Caravaggio’s pedigree looks to be highly suitable for a wide variety of lines available to him in Australasian broodmares, with many crosses already proven by his sire.

His sire Scat Daddy is inbred to Mr Prospector 4f x 2f. Balancing these two daughters of Mr Prospector with the many sons of Mr Prospector available in mares’ pedigrees is a successful pattern for Scat Daddy, who has produced Gr 1 winners such as No Nay Never (GONE WEST via ELUSIVE QUALITY) as well as Dacita, Solaria, Southern Cat and Wapi (all carrying GONE WEST via SEEKER’S REWARD). Other sire descendants of Mr Prospector to use include STREET CRY, MACHIAVELLIAN, HUSSONET, STRAIGHT STRIKE, UNBRIDLED’S SONG, KINGMAMBO (sire of HENRYTHENAVIGATOR), E DUBAI, RHYTHM, DISTORTED HUMOR, THUNDER GULCH, VETTORI, WOODMAN, FAPPIANO and GEIGER COUNTER. Caravaggio’s Gr 2 winning half sister is by Mr Prospector’s son FUSAICHI PEGASUS.

Mr Prospector is a member of the FRIZETTE family. This is also the family of SEATTLE SLEW, FORESTRY, SING SING, DJEDDAH, ROAN ROCKET (damsire of RORY’S JESTER), GREGORIAN, FERDINAND and LOMOND (sire of CITIDANCER).

Of the above relations of Mr Prospector, Scat Daddy has worked best with SEATTLE SLEW. His Gr 1 winners Daddys Lil Darling and Harmonize carry Seattle Slew on their dams’ sire lines and there are another couple that have Seattle Slew in other sectors of their dams’ pedigrees. He can be sourced via mares carrying CAPOTE, A P INDY (sire of BERNARDINI, CONGRATS), AIR DE FRANCE, KHOZAAM and NINE CARAT. He is also prominent in FRAAR and BALMONT.

A proven nick with Mr Prospector is DANZIG, and his prolific son DANEHILL has continued this pattern. Other Danzig line sires which should suit Caravaggio include ANABAA, WAR FRONT, SNAADEE, INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (sire of I AM INVINCIBLE), BERTOLINI, BIANCONI, CAPE CROSS, PINE BLUFF, AD VALOREM, BELONG TO ME, CHIEF’S CROWN, ORPEN, DESERT SUN, HARD SPUN and PERUGINO (and son TESTA ROSSA) and LANGFUHR.

A very pretty mating with Caravaggio involves mares by or carrying HONOUR AND GLORY. A son of Relaunch, he not only sex balances this influence (who appears through daughter Aerosilver in Caravaggio), but is out of a half sister to Ogygian, damsire of Johannesburg (sire of Scat Daddy).

The duplication of Nijinsky II in Scat Daddy suggests his genetic friend, BLUSHING GROOM. This cross has already worked, with sons FANTASTIC LIGHT and BLUSHING JOHN producing the dams of Gr 1 winners by Scat Daddy. Other damsires carrying Blushing Groom include RAINBOW QUEST, QUEST FOR FAME, NASSIPOUR, NOVERRE, REDDING, SPECTRUM, VISCOUNT and WAR PASS.

The duplication of Nijinsky II (through daughters) in Caravaggio’s sire should also appreciate the presence of other TORPENHOW family members in mares. REDOUTE’S CHOICE, MANHATTAN RAIN, SPINNING WORLD, TRY MY BEST (sire of LAST TYCOON) FAR NORTH, THE MINSTREL, HURRICANE SKY, FREE AMERICA, RULER, DENON, MASTERCLASS, NEW REGENT, EL GRAN SENOR and GIELGUD are suggestions.

Son of Nijinsky II, ROYAL ACADEMY, not only sex balances the two daughters present in Scat Daddy, but is also a proven cross with his close relation Storm Cat on Caravaggio’s sire line. Gr 1 winners Foxwedge and Irish Lights are examples of this cross.

Johannesburg on Caravaggio’s sireline is an ALOPE family member. Other family members include ROUND TABLE (damsire of SIR TRISTRAM), KNOWN FACT, DOUTELLE, FOXLAW, ALCIDE, ATAN, ABOVE SUSPICION, MUKDDAAM, SONG OF TARA, PARTHIA and KNIGHT COMMANDER. POMPEII COURT (damsire of STARCRAFT) is also desirable as he carries two ALOPE family members in Tell and Round Table.

Caravaggio’s third dam is bred on a NASRULLAH / PRINCEQUILLO cross, Princequillo being uncharacteristically close up (these days) on the fifth remove. Secretariat way back on Caravaggios’ sixth remove also carries this cross, which can be either replicated or reversed by the presence of influences such as RIVERMAN, CHIEFTAIN, GODSWALK, DIGNITAS, FIRST CONSUL, IMPERIALIST, DEDICATED RULLAH, WITHOUT FEAR, KEY TO THE KINGDOM, MILL REEF, TARGOWICE, BOLD LAD (USA) KRIS S. and TASH (dam of Mukaddamah).  SECRETARIAT can certainly make another appearance via broodmares as well.

Caravaggio carries LA TROIENNE family members, The Axe II (twice), Bimelech (twice) and Francis S. MORE THAN READY, WOODMAN, BUCKPASSER, PRIVATE ACCOUNT, BUPERS, CONGRATS, HOOK MONEY, CORNISH PRINCE, MR. BUSHER, PARDAL, ARDAN, NOBLE BIJOU, BELONG TO ME and RHYTHM are other LA TROIENNE family members to look for in mares’ pedigrees.

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