introducing “Flash” (Flash Expectations” our newest addition an ASB Thoroughbred stallion, Flash has joined our stud to be a race prospect first and he will race here for us on King Island at our “country race meets” this season all things going well.
16.1 1/2 hh
Sire: Bold Expectations (By Danehill)
Dam: Rojah Cavern (by Lion Cavern from Berkley Square)
Life Number: AUS00984679
Date of Birth: 01/10/2009
Microchip Number: 985100010968853
Colour tested as carrying the Dominant White W20 gene!
Stud FEE: $1500 Live Cover only.
Pedigree can be seen here http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/flash+expectations
Flash will be tested for the Sabino, Splash White and Dominant White Genes as well as Overo in the coming months, we will update results as soon as we know. I suspect from his markings he carries the Sabino gene.
Flash is closely related to the great race horse Apache Cat, with his dams Sire Lion Cavern also being Apache Cats Sire.
Flash has had just 3 starts so far to race well but remain unplaced to date. We look forward to prepping and Racing Flash this coming season and are hoping to have some results on the board by the end of the year.
Flash Expectations will stand at stud following his race prep in late 2015, he will serve selected TB Race mares including the very good mare En Bateau (by Dehere) and Way of Pixies (by Way of Light) as well as the successful mare Femme Mignon. We look forward to seeing what he produces in the future, both on and off the track.
Flash Expectations Pedigree Information and History.
Lion Cavern is out of the very good mare Secrettame who was by the loudly marked champion race horse Secretariat who also sported the trademark blaze and stockings. This seems to be where these markings are coming through on his pedigree as much as I can see. Secretariat won among others the Triple Crown which included the Kentucky Derby (new track record), Preakness Stakes (new track record), Belmont Stakes (new WORLD record), Bay Shore Stakes, Gotham Stakes (tied track record), Arlington Invitational, Marlboro Cup (new WORLD record), Man O’War Stakes (new course record), Canadian International.
Flash’s Sire Bold Expectations was unraced and untrialled due to injury as a foal, however he is by the all time leading sire of racehorses in australia the late great Danehill. Danehill (March 26, 1986 – May 13, 2003) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who was bred in the United States. During his stud career, Danehill became a champion sire on both sides of the Equator. He is the most successful sire of all time with 349 stakes winners and 89 Group/Grade 1 winners. He was the leading sire in Australia nine times, the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland three times, and the leading sire in France twice.
Although Danehill was not an initial success at stud in Ireland he clicked immediately in Australia, where he was to become the greatest influence since the Star Kingdom dynasty of the early ’50s.
As well as being six-times champion stallion, he was also six-times leading juvenile sire through the exploits of his two-year-olds, who included Flying Spur, Merlene, Ha Ha, Redoute’s Choice, Danzero, Danasinga and Catbird.
He had equal success across the board with his older progeny including the outstanding Bart Cummings-trained mare Dane Ripper, who won the Cox Plate and Stradbroke Handicap in 1997.
Cummings has had great success with the Danehill progeny, including last season’s outstanding three-year-old filly Magical Miss. Hong Kong’s best horse of recent years, Fairy King Prawn, was also by Danehill.
At last count, Danehill had sired 1356 foals to race – of which 973 were winners, a remarkable 71.8 per cent. His progeny have earned more than $206 million and have included 50 group 1 winners among his 207 stakes winners.
Bold Expectations Dam Miss Bold Apeal was by Valid Appeal, a very successful race horse and sire, winning Record: 36-8-7-3, Earnings: $201,733. Won: Dwyer Handicap-G2. 2nd: Jerome Handicap-G2, Saratoga Special Stakes-G2. 3rd: Futurity Stakes-G1, Saranac Stakes-G2. Euthanized at age 30. Breeder: Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foaled May 12, 1972 (FL) (USA).
Flash Expectations Dam Rojah Cavern was by Lion Cavern, and Lion Cavern has quite a story to tell. At the time of his death, Lion Cavern was third-leading sire in Europe by percentage of winners to runners, with 52%, according to the Post, which reported he was the sire of 18 stakes winners from eight crops of racing age.
Lion Cavern raced for Sheikh Mohammed during what can be seen as the halcyon days of the Sheikh’s ownership career. Having owned his first winner (the John Dunlop-trained Hatta) in 1977, by the mid-‘80s Sheikh Mohammed had taken over the mantle from Robert Sangster as the bloodstock world’s major player. As the decade drew to a close, it became the norm for Sheikh Mohammed to come up with a swag of stars each year.
He owned the quinella in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Belmez and Old Vic, both trained by Henry Cecil) in 1990. That summer and autumn naturally saw him stock up with another batch of promising yearlings. One of the most expensive of these was a Mr Prospector colt out of Secrettame who, having been bred in Kentucky by Dr W. O. Reed, fetched $950,000, which put him among the top ten highest-priced yearlings sold in America that year. Along with Sheikh Mohammed’s other US-bought yearlings, the colt was brought to Europe. He was given the name Lion Cavern and sent to Andre Fabre’s stable in Chantilly.
It was understandable that Lion Cavern had been so expensive. Not only was Mr Prospector one of the world’s most successful and fashionable stallions, but Secrettame was also a very good mare. She had been a very good filly in her racing days, winning six races at distances up to 10 furlongs and being Grade Two-placed.
Furthermore, while she had been good, several of her siblings had been even better: she was a half-sister to the 1980 2,000 Guineas winner Known Fact as well as to the top-class US-trained gallopers Tentam, Tamtent and Terete, as well as to Taminette, the dam of Tappiano, a terrific filly who won 17 races, three of which were at Grade One level. Another of Secrettame’s half-sisters, Badge Of Courage, eventually became the grand-dam of the Japanese Grade One winners Taiki Fortune and Taiki Dia.
Being a Secretariat mare from this family, Secrettame was clearly entitled to be a terrific broodmare, which she had already shown herself to be, most notably by producing Gone West, who at that time had not yet proved himself a world-class stallion but who had won one Grade One race (the Dwyer Stakes) and two Grade Two contests (the Gotham Stakes and Withers Stakes).
Although a big horse, there was nothing backward about Lion Cavern, who was an imposing colt from the outset. He duly showed plenty of speed early in his two-year-old season in 1991, making his debut on 5th July at Maisons-Laffitte, where he won a 1200m maiden race by four lengths. Steve Cauthen had been riding for Sheikh Mohammed for several years, firstly in his role as stable jockey for Barry Hills and then as first jockey for Henry Cecil. By this time, though, the Sheikh was retaining Cauthen to ride his best horses irrespective of whoever trained them, so the American hoop headed over to Paris for take the mount.
He rode the colt again twice at Deauville the following month and, although he was beaten each time, Lion Cavern ran well in both races: second to Kenbu (with the subsequent Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Shanghai only fifth) in the Group Three Prix de Cabourg over 1200m, and third to Arazi and Kenbu in the Group One Prix Morny over the same distance two weeks later. As during the next three months Arazi went on to prove himself the best two-year-old in the world with easy victories in the Prix de la Salamandre, Grand Criterium and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, this was clearly very good form.
Under normal circumstances, Lion Cavern would probably have continued to race in France through the autumn. However, circumstances were not normal: Arazi looked unbeatable, so England’s leading juvenile races looked more appealing than their French equivalents. Lion Cavern duly came to Newmarket for the Middle Park Stakes at the start of October. There was no Arazi in the field – but there turned out to be a horse almost as good: the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Rodrigo De Triano would subsequently prove himself a true star with victories in 1992 in the 2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas, Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes. Lion Cavern’s effort in finishing second to Rodrigo De Triano in the Middle Park, beaten a length, was clearly very good – as was shown by the fact that he was sent off the 4/9 favourite for the Group Three Horris Hill Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury three weeks later. He duly trotted up in that race, winning by two lengths from a largely unremarkable field, from which only one star (Jeune, who ultimately showed top-class form in both hemispheres) would eventually emerge.
The best horse sired by Lion Cavern in England, though, was his third-crop daughter Crimplene. Born in 1997, she was bred by Darley and trained for Sheikh Mohammed’s relative Sheikh Marwan al Maktoum by Clive Brittain. She won two races as a two-year-old and finished third in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes, but unfortunately her father had already gone to America by the time she really came good. As a three-year-old in 2000, she enjoyed a splendid summer, winning successively the Group Two Henkel-Rennen in Dusseldorf (Germany’s version of the 1,000 Guineas) and then three Group One races within the British Isles: the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes. Sadly, Crimplene has not produced a foal able to match her own achievements, although her first foal Crimson Sun was Group Three-placed for Godolphin as a two-year-old.
Having been sold in advance of the 2000 breeding season to Wimbledon Farm in Kentucky, Lion Cavern began to shuttle from there to Lynden Park Stud in Victoria. It was here that he produced his second outstanding horse: Apache Cat, a member of his second Australian crop who was trained by the former Olympic show-jumper Greg Eurell to win seven Group One sprints. Remarkably, five of these victories came in successive races (over distances ranging from 1000m to 1400m) in the first half of 2008, when the horse was at his peak, aged five. He subsequently scored twice more at the highest level, landing the MVRC Australia Stakes over 1200m and the BTC Doomben 10,000 over 1400m as a six-year-old.
Unfortunately, by the time that Apache Cat hit his straps, Lion Cavern was long dead. His last British-conceived crop had contained the super-tough Irish-trained Latino Magic, who contested 56 races, ran well in nearly all of them and posted a career-best when winning the Group Three Meld Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh as a four-year-old in July 2004. Sadly, Lion Cavern died the following month. He had spent four seasons at Wimbledon Farm, shuttling to Victoria after the first three of them, but subsequent to the 2004 season he was sold to stand in Greece at Elia Stud Farm near Athens, where he died from colic shortly after arrival.
Ultimately, Lion Cavern proved himself to be a decent stallion, even if not nearly as distinguished as his full-brother Gone West. He had been a precocious racehorse himself, but at stud he suffered from the fact that his best horses took significantly longer to hit their best form than he himself had done. Sadly, he is no longer in a position to produce more good sons and daughters, but at least his grandchildren are doing well, the aforementioned Pastoral Player (successful in a Group Three seven furlong race at Haydock in June) being one of nine Group/graded stakes winners so far produced by daughters of Lion Cavern. These also include the Group/Grade One winners Hibaayeb, Lone Rock and Rainbow Peak.