Raven’s Pass has already proven to be one of the best value stallions standing in Ireland and now his daughters are cementing his legacy with their runners.
Standing this season for only €7,500, Raven’s Pass already boasts a career Stakes winners to runners strike rate (8.4%) and career yearling average (€92,000) which is higher than all other Irish-based stallions standing for €20,000 or under in 2021 (50+ runners).
On Saturday, his grandson Mishriff (out of the mare Contradict) landed his second huge pot with victory in the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race. The winner of the Prix du Jockey Club last season, Mishriff has shown his versatility with big race triumphs on both turf and dirt.
The daughters of Raven’s Pass have been showing an excellent affinity with Dubawi-line stallions. Mishriff is a son of Make Believe, a grandson of Dubawi, but he is not the only star bred in this way.
Saffron Beach, a daughter of Dubawi’s son New Bay, has yet to taste defeat in two career starts which culminated with victory in the G3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket last season. There have also been Stakes victories for Universal Order (by Universal) and Cacciante, who is by Night Of Thunder.
Cacciante is not the only Stakes performer bred on the Night Of Thunder x Raven’s Pass mare cross after last season’s Dundalk Listed second Giselles Thunder. A great return from only two runners!
Breeding a Raven’s Pass mare to a Dubawi-line stallion currently returns a remarkable 44% Stakes winners to runners and 56% Stakes horses to runners. With further winners, including by Hunter’s Light, it brings it to a very healthy 78% winners to runners.
Including Dubawi himself, there are six European stallions especially suitable for a Raven’s Pass mare. In Ireland, Night Of Thunder is standing at €75,000 alongside Ghaiyyath, who is €30,000 after being named as the world’s best racehorse in 2020. In the UK, Postponed (£7,500) stands alongside his paternal half-brother Too Darn Hot (£45,000), while in France, Hunter’s Light is standing at a fee of €4,000.