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Derby champion Serpentine, here with Emmett McNamara, is one of the brothers in the same race in Flemington on Saturday

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9:53AM, SEP 9 2022

On Saturday in Flemington, three Irish siblings are scheduled to compete in the sixth race, Sally Chernside over a mile and a half.

So far so much fun, and definitely unusual to make it cool to have so many siblings in one race, and so far from their birth land.

What makes these brothers worth writing about is their identity because they are not ordinary opponents. Indeed, the news that one of them, the middle brother, had been sold to Australia caused a social media storm, and historians have been racing through the archives trying to determine the last time such a breach occurred. I am referring, of course, to removing some vital equipment, not exporting it to Australia.

The horse in question is the 2020 Derby winner Serpentine, joined on the field of 16 runners by his full siblings Captain (formerly Yulong Captain) and King of the Castle.

It marked the second start of his Australian adventure for Galileo’s son that Lloyd Williams, the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history, had bought from owners of serpentine breeder Coolmore.

While many thought Serpentine Epsom’s victory had a lot of terrifying characteristics, especially in the strange twilight zone that was 2020, he went on to finish fourth in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and Champion Stakes in his only rounds after that. Derby win in three.

His disappointing four-year-old season added credence to the negative view of his classic success, and with Galileo’s first-choice sons vying for berths at stud across Europe, it was no surprise to find a different route for Serpentine, even with his excellent pedigree.

What was shocking was the decision to honor him. Speaking to Australian media earlier this year, Williams’ son Nick said this was not taken lightly and was brought on veterinary advice in favor of the horse.

Despite a run away from middle-distance breeding in Ireland and Britain which has seen several recent European Derby winners become National Hunt stallions, and since Serpentine debuted in Australia, there have been two more predecessors in the Epsom winner’s fold – Golden Horn and Harzand – Acquired as a National Hunt stallion, there was anger about the move.

Not something we’re going to paraphrase here but surprisingly is the fate of the males in the Serpentine family, very deep and full of the bold black type.

Lloyd Williams also bought Serpentine’s younger brother King Of The Castle from the same source, and both lawns are trained by Robert Hickmott.

Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)

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Castle King: One of the Four Serpent Brothers

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At last year’s Irish Weekend of Champions, King Of The Castle rivaled Irish St Leger, finishing a respectable fourth, five lengths behind Sonnyboyliston, and a year later, his most recent debut in Australia, was his first in Australia at Racing also features Melbourne Cup 2019 champion Vow And Declare.

The captain of the team is the eldest of the three, born in 2016 and starting his career in Australia at the age of three for Yulong Investments. He moved to Matt Komani’s stable a year ago and won twice of his four starts and was third on the Pakenham Cup roster for current owners Vic Husslers.

Serpentine has four siblings including the aforementioned duo who is racing against him tomorrow. Downing Street, the youngest at three years old, has the least outstanding career with no wins or places in three starts for Baldwell and Colmore, while the oldest, Bacon Rock, a style artist, won the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes and took second place in the King Edward VII stakes.

Their full sisters have had an even better time, with two of them earning seven-figure sums as mothers, after their successful careers.

Wedding Vow, Remember’s first pony when he was second after Snow Fairy in the Oaks, won the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes and was second only to Legatissimo at Nassau Stakes. She was kept to join her mother in the Coolmore broodmare troupe, but has yet to produce a black type performer of three foals by War Front and two by Quality Road. I bred a colt next to Quality Road this year and visited Wootton Bassett.

Caroline Norris

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Pound won the Trigo Stakes listed and was sold in filly to Dark Angel for 2,200,000 grams in the 2018 Tattersalls December Mare Sale by John Troy to the Kern/Lillingston Association and One Agency. She joins the Lordship Stud, and has a three-year-old daughter Dark Angel named Bouquet, who won first prize in Lordship Stud and Gosdens at Ascot last season. Her two-year-old Dubawi colt is a hamed Hidden Story and he has a full one-year-old sibling. She gave birth to a Kingman’s colt this spring and joined her sister in visiting Wootton Bassett.

Wedding Vow’s youngest daughter is the winner of Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes, Bye Bye Baby, who was the No. 3 of Together Forever in the Oaks. She brought in $3.1 million from Narvick International in Fasig-Tipton last November when she was shown in a foal to Tapit by Denali Stud on behalf of the estate of the late Michael Baum. Her previous offspring is a first-crop filly from Justify and a year-old colt from War Front.

Looking at their pedigree, it is clear why these mares received such a premium at auction, and perhaps another reason why serpentines did not have the opportunity to be a stallion.

Dam remembers when Danehill Dancer’s three-part sister to Arc winner and European Champion Dylan Thomas was the first horse to win the Irish Champion Stakes. She is also closely associated with the Queen of Homecoming, by the Holy Roman Emperor, who won the Thousand Guinness Prize, and in an echo of Serpentine’s career thus far, she later failed to add another victory to her two wins. However, they are the winner of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for 2020, by Galileo.

Remember when you’re also a half-sister to Queen’s Logic, the 2001 two-year-old European champion through victories in the Cheveley Park Stakes, Lowther Stakes and Queen Mary Stakes to Mick Shannon and Jaber Abdullah. Queens Logic produced Lady Of The Desert, who followed the dam at Lowther, and finished second in both the Prix de l’Abbaye and the Sprint Cup. Lady Of The Desert also gave birth to a low winner on Queen Kindly, from Frankel’s first crop, and her daughter Dubawi Queen Me narrowly failed to add to the adorable sequence at Lowther last month when her neck was second to Swingalong.

The females of the family certainly did their bit to bolster their lineage, but Dylan Thomas, now in South America after failed spells as a flat horse and then as the national bird of Coolmore in Ireland, may have cursed his male ‘stallion’ careers with his stud failures.