Best of Bordeaux is an exemplary product of one of the most successful sire lines in Australian history, the first three ancestors on his tail male line all being Champion Australian stallions. His sire Snitzel, still very much active at stud, is also proving to produce some superior sires.

His grandsire Redoute’s Choice, Nijinsky II and Try My Best via his damsire Last Tycoon, are members of the influential TORPENHOW family. Best of Bordeaux should welcome the presence of other family members in mares’ pedigrees, such as DOMESDAY, THE MINSTREL (sire of PALACE MUSIC), MANHATTAN RAIN, RUBICK, HURRICANE SKY, XAAR, UMATILLA, MASTERCLASS, NEW REGENT, EL GRAN SENOR, SPINNING WORLD, GIELGUD, FAR NORTH, FREE AMERICA, RULER and DENON. Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist is by Snitzel out of a Domesday mare, Rubick is additionally appealing as his sire Encosta de Lago is damsire of four Group 1 winners by Snitzel.

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Best of Bordeaux’ damsire High Chaparral is by Sadler’s Wells. A descendant of THONG, he is a brother to FAIRY KING, best represented by sons ENCOSTA DE LAGO, SHINKO KING and FALBRAV, the daughters of which have produced several stakes winners by Snitzel or his sons. Encosta de Lago’s sire descendants include NORTHERN METEOR, DEEP FIELD ZOUSTAR, RUBICK, MANHATTAN RAIN and NEEDS FURTHER. NUREYEV is a three-quarter brother to Sadler’s Wells and also has a great record when combined with Snitzel in a mating. Daughters by his sons including STRAVINSKY, ZILZAL, EL PRADO (and sons ARTIE SCHILLER, KITTEN’S JOY & MEDAGLIA D’ORO), POLISH PRECEDENT, SPINNING WORLD and PEINTRE CELEBRE appeal.

ZABEEL’s damsire is Nureyev (above) and he has produced 8 individual Group winners by Snitzel.

Apart from his son Zabeel, SIR TRISTRAM himself is a desirable element in mares for Best of Bordeaux, with Snitzel having produced Group winners from mares by HULA TOWN, MARAUDING, DALMACIA and OCTAGONAL in addition to mares carrying daughters of Sir Tristram. GROSVENOR, RESET, LONHRO, KAAPSTAD, SOVEREIGN RED, EL QAHIRA, MILITARY PLUME, SAVABEEL and DR GRACE are also appealing.

ZOUSTAR is out of a Redoute’s Choice mare, creating a sex balanced pattern, while his sire Northern Meteor offers two lines to THONG, making his daughters appealing for Best of Bordeaux.

Duplication of Storm Bird (second damsire of Snitzel) has worked well for the sire, with G1 winners such as Trapeze Artist, Duais, In the Congo and Yearning carrying this pattern. Broodmare sires such as DOMESDAY (who also reinforces the tail female line of Redoute’s Choice), POSTPONED, BLUEBIRD, HENNESSY (and male descendants JOHANNESBURG, SCAT DADDY, JUSTIFY, CARAVAGGIO & NO NAY NEVER), GIANT’S CAUSEWAY (and descendants SHAMARDAL, PUISSANCE DE LUNE & LOPE DE VEGA), BLACK MINNALOUSHE, VAN NISTELROOY and tale of the cat carry Storm Bird. He is also present in AMERICAN PHAROAH.

Duplicating Nijinsky II is also a successful pattern, present in Snitzel-line Group winners such as Shamus Award, Tan Tat Sun, Menari etc. ROYAL ACADEMY, CAERLEON, BEL ESPRIT, WESTERN SYMPHONY, YEATS, WHISKEY ROAD, BLETCHLEY PARK, KALA DANCER, UMATILLA, FANTASTIC LIGHT, SUCCESS EXPRESS and QUEST FOR FAME all offer another line to Nijinsky II.

HALO line broodmares are also desirable.  A close relation to Danehill and Northern Dancer (6 lines in Best of Bordeaux), Halo can be found via daughters / granddaughters of MORE THAN READY (and sons such as SEBRING and BETTER THAN READY), DON’T SAY HALO, FUJI KISEKI, SOUTHERN IMAGE, SUNDAY SILENCE, DUBLEO and irgun.

MACHIAVELLIAN is not only another relation of Danehill et al, he is out of a daughter of Halo. His male descendants include STREET CRY, STREET BOSS, PER INCANTO, PRIDE OF DUBAI, STREET SENSE, HALLOWED CROWN and VETTORI.

Best of Bordeaux carries LADY SUSAN family members Danzig and Bletchingly via Redoute’s Choice. The third ancestor who appears many times with these two is ROCKEFELLA. Sources of Rockefella include INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, STAR WAY, DANEHILL DANCER, BALMERINO, ALVARO, FAMOUS STAR, LONG ROW, GYPSY KINGDOM, IDEAL PLANET, KEEN, RADAMES, SWITCH IN TIME and CREESE. Invincible Spirit’s son I AM INVINCIBLE also creates duplications of Canny Lad, Kris, Lunchtime, Danzig and Sir Ivor with Best of Bordeaux.

The duplication of Mill Reef in Best of Bordeaux’ dam suggests that fellow BLACK RAY family member BLUSHING GROOM is desirable. He can be accessed via QUEST FOR FAME, SPECTRUM, REDDING, NOVERRE, NASHWAN, NASSIPOUR and FANTASTIC LIGHT mares. This cross is proven, with MILLIONAIRE being the damsire of Snitzel’s G1 winner Redzel;  Russian Revolution’s damsire STRAVINSKY out of a Blushing Groom mare; Wild Ruler’s maternal grandsire AWESOME AGAIN is out of a Blushing Groom mare; and Hot Snitzel’ s dam by Blushing Groom.

Snitzel has also produced G1 winners out of mares by TIMBER COUNTRY (Sweet Idea), RUBITON (Redzel), SUCCESS EXPRESS (Shamus Award), FRAAR (Snitzerland), CHARGE FORWARD (Estijaab) and GENERAL NEDIYM (I Am Excited, Ellsburg and Sizzling). Best of Bordeaux’ dam also looks compatible with these damsires.

Sex balancing of KENMARE (third damsire of Best of Bordeaux) can be achieved through mares carrying his sons such as VERGLAS, METAL STORM, KELTRICE, KALAGLOW and JEUNE.

Written April 2023

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