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The 1990 Derby winner, Quest For Fame, bred by Juddmonte Farms may not have established himself amongst the elite sires but his achievements as a broodmare sire are still hitting the right notes.
It’s arguable that his pedigree is tailormade for a broodmare sire. From the Blushing Groom line, he is bred on the highly successful broodmare sire cross of Blushing Groom and Nijinsky. This cross has also produced Derby winners Lammtarra and Kahyasi.
Having spent the majority of his stud career in the USA and Australia, it’s not surprising that his offspring haven’t had much impact on the European scene yet he did produce one-time Derby hopeful, Perfect Sunday and the Group 3 winning miler, Shot To Fame.
Quest For Fameis out of the dual Group 1 winning miler, Aryenne (Green Dancer) and half-brother to 12f Group 1 placed, Yenda (Dancing Brave), herself the dam of smart 12f performer, Notable Guest (Kingmambo).
As a broodmare sire, Quest For Fame has excelled, with the most notable of his performers being Dermot Weld’s 8-time Group 3 winner, Famous Name (Dansili) while French Group 2 winner, Silver Pond (Act One) has been admirably consistent over 10 and 12f as when third in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin last December. Skia (Motivator) has also improved with every race to finally capture a Group 3 win in France.
Quest For Fame has had plenty of Success with Northern Dancer line stallions and this looks set to continue with Parish Hall (Teofilo) and Light Heavy (Teofilo). Jim Bolger seems to have found the ‘x’ factor when it comes to this family as up until last year there were no blacktype performers within 3 generations of the family. Bolger also trains another relative, An Ghalanta (Holy Roman Emperor) who won a 5f Listed race in 2011 and was also Group 3 placed.
Looking further back in the pedigree, this is the female line that produced Darshaan (4th dam Albanilla is the 6th dam of Parish Hall). Parish Hall’s form now looks rock solid as his only disappointing run came when he was dropped back to 6f in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes. His subsequent effort behind Dragon Pulse (conqueror of Dabirsim on seasonal bow in France this year) and then his Dewhurst Stakes win suggest he is high caliber colt as he is clearly bred for 8f and beyond.
His dam Halla Siamsa (Montjeu) was an ordinary winner of a 10f maiden although she did have speed to be placed over 7f as a 2yo. Her dam, Siamsa (Quest For Fame), was an ordinary 9-12f handicapper who has produced 3 winners by Northern Dancer line stallions including a three-parts brother to Parish Hall (Teofilo) in Light Heavy (Teofilo) who has now won his last 2 starts including the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes and will surely have a bright future when tackling middle distance trips.
Either way, don’t be surprised to see Parish Hall perform a Guineas/Derby double to give Teofilo his first Classic winner.