Interesting news breaking today is that Saturday’s Grade 2 CTS Merchants winner Erik The Red (pictured) is to be syndicated for racing and stud.
John Freeman made it public in his Freeman Stallions newsletter.
“He is a very exciting prospect and he is now backed by a formidable group of breeders lead by Varsfontein who are very much committed to his future.
“Impeccably-bred, with movie star looks, Captain Al’s strapping son Erik The Red was marked as a sire prospect from the day that he won his first start in January 2020.
“Just three weeks later, on Met day, he won his first black type in the Summer Juvenile Stakes equally impressively and then went on to become Cape Champion 2yo of the year, I put my hand up for the job to syndicate him.
“My thanks to the team at Varsfontein. They have been wonderful to work with on two highly successful previous stallion syndications; Gimmethegreenlight and Master of My Fate. Erik not only has the distinction of hailing from one of the foremost pedigrees in our Stud Book but he is also as well made a horse you could ever wish to see.
“I stood alongside this Gr1 performer after he won the Merchants last Saturday and was awestruck by his imposing stature and clean, strong build: he has the look of eagles about him. Justin Snaith confirms that he is an absolute pleasure to work with.
“Please take a look at the brochure (CLICK HERE) because I am sure that you will be adding him to your mating plans for 2021.
“His dam Covenant is one of Western Winter’s top Gr1 winning daughters and Erik is one of her 4 winners (she has 100% winners/runners) including two Gr1 horses. All of her progeny are stakes performed. Covenant’s dam Secret Pact hails from the illustrious Soho Secret family; stacked with top class performers and of course this seasons leading sire Master Of My Fate is close up. His fee will only be set at the syndicates first AGM mid-2021.”