July 2, 2015
Champion NOBLE MISSION (GB), a triple Group 1-winning brother to Frankel (GB), was one of the most exiting horses to retire to stud in America in 2015, and international breeders responded by sending him a book of mares that champion sires are made of.
Here’s a look at the numbers:
29 SIBLINGS TO GRADE 1 WINNERS – NOBLE MISSION’s royal bloodlines were partnered with mares from some most prestigious families in international stud books. A whopping 29 of them were full or half-siblings to Grade or Group 1 winners, and no fewer than six were sisters to champions.
19 GRADED STAKES HORSES – The mares in NOBLE MISSION’s book could also run. They included a wide array of talented, versatile individuals who won races like the G3 TCA S. at Keeneland, the G3 Winning Colors at Churchill, the G3 Matchmaker S. at Monmouth and the G3 Modesty H. at Arlington Park.
41 STAKES HORSES – “Cats get cats,” one Florida horsemen is fond of saying. That is, good horses produce good horses. The racetrack ability of NOBLE MISSION’s book is further highlighted by 41 stakes horses, including no less than 25 stakes-winning mares.
26 STAKES PRODUCERS – Proven mares are an important component to any young stallion’s book, and NOBLE MISSION was sent some good ones, highlighted by the dam of a champion and Breeders’ Cup winner and the dams of several Grade 2 winners.
51 DAUGHTERS OF GRADED STAKES HORSES – The catalog pages of NOBLE MISSION’s first foals will be chock full of Grade 1 designations, thanks to the impressive stock breeders put forth. From the 51 mares produced by graded horses, 11 are out of Grade/Group 1 winners, and further 23 individual mares were out of Grade 2 or 3 winners.
63 SIBLINGS TO GRADED STAKES HORSES – The roll call of siblings to important graded horses continued to grow this spring as NOBLE MISSION was ultimately bred to 63 mares whose siblings were graded stakes horses.
104 SIBLINGS TO BLACK-TYPE HORSES – In all, the deep families that characterized a sizable portion of NOBLE MISSION’s were illustrated by the fact that over two-thirds of his book was comprised of mares who were siblings to stakes horses.
When we say NOBLE MISSION was booked full in 2015, we can say he was booked full with the sort of mares that launch the careers of sires. Some of the most successful breeding operations in the world are backing him with serious mares, not least of which Juddmonte Farm and Lane’s End. Be part of the team supporting NOBLE MISSION with top-class stock, and be rewarded in the sales ring and on the racetrack.