Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire in 2017/18. Covered 130 mares during the 2018 breeding season

Fighting Sun

Northern Meteor X Irish Darling


  • First crop winners include Melbourne SW CHESS STAR and Group placed PLATINUM MAM’SELLE
  • Unbeaten … Northern Meteor’s fastest 2YO
  • Second crop sold up to $220,00 in 2018
  • 560 mares in first 4 seasons
2018 Service Fee: $15,400 inc. GST
Payment Upon Live foal


B. 2005
GW 3 wins
f:422 r:365 w:279 SW:24
Encosta de Lago
B. 1993
GW 3 wins
f:1905 r:1625 w:1154 SW:114
Fairy King
B. 1982
f:799 r:596 w:401 SW:73
Northern Dancer Nearctic 14
Natalma 2
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason 19
Special 5
Shoal Creek
Ch. 1988
Wnr 2 wins
f:5 r:4 w:2 SW:1
Star Way Star Appeal 5
New Way 6
Rolls Mr. Prospector 13
Grand Luxe 4
B. 1990
SP 2 wins
f:13 r:7 w:6 SW:3
B. 1977
GW 10 wins
f:410 r:340 w:256 SW:47
Mr. Prospector Raise a Native 8
Gold Digger 13
Killaloe Dr Fager 1
Grand Splendor 16
Ch. 1979
SW 6 wins
f:8 r:6 w:4 SW:1
Forli Aristophanes 9
Trevisa 3
Moccasin Nantallah 6
Rough Shod 5
Ch. 2001
GW 5 wins
f:4 r:3 w:3 SW:1
Ivory’s Irish
Ch. 1991
GW 5 wins
f:103 r:83 w:38 SW:1
Best Western
Ch. 1978
GW 7 wins
f:540 r:446 w:256 SW:10
Bletchingly Biscay 2
Coogee 7
Grease Paint Raimondo 4
Better Half 2
Ch. 1974
Wnr 3 wins
f:9 r:8 w:7 SW:2
Northfields Northern Dancer 2
Little Hut 4
Royal News Sovereign Path 4
Latest Edition 13
Sandy Darling
Ch. 1994
Wnr 1 win
f:4 r:4 w:3 SW:1
Geiger Counter
B. 1982
Wnr 2 wins
f:885 r:695 w:536 SW:53
Mr. Prospector Raise a Native 8
Gold Digger 13
Thong Nantallah 6
Rough Shod 5
Evening Line
B. 1986
f:7 r:7 w:5
Sir Tristram Sir Ivor 8
Isolt 6
Balmereve Balmerino 4
Battle Eve C56


Unbeaten 2YO.

ATC Canonbury S-L (1100m)
ATC ATC Membership on Sale Now Plate (1100m)


NORTHERN METEOR 3 wins at 1200m, 1250m, A$532,480, VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, City Tatt’s RC Brian Crowley S., L, 1200m-in track record time, STC Grand Pavilion H., 1250m-in track record time, 2d AJC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, 3d STC SLE H., 4th VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1. He entered stud in Aust. in 2009. Leading Aust. First Season Sire in 2012-13. Leading Aust. Sire of 3YOs in 2013-14. Sire of 365 progeny to race, 279 winners (76.0%), earnings of over $37 million, 24 stakes winners, 18 stakes placegetters, inc.



COSMIC ENDEAVOUR (10f, Danehill, Twig Moss). 7 wins-1 at 2-to 1400m, A$1,447,280, ATC Canterbury S., Gr.1, Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Tiara, Gr.1, ATC Sapphire S., Gr.2, BRC Dane Ripper S., Gr.2, Scone RC Inglis Guineas, RL, ATC Irresistible Pools & Spas H., Australian Turf Club 2YO P., 2d ATC PJ Bell S., Gr.3, Guy Walter S., Gr.3, 3d Hawkesbury RC Darley Crown, Gr.3, 4th ATC Triscay S., Gr.3, MRC Thoroughbred Club S., Gr.3, MVRC Champagne S., Gr.3, ATC Darby Munro S., L, BRC Hampden S., L.

ZOUSTAR (10c, Redoute’s Choice, Star Shower). 6 wins-3 at 2-to 1400m, A$1,411,680, ATC Golden Rose S., Gr.1, VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, ATC Roman Consul S., Gr.2, BRC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.2, Hawkesbury RC Evergreen Turf 2YO H., ATC TAB Ipad App 2YO P., 2d BRC JJ Atkins S., Gr.1, 4th ATC Run to the Rose H., Gr.3.

SPEAK FONDLY (12f, Flying Spur, Ahonoora). 4 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, 1600m, A$872,200, ATC Flight S., Gr.1, Magic Night S., Gr.2, Silver Shadow S., Gr.2, NSW Tatt’s RC Furious S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Golden Rose S., Gr.1, Sweet Embrace S., Gr.2, 3d ATC Gimcrack S., L.

ROMANTIC TOUCH (10g, Snippets, Canny Lad). 7 wins-3 at 2-from 1400m to 1800m to 2017-18, A$406,110, HK$11,975,450, M$2,500,000, BRC JJ Atkins S., Gr.1, Macau Hong Kong Trophy, L-twice, ATC Australian Turf Club 2YO H., 2YO P., HKJC Wong Nai Chung H., Fan Lau H., 2d HKJC BOCHK Wealth Management Jockey Club Mile, Gr.2, Premier P., Gr.3, January Cup, L, Centenary Vase, L, Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse, L, Piguet Lady Royal Oak H., Sports for All H., 3d HKJC Lion Rock Trophy, Gr.3, Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse, Gr.3, Centenary Vase, Gr.3, ATC Eskimo Prince S., L, HKJC BMW Hong Kong Derby, L, Hong Kong Macau Trophy H., 4th HKJC Celebration Cup, Gr.3, Premier P., Gr.3.

SHOOTING TO WIN (11c, Elusive Quality, Military Plume). 4 wins-2 at 2-from 1200m to 1600m, A$996,225, MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr.1, ATC Stan Fox S., Gr.2, TAB Early Quaddie 2YO H., 2d ATC Ming Dynasty H., Gr.3, 3d ATC Golden Rose S., Gr.1, Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, 4th ATC Hobartville S., Gr.2.

AMANPOUR (10f, Marscay, Storm Cat). 4 wins from 1550m to 1900m, A$901,740, ATC Queen of the Turf S., Gr.1, John Kanaan H., TAB Ipad App H., Mossman at Vinery H., 2d ATC Emancipation S., Gr.2, VRC Trophy H., ATC Indigopop Aluminium Products H., Hyland Race Colours H., TAB Number 1 Club 2YO P., 3d VRC Matriarch S., Gr.2, ATC 2YO P.

DEEP FIELD (10c, Elusive Quality, Military Plume). 5 wins at 1100m, 1200m, A$390,300, VRC S., Gr.2, ATC Lightning H., L, TAB Quaddie H., Hyland Race Colours H., 2d ATC Maurice McCarten S., Gr.3, 3d VRC Lightning S., Gr.1.

EUROZONE (10c, Don’t Say Halo, Zabaleta). 4 wins-2 at 2-to 1500m, A$476,080, ATC Stan Fox S., Gr.2, Rosebud H., L, Australian Turf Club 2YO H., Become an ATC Sponsor 2YO P., 2d MRC CF Orr S., Gr.1, 3d ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, 4th VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1.

BOUND FOR EARTH (10f, Belong to Me, Crested Wave). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, 1250m, A$348,555, ATC Furious S., Gr.2, Australian Turf Club 2YO H., 2d ATC Darby Munro S., L, 3d ATC Flight S., Gr.1, Tea Rose S., Gr.2, BRC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.2, Dane Ripper S., Gr.2, Scone RC Dark Jewel Classic, Gr.3, 4th Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Tiara, Gr.1, MRC Angus Armanasco S., Gr.2, ATC Birthday Card S., Gr.3, MRC Kevin Hayes S., Gr.3.

RUNWAY STAR (10f, Commands, Bletchingly). 6 wins at 1000m, 1200m, A$386,030, SAJC Proud Miss S., Gr.3, Matrice S., L-twice, ATC H., MRC Sportingbet Quick Multis H., 2d ATC Cellarbrations H., VRC Indian Summer H., 3d SAJC RN Irwin S., Gr.3.

BURNING PASSION (11g, Snippets, Canny Lad). 7 wins to 1400m to 2017-18, A$554,630, ATC Hall Mark S., Gr.3, Qld Tatt’s RC WJ Healy S., Gr.3, ATC Theraces H., Myboycharlie at Vinery H., TAB Early Quaddie P., BRC Green Options Racing Ltd H., NSW Tatt’s RC Mostyn Copper Group H., 2d ATC Glenn Wheeler H., Rotary Club of Botany Bay H., Mossman at Vinery H., Hyland Race Colours H., All Too Hard at Vinery H., 3d ATC Liverpool City Cup, Gr.3, Show County H., Gr.3, Bill Ritchie H., Gr.3, TAB Rewards H., TAB Early Quaddie H.

NAJOOM (11f, Arena, Bite the Bullet). 5 wins to 1400m, A$253,050, Hawkesbury Guineas, Gr.3, BRC Fred Best Classic, Gr.3, ATC Cellarbrations H., 2d ATC Cal Rei H.

METALLIC CROWN (12g, Fusaichi Pegasus, Kashani). 4 wins to 1400m to 2017-18, A$239,160, NSW Tatt’s RC Ming Dynasty H., Gr.3, ATC CFMEU Mining H., TAB Place Multi H., 2d ATC Monaco Cup, Schweppes P., 3d ATC 2YO H., Bowermans Furniture H.

THE VOICE – MODERN TSAR (H.K.) (10g, King’s Theatre, Key to the Mint). 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1300m, 1400m, A$100,900, HK$1,858,525, SAJC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.3, HKJC Grassy Hill H., HKU Faculties of Law & Social Sciences H., 2d SAJC Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic, Sportingbet 2YO P., HKJC Members Cup, 3d HKJC Tianjin H.

METEOROID (11f, Distant Music, Yallah Prince). 8 wins at 1200m, 1400m to 2017-18, A$313,790, WATC Belmont Newmarket H., L, Birthday S., L, Perth Racing Twitter H., H., Italo-Australian Welfare H., Westspeed H., Perth Racing TV H., 2d WATC Jungle Mist Classic, L, WA Bookmakers Association H., Perth Racing Membership H., Terrace Restaurant H., 3d WATC Bernard Couch Memorial H., 4th WATC Jungle Dawn Classic, L, Jungle Mist Classic, L.

ATMOSPHERICAL (10f, Flying Spur, Prego). 6 wins at 1000m, 1100m, A$385,450, Scone RC Denise’s Joy S., L, VRC Dilmah Earl Grey S., L, ATC Canterbury League Club H., Graeme Symo’s Birthday H., TAB Rewards H., 3d MRC Rubiton S., Gr.2, Sir John Monash S., Gr.3, Scone RC Ortensia S., L, ATC William Shaw Knitwear H., Xirrus H.

STARENZO – HEALTHY LIFE (MAC.) (10g, Machiavellian, Wolfhound). 9 wins-1 at 2-to 1350m, Macau Summer Trophy, L, Lisboa Sand Challenge H., Lisboa Sand Prelude, Barnsley H., Warwick H., Kempton H., 2d Macau Sand Champion Series Leg 1 H., Lisboa Sand Challenge, Admiralty H., SAJC One Toyota H., 3d Macau Sprint Trophy, L, Macau 4YO Prelude, L, University of Macau Alumni Association Cup, Bastia H.

THE OMEGA MAN (10g, Peintre Celebre, Yeats). 7 wins to 1400m, Perak TC Charity Cup, L, Singapore TC Kranji D S., Benchmark 53 H., 3d Singapore TC Class 4 H., Kranji D S.

GUARD OF HONOUR (13g, General Nediym, Marscay). 5 wins-1 at 2-to 1100m to 2017-18, A$277,185, ATC Heritage S., L, GCTC Bat Out of Hell H., ATC 2YO P., Canberra RC Camarena H., 2d ATC Eskimo Prince S., Gr.3, SCTC Prysmian Aus Made Cable H., 3d ATC Wilkes Quality H., 4th City Tatt’s RC Brian Crowley S., L.

MITRAAD (11c, O’Reilly, Grosvenor). 4 wins-1 at 2-to 1450m, R390,000, Turffontein Secretariat S., L, Edgeline S., Roodepoort Metal Exchange P., 2d Turffontein Graceland Hotel Casino & Country Club H., 3d Turffontein Charity Mile, Gr.2.

KAMACITE – PRIMERO (H.K.) (12g, Quest for Fame, Western Symphony). 3 wins at 1000m, 1200m, A$96,185, HK$504,350, BRC Queensland Day P., L, 2d ATC TAB Place Multi 2YO P., 3d ATC Adelaide New at Coolmore P., HKJC Swallow H., Shanghai H.

FIGHTING SUN (11c, Ivory’s Irish, Geiger Counter). 2 wins at 2, A$143,750, ATC Canonbury S., L, Membership on Sale 2YO P.

VEUVELICIOUS (11f, Medicean, Assert). 2 wins at 2, A$174,100, ATC Fernhill H., L, MRC Sensational Springvale 2YO P., 3d ATC Schweppervescence H., Gr.3, MRC Say It With Flowers 2YO H.

SPORTS EDITION (11c, Marscay, Storm Cat). Winner at 2, A$83,850, BRC Hampden S., L, 2d ATC TAB Early Quaddie 2YO P.

Cabeza de Vaca (11g, Hussonet, Danehill). 7 wins from 1350m to 1900m to 2017-18, A$330,225, ATC Robrick Lodge Filante H., November H., Merry Christmas from James Boags H., Tooheys New Evening Star H., 2d ATC Villiers S., Gr.2, TAB Rewards H.

Soho Ruby (13f, Red Ransom, Kings Island). 5 wins from 1300m to 1600m to 2017-18, A$286,300, MRC Le Pine Funerals H., Schweppes H., VRC Curragh Racecourse H., Nouvelle Star H., 2d VRC William Newton VC H., 3d VRC Frances Tressady S., Gr.3, Ballarat TC Sam Miranda H.

Mr Bogart (11g, Snippets, Tolomeo). 5 wins to 1400m to 2016-17, A$162,450, HK$4,691,975, ATC Hyland Race Colours H., Cellarbrations H., HKJC Amber H., Woodpecker H., 2d ATC Skyline S., Gr.2, Canberra Guineas, L, HKJC Panasonic Cup, Flying Dancer H., Yau Oi H., Beijing H., 3d ATC Darby Munro S., L, HKJC Tuen Mun Public School H.

O’Rachael (13f, Snippetson, Capote). 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, 1350m to 2017-18, NZ$54,150, A$127,725, ATC Theraces H., 2d ATC Catanach’s H., Flexi 6 Membership H., BOP RC New World Summer Cup, WRC Zephyr Consulting H., 3d ARC Diamond S., Gr.1, BRC Bright Shadow H., L, MVRC Dr Sheahan P., Waikato RC Foster Maintain 2YO H., Seafood Bazaar H., 4th Cambridge Breeders’ S., Gr.3.

Elusive Treasure (12g, Anabaa, Marauding). 3 wins at 1200m in 2017-18, Waikato RC Distinction Hamilton Hotel H., Foster Maintain H., 2d ARC Coca-Cola H., 3d ARC Concorde H., Gr.3, Cambridge JC AON Insurance Brokers H., Rotorua RC Donelley Wood Products H.

Northern Glory (10f, Viscount, Canny Lad). 3 wins at 2, A$242,250, ATC Become an ATC Sponsor 2YO P., Mounties Group 2YO P., 2d ATC James HB Carr S., Gr.3, 3d ATC Darby Munro S., L, Scone RC Woodlands S., L, ATC Win a Racehorse With YPR 2YO H., 4th ATC PJ Bell S., Gr.3, BRC BJ McLachlan S., Gr.3.

His sire sons include Zoustar, Fighting Sun, Eurozone, Shooting to Win, Sports Edition, etc.


IVORY’S IRISH 5 wins from 1300m to 2400m, A$899,100, Australian Derby, Gr.1, STC Tulloch S., Gr.2, Theo Marks H., Gr.2, AJC Broadway H., Centennial Park H., 2d STC Phar Lap S., Gr.2, BATC St Paschals Parish H., QTC Awapuni H., 3d AJC Royal Sovereign S., Gr.3, QTC Our Planet H., 4th Queensland Guineas, Gr.2, GCTC AD Hollindale Cup, Gr.3, Magic Millions 2YO Classic S., RL. and 1 stakes winner, inc. FIGHTING SUN.


1st Dam

IRISH DARLING, by Ivory’s Irish. 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1400m to 2500m, A$393,950, SAJC Australasian Oaks, Gr.1, South Australian Oaks, Gr.2, MRC Conbituate Lady H., Rupert Greene 2YO H., Dashing Eagle H., 2d MRC Summer Sparkling Lawn Party H., 3d VRC Kokoda Track H. Dam of four named foals, three to race, all winners

FIGHTING SUN (c. by Northern Meteor). Subject horse.

Wonderful Four (g. by Zizou). 6 wins at 1200m in Macau.

Atomic Kitten (f. by Northern Meteor). 3 wins at 1450m to 2017-18 in Aust.

Miss Shamrock (f. by Zabeel). Unraced. Dam of-

Amerock (Americain). 2 wins at 1350m, 1600m in 2017-18, 3d SAJC Chairman’s S., Gr.3, Morphettville Guineas, L, MRC Polytrack H.


2nd Dam

SANDY DARLING, by Geiger Counter. Winner at 1600m in Aust. Half-sister to Imtops (dam of TWIST TOPS), Hellriegel (dam of DRAGON MAIDEN). Dam of 4 foals, all raced, 3 winners, inc:-

IRISH DARLING (Ivory’s Irish). 5 wins. See above.

Beach Babe. 4 wins to 1200m, A$130,050, BRC Asko Appliances H., Channel Seven P., Drumbeats at Lyndhurst H., Bundaberg Distilling Company H., 2d BRC Bartons Bayside H., Iveco H., Student Flights H., Coke Zero P., 3d BRC Winning Edge H., Brothers Rugby Club Foundation H., Gallopers Sports Club H.

Skate on By. 2 wins at 1400m, 1800m in Aust.


3rd Dam

EVENING LINE, by Sir Tristram. Raced once. Dam of 7 named foals, all raced, 5 winners, inc:-

Imtops. 6 wins-1 at 2-to 1550m, A$181,290, AJC Rosebrook H., STC Manildra Group H., Rosehill Gardens Events H., 2d STC Winter Racefest H., AHA (NSW) Foundation H., Great Steaks at The Freeway H., 3d AJC Bonanova H., Savannah Success H., STC Lynch Flowers H., Rosehill Gardens Event Centre H., Grand Pavilion H. Dam of-

TWIST TOPS (Beneteau). Winner at 2, A$251,150, ATC Inglis 2YO Classic, RL, 2d ATC TAB More Than Winning 2YO P., Turf Club H., 3d ATC Magic Night S., Gr.2, Pro-Ride H., 4th ATC Sweet Embrace S., Gr.2, Gimcrack S., L.

Hot Tin Roof. 5 wins to 1500m, A$115,890, STC Lindsay Fox H., Blackwoods Bosch Power Tools H., 2d STC Hoc-Mai H., AJC LJ Hooker Tristate Produce H., Kingsford H., STC Rosehill Gardens H., Singapore Turf Club Trophy H., 3d STC Australian Dreamer’s H.

Yan Yean. 2 wins at 1200m in Aust.

Impasto. 2 wins at 1100m, 1200m in Aust.

Sandy Darling. Winner. See above.

Hellriegel. Raced once. Dam of-

DRAGON MAIDEN (Mughtanim). Joint third filly on The 2002-03 NZ 2YO Free H. 2 wins at 2, Taranaki 2YO Classic, Gr.3, Waikato RC Bunting in the Morning Juvenile H., 2d Hawkes Bay Bay Ford Juvenile S. Producer.

Unbreakable. Winner at 1000m, HKJC Cochrane H., 3d HKJC Nagoya H.

Carve ’em Up. 5 wins at 1200m, 1300m, 2d ATC Vinery Stud H., 3d ATC Allan Denham Racing H.


4th Dam

BALMEREVE, by Balmerino. 4 wins at 1600m, ARC Town House H., Waikato RC Forest Lake H., 3d ARC Robinson H., Waikato RC Bob McNeil H. Sister to KING DELAMERE, half-sister to Expoeve (dam of OUR FAMOUS EVE). Dam of 10 foals, 7 to race, 4 winners, inc:-

Fontaniva. 4 wins from 1400m to 2150m in Aust. Producer.

Battlebeel. 2 wins at 1750m, 2000m in Aust.


5th Dam

BATTLE EVE, by Battle-Waggon. 25 wins-3 at 2-from 1000m to 1900m, NZ$142,260, BOP RC Japan-Bay of Plenty International Trophy, Gr.2, ARC Great Northern Foal S., Gr.3, Te Aroha JC Thames Valley S., Gr.3, Taranaki S., L-twice, Rotorua S., L, ARC Rose of Tralee S., L, King’s P., L-4 times, Avondale JC Waitangi S., L, Kelliher P., L-twice, Stretto S., L-3 times, Te Aroha JC All Aged S., L, ARC Ponui H., Normanby H., Franklin RC South Auckland Breeders’ P.H., Waikato RC Mainbrace H., 2d New Zealand One Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Hawke’s Bay Challenge S., Gr.3, ARC Owens S., Gr.3, Te Aroha JC New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S., Gr.3-3 times, Thames Valley S., Gr.3, Levin Cup, L, ARC Rose of Tralee S., L, Clifford P., L-twice, Avondale JC Founders’ P., L, Stretto S., L-twice, Waikato RC Foxbridge P., L, Lady Norrie S., L-twice, 3d ARC Air New Zealand S., Gr.1, Waikato RC Lion Brown Sprint, Gr.1, BOP RC Stars Travel S., Gr.2, Rotorua Gold Cup, Gr.3, Te Aroha JC Thames Valley S., Gr.3, ARC Ladies Mile, L, Franklin RC Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ S., L, Rotorua RC Arawa S., L, 4th WRC Marlboro Mile, Gr.2, Desert Gold S., Gr.2, ARC George Adam’s H., Gr.3. Sister to MAJOR BATTLE, Ancroft Lass (dam of REPUTED), half-sister to COMMISSIONAIRE, CREST STAR. Dam of 8 foals, all raced, 7 winners, inc:-

KING DELAMERE (Balmerino). 10 wins from 1200m to 2400m, A$264,660, MVRC John F Feehan S., Gr.2, VATC JJ Liston S., Gr.2, Memsie S., Gr.2, Geelong RC Derby Trial S., L, VATC Norman Robinson S., L, Biscay H., 2d VATC Underwood S., Gr.1, JJ Liston S., Gr.2, 3d MVRC WS Cox P., Gr.1, VATC Underwood S., Gr.1. Sire.

Expoeve. Winner at 1600m, BOP RC Owens Services H. Dam of-

OUR FAMOUS EVE (Fast ‘n’ Famous). 3 wins at 1600m, NZ$118,650, A$1,350, BOP RC Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, Gr.2, Waikato RC Video-In-Print H., 2d ARC Royal S., Gr.2, 3d ARC Easter H., Gr.1, 4th Matamata Cup, L.


Fighting Sun is precocious undefeated juvenile stakes winner. He is by Champion Freshman Sire Northern Meteor – the premier son of Encosta de Lago – out of a classic winning mare, and inbred to the family of Sadler’s Wells, Fairy King and Nureyev.

Fighting Sun is completely free of Danzig and Danehill, and Northern Meteor has the brilliant Zoustar out of a mare by Danehill son, Redoute’s Choice (sire of Snitzel, Stratum, Not A Single Doubt, Nadeem, Al Samer, Bradbury’s Luck and God’s Own) and Group Two scorer Cosmic Endeavour out of a mare by Danehill. Redoute’s Choice is a Northern Dancer/Star Kingdom cross, which particularly appeals here, and might also be brought in through Danehill sons Danzero and Catbird. There are also Encosta de Lago stakes winners out of mares by Danehill sons Flying Spur (sire of Magnus, Jet Spur and Casino Prince), Rock of Gibraltar and Danasinga, while Northern Meteor already has a stakes placed two-year-old out of a mare by Danehill Dancer (sire of Choisir). Other sources of Danzig are also well worth considering here, and Northern Meteor is already sire of Group Two winner Bound For Earth out of a mare by Belong to Me, and stakes winners out of mares by Snaadee and Polish Precedent, while Danzig might also be introduce through Anabaa, Green Desert (sire of Desert Sun – who is already broodmare sire of Northern Meteor’s Group One performer Equator – Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Volksraad) and Grand Lodge.

Fighting Sun is inbred to the family of Encosta de Lago’s sire, Fairy King. Northern Meteor sired Group stakes winner The Voice out of a mare by King’s Theatre, a son of Fairy King’s brother, Sadler’s Wells, and this invites trying Fighting Sun with mares by other Sadler’s Wells line stallions such as Montjeu, Singspiel, Galileo, Scenic (sire of Blevic, a who is already broodmare sire of an Encosta de Lago stakes winner), High Chaparral, Barathea (who particularly appeals here) and King of Kings. Over mares descending from Nureyev – a three-quarters-brother to Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King – Encosta de Lago has stakes winners out of daughters of Peintre Celebre, Fasliyev, Spinning World (sire of Thorn Park) and Ashkalani, and this strain could also be brought in through Stravinsky and Starcraft. It could also be worth trying Fighting Sun with mares by other relatives to Fairy King, such as Yeats and Perugino (a son of Danzig and sire of Testa Rossa).

Encosta de Lago has sired Group One winner Costa Viva out of a mare by Bel Esprit, a son of Royal Academy (by Nijinsky II), as well as stakes winners from daughter of other Nijinsky II line stallions Serheed, Splendent and Bletchley Park. Nijinsky II might also be introduced through Alquoz, Generous, Tenby, Tights, Whiskey Road and Kala Dancer. There is also an Encosta de Lago Group Two winner out of a mare by Palace Music, a son of Nijinsky II’s three-quarters-brother The Minstrel.

Encosta de Lago has enjoyed success over mares descending from Last Tycoon (including siring a Group One winner out of a mare by his son Monde Bleu), and a Group stakes winner out of a mare by Last Tycoon himself. Last Tycoon might also be brought in through O’Reilly, Marju, Bigstone, Iglesia and Written Tycoon. There are also Encosta de Lago line stakes winners out of mares by Northern Dancer line stallions Alzao and Prego (by Be My Guest, who is also represented by Pentire).

Northern Meteor is broodmare sire of Group stakes winner Eurozone out of a mare by Don’t Say Halo, a son of Halo. This raises the possibility of trying Fighting Son with mares by More Than Ready, a grandson of Halo. The strain of Halo might also be introduced through Sunday Silence (sire of Fuji Kiseki, Bubble Gum Fellow and Tayasu Tsuyoshi). Halo is a Hail to Reason line stallion, and Encosta de Lago has sired stakes winners from the Roberto, branch of this line out of mares by At Talaq, Silver Hawk and Comic Strip (by Red Ransom, who could be brought in through Domesday and Charge Forward). It would also be good to introduce Roberto through Lear Fan(giving three crosses of the great family of Rough Shod II).

Fighting Son already has two crosses of Mr. Prospector, but there are already more than 150 stakes winners with three crosses of that horse, 20 of them Group One, so it is possible to consider breeding him back over Mr. Prospector line mares. Encosta de Lago has a Group One winner out of a mare by a son of Mr. Prospector stallion, Miswaki, and a stakes winner from a mare by that horse’s son, Umatilla (giving inbreeding to the family of Redoute’s Choice). Encosta de Lago also a Group One winner out of a mare by Defensive Play and a Group stakes winner out of a mare by Unbridled’s Song (who would both give inbreeding to Fappiano, the broodmare sire of Northern Meteor). There are also Encosta de Lago line Group stakes winners out of mares descending from Mr. Prospector through Belloto, Medicean and his sire Machiavellian (also sire of Street Cry and Vettori), Thunder Gulch, Straight Strike and Fusaichi Pegasus. It would also pay to considering mares carrying Jade Robbery who is bred on very similar lines to Geiger Counter, the sire of Fighting Son’s second dam.

Encosta de Lago has enjoyed tremendous success with mares descending from Sir Tristram, with Group One winners out of daughters of Zabeel (who brings in Nureyev and is sire of Octagonal, Reset and Savabeel, and grandsire of Lonhro), El Qahira and Sovereign Red, Group stakes winners from daughters of Marauding and Islero, and a stakes winner out of a mare by Westminster. This strain could also be brought in through Grosvenor, Dalmacia, Dr. Grace, Kaapstad, and Military Plume.

Northern Meteor is sire of Group One winner Romantic Touch out of a mare by Snippets, a horse who has also worked well under Redoute’s Choice, and who is available through Pins, Snowland, Snippetson and Spartacus. Encosta de Lago is sire of two Group One winners from daughters of Zeditave, who might be introduced through Strategic or Magic Albert.

Fighting Sun is an example of the very successful cross of Encosta de Lago with mares descending from Star Kingdom. Fighting Sun is out of a mare from the Biscay/Bletchingly branch, and breeding back over that line may yield dividends. Encosta de Lago has sired two Group One winners out of mares by Bletchingly line stallions Canny Lad and a Group One winner out of a mare by Bletchingly line stallion Kenny’s Best Pal, and Group winners out of mares by Lord Ballina and King Tobias. From the Marscay branch there are Group stakes winners out of mares by Blazing Sword and a Group One winner out of a mare by Paris Opera, with Maizcay being another option. Encosta de Lago also has a stakes winner out of mare from the Zephyr Bay branch of the Biscay sire line (from a daughter of Final Card).