Prepared by Alan Porter
Group one winner and three-time Champion Jakkalberry was a stakes winner in Europe, the U.S., and Dubai, and a group/grade one performer in Europe, Australia and Dubai.
By Machiavellian’s son, Storming Home – a classic sire with his only crop in New Zealand – Jakkalberry is out of the great producing mare, Claba Di San Jore, and is half or three-quarters brother to three other Champions or group one winners. Overall he has a pedigree that appears likely to be genetically compatible with a large proportion of broodmares in New Zealand.
Storming Home’s classic winner Lion Tamer is out of a mare by Generous (sire of Germano), a son of Caerleon, from the Nijinsky II line. For other sources of Nijinsky II, we might look to Royal Academy (sire of Bel Esprit), Classic Fame, Western Symphony, Whiskey Road (sire of Strawberry Road), Senor Pete and Yeats (a close relative to Sadler’s Wells, who is grandsire of the dam of Jakkalberry, and himself sire of Poetic Prince). The cross of a Machiavellian line stallions with a mare descending from The Minstrel – a three-quarters brother to Nijinsky II – has been a grade one producing one, featuring a mare by Palace Music (sire of Naturalism), and might also be tried through mares by Masterclass (who looks particularly promising here), Chem and Bakharoff. Storm Bird is bred very similarly to Nijinsky II and The Minstrel, and Jakkalberry has a group one winning half-brother by Shamardal (by Storm Cat son, Giant’s Causeway). Storm Cat might also be brought in through Tale of the Cat (sire of Falkirk and Le Be Fin), Black Minnaloushe, High Yield, Van Nistelrooy, One Cool Cat and Felix the Cat. Storm Cat’s sire, Storm Bird, might also be brought in through Bluebird (sire of Blues Traveller), and through Postponed, who is by Summer Squall, a three-quarters relative to Storm Cat.
Storming Home has two stakes winners out of a mares by Green Desert, and there are already 11 stakes winners on a Machiavellian/Green Desert cross. The Green Desert strain should work very well here, bringing in another Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord cross to combine with Shareef Dancer and Barathea, who are already in the pedigree of Jakkalberry, and sources would include Cape Cross, Volksraad (broodmare sire of a Machiavellian line graded stakes winner), Invincible Spirit, Magic Ring, Desert Prince and Seasoned Star.
The broader cross of Machiavellian line stallions with other representatives of Green Desert’s sire, Danzig, has also done very well. The cross with mares from the Danehill branch has been particularly prolific, with 19 stakes winners, four grade one, and includes black-type scorers out of mares by Danehill himself, as well as Danasinga, Commands, Danehill Dancer (sire of Choisir), Danzero and Lion Hunter. Other sources of Danehill include Darci Bramha, Keeper, Danroad, Flying Spur, Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock, Catbird, Danewin, Desert King (who would give the three-quarters relatives Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev), Exceed and Excel, Holy Roman Emperor, Oratorio, Rock of Gibraltar, Viking Ruler, Cullen, Coats Choice and Danske; Grand Lodge (another Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord cross, and by Chief’s Crown, who is also sire of Be My Chief, Key of Luck, Beautiful Crown, Chief Bearhart and Istidaad), Maroof, Polish Precedent (broodmare sire of a Storming Home stakes winner), Bertolini, Kashani, Slavic, Honor Grades, Anziyan, Ishiguru, Elnadim and The Jogger. It could also be interesting to try mares by Perugino (a Danzig son closely related to Sadler’s Wells) and his son, Testa Rossa.
Storming Home sired a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Northern Dancer son, El Gran Senor (sire of Colonel Collins). El Gran Senor is a brother to Try My Best, whose grandson O’Reilly (by Last Tycoon) is broodmare sire of five graded winners by Machiavellian son, No Excuse Needed. Last Tycoon might also be brought in through Bigstone, Just Awesome, Marju and Towkay.
There are more than 20 stakes winners by Machiavellian line stallions out of Nureyev line mares, and Nureyev particularly appeals here as he is a three-quarters brother to Sadler’s Wells, who is in the broodmare sire line of the dam of Jakkalberry. Successful branches of Nureyev that may be found in Australia and New Zealand include Ashkalani (by Soviet Star, also sire of Starcraft), Pivotal (sire of Captain Rio) and Stravinsky, and the strain could also be tried through Peintre Celebre and Fasliyev (who both look particularly interesting here), Spinning World (sire of Thorn Park) and St. Petersburg. There are also three stakes winners produced by a cross of Machiavellian line stallions over mares by Fairy King – a brother to Sadler’s Wells – who might be brought in through Encosta de Lago and Shinko King.
As mentioned, Jakkalberry is out of a Sadler’s Wells line mare, but there are already 20 stakes winners, four group/grade one, with Sadler’s Wells duplicated. Among potential sources of Sadler’s Wells are Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral, Carnegie, Scenic, Blevic, King of Kings, Singspiel and Victory Dance. There are five stakes winners by Machiavellian line stallions out of Be My Guest line mares, and that horse’s son, Pentire will give linebreeding to Shirley Heights and a three-quarters sister. The Machiavellian/Dixieland Band cross has produced two grade one winners, and in New Zealand could be tried via Stark South. Other Northern Dancer line broodmare sires that we can note as enjoying success under Machiavellian are Alzao (another Northern Dancer/Sir Gaylord), Night Shift (sire of Align) and Deputy Minister (who can be found through Dehere), while mares by Citidancer (by Northern Dancer’s son, Lomond).
Machiavellian sired classic winner Vettori out of a mare by Sir Ivor, and there are also Machiavellian line graded stakes winners out of mares by Zabeel (who gives Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev) and his son, Octagonal, from the Sir Tristram branch of Sir Ivor. This suggests trying mares by other Sir Tristram line stallions such as Lonhro, Reset, Savabeel, Don Eduardo, Kaapstad, Marauding, Sovereign Red, Grosvenor, His Royal Highness, Zed and Colombia.
Sir Ivor is from the Turn-to line, and Machiavellian line stallions have also crossed well with mares descending from Turn-to line stallion, Roberto. The great mare Zenyatta was by Machiavellian out of a mare by Roberto son, Kris S., and in turn Storming Home sired graded winner Pero from a mare by Prized a son of Kris S. (also sire of Brocco). Other Roberto line stallions whose daughters might be utilized here are Red Ransom and his sons Intikhab (sire of Champion Kidnapping out of the dam of Jakkalberry), Ekraar, Handsome Ransom, Touching Wood and Casual Lies.
There are four group/graded stakes winners by Machiavellian line stallions out of Kenmare line mares, including out of daughter of Kenmare himself, and out of a mare by Kendor, and this strain could also be brought in through Express Duke.
The cross of Machiavellian line stallions with Blushing Groom line mares has produced 12 stakes winners, including group one winners out of mares by Spectrum (sire of Golan and Spectatorial) and Mt. Livermore (sire of Housebuster, who is also broodmare sire of a Machiavellian line stakes winner) and Fantastic Light (by Rahy, also sire of Howbaddouwantit), with Quest For Fame and Groom Dancer also appealing.
Mares by Gold Brose, who is from the Habitat branch of the Sir Gaylord line out of a mare by Yeats could be interesting. We can also note that the cross with Shirley Heights line mares supplied two stakes winners, one graded, for Storming Home, and 11 for the Machiavellian line in general. The cross of Machiavellian line stallions over mares carrying Pompeii Court has produced better than 10% stakes winners to starters, including Storming Home’s multiple grade one winner Lion Tamer.