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Champion 3YO Colt Yes Yes Yes (Rubick-Sin Sin Sin, by Fantastic Light) is on target to be the leading first season sire next season with many of his first crop of yearlings being purchased by the best stables in Australia. Thirty of his yearlings sold for more than $100,000 across all the major sales in Australia and New Zealand, and expectations of those young horses is high given the reputations of the buyers as good judges.
“We’ve got five yearlings by Yes Yes Yes,” said trainer Anthony Cummings. “All of them have impressed so far as they’ve gone through the early training process. They are intelligent, good moving, strong horses that promise a lot.”
Yes Yes Yes was first seen as an early December two-year-old, where he ran second to future Gr.2 winner Brooklyn Hustle, and then he won his next three starts in succession, culminating in a demolition job in the Gr.2 Todman Stakes at Randwick where he ran a race record time of 1:08.4 for the 1200m. He concluded his two-year-old season in the Golden Slipper when favourite, where he didn’t appreciate the heavy track or barrier 19, and finished his juvenile season with three wins from five starts.
Back at three, he pushed Bivouac close in both the Gr.2 Run to the Roses and the Gr.1 Golden Rose, going down by only a head in the 1400m sprint for three-year-olds. Bivouac went on to win the Gr.1 Newmarket Handicap and Gr.1 VRC Sprint Classic, while Yes Yes Yes took on the older horses in The Everest.
He smashed the Randwick 1200m course record, beating ten Gr.1 winners including Champion Sprinters Santa Ana Lane and Nature Strip. Timeform rated him 125 at three, and breeders have flocked to the early maturing source of speed that Yes Yes Yes has in abundance.
His stock immediately made an impression as soon as they hit the ground, and Australian Stud Book data shows that a massive 83 broodmares have returned to Yes Yes Yes at least twice, highlighting how pleased breeders are with the quality of stock Yes Yes Yes is producing.
With over 100 foals in his first crop, such impressive sales results, and a precocious race record, it would be no surprise to see the Yes Yes Yes stock run early and run well.
“Yes Yes Yes was a stallion that I thought stood out at the yearling sales. When we were looking at yearlings, his stock were a consistent group of athletes, probably the best of the first season stallions. He was an athlete himself who developed from two to three, and his stock look very similar. We are excited about them,” said Matt Becker.
PRIDE OF DUBAI
Dual Gr.1 winning two-year-old Pride of Dubai (Street Cry-Al Anood, by Danehill) has had a season to remember in 2022/23 with two new Gr.1 winners on Australian soil. The brilliance began in the spring when first crop mare Bella Nipotina added to her impressive sprinting record when winning the Gr.1 Manikato Stakes. In the autumn, Dubai Honour flew in from the north and smashed his opposition in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes before taking on Australian star and nine-time Gr.1 winner Anamoe in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes and coming out on top. He headed up to Hong Kong where he ran third at Gr.1 level to take his record to six wins and prizemoney of £439,591, €342,000, A$3,651,500, and HK$4,210,000.
Throw in new stakes winners Sirileo Miss (Gr.2 Sunline Stakes), Desert Lightning (Gr.2 Avondale Guineas), Deny Knowledge (Gr.3 Belle of the Turf), My Khalifa (Listed City of Adelaide Handicap), 3YO filly She’s Fit (Gr.3 Western Australian Oaks), and 2YO gelding Maharba (Listed Talindert Stakes), and it’s been an outstanding season for Pride of Dubai.
His record now stands at 19 stakes winners from 385 runners (4.9%) with promises of many more to come with a big crop of rising three-year-olds. Eight of his 19 stakes winners gained their first stakes win as two-year-olds, hardly surprising, given his own race record.
Street Cry’s sons have shown plenty with his best performing sons being Street Sense (92 stakes winners), Street Boss (62), Per Incanto (28), Shocking (21), and Pride of Dubai (19) who now makes the top five in numerical terms. Born in 2012, Pride of Dubai is by far the youngest of the top five sons of Street Cry with Street Sense, Street Boss, and Per Incanto all born in 2004, and Shocking in 2005.
ST MARK’S BASILICA
The filly is a daughter of Coolmore Stud shuttler St Mark’s Basilica (Siyouni) and Modern Eagle (Montjeu), making her a three-quarter sister to this season’s multiple Group 1-winning colt Paddington (Siyouni).
Like Paddington, the filly was born at Henri Bozo’s Ecurie des Monceaux nursery in Normandy and Bozo commented: “The mare has a very attractive filly foal by St Mark’s Basilica, so she is a three-parts sister to Paddington. She’s a gorgeous filly and has a lot of class.” St Mark’s Basilica’s first southern hemisphere-bred foals will hit the ground this season and he will cover his second book of mares at Coolmore’s Australia base in 2023, where he is standing for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).