With all due respect to our very own pedigree guru, TFTribe, I put together a quick spreadsheet pedigree summary of the fields for the 2012 Hong Kong International Races from Sha Tin. So, as I'm sitting here at home trying to get over a nasty cold I came down with yesterday morning, I decided to go through each field, dig into Pedigree Query.com, and separate out each runner, sire, dam and dam sire, and then run a quick summary table noting the nationality of each.
As I was going through the PPs for each race I had a mental note of a couple of different things. First, if we find American influences in the pedigree, it almost always comes as the dam sire. Second, some of the American sires that are present seemed a little obscure to me. ("Some", not "all").
Below are the summaries by race. As usual, any and all errors are mine.
HONG KONG VASE
|Sea Moon (GB)||Beat Hollow (GB)||Eva Luna||Alledged|
|Dunaden (FR)||Nicobar (GB)||La Marlia (FR)||Kaldounevees (FR)|
|Meandre (FR)||Slicky (FR)||Penne (FR)||Sevres Rose (IRE)|
|Chinchon (IRE)||Marju (IRE)||Jarama (IRE)||Hector Protector|
|Joshua Tree (IRE)||Montjeu (IRE)||Madeira Mist (IRE)||Grand Lodge|
|Red Cadeaux (GB)||Cadeaux Genereaux (GB)||Artisia (IRE)||Peintre Celebre|
|Dandino (GB)||Dansili (GB)||Generoud Diana (GB)||Generous (IRE)|
|Jaguar Mail (JPN)||Jungle Pocket (JPN)||Haya Beni Homachi (JPN)||Sunday Silence|
|Liberator (AUS)||Encosta de Lago (AUS)||Miss Helga (IRE)||Alzao|
|Scarlet Camellia (NZ)||Spartacus (IRE)||Avelina (GB)||Nashwan|
|Dancing Rain (IRE)||Danehill Dancer (IRE)||Rain Flower (IRE)||Indian Ridge (GB)|
|Pagera (FR)||Gentlewave (IRE)||Panthesilea (FR)||Kendor (FR)|
|Bayrir (FR)||Medicean (GB)||Balankiya (IRE)||Darshaan (GB)|
HONG KONG SPRINT
|Lucky Nine (IRE)||Dubawi (IRE)||Birjand (GB)||Green Desert|
|Super Easy (NZ)||Darci Brahma (NZ)||Parfore (NZ)||Gold Brose (AUS)|
|Joy and Fun (NZ)||Cullen (AUS)||Gin Player (NZ)||Defensive Play|
|Lord Kanaloa (JPN)||King Kamehameha (JPN)||Lady Blossom (JPN)||Storm Cat|
|Admiration (AUS)||Encosta de Lago (AUS)||Provence (AUS)||Redoute's Choice (AUS)|
|Leading City (AUS)||Shamardal||Salty Sal (AUS)||Salt Lake|
|Time After Time (AUS)||Danehill Dancer (IRE)||Recurring (NZ)||Pentire (GB)|
|Captain Sweet (AUS)||Fastnet Rock (AUS)||Strega (AUS)||Lake Coniston (IRE)|
|Cerise Cherry (SAF)||Goldkeeper||Cherry Girl (ZIM)||Pochard (ARG)|
|Flying Blue (AUS)||Piccolo (GB)||Bright Blue (AUS)||Scenic (IRE)|
|Sea Siren (AUS)||Fastnet Rock (AUS)||Express A Smile (AUS)||Success Express|
|Curren Chan (JPN)||Kuronfune||Spring Ticket (JPN)||Tony Bin (IRE)|
HONG KONG MILE
|Ambitious Dragon (NZ)||Pins (AUS)||Golden Gamble (NZ)||Oregon|
|Xtension (IRE)||Xaar (GB)||Great Joy (IRE)||Grand Lodge|
|Glorious Days (AUS)||Hussonet||San Century (NZ)||Centaine (AUS)|
|Gordon Lord Byron (IRE)||Byron (GB)||Boa Estrela (IRE)||Intikhab|
|Sadamu Patek (JPN)||Fuji Kiseki (JPN)||Summer Night City (JPN)||Helissio (FR)|
|Grand Prix Boss (JPN)||Sakura Bakushin O (JPN)||Rosy Mist (JPN)||Sunday Silence|
|Pure Champion (IRE)||Footstepinthesand (GB)||Castara Beach (IRE)||Danehill|
|Don Bosco (FR)||Barathea (IRE)||Perfidie (IRE)||Monsun (GER)|
|Master of Hounds||Kingmambo||Silk And Scarlet (GB)||Sadler's Wells|
|Packing Whiz (IRE)||Trade Fair (GB)||Swizzle (GB)||Efisio (GB)|
|Packing OK (AUS)||Reboute's Choice (AUS)||Abbadena (AUS)||Runyon (IRE)|
|Siyouma (IRE)||Medicean (GB)||Sichilla (IRE)||Danehill|
HONG KONG CUP
|Cirrus des Aigles (FR)||Even Top (IRE)||Taille de Guepe (FR)||Septieme Ciel|
|California Memory||Highest Honor (FR)||Kalpita||Spinning World|
|Carlton House||Street Cry (IRE)||Talented (GB)||Bustino (GB)|
|Alcopop (AUS)||Jeune (GB)||Iota of Luck (AUS)||Blevic (AUS)|
|Sweet Orange||War Front||Good Vibes||Unbridled's Song|
|Irian (GER)||Tertullian||Iberi (GER)||Rainbow Quest|
|Zaidan||Street Cry (IRE)||Element of Truth||Atticus|
|Dan Excel (IRE)||Shamardal||Love Excelling (FR)||Polish Precedent|
|Military Attack (IRE)||Oratorio (IRE)||Almaaseh (IRE)||Dancing Brave|
|Saonois (FR)||Chichicastenango (FR)||Saonoise (FR)||Homme De Loi (IRE)|
|Feuerblitz (GER)||Big Shuffle||Flamingo Island (GER)||Acatenango (GER)|
|Autumn Gold (GER)||Ransom O'War||Aueglocke (GER)||Surumu (GER)|
|Giofra (GB)||Dansili (GB)||Gracefully (IRE)||Orpen|
Some of the more interesting pedigree lines that caught my eye in these fields:
- As I had previously thought, heavy American influence on the dam sire side of the pedigree chart.
- Acatenango (GER), an extremely important sire in Germany and the sire of Animal Kingdom's dam, Dalicia (GER), is the dam sire of HK Cup contender Feuerblitz (GER). Feuerblitz is by the American-bred Big Shuffle, a product of Bold Ruler/Native Dancer lines. Big Shuffle ran in Europe for during his career, stood at Gestut Auenquelle, Germany, and was a champion German sire in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
- Sweet Orange, a scratch out of the HK Cup, has the most purely American pedigree of any horse in the four HK International races; by War Front out of an Unbridled's Song mare (Good Vibes).
- Irian (GER) is by Tertullian, a son of Miswaki out of a Trempolino mare, and stands in Germany where he was a multiple group winner during his career. Like Big Shuffle, Tertullian is an American-bred horse that had all his success in Europe and now stands in Germany.
- Hussonet, sire of HK Mile contender Glorious Days (AUS), ran a handful of times in New York as a juvenile and 3yo and then went to Chile where he was a champion sire seven times. He eventually ended up in Australia where he stands today.
- HK Sprint contender Cerise Cheery (SAF) is a son of the American-bred Goldkeeper, another sire with little to no success running in the U.S. and ultimately sent to South Africa to stand at stud. I'm sensing a theme here.
- Kurofune, sire of Sprint runner Curren Chan (JPN), is an American-bred son of French Deputy that won multiple Group stakes in Japan, where he retired to stud
- Ransom O'War, sire of HK Cup runner Autumn Gold (GER), was a Group 1 winner in Germany.