The Influence of the sire on his progeny
Most sires tend to pass on certain characteristics to their sons and daughters. These can be physical, particularly
in terms of body shape, or mental, such as temperament or attitude. For example, horses by the 2011Derby winner Pour
Moi tend not to be very big, and often have an edgy temperament, a trait which Pour Moi inherited from his own sire Montjeu.
This month’s blog looks at the physical characteristics which are commonly associated with the progeny of three
well-regarded flat sires. Below each photo are comments made by trainers about colts or fillies they’ve handled which
were sired by that stallion. The comments were quoted in Steve Taplin’s excellent yearly guides, ‘Two Year Olds of …’
Acclamation was a high class sprinter, winner of Ascot’s Diadem Stakes in 2003.
Acclamation sires quite a few horses that are lengthy through their backs, like the Charlie Appleby-trained
gelding in the photo, Music Theory.
‘A typical Acclamation in that he’s a bit long in the back.’ (Andrew Balding)
‘A lengthy filly, she’s typical of the sire in that respect.’ (Richard Guest)
HOLY ROMAN EMPORER
Holy Roman Emperor was one of the best two year olds of 2006, and the winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes
at the Curragh.
Horses by Holy Roman Emperor tend not to be too big, but are strong and well made. This is a photo of
Ministrone, a filly trained by Tom Dascombe.
‘A strong, butty, well-made horse. I haven’t seen the stallion but I imagine he looks like that too as
a lot of his offspring are the same.’ (William Haggis)
‘He’s a stereotypical son of Holy Roman Emperor in that he’s not very big but very compact and strong.’
LOPE DE VEGA
Lope De Vega was trained in France by Andre Fabre, and won both the French 2000 Guineas and Derby.
Lope De Vega’s progeny are often big, strapping horses with rather plain heads. The horse in the photo was
in training with William Knight.
‘A lot by this sire can be big and plain.’ (Ralph Beckett)
‘He’s typical of the sire with a plain head and a great physique.’ (Peter Chapple-Hyam)