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SQUAMOSA – PORCELLANUS (by High Chaparral)

SQUAMOSA – PORCELLANUS (by High Chaparral)

By Kristen Manning

Making a name for himself as a reliable source of winners, the Victorian based Squamosa served small books initially but with the success of his progeny he has been better supported over the last few seasons.

From his first 83 runners, Squamosa has been represented by 45 winners, two of whom are 2020 stakes winners – the Gr.2 Westbury Classic winner Kiwi Ida (also a Gr.2 winner last year, a Gr.3 winner the year before and a Listed winner in 2017 – durable and classy!) and the Listed winning sprinter Order Of Command (this year’s Wangoom Handicap and last year’s Straight Six).

Another three of Squamosa’s progeny are stakes placed, another ten winning at metropolitan level. That’s a third of his winners being black type or city horses!

A talented sprinter who won four of his seven starts, Squamosa was one of the country’s most exciting two-year-olds winning his first two starts at Randwick, odds-on both times and showing great natural pace winning by wide margins.

He was again favourite in the Gr.3 Run To The Rose – and again he was a dominant winner. It was another great run at his fourth outing, run down only late - so game second splitting the Gr.1 gallopers Toorak Toff and llovethiscity in the $1million Gr.1 Golden Rose.

First up next time in Squamosa was all the more impressive winning the Listed June Stakes, going straight to the lead and saluting by 4¾ lengths.

Retiring to stud as the winner of over $430,000 in stakes, Squamosa is one of 72 stakes winners sired by the now retired high class stallion Not A Single Doubt – a fast dual Listed winning son of the great Redoute’s Choice.

This handsome colt is the fourth foal produced by the lightly raced but talented mare Porcellanus, a $220,000 yearling who easily won her first two starts at Newcastle and Warwick Farm prior to contesting the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks.

As a spring three-year-old, Porcellanus was again in form – making the pace only to be run down late by the talented Sharnee Rose in the Gr.3 Angst Stakes.

Retired to stud in 2014, Porcellanus visited Squamosa at her first two years at stud – and both of those horses are city winners, the Canterbury winner Echo Gem and the Warwick Farm winner Echo Lad. Her third foal meanwhile is the yet to race Starspangledbanner 3Y0 Barking Clown, a $140,000 Magic Millions graduate.

Paying a return visit to Squamosa last spring, Porcellanus is one of eight winners (from as many to race) for the talented race mare Casual Chick who won five races, two of those in town. Her son Keep Cool, a full brother to Porcellanus, is a Gr.3 placed multiple city winner whilst her daughter Aridity is a Gr.3 placed winner of six races in New Zealand.

Casual Chick is a full sister to three black type performers - the dual Gr.1 winner (AJC Oaks, Metropolitan Handicap) winner Coco Cobanna and the stakes placed multiple city winners North Of Havana and Half Truth.

Also a half-sister to the stakes placed Macarena, Casual Chick is one of seven winners (from nine to race) produced by the Star Way mare Cobanna, half-sister to the Listed NZ Derby Trial winner Mohican Brave.

What a consistent family this is; Porcellanus’ first four dams between them producing 24 winners from 28 to race, an outstanding 85.7% strike rate. And this is a family that has been producing quality performers for generations, its other members including the stakes winners Swift Gun, Dorf Command, Wait And Hope, Electric General, Sky Call and Dodge City.

Porcellanus’ dam sire High Chaparral is one of the best examples of the Sadler’s Wells breed – a ten times winner from 13 starts. Never out of the placings, he won six Gr.1 races in England, Ireland and America including the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby – as well as filling placings in two runnings of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

A high class stallion in both hemispheres - faring particularly well in this part of the world – High Chaparral sired 129 stakes winners, 23 of whom are Gr.1 winners including So You Think, Dundeel, Shoot Out and Toronado.

High Chaparral is also making an impact as a broodmare sire, his daughters already producing 29 stakes winners including the Gr.1 gallopers Suavito, A Raving Beauty, Sir Andrew, Best Of Days, Wyndspelle, The Wow Signal, Media Sensation and Volatile Mix.

Redoute’s Choice and High Chaparral have combined well in pedigrees – six stakes winners including the big race winners Ace High, Super Seth, D’Argento and Inference. This is an extension of the successful Danehill/Sadler’s Wells combination so famously represented by the superstar galloper Frankel.

There is background strength to this colt’s pedigree also – the influential mares Selene, Tara, Rose O’Lynn, Sunshot, Lady Juror, Mumtaz Mahal, Frizette and Catnip duplicated.