Japanese-bred first-crop sire Hat Trick, a Group 1-winning miler in Japan and Hong Kong by Sunday Silence, stands at Walmac (and in the Southern Hemisphere at Haras El Mallin in Argentina) and is a curiosity for many reasons. Never commercially popular, Hat Trick nevertheless is by the exported Kentucky Derby winner who created a dynasty in Japan as a sire and sire of sires. The quality of several runners by Sunday Silence has been established abroad, as has the level of racing in Japan and the produce of Sunday Silence’s own sons. Last fall the Sunday Silence horse Stay Gold’s son Nakayama Festa was a narrow second in the Arc, while in the spring the Sunday Silence stallion Neo Universe’s son Victoire Pisa won the Dubai World Cup from another Japanese-bred colt. Even the first batch of low-level Sunday Silence sires in Europe has yielded results: the one-time French-based Sunday Silence horse Divine Light’s daughter Natagora won the 2008 1000 Guineas, although the sire is now in Turkey.
Hat Trick has at least 73 2-year-olds in his first crop and to date he’s represented by four winners, only one less than first-crop leader (by winners) Hard Spun. Three of Hard Spun’s winners have come in Great Britain on turf, but each of Hat Trick’s four winners has been abroad: in Russia, Mexico, and France. They are listed below. Click the name to see the chart of the race. Click here to see a video of the stallion, prepared by El Mallin.
Dabirsim (won by 10L)