Multiple Group 1 Producer Glatisant Dies at 29
Glatisant, who holds the distinction of being the dam of group 1-winning half brothers Footstepsinthesand (GB) and Pedro the Great, has died aged 29 after a long and happy retirement at Anthony Oppenheimer's Hascombe and Valiant Stud. The Rainbow Quest mare was a classy performer herself, winning the group 3 Prestige Stakes as a 2-year-old in 1993 in the black, red, and white silks then belonging to Oppenheimer's late father, Sir Philip. It was from the Hascombe and Valiant paddocks that Glatisant made the greater impression, however. Her son Footstepsinthesand was bought by the Coolmore partners for 170,000 guineas (US4296,846) at Tattersalls before landing the Ultimatepoker.com Two Thousand Guineas (G1) in 2005 in what was a three-race unbeaten career. He retired to Coolmore in 2006 and has sired six group/grade winners, Chacamaidee and Shamalgan. Footstepsinthesand's half brother Pedro the Great landed the group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes for Aidan O'Brien and became a more unexpected force in a prematurely-curtailed stud residence in France, with black type performers including grade 1 winner Fatale Bere and the classy Pedro Cara produced from limited opportunities. Glatisant is also responsible for listed winner and Dahlia third Belle d'Or as well as Frappe, dam of Abu Dhabi Irish Two Thousand Guineas hero Power (GB) and Ribblesdale Stakes (G2)-winning siblings Curvy (GB) and Thakafaat (IRE). Fiona McGlone, stud secretary at Hascombe and Valiant, said: "We brought her back from America in 2013 after she had her Bernardini foal, Golden Laughter, and she has enjoyed her retirement here at the stud. "She's been a bit of a stalwart here, and very highly regarded by everyone. Thankfully we still have three of her daughters to carry on the bloodline in Belle d'Or and Golden Laughter, who are both in foal to Golden Horn, and Palitana, who is in foal to Siyouni." Glatisant was a Hascombe and Valiant home-bred out of Dancing Rocks, who took the 1982 edition of this week's Nassau Stakes at Goodwood for the Oppenheimer family, Harry Wragg and Pat Eddery. Dancing Rocks produced nine winners in all as part of an extended family which also includes Queen's Vase winner Mahler and champion juvenile-turned broodmare Superstar Leo.