One thing we always enjoy doing is updating an existing Reine-de-Course because classic excellence has asserted itself in a major way in a dominant branch. We discussed the Glaneuse branch of Our Lassie in the last couple of Pedlines issues and after spending some time with printouts and doing some other research have decided to add her to the Reine-de-Course list.
In recent years, the following major horses have emerged from this group of mares: French 200 Guineas second Medecis; double Ascot Gold Cup winner Royal Rebel; Criterium de-Saint Cloud victor Learycal; highweight Irish sprinter Desert Magic; German Oaks third Guadalupe; French 1000 Guineas third Gold Splash; and French 2000 Guimeas second Goldneyev. Also members of this immediate family are Prx d l’Arc de Triomphe victress Gold River and Way West, sire of the fine runner Western Pride.
Even more impressive is the number of young horses by such excellent sires as Highest Honor, Bluebird, Grand Lodge, Storm Cat and Rahy who have yet to race. An equal number of well-bred young broodmares from the immediate family also signal a rebirth in some lesser branches. This bunch will be back to contribute more.
Americans looking to inbreed to this family already have one excellent tool in the above mentioned Florida sire Way West (FR). Looking for young daughters of Goldneyev would be one viable way to double the family as well as using the Mr. Prospector/Northern Dancer cross that everyone is so mad for.
The Breeders’ Cup is only one reason our racing world has gotten smaller. Other members of Our Lassie’s family from *Khaled to Blushing Groom to Mill Reef have already made an impact in the U.S.
This newer, slightly different branch, has also proven that it can do the same thanks to American stakes winners like Aliena (IRE) and Brianda (IRE) as well as Way West (FR). Welcome then Glaneuse and her daughters Gracious (IRE) and Gold River (FR) to the Our Lassie fold. There is power in this new blood; respect it.