Equiano (Fr) completed a remarkable winning streak in England on Friday when his filly Lydia’s Place brought up at hat-trick at York.
It was the 14th win in 20 days for the Swettenham Stud shuttler.
Equiano has sired 26 individual winners of 31 races this year and that puts him 6 clear of Zebedee in both categories at the top of the English second-season table.
There’s black-type on the horizon with three of his recent winners heading for higher honours. Unbeaten filly Fly On The Night is slated for the G2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons Laffitte on July 26, Strath Burn holds an entry for the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood on July 31 and Lady Macapa has been set for the G2 Lowther Stakes at York on August 20.
Strath Burn is a typical Equiano – he earned black-type in France and England last year but is beginning to realise his full potential as a three year-old.
Trainer Charlie Hills gave him an easy kill in a Doncaster maiden last Thursday – he went out a prohibitive $1.10 favourite and was geared down by jockey Oisin Murphy a long way from the line.
“He has obviously got plenty of ability and his form is rock solid,” Hills said. “He was caught out a bit by inexperience last year but he’s improved with those runs under his belt.”
Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad bought into the colt last year – he was initially purchased by Meikle Ben Stables owner Ronald Bartlett for 62,000 guineas (AUD 116,400) at the 2014 Tattersalls Craven 2YO Sale.
Equiano hails from the Acclamation sireline which has emerged as a major influence in Europe. His son Dark Angel heads the UK 2YO table this year and he went further ahead when Godolphin colt Birchwood won the G2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
Dark Angel retired to stud three years before Equiano and has now sired 20 stakes winners from his base at Morristown Lattin Stud in Ireland.
Acclamation retired to stud in 2005 and he remains a Top 5 stallion on the UK 2YO table. His chief earner this term has been Al Shaqab colt King Of Rooks who won the LR National Stakes at Sandown in May.