Pedigree spotlight 23 May - Peeress

Filed on 23 May 2006 @ 08:12

Peeress (GB)

5 ch m Pivotal - Noble One (Primo Dominie)

Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute
Breeder: Cheveley Park Stud

When, in 1997, Pivotal retired to his birthplace, the Cheveley Park Stud, for a covering fee of £6,000, there was every reason to believe he would become another successful budget stallion at the well-managed Newmarket nursery.

The best son of his sire Polar Falcon, another then stationed at Cheveley Park, he had - after his breeders had a change of heart about selling him as a yearling - been trained by Sir Mark Prescott during a racing career amounting to a mere six starts.

Juvenile successes in a Newcastle maiden and a Folkestone conditions event were just a prelude to a fine three-year-old campaign that began with an audacious bid for the Group Two King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

It marked a big step up in class and a stiff starting point for his seasonal debut, but Pivotal did not disappoint, winning by half a length from Mind Games.

Nunthorpe victory

He was beaten into sixth by Anabaa in the Group One July Cup next time out, before making his mark at the highest level when landing the 1996 Nunthorpe Stakes by a short-head from Eveningperformance, rounding off a brief but at times brilliant career on the track.

These were efforts that ensured solid patronage in his first season from a variety of commercially-minded breeders, as well as Cheveley Park Stud itself, but the achievements of the resultant 57 foals took everybody by surprise.

Among those foals was Golden Apples who, after winning a maiden in Ireland, went on to be one of the great race mares in the US, where she collected three Grade One events and an Eclipse Award in 2002.

Others in that first 1998-born crop were Silvester Lady, winner of the Group One Preis der Diana at Mulheim in Germany, and Kyllachy, who emulated his sire by winning the 2002 Nunthorpe Stakes and is now on the Cheveley Park stallion roster himself.

The year-younger Megahertz was another Grade One-winning filly in the States, while Somnus, Chorist and last season's Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Saoire are among those to have scored at the highest level in Europe.

Family affair

Peeress, who captured last season's Sun Chariot Stakes, added another Group One to her CV in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 20 May and her success, achieved under Kieren Fallon, must have been particularly sweet for Cheveley Park Stud.

Not only was Pivotal bred there, but so were both Peeress's dam, Noble One (by the former Cheveley Park stallion Primo Dominie and a Newmarket conditions race winner when trained by Sir Mark Prescott) and her granddam, Noble Destiny.

Peeress is easily Noble One's best foal so far and Pivotal's most remarkable attribute has been his ability to upgrade the quality of stock mares produce.

His has been the great modern-day stallion success story and, with at least one major stud operation rumoured to have offered a huge sum for him, it was not a complete surprise last year when Darley bought a 25 per cent interest in the horse.

Pivotal currently stands at a still-not-excessive fee of £65,000 and it is likely that, now receiving mares of a much higher quality, he will add many more chapters to the narrative.

Filed on 23 May 2006 @ 08:12