Scintillula’s Close Relative Shines on World Cup Night
28 March 2023
One of Pencarrow Stud’s top broodmares received a significant pedigree update during the prestigious Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan over the weekend.
Scintillula (Galileo) is a full-sister to the dam of Danyah (Invincible Spirit), who defeated an elite field of sprinters in the US$1m Group One Al Quoz Sprint (1200m).
Ridden by Dane O’Neill for local trainer Musabbeh Al Mheiri, the six-year-old chased the leaders before hitting the front inside the final 100 metres. He held on to win by a head from Australian raider The Astrologist (Zoustar), who had previously placed in the Group One Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and Goodwood Handicap (1200m).
The third-placed Al Suhail (Dubawi) has been a multiple Group One performer in Dubai for Godolphin, while five other Group One winners or placegetters featured among the unplaced runners.
The Al Quoz Sprint was the first Group One victory for Danyah, who has now had 17 starts for six wins and six placings.
Danyah’s dam is Cuis Ghaire (Galileo), who herself won three races including the Group Three Albany Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot and the Group Three Sprint Stakes (1200m) in Ireland. She was also a Group One placegetter in the English 1000 Guineas (1600m).
Cuis Ghaire is a full-sister to Pencarrow’s very own Scintillula, who herself won the Group Three Meld Stakes (1800m) and placed in another four stakes races including the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes (1400m).
Pencarrow Stud has been breeding from Scintillula since 2016, and she has been quick to make an impact with three winners from three foals to race.
Her first foal was Birdsong (NZ) (Snitzel), who was a $400,000 purchase from Karaka 2018 and has won six of her 23 starts.
Next came Butter Chicken (NZ) (Savabeel), who was bought for $800,000 from Karaka 2019. She was a maiden winner at Pakenham and then stepped straight up into stakes class, securing valuable black type with a runner-up finish in the Group Two Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield.
Third foal Stella Splendida (NZ) (Zoustar) was another $800,000 purchase at Karaka. She won impressively on debut at Taupo in September of last year, then placed behind subsequent stakes winner The Intimidator (Toronado) at Matamata.
Two-year-old filly Waikato Girl (NZ) (Savabeel) was bought for $600,000 at Karaka 2022 and is in training with Michael Freedman.
A colt foal by Savabeel was knocked down for $230,000 in Book 1 of Karaka 2023, and Scintillula is currently in foal to the champion Waikato Stud stallion again.