|Eighfold Path First Mares Confirmed In Foal
Scott Bros most recent addition to their sire ranks, Eightfold Path(USA) by Giants Causeway out of the brilliant racemare Divine Proportions, has got his first mares confirmed in foal, reports Highdown Stud.
Eightfold Path showed early brilliance for leading French trainer Pascal Bary – winning on debut and then following up with a third placed effort behind subsequent Group One performers, Buzzword and Siyouni, in the Group Three Prix La Rochette over 1400m. Eightfold Path closed off his two year old campaign with a stylish victory in the Group Three Prix Eclipse over 1200m.
A first foal of Divine Proportions, Eightfold Path bears a strong resemblance to his brilliant dam who hails from a sire producing female line – the likes of Shirley Heights and Pentire Champion Sires in their own right – with Konigstiger and Whipper also featuring prominently in sires lists in Europe.
Eightfold Path’s half-sister named Daivika won impressively in France recently. His two year old full brother, Monoceros, is set to make his debut racecourse appearance later in the year, but is an early entry for the 2014 Investec Derby. Sire sons of Giants Causeway have been in the headlines of late with the likes of Shamardal, Footstepsinthesand and exciting freshman sire, Intense Focus, all producing Group winners on the international stage in recent weeks.
Eightfold Path stands for a fee of just R10 000 (R3000 nom + R7000 live foal) with an extra service thrown in for free as a special incentive in his first season. Eightfold Path is owned in partnership with local breeders and by Chinese agro-processing industrialist, Mr Hui Guo, who is making a significant investment into South African breeding and racing.
Below is a Youtube clip of Eighfold Path wining the Gr 3 Prix Eclipse at just two years of age in impressive style. Peter Gibson, the stallion secretary for Eightfold Path says: “It is hard not to be impressed with Eightfold Path’s natural pace, and even more so his ability to quicken at the right time having made all the running in the race and going onto win.”