Knight’s Daughter Female Line

Knight’s Daughter was the dam of Round Table and the third dam of Turkish Trousers. The female line of Knight’s Daughter is the subject of this post.

Knight’s Daughter was a 1941 filly by Sir Cosmo out of Feola, by Big Game. She won three of her four starts in her native England, then later was imported to the USA by Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. of Claiborne Farm.

Knight’s Daughter produced seven foals, all starters, six winners, and three stakes winners: Love Game (1949 filly by Big Game), Round Table (1954 colt by Princequillo), and Monarchy (1957 filly by Princequillo).

Round Table was by far the best of the trio and the subject of one of my earlier posts. Suffice it to say that Round Table was Horse of the Year in 1958, champion grass horse three times, and champion handicap horse twice.

Love Game was bred in France and also imported to the USA. Love Game produced 13 foals, nine runners, seven winners, and two stakes winners: Road House (1957 colt by Hasty Road) and Nas-Mahal (1959 filly by Nasrullah).

You might recall that Nas-Mahal was the dam of Turkish Trousers. Nas-Mahal produced 12 foals, 11 starters, nine winners, and five stakes winners: Tell (1966 colt by Round Table), Beja (1967 filly by Bagdad), Turkish Trousers (1968 filly by Bagdad), Celine (1976 filly by Damascus), and Craelius (1979 colt by Avatar).

Note that Nas-Mahal produced Craelius at the age of 20. Nas-Mahal was also the second dam of G1 winner Balzac (1975 colt by Buckpasser) and the ancestress of many other stakes winners in the female line as well.

Monarchy produced 12 foals, 9 starters, seven winners, and two stakes winners: Title (1967 filly by Bold Ruler) and Fabled Monarch (1973 colt by Le Fabuleux).

Title produced the stakes winner Caption (1975 filly by Riva Ridge). But the most distinguished branch of Knight’s Daughter through Monarchy belongs to State (1974 filly by Nijinsky II out of Monarchy).

State was useful on the racetrack, posting a record of 34-3-5-5 for earnings of $54,234 (SSI of 2.76). State produced five stakes winners: Narrate (1980 filly by Honest Pleasure), Double Feint (1983 colt by Spectacular Bid), Dibs (1986 filly by Spectacular Bid), Region (1989 gelding by Devil’s Bag), Announce (1992 colt by Forty Niner). Notice that those five stakes winners were also produced exactly at three-year- intervals.

Four of those five stakes winners were graded winners (Dibs being the lone exception). The family carried on mainly through Narrate.

Narrate produced G1 winner Preach (1989 filly by Mr. Prospector) and three stakes-placed runners. Preach is the dam of Pulpit (1994 colt by A.P. Indy). Pulpit needs little introduction as a very good contemporary sire. Some even say that he is an upcoming “sire of sires,” the best evidence for that being his son Tapit, who likewise needs little introduction.

At any rate, the State branch of this family has flourished over the years and remains very popular today.

Popular and expensive. Witness three of her descendants who sold for high prices among sales foal of 2003-2007. Impervious was a colt by Storm Cat out of Preach and sold for $3,000,000 as a yearling in 2006. He was unraced.

Urban Poet was a colt by Dynaformer out of Preach and sold for $2,900,000 as a yearling in 2007. He won two of eight starts, finished third in the Gordon Stakes (G3) in England, and earned $32,415.

Rally Cat was a colt by Storm Cat out of Spunoutacontrol and sold for $1,200,000 as a yearling in 2007. He was unraced. Spunoutacontrol was a minor stakes winner by Wild Again out of Yarn, by Mr. Prospector out of Narrate.

Yarn has not done badly at stud in her own right. In addition to Spunoutacontrol, she produced Tale of the Cat (1994 colt by Storm Cat and the sire of multiple champion Gio Ponti, among many other stakes winners) and Minardi (1998 colt by Boundary and champion two-year-old in England and Ireland). Yarn was also the second dam of Johannesburg (1999 colt by Hennessy and champion two-year-old in both Europe and USA).

Prices bear out my assertion was this family has been both popular and expensive. I found 178 sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Knight’s Daughter in the female line. Those 178 foals sold for a gross of $19,888,450, an average of $111,733 (more than double the overall average of $54,140), and a maverage of 207.11 (well above the overall maverage of 163.11).

Even without the three nags mentioned above that sold for a total of $7,100,000, the remaining 175 foals still sold for an average of $73,077 (still well above the overall average of $54,140) and a maverage of 191.15 (still well above the overall maverage of 163.11).

I have not mentioned yet any of the stakes winners among sales foals of 2003-2007 tracing to Knight’s Daughter in the female line. There were only three: Teuflesberg (1,122 Performance Points), Stoneyer (1,068), and Capozzene (218).

Teuflesberg was a colt by Johannesburg out of St. Michele, by Devil’s Bag. He was sold for $9,000 as a yearling in 2006. His fourth dam was State.

Stoneyer was a colt by Graeme Hall out of Bungalow Eight, by Montbrook. He sold for $27,000 as a yearling in 2007. His fifth dam was Yarmouth, a 1952 filly by Watling Street out of Knight’s Daughter.

Capozzene was a filly by Capote out of Lady Cozzene, by Cozzene. She sold for $170,000 as a yearling in 2004. Her fourth dam was Monarchy.

So Knight’s Daughter was the fifth or sixth dam of these three stakes winners. Knight’s Daughter ranged from the fourth through eighth generations among all 178 foals (she was the fourth through eighth dam of those 178 foals).

So these 178 foals sold for high prices and should have produced good results on the racetrack. That was not exactly the case. Three stakes winners from 178 foals is 1.69% (compared to the overall figure of 3.39%). Those three stakes winners were pretty good collectively, averaging 803 Performance Points apiece (compared to the overall average of 608).

So taking both quantity and quality of stakes winners into account, these 178 foals had a PPI (result) of 0.66, compared to their Price Index of 1.27. The sold for prices about 27% above average and yielded results about 34% below average.

Some of this disparity could be due to serendipity. The results could look a lot better with a few hundred more foals over five more years of sales foals, for example.

It is also entirely possible that some of these revered female families are simply overpriced. People paid a lot more money for their descendants than they were really worth.

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