Sunday Racing's Songline And Schnell Meister Retired

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Triple Group 1 winner Songline (Jpn) (Kizuna {Jpn}–Luminous Parade {Jpn}, by Symboli Kris S), and Group 1 winner Schnell Meister (Ger) (Kingman {GB}–Serienholde {Ger}, by Soldier Hollow {GB}) have both been retired, Sunday Racing announced on Wednesday.

A Northern Farm-bred, the Toru Hayashi trainee won once in two starts at two, and added the Listed Kobai S. in January of her 3-year-old year. She was only a nose behind Schnell Meister in the G1 NHK Mile Cup in 2021, placed in the G3 Sekiya Kinen, and claimed the G2 Fuji S. as her first group victory in October of 2021. Last year, the G3 1351 Turf Sprint went her way in Saudi Arabia, and she defeated Schnell Meister later that season in the G1 Yasuda Kinen. At five, Songline added the G1 Victoria Mile and Yasuda Kinen, to bring up her third top-level victory, and was second in the G2 Mainichi Okan. Fifth in the GI Breeders' Cup Mile in her career finale, the 5-year-old emerged lame from that effort. She has earned $6,273,096 with a mark of 17-7-3-1.

Like Schnell Meister, Songline is the first foal of her dam. Her second dam, Luminous Point (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon {Jpn}), is a half-sister to Japanese group winners Renforcer (Jpn) (Symboli Kris S) and a full to Northern River (Jpn) (Agnes Tachyon {Jpn}). Songline is also kin to G1 Nassau S. and G1 Shuka Sho winner Deirdre (Jpn) (Harbinger {GB}).

 

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Bred by Northern Farm in Germany after buying his G1 Henkel-Preis der Diana-winning dam Serienholde after her racing career, Schnell Meister excelled over 1600 metres.

A winner of his first two starts at two, he was second in the G2 Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho at three prior to narrowly taking the NHK Mile Cup in May of 2021. After running second in the Yasuda Kinen that year, he added the G2 Mainichi Okan to his haul that October and signed off his 3-year-old year with a second in the G1 Mile Championship at Hanshin. Winless at four, he did run second in the Yasuda Kinen, once again. This term, he took the G2 Yomiuri Miler Cup, ran third in the Yasuda Kinen–to Songline–and was third in the Mainichi Okan in five starts. His record stands at 17-5-3-3, and $4,446,225 in earnings.

His third dam is the influential matron Salde (Ger) (Alkalde {Ger}), a listed winner and responsible for 10 winners including the group winners Saldenschwinge (Ger) (In The Wings {GB}) and Saldentigerin (Ger) (Tiger Hill {Ire}), the latter second in the G1 Preis von Europa. Another German Oaks victress, Salomina (Ger) (Lomitas {GB}), is also a descendant of Salde, and she has produced Japanese Group 1 winner Salios (Jpn) (Heart's Cry {Jpn}) and two other stakes winners in Japan.

Stud plans are pending for the 5-year-old.

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