NEWS that the Group 1 winner Ice Breeze has relocated to Alastair Pim’s Anngrove Stud will hopefully bring him more fully to the attention of discerning breeders.
Successful in the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak, beating the world-class Vazirabad, Ice Breeze (Nayef) covered 82 mares in 2020, his second season at stud, and his appeal to breeders is obvious.
Owned and bred by the late Khalid Abdullah, he possesses a top-class pedigree on both sides of the family, was a champion while racing in France, and his Group 2-winning full-brother, Snow Sky (Nayef), is making a most promising start at stud.
Winner of four races and placed five times in just 11 starts, Ice Breeze also won the Group 2 Prix Chaudenay and the Group 2 Prix Hocquart, beating Shakeel on the latter occasion. His efforts on the track earned connections more than £400,000. His own-brother Snow Sky gained his biggest wins in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup, and he was classic-placed in the Group 1 St Leger.
Both sires are out of the stakes-placed Winter Silence, a daughter of Dansili (Danehill) and a half-sister to a pair of top-level winners, Meteor Storm (Bigstone) winning the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap and Polish Summer (Polish Precedent) capturing the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic.
This is also the immediate family of two other winners of the Group 1 Prix Royal Oak, the full-brothers Raintrap (Rainbow Quest) and Sunshack who between them won six Group/Grade 1 races in total, the Group 1 Nassau Stakes heroine Winsili (Dansili) who is closely related to Ice Breeze’s dam, and the Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Stand To Gain (Hawk Wing).
Ice Breeze is available to view at Anngrove Stud in Mountmellick and he is worth travelling to do so.