The Cherokee Rose
is filled with characters both modern and historical: the contemporary characters are warmly portrayed as actual persons with talents, virtues, and flaws; the historical characters are based on years of detailed research done by the author and are equally believable.
However, the Darley-bred is the second top-flight performer out of Moyesii, a winning daughter of Diesis and 1995 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Cherokee Rose
, following Gran Criterium winner Kirklees.
Bred by Darley, he is a half-brother to Gran Criterium winner Kirklees - one of the best horses sired by Jade Robbery - and out of Moyesii, a winning Diesis daughter of Prix Maurice de Gheest heroine Cherokee Rose
1995 Cherokee Rose
, trained by John Hammond, pips Sayyedati in the Prix du P alais-Royal at Longchamp.
Course regulars Gary Moore and Philip Hide combined to win the first two races, landing the claiming hurdle with Gabor and the mares' only novices' hurdle with Cherokee Rose
The colt cost 140,000gns as a foal, and his appeal to Sheikh Mohammed was obvious; not only did he race Halling - who is currently in Dubai - but he was also owner-breeder of Congress's sister Cherokee Rose
, who gained her most important win in the 1995 Haydock Sprint Cup.
She came up from the Fanstown House Stud and is closely related to a number of good winners including Cherry Hinton scorer Spinola, Molesnes (Prix du Cadran), Celtic Heir (Horris Hill) and Cherokee Rose
(Haydock Sprint Cup).
He has plenty of speed in his pedigree, being out of Group 1-winning sprinter Cherokee Rose
, so will the stiff mile find him wanting?
The last-named has a Flat pedigree, as do several others, including a Majestic Light gelding out of a sister to Ajdal, a Darshaan gelding from the family of Cherokee Rose
, and an Accordion gelding out of a half-sister to the dam of Rubhahunish and Group 1 winners Court Of Honour and Single Empire.
Bowman is the third foal of that fine sprinter Cherokee Rose
, and easily her most distinguished to date.
Machiavellian's sole lot is from Singspiel and Rahy's excellent family (678), while Selkirk's group includes a colt out of a sister to the dam of Cherokee Rose
3.Diktat (1999), Cherokee Rose
(1995), Wolfhound (1993).