Much has been written about the success of Coolmore stallion HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) and how sadly he is missed in the global breeding and racing industry. There is no doubt he has been a phenomenal sire with 20 Group 1 winners from his 11 crops of racing age.
This Spring alone we have seen outstanding performances from:
- REKINDLING (G1 Melbourne Cup);
- ACE HIGH (G1 VRC Derby);
- CISMONTANE (G3 Lexus Stakes); and
- BRING ME THE ROSES (G2 Edward Manifold Stakes and 2nd G1 VRC Oaks);
- HIYAAM (2nd G2 Edward Manifold Stakes and 3rd G1 VRC Oaks);
- THEANSWERMYFRIEND (LR VRC Sofitel Stakes); and
- MR SNEAKY (winner and 2nd G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes).
We should remember that High Chaparral had to compete in the stallion barn with two other great sire-sons of SADLER’S WELLS (USA) – GALILEO (IRE) and MONTJEU (IRE). Those two sires had a head start over High Chaparral, with their progeny already debuting and performing by the time the first crop of High Chaparral entered the sales rings in Europe.
Let’s simply look at his statistics as a stallion.
A healthy winners rate and very high stakes winners
For a stallion not known to produce precious runners, which could put him at a disadvantage in Australia in some people’s eyes, his 972 world-wide winners recorded at 61.7% of runners should be seen as “healthy”. But to sire 108 stakes-winners at 6.9% is a sign of a very good stallion.
447 of those winners and 54 of those stakes-winners have been recorded in Australia or New Zealand. His progeny’s performances in our region have surpassed those of his Coolmore barn-mates GALILEO and MONTJEU.
More than 70% of his AU/NZ runners are winners, and 8.5% have won at least one stakes-race.
28 of his AU/NZ runners (4.4%) have won or placed at Group 1 level in Australia or New Zealand, which exceeds his global G1 performers rate of 2.3%.
Measuring a shuttling sire by their progeny’s performances in our region is an important review. With these statistics, there is no doubt High Chaparral is better performed in Australia/New Zealand and is one of the very best sires we have had the pleasure of utilising in Australia over the past decade.
“But what about his fillies”?”
Yes, more of his male progeny have been stand-out performers: SO YOU THINK, DUNDEEL, TIVACI and now ACE HIGH and REKINDLING. But the fillies and mares are still very good, with 6.9% of them winning at stakes level.
In recent seasons, FENWAY (G1 VRC Oaks), CHARMONT (G1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders S.), PONDAROSA MISS (G1 ARC Easter H.), MONTOYA’S SECRET (G1 ATC Vinery S.) have shown the way for High Chaparral’s female progeny at Group 1 level.
They improve with age
Giving the progeny of High Chaparral some time to mature is a good recipe.
His stakes winners are more at home at the mid and long distances
Of course the mare has an equal role in the DNA of a horse, so this is not a guarantee. But in general, most of High Chaparral’s best performers (as measured by stakes-level success) achieve those performances at the middle distances (1800-2400m) and even more so at long distances (greater than 2400m).
High Chaparral has had even more relative success from his final crops of racing age
High Chaparral’s final Southern Hemisphere foaled crop of 2015/16 will be debuting this season as two-year-olds.
8.6% of his current three-year-olds are already stakes-winners and 10% of his four-year-olds.
That augurs well for his 2015 crop.
And as broodmares, High Chaparral’s daughters are producing quality
From 332 runners world-wide out of mares by High Chaparral, there are already 19 stakes-winners (3 stakes-winners in Australia/NZ out of 47 runners).
It is still early days in his damsire career. But with quality gallops like SUAVITO (G1 MRC Orr S & G1 MRC Futurity S), THE WOW SIGNAL (G1 Deauville Prix Mornay), and VOLATILE MIX (G1 SAJC Derby) representing his daughters, fillies and mares by High Chaparral are sure to be well sought-after in seasons to come after their race careers.