Lady Giselle a queen of breeding

By Brian Russell - 18 October 2005

The now deceased unraced France bred broodmare Lady Giselle had a big input into the results at the races on Saturday. Three of these came at the Caulfield Cup meeting through her sire giant son Zabeel, the sire of the winners Railings (Caulfield Cup) and Activation (the Group 3 Coongy Handicap) and of the dam of the Royal Academy mare Free Roller, the winner of the Melbourne Racing Club Classic over 1100 metres.

A son of Sir Tristram, Zabeel did his racing in Australia where his seven wins in 19 outings included appearances in Melbourne in the Australian Guineas, Craiglee Stakes, Moonee Valley Stakes and Alister Clark Stakes.

Uniquely his half-brother by Kenmare, Baryshnikov, also won the Australian Guineas. Also winner of the J.J. Liston Stakes at Caulfield and the Sandown Guineas, a half head second in the Alister Clark Stakes and third in the Underwood Stakes and the Sandowm Autumn Classic, Baryshnikov was involved in another contribution from Lady Giselle on Saturday, being the sire of Shanikov, the winner of the 2032 metre event on the Mophettville program. He is one of over 170 winners and earners of $8 million sired by Baryshnikov to date.

On top of the successes of her sire sons Zabeel and Baryshnikov, Lady Giselle made the winners stall on Saturday as the dam of her newest star, the Redoute’s Choice colt Break the Vault. Trained by John Hawkes for the same owners as those racing Railings, Break the Vault retained his unbeaten record in achieving his fourth win in taking out the City Tattersalls Plate over 1800 metres at Randwick.

Bred by a partnership of Arrowfield Stud and John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud and sold for $160,000 at William Inglis Sydney Easter yearling sales, Break the Vault is the fourteenth and final foal from Lady Giselle.

Eight of those foals including Count Albrecht, an eye-catching son of the Mr. Prospector sire Geiger Counter now in his third season at Heather Belle Pascoe’s quality Plaintree Farms Stud near Toowoomba, have been winners.

Sent out initially for use in New Zealand by Robert Sangster, the breeder of Zabeel, Lady Giselle had a world class pedigree. She was by Nureyev and from the French stakes winner Valderna, a half-sister by French Derby winner Val de Loir to their Horse of the Year and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Detroit.

A mare, Detroit has gone on to produce four stakes winners including another Arc de Triomphe hero in the Darley shuttle sire Carnegie.

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