Northern Dancer, Halo, Machiavellian, and Danehill are all from the same female family. Click their names and note that each stallion descends in tail female (that’s in direct female descent) to the mare Almahmoud—the second dam of the first two and the fourth dam of the last two named.
Northern Dancer’s major male-line influence today is through Danzig (sire of Danehill, Green Desert), Sadler’s Wells (sire of Galileo, Montjeu, High Chaparral), Fairy King (sire of Encosta de Lago), and Storm Cat (sire of Giant’s Causeway), while Halo’s is through the late Sunday Silence in Japan, Southern Halo in Argentina, and More Than Ready in Australia. Machiavellian’s main claim to fame is as the sire of Street Cry, a sire who has excelled around the world. Danehill, meanwhile, has major sire sons in Europe (Dansili) and Australia (Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock).
Because many of these sires are bred to descendants of others (Sadler’s Wells x Danehill; Sunday Silence x Sadler’s Wells; etc.), line breeding to common ancestors accumulates in pedigrees. Danehill, for instance, is inbred 3×3 to Natalma, Almahmoud’s daughter and Northern Dancer’s dam, so straight off he brings two lines of this family to the table. Southern Halo was a son of Halo produced from a daughter of Northern Dancer, so he was inbred 3×4 to Almahmoud. His son More Than Ready has had success in Australia by crossing with Danehill blood (see Sebring, for example), so Almahmoud’s presence here becomes obviously significant as the generations are peeled farther back to show the accumulations of this line.
Almahmoud is an established marker in stallion pedigrees, but the mare Boulevard (Pall Mall—Costa Sola, by Worden) is emerging as one in the pedigrees of three major international sires: Neo Universe (by Sunday Silence) in Japan, Street Cry (by Machiavellian) in the US and Australia, and Shamardal (by Giant’s Causeway) in Europe and Australia. Boulevard is the third dam of Neo Universe and Street Cry and the fourth dam of Shamardal.
Neo Universe’s classic-winning 3-year-old son Victoire Pisa won the Group 1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama today over 2500 meters by a nose from the luckless Buena Vista (with Japanese Derby winner Eishin Flash in 7th). Earlier this year he’d won the the 70th running of the 2000-meter international Group 1 Satsuki Sho (2000 Guineas equivalent) at Nakayama, too, and is his sire’s third individual classic winner from two classic crops. Last year, Neo Universe was represented by Unrivaled (won Guineas) and Logi Universe (won the Tokyo Yushum, the Group 1 Japanese Derby equivalent). What’s common in the pedigrees of all three is inbreeding to either Halo (sire of Sunday Silence) or Hail to Reason (sire of Halo). Two of the three also have Machaivellian (out of a Halo mare and from the family of Northern Dancer) in their pedigrees, and two of the three have plenty of Northern Dancer in the bottom sides of their pedigrees, too, which means plenty of Almahmoud buildup.
Shamardal, who is out of a sister to Street Cry, was represented by his first Northern Hemisphere classic crop in 2010 and struck in France with Lope de Vega, first in the French Guineas and Derby equivalents. As with Victoire Pisa, Machiavellian played a huge role in Lope de Vega’s pedigree, too. Note the classic winner is, in fact, inbred 3×3 to Machiavellian—sire of Street Cry.
It’s only a matter of time, then, before the offspring of Neo Universe, Street Cry, and Shamardal start mixing, too.