Devil’s Peak, a chestnut juvenile full brother to five time-Gr1 winning Dancewiththedevil, won his second start for breeder / owner/ trainer St John Gray at the Vaal this afternoon.
Born and raised at Hadlow Stud which stands St John Gray’s Graystone Stud horses, including stallions Modus Vivendi, Announce and Bezrin, the chestnut colt won at the Vaal over 1400m by half a length. He finished two lengths off on debut over the same course and distance just a few weeks ago. Interestingly, Cathy and Jonathan Martin’s Crusade, Gonnafly, finished a deadheat third in the same race behind Devil’s Peak.
His full sister Dancewiththedevil stands at Maine Chance for owner St John Gray. Her Silvano yearling is at Hadlow Stud growing out, and Dancewiththedevil is back in foal to the German-born Champion sire once again at Maine Chance.
Their Caesour dam Emperor’s Dance foaled a colt to Modus Vivendi for the 2016 season, and is now a weanling at Hadlow Stud. Emperor’s Dance is back in foal to Modus Vivendi for the season.
Dancewiththedevil was voted Equus Champion Older Filly/Mare in 2011 as well as KZN Breeders Award for Horse-Of-The-Year, twice in a row.
She had nine wins including six stakes wins – of which five of those are Gr1 status – as well as five places including a second in the Joburg Spring F & M Challenge Gr3, and placing in the L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes Gr1.
She has earned a total of R3, 903 425 in stakes from age three to five.
Her scintillating wins include the Sansui Summer Cup Gr1, Gold Challenge Gr1, Empress Club Stakes Gr1, Horse Chestnut Stakes Gr1 twice in a row, as well as the Acacia Handicap Grade 3.
Dancewiththedevil was exported to the UK and placed in the care of Roger Varian, but sadly an injury prevented her from achieving her South African form and St John brought her home.
Congratulations to St John Gray on an outstanding achievement!