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Monday, July 7, 2008

great stallions

A rare grey stallion, Sovereign Silver completed the Poonawalla trilogy. Sired by Sovereign Path out of Silver Talisman, Sovereign Silver was retired to stud at the optimum age of five years. He was an Irish stallion who won five races in Ireland and France. From his first nine crops, he had 118 starters and 98 winners.
Sovereign Silver is strongly influenced by the powerful Nasrullah line as his grand sire Grey Sovereign was by the latter out of Kong. His sire Sovereign Path won eight races including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. His dam Silver Talisman was a half-sister to Lost Cove – a winner of seven races.
Sovereign Silver produced a host of classic winners. The sire's influence on the Calcutta track has been considerable. Romantic Dancer picked up nine races at Calcutta including the Derby and the St Leger.
Azhar too enjoyed significant success at Calcutta as he went on to bag the Derby at 5/1 from the one-paced second favourite Ardiles. It was a controversial Calcutta Derby in the year 1987 as the on-money public choice Relevance was not handled to her potential in the race and she finished a poor fourth. She, however, had the consolation of winning the St. Leger in a close finish from Splash.
It would be relevant to note that both Romantic Dancer and Azhar had very strong dam lines. While the former was out of the successful filly Cartier (a Malvado progeny), the latter was out of Aureole Queen (a Grey Gaston progeny).
Then there was Silver, for whom the longer the trip the better. Silver won the Calcutta St. Leger after finishing third in the Calcutta Derby. Finally, The Advisor, also by Sovereign Silver, won five races including the Queen Elizabeth Cup.
Sovereign Silver's influence on the west coast was no less. Corviglia won the Indian 1000 Guineas while Pavielle pocketed the prestigious C.N. Wadia Gold Cup. The prolific Aristotle and the filly Silver Fire won seven races apiece. The former's prize triumph was in the Eve Champion Trophy while the latter bagged the Fillies and Mares Stakes.
This was the sixth of our 'Magnificent Seven' stallion. Last but not the least, we shall discuss the brilliance of Grey Gaston.

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