KILDANGAN Stud flagbearer Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) is gone but he has a number of sons at stud.

Lope De Vega, like him a dual classic star in France, is well-established as a leading international sire, which augurs well for the younger ones coming up behind. Captain Sonador hit the Group 1 target at stud but died young, Casamento has sired winners at all levels, whereas Amaron, Mukhadram, Puissance De Lune and Shakespearean are blacktype sires.