Mount Nelson


A really appealing aspect of Mount Nelson’s pedigree is that there is virtually nothing you would rule out for him. I wouldn’t breed a mare by Danehill to him, as I don’t encourage 2x3 inbreeding; otherwise, there are very few lines I’d say look unlikely to work with his pedigree. As his third dam is by Green Desert, Mount Nelson himself is inbred 3x5 to Danzig. As the Green Desert is so far back in his pedigree, I wouldn’t rule out, for example, further inbreeding to Danzig. One of the chief examples of what is called ‘hybrid vigor’ is by using inbred parents, and one interesting idea for Mount Nelson is to send him an inbred mare, thus creating ‘hybrid vigor’ according to that definition.

Mount Nelson is by Danehill’s son, Rock of Gibraltar, out of the then- Gr.2 Sun Chariot S. winner Independence, by Selkirk. Danehill Dancer is by Danehill out of a Sharpen Up mare, and Invincible Spirit is by Green Desert out of a mare by Sharpen Up’s son, Kris. Research done both by myself and Gary Hadden suggests a number of other lines and patterns which have worked with these, and other, Danehill and Danzig-line stallions, including: mares from the Nijinsky, Sadler’s Wells, Lyphard, and Nureyev branches of Northern Dancer; as well as further inbreeding to Sharpen Up and Mr Prospector (his second dam is by Forty Niner), as well as Alydar, of the Native Dancer lines.

Danehill Dancer offers plenty of encouragement for the Bold Ruler and Seattle Slew branches of the prolific Nasrullah line, and there are also strong suggestions in favour of Riverman and Mill Reef (in fact any Never Bend), Blushing Groom, and Grey Sovereign, all Nasrullah branches. Danzig is also very good over Roberto, Forli, and Indian Ridge. Also, Mount Nelson’s dam is inbred to Sir Gaylord through Sir Ivor and Habitat, and further inbreeding to Sir Gaylord works very well with Invincible Spirit and Cape Cross, another son of Green Desert.

The likelihood that he will prove versatile as far as pedigree preference canonly be a good sign. Newsells Park Stud is also committed to sending him a big group of good mares, so there is every chance breeders who use Mount Nelson will be in good, commercial company.

Bill Oppenheim