STUDY OF MAN

"The more we see, the more there is to like about the second-season sire going places fast"

Racing Post Good Morning Bloodstock on 17th May 2024

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21st May 2024
MORE STAKES SUCCESS FOR STUDY OF MAN
Lanwades-bred LINGUA FRANCA made all the running to win the Listed Grosser Preis von Meravis at Hannover yesterday to become her sire’s 7th individual Stakes performer and 3rd individual Stakes winner. LINGUA FRANCA was making her seasonal debut and broke well in the hands of Luke Morris and although she was a bit keen early on she managed to fend off her challengers to edge clear towards the end to win by just under a length. LINGUA FRANCA was fourth behind subsequent Gr.2 May Hill Stakes winner DARNATION on her debut last year and she then went onto to win a mile novice at Haydock, her only other outing last season. LINGUA FRANCA is half-sister to multiple Listed winner and Gr.1 placed LE DON DE VIE out of multiple winner LEADERENE (by SELKIRK). Also on the same day STUDY OF MAN sired GHORGAN who was a fast finishing third in the Gr.2 German 2000 to add to his third place in the Gr.2 Italian Guineas in April. STUDY OF MAN has some most impressive statistics which include 37% Stakes performers to winners with his first crop.

17th May 2024
"THE MORE WE SEE, THE MORE THERE IS TO LIKE ABOUT THE SECOND-SEASON SIRE GOING PLACES FAST"

By James Thomas in the Racing Post Good Morning Bloodstock on 17th May 2024

"Patience may be a virtue, but, at times, it can seem like there is precious little of it in this business. This is never more evident than when the industry hive mind is forming its view on a fresh group of young stallions.

And do you know what? I get it. I don’t necessarily agree, but I get it. In an era of rising costs, spiralling book sizes and increasing commercial imperative, many feel they simply cannot afford to sit around and wait for the chasing pack to catch up. Especially if they think they have spotted the next big thing. 

But the risk with moving too soon is that you might end up moving before the bigger picture has been revealed. And, particularly at this time of year, that picture can change pretty rapidly. That is to say, the more we see of some sires, the less there is to be enthused about. 

They may be fewer in number, but there are those in the opposite camp too, and one whose profile looks more progressive by the day is Study Of Man. Recent weeks have seen the Lanwades Stud resident add a slew of eyecatching winners to his burgeoning record, as well as a three-fold increase to his number of black-type performers. 

 This steep upward trajectory has not come as a surprise. Although Study Of Man could not keep tabs on the likes of Blue Point and Too Darn Hot last season, he laid down some solid foundations with his first crop of juveniles, even though all known form suggests last year was not the ideal time to make a judgement. For all his many qualities, he was always long odds to sire a Brocklesby winner. 

 As a racehorse Study Of Man will not be remembered for his precocity. He ran just once at two, debuting over a mile at Saint-Cloud on heavy ground in late September. He did, however, serve notice he possessed well above average ability as he scored by a cosy two lengths under a hands-and-heels ride from Stephane Pasquier. 

But given his distinguished lineage, the Pascal Bary-trained colt was always likely to come into his own during his Classic season. 

He was bred by the Niarchos family when they sent Second Happiness to the Shadai Stallion Station to visit the breed-shaping Deep Impact in 2014. Not only is Study Of Man by one of the preeminent Classic sires of the era, an 11-time champion in Japan no less, but he also descends from a remarkably influential female line. Second Happiness is by Storm Cat and out of the brilliant Miesque, winner of ten Group/Grade 1 races. 

 The champion daughter of Nureyev’s progeny include top-class miler Kingmambo, who also became a sire of consequence, and triple Group 1 winner East Of The Moon. All told, the names descending directly from Miesque and her daughters include no fewer than 16 elite-level performers, making this one of the most prolific Group 1 families in the stud book. Those 16 names include five champions, each of whom gained their laurels at three or older. 

 Study Of Man cleaved to family tradition by taking a significant step forward at three, readily landing the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe on just his third outing.  

But it was his next start that would define Study Of Man’s racing days as he saw off Louis D’Or and Patascoy to claim the Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club. That proved to be his final victory, although he acquitted himself with credit in Group 1 company at four when runner-up to Waldgeist in the Prix Ganay and Zabeel Prince in the Prix d'Ispahan. 

 He was retired to Kirsten Rausing’s Lanwades operation in a deal that rekindled a relationship that began four decades earlier when Stavros Niarchos purchased a share in the stud’s first stallion, Niniski. Despite their existing links, Rausing had to see off some strong international interest to secure the horse, including from Japan, where the potency of the Deep Impact-Storm Cat cross was being advertised by champion first-season sire Kizuna. 

 Given that Rausing and the Niarchos family were among the breeders whose mares Study Of Man covered in that initial season, he couldn’t exactly be said to have lacked support. However, he was introduced at a fee of £15,000 and, according to Weatherbys records, covered 70 mares throughout a term that was impacted by Covid-enforced lockdown. By contrast, some of his contemporaries covered books that numbered well over 200. 

 And this is one of the chief difficulties when analysing stallion performance: it is all too easy to confuse ability with opportunity, when like is not being compared with like. But in this case, that serves only to make Study Of Man’s accomplishments all the more noteworthy. 

No second-season sire has produced more black-type performers than Study Of Man has this term, despite others having had the advantages of bigger books, higher fees and greater quantities of quality mares. 

The most notable of his five stakes performers in 2024 is Birthe, who ran out a clear-cut winner of the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp on Sunday. The Laura Vanska-trained filly had already won one stakes contest this term, having landed the Listed Prix Caravelle at Toulouse prior to her Group 2 strike in Paris. 

 She heads a roll of honour that in the last month has been added to by Sons And Lovers, who finished a staying-on third in the Group 3 Craven Stakes; Juddmonte homebred Kalpana, who followed up a ten-length rout in a Newmarket handicap by chasing home Friendly Soul in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes; and Francophone, who took the step up from Southwell handicap to finish runner-up in Wednesday’s Group 3 Musidora Stakes. 

 All that means that Study Of Man has now sired six black-type performers from only 39 lifetime starters, giving him a stakes horses-to-runners ratio of 15 per cent. Although we are still dealing with a relatively small sample size, that is an impressive statistic, whichever way you slice it. 

 Although Classic types look likely to prove Study Of Man’s metier, he has already shown he is capable of siring high-class juveniles as well, as his first stakes scorer was Deepone, winner of last year’s Group 2 Beresford Stakes. 

Paddy Twomey’s Irish 2,000 Guineas entrant was one of nine European first-crop two-year-old winners Study Of Man sired in 2023, with that tally coming from 29 runners at a clip of 31 per cent.  

His strike rate this term has already improved to 43 per cent, with 13 winners from 30 runners putting him ahead of his peers (with more than 15 starters) in percentage terms. 

It is also interesting to note that Study Of Man is doing what all good stallions do by upgrading his mares. There is no clearer example of this than Birthe. Her dam, the €240,000 Shadwell yearling purchase Barakaat, managed one win in a Toulouse maiden but was then offloaded to Sabah Al Sabah’s agent Peter Harper for just 27,000gns while carrying Birthe in utero. 

 The Group 2 winner received an even more lukewarm reception at the sales herself, as she sold to noted shrewdie JD Moore for a mere €10,000 when offered by Tara Stud at the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale in 2022. She has since proved that initial market valuation to be well wide of the mark. 

Although Deepone cost a more respectable 62,000gns at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, he too has shown that to be money well spent as he has earned close to £100,000 in prize-money. He is also comfortably the best of his unraced dam’s three runners to date. 

The trend of upgraded performances continues throughout Study Of Man’s progeny record, even among those mares with plenty to recommend them. 

 Francophone’s dam, Francophilia, is a daughter of Frankel and the Group 1-winning Lady Jane Digby, but her highest Racing Post Rating (RPR) was 80, a mark that her daughter by Study Of Man had comfortably eclipsed even before she finished second in the Musidora Stakes on Wednesday. 

 The 106-rated Kalpana also boasts a solid pedigree, being out of a Listed-winning sister to Group 1 scorer Zambezi Sun, but she has still surpassed the RPR achieved by her dam and any of her four winning siblings, despite having had only four starts herself. 

The Andreas Wohler-trained Ghorgan is the first of Guavia’s four winners to gain black type, despite the Listed-placed daughter of Invincible Spirit having previously visited Camelot, Iffraaj and Nathaniel. 

And So In Love has been mated with Sea The Stars, Sea The Moon and Gleneagles, and the highest rated of those was Stagiaire with an RPR of 83. But when sent to Study Of Man she bred Sons And Lovers, who ran to 101 when third in the Craven on only his second start. 

Others likely to have stakes race aspirations before too long include the 99-rated Kinesiology, whose dam, Kinaesthesia, saw her racecourse efforts peak at a mark of 72, while Quintada’s career-best RPR was 84. Her first foal, Study Of Man colt Star Studied, is unbeaten after two starts, and the latter of those efforts was allotted a mark of 91. I could go on, but you get the picture. 

With subsequent books of mares numbering 83, 81 and 78, Study Of Man won’t have the weight of numbers that some will have to call upon over the coming years. However, that hasn’t stopped him siring some significant talents thus far, and, if he continues on his current trajectory, his youngstock will not only head to future foal and yearling sales with an increased market value, but something of a scarcity factor too. 

 The stallion landscape may be a permanently evolving picture, particularly when it comes to the younger names. But as far as Study Of Man is concerned, the more we see, the more there is to like."     

13th May 2024
A NEW GROUP 2 WINNER FOR STUDY OF MAN
Three-year-old filly BIRTHE became her sire’s second Group 2 winner from his first crop when keeping on gamely to win the Gr.2 Prix Saint-Alary at ParisLongchamp yesterday. There was much talk about this race being demoted from Group 1 to a Group 2 status, but it still proved to be a competitive renewal. BIRTHE had won as a two-year-old last November at Chantilly. She then finished a very close up third, only beaten ¾ length on her seasonal reappearance over 8.5 furlongs at Chantilly. She then won her first Stakes race – a Listed race at Toulouse over 10 furlongs on her last start before landing this Group 2. BIRTHE was bred by Sabah Mubarak Al Sabah at Tara Stud in Ireland and was sold as a yearling at the Goffs Autumn Yarling Sale. She is the first foal out the LOPE DE VEGA mare BARAKAAT who was also a winner at Toulouse at three.

12th May 2024
 
A NEW GROUP 3 WINNER FOR SEA THE MOON
Dual Classic sire and Champion sire in 2023 SEA THE MOON continued his success when his three-year-old filly SEA THE BOSS won the Gr.3 Irish EBF Jannah Rose Stakes at Naas yesterday. SEA THE BOSS was settled in the rear of the pack and although she was the first to come under pressure, she proved the strongest in the finish to win by a neck. SEA THE BOSS is trained by Jessica Harrington and won her maiden on debut over 7 ½ furlongs at Tipperary last September as a two-year-old. She then ran a very respectable fourth in the Listed Ingabelle Stakes at Leopardstown before finishing her two-year-old campaign in the Gr.3 Staffordstown Stud Stakes at The Curragh when seemingly not liking the ground to finish down the field. This was her seasonal reappearance and she seemed to relish the step up in trip to 1 mile and 2 ½ furlongs. She has some nice entries, and it will be interesting to see where she heads to..

10th May 2024
SEAMLESS TRANSITION TO MOTHERHOOD FOR ALPINISTA
By Emma Berry - TDN, Thursday 9th May 2024
Since the turn of this century we have been blessed to see some special fillies and mares win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Zarkava (Fr) was followed by Danedream (Ger), Solemia (Ire), Found (Ire), Treve (Fr) and Enable (GB), with the last two named each winning the great race twice. The latest to add her name to that roll of honour was Kirsten Rausing's homebred Alpinista (GB), in 2022.

This season the daughter of Frankel (GB) has become a mother for the first time after foaling a filly by Dubawi (Ire) in mid-February. Rausing, the owner of Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, is understandably proud of her six-time Group 1 winner who, now seven, is a fifth-generation of the Lanwades lynchpin Alruccaba (GB) (Crystal Palace {GB}) and from the family which includes the dual G1 Champion S. winner Alborada (GB) (Alzao), a full-sister to Alpinista's granddam and fellow Group 1 winner Albanova (GB).

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“What I always say about Alpinista is that she is, of course, incapable of doing anything wrong. She is a wonderful heroine,” says the owner-breeder. “Last year she went in foal immediately at first attempt, and she has a really nice grey filly foal by Dubawi.

“Everything has gone well with both mare and foal, and again she's done it all completely right this year. She's back in foal to Study Of Man, so we're very excited to have her in foal to this up-and-coming horse.”

Six years ago this week, the Niarchos family homebred Study Of Man (Ire), by Deep Impact (Jpn) out of a Storm Cat daughter of Miesque, won the G2 Prix Greffulhe en route to landing the G1 Prix du Jockey Club. He began his second career at Lanwades in 2020, covering 71 mares in his first year, and the resultant offspring are now three-year-olds. It is fair to say that his burgeoning success has been one of the talking points of the season to date, with Rausing admitting that the phone has been ringing hot in the Lanwades office with a new wave of breeders keen to book a mare to Study Of Man.

“At the moment he is exceeding my expectations. It is exciting that Study Of Man can do this with a limited number of mares,” she says. “Things are really looking very exciting for the future.”

His five black-type performers from that first crop are led by last season's G2 Beresford S. winner Deepone (GB), who has been entered by trainer Paddy Toomey for the Irish 2,000 Guineas on May 25.

Recent Listed winner Birthe (Ire) is entered for Sunday's G2 Prix Saint-Alary, while Sunday's Pretty Polly S. runner-up Kalpana (GB) holds a G2 Ribblesdale entry along with Rausing's Francophone (GB), a winner at two and three, who could also be seen in next week's G3 Musidora S.

Sons And Lovers (GB), a winner on debut at Newmarket and subsequently third in the G3 Craven S., and the G3 Premio Parioli (Italian 2,000 Guineas) third Ghorgan (Ger) are also noteworthy.

“The winners keep coming; every day there's a new Study Of Man winner and some of them look quite exciting, such as the Juddmonte filly Kalpana,” Rausing says.

“We hope Sons And Lovers may also prove to be more than useful. He is heading for the [Listed] Heron Stakes at Sandown to start with, and then we'll see what happens.”

It is clearly a boost for Study Of Man to have Alpinista in his book for 2024. The mare appears to have taken to motherhood seamlessly and along with her own star offspring at Lanwades is Alpinista's full-brother, who is the result of the third mating of her dam Alwilda (GB) with champion sire Frankel.

A Listed winner in her racing days, Alwilda is by the late Lanwades resident Hernando (Fr), another Prix du Jockey Club winner for the Niarchos family. The 14-year-old mare also has a yearling filly by Frankel and has recently been covered by Sea The Stars, which means that her next foal will be bred on the cross which has produced the Group 1 winners Sea Of Class (Ire) and Sea La Rosa (Ire). The mare's second foal, Listed winner Alpenblume (GB) (Kendargent {Fr}), has also recently joined the Lanwades broodmare band and is now in foal to Frankel, while her two-year-old half-sister, Alpetta (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}), is in training with Sir Mark Prescott.

Alpinista has a yearling full-sister, a very nice filly, slightly taller than Alpinista, and bay, not grey. She will go to the sales,” Rausing announces, before adding with no little understatement. “So that will hopefully create a bit of interest.”

29th April 2024
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR LANWADES SIRES
Lanwades' sires enjoyed success across the globe; SEA THE MOON had three winners and two Group-3 placings.  STUDY OF MAN's fine run with his first crop of three-year-olds continue with two new winners as well as a Group 3 Classic placing. BOBBY'S KITTEN had a winner in Australia and SIR PERCY had a winner in Italy.

SEA THE MOON’s three winners included two debutant winners; three-year-old filly DURAS winning first time out at Hoppegarten over 1800m for owner Stall Mandarin and trainer Andreas Wohler and three-year-old colt ANY MOON winning on debut for owner Gestut Schlenderhan and trainer Markus Klug over 2200m. The third winner was RAY’S MOON who won at Jagersro for owner/breeder Chess Racing AB and trainer Jessica Long. SEA THE MOON also sired SEA THE LADY who finished third in Gr.3 Prix Allez France Longines at Longchamp and three-year-old colt WONDERFUL BOY who finished third in Gr.3 Der Grosse Online-Banking Preis at Krefeld over 1700m.  SEA THE MOON has sired an impressive 60 individual Stakes performers which includes four Gr.1 winners.

STUDY OF MAN’s
fine run with his first crop of three-year-olds continue with Lanwades-bred three-year-old colt CONTACTO winning most impressively at Doncaster by 7 lengths for trainer Andrew Balding. FRANCOPHONE winning nicely at three for trainer Charlie Johnston having already won as a two-year-old. This was followed by Lanwades-bred THE CRAFTY MOLE winning at Wetherby to become STUDY OF MAN’s 15th individual winner from his first crop. In fact STUDY OF MAN has sired six winners from his last nine runners in the last fortnight in the UK and boasts at 36% strike rate with his three-year-olds. STUDY OF MAN also sired three-year-old colt GHORGAN to finish third in the Gr.3 Italian 2000 Guineas in Rome. 

Not be left out BOBBY’S KITTEN sired a new winner in GOOD KITTY winning in Australia and SIR PERCY sired a winner in Italy. 

22nd April 2024
STUDY OF MAN’s FIRST CROP OF THREE-YEAR-OLDS ARE FLYING
STUDY OF MAN’s fine run with his first crop of three-year-olds continues as BIRTHE wins the Listed Prix Caravelle at Toulouse to become her sire’s second Black-Type Winner after DEEPONE won the Gr.2 Beresford Stakes last year. Also in the race was SEA THE MOON’s VIGATATA who finished third to become her sire’s 60th individual Stakes performer. BIRTHE had won as a two-year-old last November at Chantilly. She then finished a very close up third, only beaten ¾ length, on her seasonal reappearance over 8.5 furlongs at Chantilly on 14th March. She was held up over this longer trip of 10 furlongs at Toulouse and made her move late on to win by a neck. BIRTHE was bred by Sabah Mubarak Al Sabah at Tara Ireland in Ireland and was sold as a yearling at the Goffs Autumn Yearling Sale. She is the first foal out the LOPE DE VEGA mare BARAKAAT who was also a winner at Toulouse at three.

19th April 2024
STUDY OF MAN
A very successful few days for Lanwades sire STUDY OF MAN.  First up at Newmarket this week was Juddmonte-bred 3yo filly KALPANA winning at Newmarket by 10 lengths.  Her second win from three starts.  Next up at Newmarket was Lanwades-bred 3yo colt SONS AND LOVERS running a very credible third in the Gr.3 Craven Stakes.  Then today Lanwades-bred 3yo filly SINOLOGY (pictured right) wins a highly competitive maiden at Newbury over 10 furlongs on her second attempt.  SINOLOGY is out of MADAME CHIANG who won the Gr.1 Champions Fillies and Mares as well as the Gr.3 Musidora Stakes. SINOLOGY becomes her dam's fifth winner from her first five foals.
 

2nd April 2024

SEA THE MOON
SEA THE MOON's  high-class middle-distance performer ASSISTENT made the ideal start to his five-year-old season at Cologne yesterday, sprinting clear of his rivals in the straight to win the 2400m Listed Grand Prix Aufgalopp by six lengths. Settled in a lovely stalking position on the inside, he took over from the front-running WALDADLER with just over 400m to run and didn’t need to be fully extended to lengthen clear in the closing stages.   Bred by Gestüt Röttgen and now owned by Eckhard Sauren, ASSISTENT was a Listed winner and fourth in the Gr.1 Deutsches Derby at three.  At four he won both the Gr.2 Carl Jaspers Preis and Gr.2 Grosser Hansa-Preis early in the season and was second to JUNKO in the Gr.1 Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich in November.  SEA THE MOON was also sire of a new winner in Lanwades-bred 3yo PALACE GREEN who won a  Novice at Kempton by 5 lengths for trainer Richard Hughes.  He was consigned by Staffordstown when sold for 120,000 gns at the 2022 Tattersalls October Book 2.

21st March 2024
FANTASTIC MOON NAMED GERMAN HORSE OF THE YEAR
FANTASTIC MOON
has been named German Horse of the Year in 2023 just like his sire, SEA THE MOON, did back in 2014!

8th March 2024
ANOTHER IMPRESSIVE VICTORY FOR BOBBY'S KITTEN'S PROGRESSIVE SON ALMOTAHED
The Countess of Rothes-bred 3yo ALMOTAHEAD put in another dominant perfomance to win The 2000 Championship (Saudi 2000 Guineas) on Friday. ALMOTAHEAD was the Champion 2yo in Saudi Arabia in 2023 and is now the winner of 4 races.

26th February 2024
LANWADES-BRED STAR STUDIED WINS ON DEBUT
Lanwades-bred 3yo colt by STAR STUDIED was an impressive winner on debut at Southwell on Saturday.  He becomes his sire, STUDY OF MAN's 11th individual first crop winner.  His jockey, Clifford Lee said  "That was a lovely performance from Star Studied. He was a bit sleepy in the gates, but picked up nicely in the straight when I asked when the gaps appeared. He won going away at the finish".

19th February 2024
A DUBAWI FILLY FOR ARC HEROINE ALPINISTA

Gr.1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner ALPINISTA has produced her first foal, a filly by DUBAWI. A fourth-generation Lanwades homebred, ALPINISTA, who is out of the Listed-winning HERNANDO mare ALWILDA, herself a daughter of the treble Group 1 winner ALBANOVA, won six Group 1 races during her four seasons in training with Sir Mark Prescott in Newmarket. Kirsten Rausing said, "Following family tradition, the daughter of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner is a grey - all females in her family going back to [twelfth dam] LADY JOSEPHINE having been of that coat colour." She continued, "I had been hoping for the mare to produce a filly, so I'm obviously thrilled and very grateful to ALPINISTA, who, as usual, can do no wrong." 

22nd January 2024
LANWADES-BRED FILLY KHINJANI MAKES IMPRESSIVE START IN THE STATES
Lanwades-bred four year old filly KHINJANI makes a most impressive start when winning on her first run in America under a hands and heels ride from Frankie Dettori over ten furlongs at Santa Anita.  KHINJANI was purchased at the 2023 Tattersalls December Sale by Rancho Temescal Thoroughbred Partners and now races in the colours of Jackpot Farms, Lordship Stud Et Al for trainer Mark Glatt.  There looks plenty more to come from this daughter of SIR PERCY and her next intended race is a Grade 3 in February.

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19th January 2024
FIRST THREE-YEAR-OLD WINNER FOR STUDY OF MAN
Juddmonte homebred filly KALPANA was a winner on debut today at Wolverhampton for her sire
STUDY OF MAN.  She is his sire's 10th individual winner.

12th January 2024
SEA THE MOON'S STOCK SET TO RISE FURTHER AFTER BRILLIANT CLASSIC DOUBLE IN 2023
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4th January 2024

FIRST LANWADES-BRED WINNER OF 2024
Three-year-old Lanwades-bred filly ALL AGLEAM who had been running creditably being placed five times from six runs managed to get rid of her maiden tag with a win in the 7f handicap at Lingfield today.  She took a keen hold early on, was settled in midfield, ridden to lead inside the final furlong and kept on well.  She is trained by Andrew Balding and was ridden today by David Probert.  ALL AGLEAM is out of Gr.3 winner ALLA SPERANZA and is a full sister to SHINE SO BRIGHT, winner of five races including Gr.2 City of York Stakes.