Singspiel still shining

Prolific racehorse and stallion now excelling as a broodmare sire

The brilliant Singspiel carried all before him on the track, winning top-flight contests in four countries. This included taking the G1 Japan Cup and G1 Dubai World Cup, a feat no other runner has achieved.

Retiring to stud in 1998, he stood for 13 consecutive seasons at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, siring an impressive 177 Stakes performers and falling an agonising one short of 100 Black Type winners.

Singspiel’s 14 G1 winners included some of the world’s top performers. Solow won 13 of his last 14 career starts, with his sequence of five G1s including the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. Another top-flight Royal meeting winner was Papineau, who landed the G1 Ascot Gold Cup in 2004, plus Moon Ballad, who emulated his sire when winning the Dubai World Cup.

But it is his high-performing fillies and mares that maintain Singspiel as one of the most sought after broodmare sires.

On the track, the exceptional Dar Re Mi won three G1s including the Dubai Sheema Classic, and she has not let anyone down in the paddocks, producing three G1 performers by Dubawi. This includes Champion Too Darn Hot, who is covering his first book of mares at Dalham Hall Stud in 2020.

Too Darn Hot winning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes

Another G1-winning daughter of Singspiel to excel with a mating with Dubawi is Hibaayeb, winner of the G1 Fillies’ Mile and G1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Her 2013 cover resulted in Wuheida, who went onto win the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac and G1 Breeders’ Cup Fillies’ And Mares Turf.
This Dubawi cross is one of the most prolific nicks in Europe, with its nine individual Group winners coming at an impressive 32% to runners. Completing the tally of four G1 winners (14% G1 winners to runners!) are last season’s dual top-flight winner Old Persian and G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Left Hand.
Dubawi is just one of several stallions from the Mr Prospector sire line that excels with mares by Singspiel. In fact, when crossed with this sire line, mares by Singspiel are more likely to produce a Group or Stakes performer and are twice as likely to have a G1 winner or performer than a mare mated from a non-Mr Prospector line.
Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass, a great-grandson of Mr Prospector, has produced 25% Group winners to runners out of Singspiel mares, including G1-winning juvenile Royal Marine, winner of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère at Longchamp in 2018.
This cross has also recently come to the fore in Australia, where three-year-old filly Colette, by Hallowed Crown, became one of the leaders of her generation by taking the Australian Oaks by two and a half lengths at Randwick this month.
With 79 Singspiel mares covered by flat stallions in Britain and Ireland in 2019, including return visits of Dar Re Mi, Indian Petal (dam of Old Persian) and Balladeuse (dam of Left Hand) to Dubawi, the legacy of Singspiel looks assured for decades to come.