulted in the smart juvenile Joanna. Perhaps mares by STORM CAT and GIANTíS CAUSEWAY will also suit. The NIJINSKY line is represented by Unsung Heroine, who is out of a grand-daughter of CAERLEON. LYPHARD sired the second dam of the useful Redwood.

Like the very effective stallion In The Wings, High Chaparral represents Sadlerís Wellsí famously successful partnership with mares from the Shirley Heights line. Breeders have been keen to try adding further MILL REEF blood and we have already seen the Gr.1 Filliesí Mile runner-up Lady Darshaan with 3x3 inbreeding to DARSHAAN and the Gr.1 Grand Prix de Paris third Magadan with 4x3 inbreeding to SHIRLEY HEIGHTS. Others with two lines of MILL REEF include the St Leger second Unsung Heroine. RIVERMAN and his son IRISH RIVER also feature among the sires of the second dams of High Chaparralís black-type horses, including the Gr.3 juvenile winner Joanna.

The MR. PROSPECTOR line is also shaping up encouragingly. The very smart Magadan is out of a MACHIAVELLIAN mare and the very useful Redwood is out of a WOODMAN mare.

Although High Chaparralís second dam is a top-class daughter of Kris, there is every reason to think he will suit mares with more SHARPEN UP blood.

WARNING had a fine record with Sadlerís Wells mares, so it isnít surprising that High Chaparralís Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Senlis is out of a WARNING mare.

In The Wings had Group winners out of mares by three sons of BLUSHING GROOM and High Chaparral has 2009 two-year-old Listed winner Lady Lupus out of a RAINBOW QUEST mare.

Mares with TOP VILLE blood are other prime contenders. They produced three Gr.1 winners to Sadlerís Wells, including the exceptional Montjeu and Yeats, and two Group winners to In The Wings.

In The Wings did well with mares from the TURN-TO line, siring Tillerman from a ROBERTO mare and Singspiel from a HALO mare. Several of High Chaparralís good winners have two lines of HAIL TO REASON in the fourth or fifth generations."




Mill Reef: DP 19-16-12-5-0, DI 3.73, CD 0.94; pts 52

Highlights (1):
In England: 1970 Dewhurst S (7f), 1971 The Derby (12f), 1971 Eclipse S (10f), 1971 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S (12f), 1972 Coronation Cup (12f);
In France: 1971 Prix de líArc de Triomphe (12f), 1972 Prix Ganay (10Ĺf)

Highlights (2): Won twelve races incl. Coventry Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes, Imperial Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes, Greenham Stakes, Derby Stakes, Eclipse Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Prix Ganay, Coronation Cup.

Inbreeding Thru 4 Generations: None
Sire Line: Nasrullah. Family 22



Piavonic (1995)
Dark Bay or Brown mare by Scenic x Piave Girl (Brave Salute)

35 Starts: 9 - 8 - 2, A$629,600

Blacktype producer


Media Excerpts:

"Piavonic defeated a 6 y/o Sunline in the 6f (1200m) Manikato Stakes (AUS G1, 2001), heading in at 20-1. Piavonic was one of only two Victoria-trained runners to capture the Manikato in all the first decade of this century (the other being Miss Andretti in 2006).

Her colt by Encosta De Lago sold for $1.2m at Yearling Auction. Von Costa de Hero is the best juvenile who ever cost a million dollars or more as a yearling in Australian racing history. †The hulking colt was a $1.2 million purchase, and his run when a half-head second in the Golden Slipper earned him a rating better than six of the last ten winners of the race."

"Australian ďHorse of the MonthĒ for August 2002, she was a finalist for Horse of The Year. She, along with She's Archie, was bested by Australia's Champion Sprinter Sudurka."

About her Trainer, Tony Noonan: "One of the best horses to be trained by Tony was the Scenic mare, Piavonic. One of this mares claim to fame was beating the Champion Mare Sunline in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at MooneeValley. Not only did Sunline have her colours lowered that day, but Group 1 winners Falvelon and Marstic, as well as the dual Group 2 Winner Weasel Will, were left in the wake of Piavonic powerful finishing burst. This win gave Tony his 1st Group 1 win as a trainer. Piavonic has gone on to succeed in the breeding barn producing several quality gallopers including current star Von Costa De Hero."



"Scenic (DI 3.57, CD 1.00): Scenic (ex Idyllic) receives pure speed influences passed down from Bold Ruler (a Brilliant/Intermediate chef-de-race) and What A Pleasure (a Brilliant chef-de-race), through Foolish Pleasure, and from Raise A Native (also a Brilliant chef) through Where You Lead. Again it is solely through the influence of Sadler's Wells that Scenic got further than sprint distances!

Sadler's Wells, of course, won his seventh consecutive sires' championship (and eighth in all) in 1998 (by total money won, Great Britain & Ireland) - beating Alzao and Nashwan into second and third places - despite the fact that his 1998 3 yo crop was less than half the number produced in 1997. He also won the 2 yo sires' championship, stepping up from sixth place in 1997. He finished third in the maternal grandsires list, the area in which he has received most criticism in the past. He also won the sire's championship in France."


Von Costa de Hero
by Encosta de Lago x Piavonic

13 Starts: 1 - 2 - 3, A$1,113,200

Won: VRC Sires Produce Stakes G2
2nd: STC Golden Slipper Stakes G1

VCdH's sire is by Fairy King, a full brother to Sadlers Wells.



Sadlers Wells (11 April 1981)
bay colt by Northern Dancer x Fairy Bridge (Bold Reason)
DP = 12-8-22-0-0 (42) DI = 2.82 CD = 0.76 - 11

11 Starts: 6 - 4 - 0, $663,423

At 2: Won Panasonic Beresford S. (IRE-G2)

At 3:Won Airlie/Coolmore 2000 Guineas (IRE-G1), Coral Eclipse S. (ENG-G1), Golden Fleece Phoenix Champ. (IRE-G1), Derrinstown Stud S. (IRE-G2) 2nd Prix Du Jockey Club (FR-G1), King George-Queen Elizabeth Diamond S. (ENG-G1), Gladness S. (IRE)

1984 Champion Miler in France.
Leading UK Sire by earnings, 1990, 1992-2002.
Designated Chefs-de-race (C/S)







Barn 3: Broodmare Shed