5th Dec 2014
As the season drew to a close, Lord Shanakill was operating at a winners to runners strike-rate of 47 per cent, a figure which places him among the top British and Irish first-crop sires. His 14 European winners include the stakes horse Giacas, while there should be much to look forward to from the likes of Grand Spirit, the wide-margin winner of his maiden for Luca Cumani, and Little Lady Katie, successful on Future Champions Day at Newmarket. This tough and consistent horse won the Mill Reef Stakes and ran placed in the Prix Morny and Dewhurst Stakes at two. However, he really flourished at three when successful in the Prix Jean Prat, and again at four, when his performances included a win in the Lennox Stakes and third in the Lockinge Stakes. As a son of Speightstown, whose progeny are effective in both the US and Europe, he is a member of the powerful Gone West sire line that is also responsible for the Group 1 sires Elusive Quality, Iffraaj, Mr Greeley and Zafonic. Speightstown, himself a brilliant sprinter, broke the $11 million mark by progeny earnings last year and has enjoyed another strong season with 15 stakes winners to his credit.