FEW people will have been more delighted with the results from the 2022 Breeders’ Cup than Joe Osborne and his team at Kildangan Stud.
It was there that Mischief Magic (Juvenile Turf Sprint), Modern Games (Mile) and Rebel’s Romance (Turf) were all foaled, weaned and had their early life, and they each represent a different foal crop. The latter pair are sons of the great Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) who stands at Dalham Hall, while the two-year-old Mischief Magic is by Exceed And Excel (Danehill).
Exceed And Excel’s reputation as an exceptional sire of juveniles was enhanced further with Mischief Magic’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint win, and 12 hours later his son Barber won the $1 million Golden Gift at Rosehill in Sydney.
Mischief Magic is Exceed And Excels’ seventeenth individual Group/Grade 1 winner, and he is also grandsire of the recent Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner, Gold Trip. The stallion is the sire of some 560 two-year-old winners worldwide, 84 at stakes level.
Mischief Magic is a Godolphin homebred full-brother to the 2017 Listed Windsor Castle Stakes winner Sound Of Silence (Exceed And Excel) who added to that with a group win at two in France.
Their dam is an unraced Elusive Quality (Gone West) daughter of Gossamer (Sadler’s Wells), winner of the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile and the Irish 1000 Guineas. She is herself dam of the Group 1 winning juvenile, Ibn Khaldun (Dubai Destination).
Gossamer’s full-brother Barathea (Sadler’s Wells) won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile almost three decades ago and their dam Brocade (Habitat) won the Group 1 Prix de la Foret.
Winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last year in unusual circumstances, this time the Godolphin homebred Modern Games affirmed his position as one of the best racehorses in the world with success, his seventh in all, in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. This season he has also won the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains-French 2000 Guineas and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in Canada.
Modern Games is one of 53 Group/Grade 1 winners by Dubawi, and one of three stakes winners out of a New Approach (Galileo) half-sister to the Group 1 two-year-old winner Ultra (Manduro). He was also runner-up to Baaeed this year and to Bayside Boy, a grandson of Dubawi, in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Rebel’s Romance, along with Modern Games, Space Blues, Yibir and Wuheida, is a fifth Breeders’ Cup winner for Dubawi. Yet another Godolphin homebred, the four-year-old gelding is winner of nine of his 12 starts, and his breakthrough at the highest level came this year in Germany where he won the Grosser Preis von Berlin and Preis von Europa.
One of three winners out of the stakes-placed Minidress (Street Cry), Rebel Romance is a grandson of Short Skirt (Diktat), brought into the Godolphin family when she was bought for 1,400,000gns after being placed in the 2006 Group 1 Oaks. Her best runner is Minidress’ own-brother Volcanic Sky (Street Cry), a Group 3 winner at Meydan.