When we first wrote the article about this particular family, headed by Reprocolor’s sixth dam, Scapa Flow, it was May of 1995, so we have certainly had time to see some major activity and the branch of the clan we singled out via Fair Isle and her descendents Hill Queen and Blue Queen was right on target. Blue Queen is, in fact, the dam of Reprocolor who was profiled in the English racing magazine Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder, Inc. Pacemaker in early 2012. Our own article on Scapa Flow appeared in Pedlines #62, February of 2001 for those who wish to relive history.
The recent story on Reprocolor brought a smile to us, as this family is mostly known for its male descendents Fairway and Pharos. Up until now, at least, they have pretty much ruled the breed. Pharos is of course the tail-male ancestor of the Nearco line and as such is responsible for Northern Dancer, Seattle Slew, Blushing Groom, Roberto, etc. That covers a good portion of the stud book and we find Nearco again of course via Nashua, the broodmare sire of Mr. Prospector, so we can pretty well say he controls the breed.
Fairway has never had the strong foothold in the U. S. that he had in other parts of the world but we find him in a wide variety of pedigrees nevertheless and a very high percentage of the breed is inbred to Pharos and Fairway. We’ve always liked the idea of crossing something Fairway line with a daughter cross like Island Whirl’s Fair Isle line back over some *Herbager blood (he carries a ¾ sister named Pladda). In addition, the blood of Brigader Gerard via Lord At War is still with us and got an injection of new respect when Fort Larned won the Breeders’ Cup Classic this year. His sire is out of a Lord At War mare.
The other full siblings like Spithead and St. Andrews are almost never seen and Fair Isle’s full sister, Fara, has not gotten stronger though we will give her another look again before much longer. For now it is absolutely no contest, however, that Fair Isle has established a branch of the Scapa Flow line equal to Fairway and Pharos’ own influence.
This she has done in large part thanks to Reprocolor whose purchaser, Richard Galpin of Newmarket Bloodstock on behalf of Egon and Elizabeth Weinfeld of Meon Valley Stud in Hampshire, England, was said to “not aim for fashionable stallions, but putting the emphasis firmly on conformation and good distaff lines.” Reprocolor was one of four mares he acquired for Meon Valley and she certainly let no one down.
As the accompanying chart shows, Reprocolor herself Group 1 placed, is responsible for a veritable herd of Group winners, both male and female. As the English article pointed out, a wide range of sires is still used in the stud and the practice has paid off not only in performance but for future inbred matings which will not be too closely related.
Reprocolor herself lived until the grand old age of 28 and her top daughter Colorspin made it a year longer to 29 and just died this past August. Colorspin left two prominent sires behind in Kayf Tara and Opera House, both by Sadler’s Wells and both high weight or champion stayers.
Colorspin also has two top producing daughters in Zee Zee Top and Spinning the Yarn, dams respectively of Group 2 winner Izzi Top and Group 1 Irish winner Necklace.
Reprocolor left behind more than Colorspin with such recent additions to the family as Group 1 performer Polish Knight (NZ); Mona Lisa (GB), second in the 2005 Irish Oaks; and Group 2 performer Your Old Pal (GB). There are a lot of young horses from the line and this is a prolific family with Reprocolor dam of 18 foals and Colorspin producing 16 offspring.
Because Reprocolor’s dam, Blue Queen, was inbred Fairway x2/Fair Isle but neither parent carried Pharos, Reprocolor was an ideal recipticle for all the Pharos blood currently in the stud book – and in fashion for that matter. She was the right horse with the right pedigree at the right time. She is also now a Reine-de-Course along with her daughter Colorspin. Few could ever be so worthy.