SOUTH African bred stallions have been riding the wave of success during the past few years, and this season is no exception.
In 2017-2018, locally bred sires Captain Al and Dynasty have been represented by a combined total of 15 stakes winners and their progeny have banked over R24 million this season alone , while SA bred stallions Pomodoro and Master Of My Fate are currently first and third on South Africa’s First Crop Sires List for the season.
Another exciting locally bred stallion is What A Winter, who is currently well clear on the Second Crop Sires Lists.
Locally bred sires are, once again, well represented at Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale and they deserve the utmost respect.
Former Guineas winning millionaire Biarritz has only been represented by a handful of runners but they include stakes winning filly Anglet and the promising Walter Smoothie, who is regarded as a potential Derby contender. Biarritz himself has a single lot on offer –a colt out of a winning half-sister to G3 Camellia Stakes winner Hale Sapieha (Lot 63).
Blue Tiger was another millionaire, with the charismatic grey winning the G2 Diadem Stakes at the expense of triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power. He too has a single lot here –a half-brother to six winners headed by high class G2 performer Liquid Motion (Lot 62).
Silvano’s July winning son Bold Silvano is having a wonderful run this season with his 2yos and his two fillies on sale include a filly from the same family as Bold Silvano himself (Lot 8) and a filly from the same family as champion sprinter Senor Santa (Lot 25).
Captain Al’s champion sprinter Captain Of All has three members of his first crop on offer. They include a colt from the same family as speedy British G1 winner Rosdhu Queen (Lot 51), and a colt out of a stakes winner over 1000m (Lot 91).
Equus Champion Elusive Fort is a proven sire of G1 winners, and the son of Fort Wood is well represented by four yearlings on Sunday’s sale. The quartet includes a colt from the family of international champions Pathfork and Spinning World (Lot 4), and a filly from the family of classic winning fillies Alydaress and Shadayid (Lot 45).
Outstanding sire Dynasty’s sons Irish Flame (a past Horse Of The Year) and triple G1 winner Jackson are both represented at the sale. Irish Flame has a filly out of the stakes placed Ramp Model (Lot2) while Jackson’s five lots include a colt out of a half-sister to G3 winner Passive Resistance (Lot 35), a colt closely inbred to champion sire Cozzene (Lot 38), and a colt out of a daughter of G1 winner Shepherd’s Moon (Lot 57).
Equus champion and dual international G1 winner Jay Peg is a successful sire in his own right, with a string of graded winners to his credit. He has two on sale –a filly from the family of champion Welcome Boy (Lot 40) and a three-parts brother to smart stakes filly In Limine (Lot 58).
Jet Master’s blue blooded son Master Of My Fate, a winner of six of his eight starts, has made a smart start with his 2yos include a pair of impressive winners. He has six lots here, including a filly out ofa five time winning relative of Master Of My Fate himself (Lot 13), a filly out of dual G1 winner Duchess Daba (Lot 43), and a half-brother to stakes winner Sheikitupbaby (Lot 84).
Former G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace got off the mark with his first ever runner a winner, and he has one on sale –a filly from the same family as outstanding fillies In The Fast Lane, Sally Bowles, Consumer Credit, and Party Time (Lot 36).
Equus Champion and G2 Godolphin Mile winner Soft Falling Rain has three members of his first crop on sale- headed by a colt from the same family as recently retired G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes winner Nightingale (Lot 76) and a colt related to the Dubai based Guineas winner Janoobi (Lot 79).
Former G1 winning sprinter Tobe Or Nottobe has a filly from the same family as current star Hong Kong galloper Horse Of Fortune (Lot 78) on sale, while former Equus Champion Vercingetorix’s trio of yearlings on offer include a colt from the same family as champion sire Captain Al (Lot 24) and a colt out of G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Zaitoon (Lot 29).
Triple Equus Champion and prominent young sire What A Winter has six on offer, including a filly whose dam is a half-sister to G1 winner Exhilaration (Lot28), a filly out of East Cape champion Haizi (Lot 53), and a filly whose dam is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup winning sire Pounced (Lot 88).
The 2018 Cape Sale is due to be held at the Mistico Equestrian Centre, and is scheduled to start at 13:00 pm.
Photo: Captain Of All. (Klawervlei Stud).