Sire: Daggers Drawn (USA)
Dam: Singhana (IRE)
Dam Sire: Mouktar
Covering sire: Saddler's Rock
Currently in foal: yes
Foal at foot: no
The Daggers Drawn mare Lady Blade is offered for sale, she has been tested in foal to Saddler's Rock.
Lady Blade was placed in a seven-furlong Brighton maiden on her second racecourse appearance as a two-year-old and later ran over hurdles. Since retiring to breeding duties, the 18-year-old has produced numerous offspring, including a pair of winners.
Her first foal Billy Blade, by Generous, was a promising fourth on his only start in a bumper, before later winning twice over hurdles for Evan Williams. Meanwhile, her 2008-foaled Sulamani gelding Thegaygardener won once and placed four times from just 10 starts over hurdles for the same trainer.
In more recent times she has been paired with sires such as Apple Tree, Saddler's Rock (whom she is currently in foal to again) and Geordieland. Her two produce by the last-named number a filly foal born in April and the five-year-old Geordiebest. He was third in a Downpatrick bumper on his racecourse debut, then followed it up with a creditable fourth at Kelso, before being considered good enough to contest another bumper at Cheltenham in October 2018.
Adding to her breeding appeal is the fact that Lady Blade hails from a distinguished family. Her half-brother Lucaindubai was a triple hurdles winner rated 128 at his peak, whilst the second dam Sidama was a particularly notable producer. Her nine winners included the Grade-1 Cleeve Hurdle winner and Grade-1 Triumph Hurdle runner-up Mistinguett, who would herself go on to produce the Listed flat winner and Grp-2 (then) Goodwood Cup third Misternando, the Grade-2 placed hurdler Mistanoora and Grade-2 Persian War Novices' Hurdle hero Rimsky.
Indeed, this same branch of the family features the great Sinndar, winner of the Derby and Arc in 2000, so there is a good deal of quality in this pedigree.
Lady Blade remains more than capable of producing a decent foal, and with a foal, a yearling - plus a two and a three-year-old - waiting in the wings, there are sure to be significant updates and enhancements to this pedigree in the seasons ahead.
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