Nantucket Bay | Chestnut Gelding (2008)
NANTUCKET BAY to Moses.
Nantucket Bay was identified as a potential stayer by Group 1 winning trainer Kevin Moses, and, is by a stallion whose progeny that have won more than $13million down-under in Giant's Causeway.
A gelding, Nantucket Bay received his early education out of the Ballydoyle Stables under the watchful eye of Aidan O'Brien. Given a light six-start campaign, Nantucket Bay chalked up a win at Navan over 2600m, at just his second start in a race.
Nantucket Bay has already shown he has the ability to race over the longer trips finishing third at Leopardstown over 3200m.
Imported into Australia at the back end of 2011, Moses gave Nantucket Bay a light Summer preparation.
Currently, in the paddock Moses is looking forward to having the chestnut back in his stable at Randwick at the end of July and told the TTSC, "I was very happy with his progress and he is a horse that is going to be suited to distances 2400m and further.
"He settled in well to stable life at Randwick, and, he's now back in the paddock which will help him acclimatize a little more.
"I believe Nantucket Bay, will prefer the firmer surfaces, that is why I am waiting for the weather to turn before I bring him back in for his first racing preparation here".
A son of Storm Cat, Giant's Causeway, was a high-class racehorse that was also trained by O'Brien. Show casing his talent early, Giant's Causeway won on debut, and, topped off his first campaign with a win in the Group 1 Prix de la Salamandre (1400m) at Longchamp.
During Giant's Causeway's classic season the chestnut won the St. James's Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot, the Eclipse Stakes (2000m), Sussex Stakes (1600m) at Goodwood , International Stakes (2000m) and the Champion Stakes (2000m) at York, all five events at Group I level. Those victories were complimented with runners-up efforts in the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas, Irish Guineas, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
Those performances earned Giant's Causeway Cartier's "Horse of Year" honours in 2000.
As of July 16th, 2012, statistics show from 453 named thoroughbreds in the southern hemisphere Giant's Causeway is responsible for two Group 1 winners in Our Giant (ex Macrosa by McGinty) and Juste Momente (ex Skates by Danehill), from 15 stakes winners and 18 stakes placegetters.
Giant's Causeway has left a very good size hoof print down under and his son, Shamardal (ex Helsinki) has proven to be a huge success down under too.
Unfortunately, for breeder's in Australia, Giant's Causeway's success in the Northern Hemisphere halted his shuttling duties and now only stands at Coolmore's base in America, at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.
In 2006, Giant's Causeway commanded a fee of US$300,000; and in 2008, the son of Storm Cat covered the 2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches (by A P Indy).
World-wide Giant's Causeway's progeny record reads: 22 Group 1 winners, as of July 16th, 2012, among 111 stakes winners and 83 stakes placegetters with earnings of more than $105million.
Not Enough? A juvenile debut winner, Saudia (by Gone West) didn't get back to the track for another year. Having another three starts, Saudia was retired for stud duties as a winner. Now the dam of seven foals, five of those are winner's and include the juvenile Group 2 Newmarket Superlative Stakes winner Red Duke (by Hard Spun).
Red Duke is credited with a runners-up cheque in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and a third placing in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.
Another black-type earner out of Saudia, The West's Awake (by Theatrical), runner-up in the Listed Prix Turenne at Chantilly and a winner at Longchamp. Mr. Ryder, a full brother to Nantucket Bay, has won four of his nine starts with one of the wins in the Listed Sussex Stakes (1700m) at Delaware Park.
Saudia is out of the Group 1 Prix Vermeille and Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks winner, Bint Pasha (by Affirmed). Also the winner of the Group 2 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, Bint Pasha is the dam of the seven-time winner, Revere (by Dancing Brave) whose best victory was in the Group 3 Gran Premio Citta' di Napoli.
Another notable performer in this family is the dual Grade 1 winner, Taisez Vous (by Silent Screen), Margarita Invitational Handicap and La Canada Stakes, both run at Santa Anita.
Nantucket Bay is Saudia's fifth foal.
- Sire: Giant's Causeway
- Dam: Saudia
- Dam Sire: Gone West
- Country of Birth: United States
- Date Foaled: March 2008
- Colour: Chestnut
- Sex: Gelding
- Horse Life No: USA 8013528
- AFS License No: 288213
- Total Shares: 20 shares
- Per Share: $6,902 per 5%
- Shares Remaining: 18
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