The rise of Pivotal as a broodmare sire

By Killian ,

Prior to Royal Ascot I had actually done some research about the influence of Pivotal as a broodmare sire. The Cheveley Park Stud flagbearer has had wonderful career at stud, but is now 26 and time is catching up with him. In his racing career he was trained by the legendary Sir Mark Prescott. Pivotal only ran six times, but tasted success at the highest level. As a three year old he won both the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and the Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Like him, the majority of his progeny are fast and precocious.
Pivotal has sired over 100 stakes winners and is a sire of sires. Kyllachy, Excellent Art, Farhh and the increasingly influential Siyouni are all his sons. However Pivotal’s prowess is now being felt on the dam side of pedigrees.

Coolmore have had some magnificent results with Pivotal mares. Magical and Rhododendron are full sisters out of the Pivotal mare Halfway To Heaven. This year’s double 1000 Guineas winner Hermosa is a full sister to Hydrangea, who won the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown. Both of these top level performers are out of Beauty Is Truth. She herself was a Group was victorious in a Group 2 5f sprint at Chantilly for her sire Pivotal. So it seems that the Galileo and Pivotal cross is highly successful, as it balances speed and staying power.

Once again Pivotal enjoyed a wonderful Royal Ascot as a broodmare sire. Advertise befitted from the drop back to 6f and enjoyed Group 1 glory in the Commonwealth Cup for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Defoe continued his progression in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes over 1m 3f. The fact that Pivotal is found in both of these pedigrees is remarkable. Pivotal mares are able to produce both sprinters and middle distance horses. One Master appeared to becoming with a winning run in the Queen Anne but slightly faded in the last half a furlong. Still though there is nothing wrong with finishing third in a Group 1 and she will be a valuable broodmare. Of course Magical was second to Crystal Ocean in the highlight race of the week for many: The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes {Group 1}. If I was a breeder I would really be trying to find a mare by Pivotal at the sales.


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