With an abundance of potential, there appears to be quite a bit of synergy with the naming of Iconic … a VERY close relation to the greatest icon in the game.
Iconic (below) is by Bel Esprit out of Danavia, who in turn is a better than half sister to Helsinge, dam of Black Caviar, Moshe (both by Bel Esprit) and All Too Hard.
On Saturday, the 2YO Iconic looked as if he would follow up two earlier wins with his first stakes victory in the Group Three National Stakes at Morphettville, but got caught right on the wire.
Still, his second adds even further black type to a family that hasn’t been out of the news for an age.
The deeds of both Black Caviar and All Too Hard are well documented, but their granddam’s other ‘branch’ has been similarly active: since March, Scandinavia’s daughters have won the Group Two Magic Night (Scandiva), finished second in the Listed Darley Crown (Arctic Flight) and now, Danavia has produced yet another stakes horse in Iconic.
David Hayes appears to have got it right when he declared it the modern day Eight Carat family.
Meanwhile, Bel Esprit goes from strength to strength, maintaining his lead at the top of the Australian Sires’ chart by winners: 12 clear of his nearest rival.
Since 4 May he has produced a double, a treble, another treble and two singles.