Darley homebred Saamidd gave Street Cry a second stakes result in England this year when he romped home in the G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.
Saamidd (2c Street Cry – Aryaamm by Galileo) had won on debut at Newbury last month and was sent out an odds-on favourite under Frankie Dettori. “He’s such a beautiful individual,” Dettori noted. He’s got a high cruising speed and a kick and is something to look forward to.”
Saamidd, which is Arabic for Pegasus, was much too good for Approve (Oasis Dream) who was coming off a G2 victory in the Gimcrack Stakes at York. His dam hails from the family of Sadler’s Wells G1 winners Barathea and Gossamer.
“He won his maiden easily enough and he is one of our top colts,” spokesman Simon Crisford said. “He probably got to the front too soon but put the race to bed very quickly.”
Saamidd will run in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes on October 16 and will winter with the English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket foremost on his agenda for 2011.
Street Cry colt Zaidan will also be set for the classics next year, however, he will target the Kentucky Derby on the same weekend as the Newmarket showpiece.
Zaidan (2c Street Cry – Element Of Truth by Atticus) looked a world-beater when he won the Listed Chesham Stakes on his ear at Royal Ascot in June. He took an unbeaten record into the Listed Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury in August but didn’t act on the slow ground behind Sheikh Mohammed’s colt Jannod (Medicean).
Trainer Clive Brittain is adamant Zaidan is a classic colt in the making. And he’s keen to make up for a near miss in 1986 when his colt Bold Arrangement was runner-up to Ferdinand in the Run for the Roses.
“If I ever go back to Kentucky, it will be with a horse who has a chance to win,” Brittain told interviewers during the Royal Ascot meeting. “Zaidan could be it.”
Zaidan is from Newmarket winner Element Of Truth who is a half-sister to Irish G3 winner Ramooz (Rambo Dancer). He was a $200,000 buy for Saeed Manana at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Street Cry’s stakes winner tally reached 41 after Saamidd scored at Doncaster. Earlier in the day Whobegotyou chimed in for a G2 victory in the Dato Tan Chin Nam at Moonee Valley.
The Mark Kavanagh trained gelding and his Street Cry stablemate Shocking are pre-post favourites to complete the Cox Plate – Melbourne Cup double this spring.
A day after the Flemington carnival closes, Street Cry’s stud career will reach a crescendo when Zenyatta attempts a three-peat in the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs.