Streets ahead of the opposition
In recent years, Street Cry has steadily proved himself to be a sire of distinction but never was his truly international appeal advertised better than by the success of Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, whose tremendous performance was followed five days later by the unbeaten mare Zenyatta, who signed off from an exceptional career by beating the colts in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Street Cry's global success has ensured he has received a high quality book of mares this season in Australia, highlighted by Group One winners Mnemosyne, Ancient Song, Regal Cheer, Elegant Fashion, Unearthly, Serenade Rose and Singspiel's Group One-winning daughter Rewaaya. In addition to this stellar group, Shocking’s dam Maria Di Castiglia is paying a return visit and, in a further compliment, Tugela, the dam of three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva has also been booked to Street Cry.
Last season, Australian breeders also gave a great vote of confidence to his Classic-winning son Street Sense, with the resultant foals of those coverings arriving this spring.
Never out of the money in 13 lifetime starts, Street Sense is the only horse in history to complete the unique Grade One double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby. Taking the Juvenile by 10 lengths and returning the following season for a spine-tingling, rails-hugging victory in one of America's most prestigious races speaks volumes on the enormous ability the son of Street Cry possessed.
In addition to his exceptional race record, Street Sense has the distinction of being his sire’s first son to retire to stud anywhere in the world.
Based at Kelvinside last season, Street Sense attracted a book to rival any first-season sire of his year. His mates included winners of the Golden Slipper, Melbourne Cup, Guineas and Derby winner and alongside the 35 Stakes winners were the dams of outstanding Group One winners Apache Cat, Regimental Gal, Camarilla, Takeover Target and Shocking.
With his baldy face, Apache Cat is one of the most recognisable and popular runners to grace the racetrack in Australia. A winner of seven G1 races among his 18 Stakes victories, he has been one of the nation's top sprinters of recent years. Trained by Cranbourne based Greg Eurell, he has earned in excess of $4.5 million earnings; a remarkable achievement which has also seen the gelding represent Australia on the global stage.
Apache Cat is out of the Whiskey Road mare Tennessee Blaze, whose latest foal is a strapping colt (pictured) by Street Sense. Sadly for all concerned, Tennessee Blaze died while foaling, and the colt has been adopted by a palomino mare named Spice.
Despite the tragic loss of his prize mare, breeder Paul Radford was nonetheless delighted by her colt’s arrival on 23 October. He said: "It is still early days but there is a lot to like about him. Most of the mare’s progeny have taken some part of the chestnut and white blaze effect, but this chap has a very Street Sense marking on his head and overall he has taken after his dad."
Bred on the same successful Mr Prospector stallion cross as Apache Cat, the Street Sense colt is the eleventh foal of Tennessee Blaze, whose record is impeccable. All her seven foals to race are winners. The current two-year-old, a filly from the first southern hemisphere crop of Group One-winning two-year-old Dubawi was knocked down to Eurell at this year's Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $120,000, making her the top-priced Dubawi yearling at that sale.
Another notable recent Street Sense foaling was an athletic bay colt out of the Danehill mare Maria di Castiglia, making the colt, who was bred by Laurence Eales, a three-quarter-brother to Street Cry's G1 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.
Street Sense is joined at Darley this season by his paternal half-brother, the multiple Grade One-winning sprinter, Street Boss, whose electrifying turn of foot led to a record-breaking career in North America. Standing in Victoria at Northwood Park, Street Boss combines the extremely favourable traits of speed combined with a pedigree completely free of Northern Dancer blood.