Mambo In Seattle. Image: Candiese Lenfera

Passing Of Mambo In Seattle

With his son Royal Agility paying tribute by winning again in Hong Kong on Friday, popular Gr1 stallion Mambo In Seattle was euthanised last Wednesday.

Originally based at Moutonshoek in the Cape, the son of Kingmambo relocated to Clifton Stud in KZN in 2018.

Mambo In Seattle at Clifton Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Mambo In Seattle (Kingmambo – Weekend In Seattle)

“With a heavy heart I have to inform you that Mambo In Seattle had to be euthanised last Wednesday, having broken his tibia, between the hock and stifle, in the night in his box. He was found standing and no signs of being cast. As a farewell to Mambo, his son Royal Agility won again in Hong Kong last Friday – he has won two races in his last three starts in Hong Kong and was ridden by Lyle Hewitson,” Clifton’s Peter Blyth told the Sporting Post.

Mambo In Seattle produced a number of stakes horses, and also boasted a solid winners to runners record.

In his first season his 28 male runners returned 22 winners and in his second season his 32 female runners returned 21 winners.

He is the sire of Gr1 winner Same Jurisdiction, standing at Drakenstein Stud and international Stakes Placed Majestic Mambo.

Mambo In Seattle, whose dam is a half-sister to the great AP Indy, was suited to South African-bred mares as his second and third dams are the blue hen mares Weekend Surprise and Lassie Dear respectively. These two mares have had a great influence on the South African thoroughbred breed.

Lassie Dear is the dam of Al Mufti, who was SA Champion Sire, SA Champion Broodmare Sire and also sired the SA Champion Sire Captain Al as well as the Grade 1 producing sire Victory Moon.

Weekend Surprise is the dam of the late Wilgerbosdrift stallion Tiger Ridge (Storm Cat), who has had a lot of success in South Africa, including producing Triple Tiara heroine Cherry On The Top.

Weekend Surprise’s greatest progeny was AP Indy, who was the US Champion three-year-old colt in 1992, the US Horse Of The Year in 1993, the leading sire in North America in both 2003 and 2006 and the leading broodmare sire in North America in 2015.

The handsome Mambo In Seattle has settled beautifully in his home in Rosetta. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Mambo In Seattle was bred on the same lines as the prominent USA stallion Lemon Drop Kid. Both stallions are by Kingmambo, both of their dams are by Seattle Slew and Lemon Drop Kid’s second dam is Lassie Dear, who is the third dam of Mambo In Seattle.

As a racehorse his finest moment happened when he was beaten a nose in the Gr1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga by Colonel John despite running six wide. The Travers Stakes is the third-ranked race for American three-year-olds according to international classifications behind only the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

Mambo In Seattle, a 7/8 brother to Lemon Drop Kid, also won a Listed race over 1800m at three.

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