Green Desert legacy lives on at Royal Ascot

Posted on: 25th Jun 2018

Green Desert: late stallion's legacy lives on through sire sons Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Oasis Dream

Green Desert dynasty

The late Nunnery Stud stalwart brought his influence to bear chiefly through his outstanding stallion sons Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit and Oasis Dream and all three were in form at Royal Ascot.

Cape Cross's world champion son Sea The Stars fielded two winners – Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius – and Invincible Spirit is the sire of the first and third home in the Commonwealth Cup, Eqtidaar and Emblazoned, while his freshman son Kingman supplied Coventry Stakes scorer Calyx and other sons Mayson and Zebedee were represented by podium finishers.

Oasis Dream's exciting young son Showcasing is responsible for Windsor Castle Stakes winner Soldier's Call and Coventry Stakes runner-up Advertise from his first more expensively bred crop, and his first-season sire son Gale Force Ten got the fast-finishing Windsor Castle third Dom Carlos.

Green Desert's former champion first-season sire son Kheleyf, now based in France, also got on the scoresheet with Wokingham winner Bacchus – who beat Oasis Dream's son Dreamfield.

Stallions from this line are understandably in strong demand with commercial breeders and Eqtidaar, trained by Green Desert's handler Sir Michael Stoute, will be hot property, especially as he is a half-brother to 2,000 Guineas second Massaat out of a mare by the equally respected Acclamation.

Martin Stevens, Racing Post

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