Hasili

Juddmonte Farm has become one of the leading breeders and owners in world racing. Prince Khalid Abdullah has funded and masterminded this very successful operation that has seen the likes of Danehill, Dancing Brave, Known Fact, Workforce, Empire Maker, Commander in Chief and the incomparable Frankel among the dozens upon dozens of world class horses bred and raced by this very successful thoroughbred enterprise. Recent superstar Arrogate, although a yearling purchase, competes carrying the famous green with pink sash, white sleeves and pink cap colours.

As with every successful breeding farm, the population of top producing broodmares is the key to success. Juddmonte have been fortunate to possess many high quality mares that have contributed to the consistent fortunes enjoyed by Prince Khalid and his team. One of, if not the most valued contributing broodmare in the Juddmonte colony is the wonderful Hasili, the mother of a dynasty.

Hasili was bred in 1991 by Juddmonte and is by Epsom and Irish Derby winner Kahyasi. The dam of Hasili is Juddmonte bred Kerali, a daughter of multiple group stakes winner High Line. Hasili made seventeen starts, winning four races including the Prix des Sablonnets to earn her only stakes victory. She placed second in two other stakes races, the Prix des Lilas and the Prix Imprudence. Hasili was second to reigning French juvenile champion Coup de Genie in the latter.

Retired to Juddmonte’s broodmare band, Hasili began her incredible production in 1996 when she produced her first foal, a dark bay colt sired by Danehill. This colt was the first of five foals Hasili produced from her new found alliance with Danehill. This alliance would prove to be most beneficial to both Hasili’s and Danehill’s reputation, as well as to Juddmonte’s growing reputation as one the elite breeders in the world. The colt was named Dansili.

Dansili won five of fifteen races, including the group three Prix Edmond Blanc, Prix du Muguet and Prix Messidor. He also won the listed Prix de Blazon and Prix du Labyrinthe. Dansili kept good company as his second place finishes in the Poule d’Essai des Poulins, Sussex Stakes and Prix de la Foret indicate. Further to his racing credentials, Dansili also finished second in the Queen Anne Stakes and third in the Breeder’s Cup Mile and Prix Moulin.

Retired to stand stud at Banstead Manor, Dansili has been nothing short of sensational in the role. To date he has sired one hundred and sixteen stakes winners, twenty of which are grade/group one winners. These G1 winners have collectively won thirty-five races at the top level of world competition. Within the list of G1 winners he has sired are Harbinger (King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes), Passage Of Time (Criterium de Saint-Cloud), Foreteller (Underwood Stakes, Makybe Diva Stakes, Rawson Stakes), Laughing (Diana Stakes, Flower Bowl Invitational), The Fugue (Yorkshire Oaks, Nassau Stakes, Prince of Wales Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes), Queen’s Trust (Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Turf), and recent Eclipse Award champion Flintshire, who travelled the world to win five grade/group one races for Juddmonte.

Dansili is also beginning to extend his influence to future generations as a sire of sires and as a sire of stakes producing broodmares. His son Zoffany has begun a promising stud career while Irish Oaks winner Chicquita and Middle Park Stakes winner Astaire are out of Dansili daughters. Dansili is still very active and servicing full books at Banstead Manor. He enjoyed a 90% fertility rate this past breeding season and has a stellar book of mares waiting to see him this year. The twenty-one year old stallion will certainly be adding to his two hundred and fifty stakes wins by his progeny.

The second foal from Hasili was her fist daughter and second foal by Danehill. Banks Hill became the first of five grade/group one stakes winners produced from our heroine, when she won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. She followed that with a smart score in the Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Turf and was named as the champion three year old filly in Europe for the 2001 year. She also garnered the Eclipse Award as champion turf female in North America that same season.

Banks Hill came back for a four year old campaign and won the Prix Jacques le Marois and placed second or third in five additional group one stakes races. She retired with a record of five wins, five seconds and three third place finishes from seventeen races. Banks Hill has continued the legacy of outstanding production set down by her dam by producing stakes winner Ideal World by Kingmambo and group one stakes winner Romantica (Prix Jean Romanet) by Galileo.

The third foal from Hasili was another daughter, this time by Green Desert that would be named Heat Haze. Heat Haze raced exclusively in the U.S. for Juddmonte and won seven of fourteen races, and added a pair of seconds and thirds. Her big moments on the track were wins in the grade one Matriarch Stakes and Beverly D Stakes. She also took the grade three Distaff Turf Mile and Las Cienegas Handicap. To date as a broodmare Heat Haze has produced a pair of stakes placed offspring by Dubawi in Forge and Radiator.

Hasili resumed her romance with Danehill and produced the second filly of their liaisons, and third foal overall, when Intercontinental was born. This full sister to champion Banks Hill would do the family very proud. Stakes placed at two, Intercontinental became a stakes winner as a three year old when she won the Prix Amandine. She also was in the money of three other graded stakes including a third place in the 1000 Guineas.

Intercontinental was then transferred to the Juddmonte Stable in the U.S. She seemed to enjoy the western continent life style more than the European ways as she thrived and came into her own. True to her name, Intercontinental won stakes races in another continent, but now had elevated to grade one status when she won the Matriarch Stakes, the Just a Game Stakes and the grade three Jenny Wiley Stakes. Coming back for a five year old season, Intercontinental won the Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Turf as well as four more graded stakes to be named as the Eclipse Award champion turf female.

Danehill was again the suitor to Hasili for her next foal, a bay colt named Cacique. Cacique was another top rank performer produced by Hasili. After winning his first two career starts at three, Cacique kept top company an placed in a pair of group one races and took the group three Prix Daphnis and group two Prix Daniel Wildenstein. At four Cacique won the group three Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord.

Cacique came to America to race in his five year old season and like his sister Intercontinental, he enjoyed his time on the tighter ovals. Cacique won the grade one Manhattan Handicap and the Man O’ War Stakes, and finished second to English Channel in the United Nations and the Turf Classic, and second to The Tin Man in the Arlington Million. Cacique was retired to stud for the next season.

There was a problem however, as it would come to light that Cacique had fertility issues. He had trouble getting the mares he covered in foal. Despite a full large book, only twenty-eight mares came in foal. The numbers got worse in the next year and the year after as well. Juddmonte decided to retire Cacique from breeding for the 2010 season. The next thing we all knew was that the few foals that were from his first crop came to the races that year were very competitive at high levels. There would eventually be three group one stakes winners from the crop, including Mutual Trust (Prix Jean Prat). Slumber (Manhattan Handicap) and Dominant (Hong Kong Vase).

Cacique was returned to stud duty for the 2013 season, to very limited books of mares. The fertility issues persisted and finally it was announced that Cacique would not be a breeding stallion beginning this year. An unfortunate turn of events because Cacique possesses a wonderful temperament and in his limited numbers he was able to pass on his class.

Returning to Hasili we now look at her third son, and fifth foal by Danehill. With a slightly different appearance to his brothers, as he had leggier conformation and lighter bay colour, Champs Elysees became a grade/group one winner, and a champion. Beginning his racing career in France Champs Elysees was slow to come to hand and did not win his first stakes race until he was a four year old. He won the group three Prix d’Hedouville, finished second in the group one Grand Prix del Jockey Club and the Hollywood Turf Cup.

As with other members of the family, once Champs Elysees got a taste of racing in North America, he seemed to prefer that style and stayed on the continent. As a five year old he won the Hollywood Turf Cup and the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes a pair of grade one events. Champs Elysees added the grade two San Marcos Stakes and placed in three more stakes including the Canadian International.

After finishing second in the Santa Anita Handicap, Champs Elysees conducted the rest of his six year old campaign from Woodbine, to take advantage of the strong grass races on the lush E.P. Taylor turf course. He made four starts in Canada finishing third in the Nijinsky Stakes, second in the Sky Classic, third in the Northern Dancer Turf and winning the Canadian International, his final race. Champs Elysees made many friends in Canada and it was to great delight of his fans that he was named as the Sovereign Award Canadian Horse of the Year.

Champs Elysees took up stud residence beside his brothers at Banstead Manor and has had some success in his new job. He is the sire of Trip To Paris (Ascot Gold Cup), as well as multi stakes winners Suffused, Barsanti, Dal Harraild and Jack Naylor. His get seem to prefer a distance of ground, much the same as he did when he raced. This year Champs Elysees has moved from Banstead Manor to Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud and will stand as a National Hunt stallion.

Hasili would produce four more foals. Raise The Flag came in 2005 and was sired by Sadler’s Wells. He made one unplaced start as a three year old, sustaining an injury and was sent to stud. Raise The Flag began his stud career at White Robe Lodge in New Zealand, but as of time of writing has not had much success.

The last three foals produced by Hasili are all fillies. Deluxe by Storm Cat won two stakes races, the Prix de Liancourt and the Cardinal Handicap. She unfortunately died in December of 2011 at the age of four. The final two fillies are Very Good News by Empire Maker and Responsible by Oasis Dream. Both are unraced.

Possessing a very strong pedigree, Hasili is out crossed through five generations. Her second dam Sookera by Epsom Derby winner Roberto won the group one Cheveley Park Stakes on her way to becoming the champion juvenile filly in Ireland. Sookera was a wonderful mare in her own right having produced group one winner So Factual and group stakes winners Bold Fact and Field Dancer.

Hasili’s dam Kerali also produced Dissemble, the dam of Eclipse Award champion Leroidesanimaux, and is line bred 5×5 to Nasrullah. Her sire Kahyasi is line bred 5x5x5 to Nearco and 5×5 to Menow. He is a fourth generation tail male descendant of Northern Dancer, through Nijinsky to Ile De Bourbon, to Kahyasi.

Needles to say, Hasili has pedigree. She was named as Broodmare of the Year in 2006 in England. Hasili has been retired by Prince Khalid and is currently living the dream at Banstead Manor. According to Claire Curry, pedigree researcher for Juddmonte, Hasili is enjoying her thoroughly deserved retirement.

Hasili is certainly one of the most remarkable and successful broodmares in the long history of the turf. She produced five grade/group one stakes winners. Many sires with hundreds of offspring do not have that many G1 winners to their credit. Not many mares in history can match that production level either. Plus she has a son that has joined the one hundred stakes winners sires club, and a daughter who has produced her own G1 winner.

Hasili is a genuine once in a lifetime mare and one of the greatest assets of the remarkably successful Juddmonte breeding empire.

(Photo courtesy of Banstead Manor Stud)

3 comments

  • I just read this story about Hasili. Fantastic mare and i am so glad she is living peacefully and they did not keep breeding her for greed. Inspiring to know there are people who care about their horses.

  • Hannah Williamson

    Wonderful story!!!! I would love to meet her. I am going to England this summer so i wonder if Banstead would let me visit Hasili. She looks like a sweetie.

  • Thoroughly enjoyable and informative article. Thanks for the complete rundown about this historically significant mare. Hasili is absolutely a once in a lifetime horse. I have followed racing all my life and have even bought a few to race, won a few minor races but not at the level of Hasili and her descendants. I have read a few of your articles and am impressed with your research and writing style. Great website you have here.

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