First foals continue to arrive for Cracksman and Harry Angel

Early signs are very positive for World Champions

The 2020 foaling season is now in full swing and the much-anticipated first foals by Dalham Hall Stud-based stallions Cracksman and Harry Angel are now building in numbers.

Cracksman now has 12 reported foals on the ground, including a ‘cracking colt with tremendous bone’ born at New England Stud on Tuesday, 25 January. Owned by Woodcote Stud, he is out of the winning mare Lubinka, herself a half-sister to G1 French Guineas and G1 Prix de la Foret winner Danseuse du Soir.

Khaleesi Wind, a full sister to Exceed And Excel’s multiple Stakes winner and Black Type producer Excelette, produced a filly by Cracksman on the same day, while Stakes winner Belle Rose (a half-sister to two Group winners including G1 South African Classic hero Pierre Jourdan) foaled a bay colt at Stringston Farm on Saturday, 1 February.

The first foal by Cracksman was bred by W & R Barnett Ltd and is out of Amber Silk, a winning full sister to G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas and G1 EP Taylor Stakes winner Just The Judge.

Julian Dollar, General Manager at Newsells, where she was born, described her as, “a neat attractive foal”.

Cracksman was European Champion at three and four, winning his pair of Champions Stakes by a combined total of 13 lengths. He also won the G1 Coronation Stakes and G1 Prix Ganay and was allotted a Timeform rating of no less than 136.

Retired to stand at Dalham Hall Stud in 2019, Cracksman was incredibly well supported during his first season, covering an outstanding book of 147 mares that included no fewer than 97 who are closely related to Group winners.

Cracksman stands at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £25,000, Oct 1, SLF.

Harry Angel, like Cracksman, was a World Champion and he too has been welcoming the arrival of his first foals, with eight now on the ground.

They include a filly out of the outstanding multiple G1 winner Saoirse Abu, who took the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile, plus a colt out of the winning Dubawi mare Fire Blaze.

Stratford Place Stud’s well-bred mare Gimme Some Lovin produced a bay filly by Harry Angel on Sunday, 2 February. She has already produced a Stakes winner by Harry Angel’s own sire Dark Angel and is herself a half-sister to G1 winner Muarrab, plus Exceed And Excel’s smart Black Type winners Waveband and Bungle Inthejungle.

Another foal for Harry Angel is a filly out of Blue Maiden, a Stakes winner who was Group placed at two and three.

Her breeder Simon Sweeting of Overbury Stud said, “This is a really good foal – strong limbs, great depth of chest and with a tremendous stride. I’m delighted with her.”

Harry Angel broke his maiden in the G2 Mill Reef at two, before landing the July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup (which he won by four lengths) at three.

Harry Angel stands at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £20,000, Oct 1, SLF.