|KZN Breeders Million Mile – Who Might Be Running For The Million?|
The KZN Breeders’ Million Mile will have its inaugural running at Greyville on 1st July. What used to be the KZN Breeder’s 1600 – then run for a stake of R250 000 – now sees the stake increased to a whopping R1 million.
This race is open exclusively for KZN-breds only, and will be run amongst others on the KZN Breeders Race Day. It also forms part of the newly implemented KZN Breeders’ Triple Million Challenge.
Warwick and Karin Render’s Bush Hill-bred The Mouseketeer won the KZN Breeders 1600 last year at Clairwood and went onto win the Gr 3 August Stakes and shortly thereafter, South Africa’s richest race on sand, the Gr 2 Emerald Cup.
Having had a look at the merit ratings (as of 25 May), we’ve put together a list of 33 KZN-bred horses that we anticipate may be entered this year for the big race with an even bigger stake. A few of these horses mentioned below have half-siblings going up for sale at the upcoming Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale on 5 and 6 July. If you wish to have a go at the possibility of your KZN-bred winning R3 million, you need to start by purchasing a KZN-bred yearling at the upcoming sale at Suncoast.
We have selected the following horses, beginning with the horses who have achieved the highest merit ratings:
Four year old gelding, born and raised at Bush Hill Stud and bred by Dr Heyns, merit rating 110, by Silvano out of Prestine Performer by Rambo Dancer, he sold at the 2009 Sibya Yearling Sale for R210 000. Four wins, eight places, including a win in the Gr 1 SA Derby in April last year, as well as a win the in Wolf Power 1600 Listed in February this year. He ran just two lengths off Europa Point in his last start at the end of April of this year in the Gr 1 Champions Challenge. He has earned stakes of R1 260 950 to date. He has placed multiple times in Graded Stakes races.
2. Black Wing
Four year old gelding, bred by Summerhill Stud, merit rating 106, by Kahal out of Fly Away Home by Rambo Dancer, he has had five wins and three places to date and earned R311 880. He has placed in the Gr 1 Daily News 2000, just a length off another KZN-bred The Apache. He won his last start at the beginning of May, the Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m by three quarters of a length from Shimmering Flame at Kenilworth.
3. Ice Axe
Four year old gelding by Solskjaer out of Nordic Air by Northern Guest, bred by Summerhill Stud. He has a Merit rating of 104. He won his last start out by a quarter length over 1600m at Greyville. A consistant racehorse, he has had six wins and seven places (6 seconds!) from 14 starts, placing in the Gold Circle Derby Gr 2. He is a a half-brother to Icy Air, Equus Champion 3YO Classic Female in 2002 and has earned R453 500 to date.
Three Year old gelding by Jet Master out of Esmaltina by Equalize, bred by Scott Bros. Merit rating 104. Sold for R1 400 000 at the 2010 Emperor’s Palace National Yearling sale. He has had 8 starts, 2 wins and 2 places including a place in the 2011 SA Classic Gr 1 over 1800m last year. He finished just two lengths off Pomodoro in his last start, the SA Derby Classic Gr 1.
Four year old filly by Kahal out of Candy Box by Exclusive Patriot, bred by Backworth Stud. Her Merit rating is 102. She ran just 2.5 lengths off Ebony Flyer in the recent South African Fillies Sprint Gr 1. She is a four time winner, and placed third to Mahbooba after being exported to Dubai, over 1600m in the United Arab Emirates 1000 Guineas, and she is the winner of the Allan Robertson Gr 1. She tends to prefer 1000 – 1200m, but she must be added as a possibility.
6. Midnight Serenade
Three year old gelding by Malhub out of Sapphire Serenade, bred by Clifton Stud. He has a Merit rating of 100. He has won twice, and placed seven times, including a close second to Delago Deluxe. His wins include the Storm Bird Stakes Listed, and he has placed in four Graded Stake races, including the Medallion Gr 1 and SA Nursery Gr 2. He has earned R393 535 to date. He was KZN Breeders Award winner last year for Outstanding Two Year Old colt.
7. In A Rush
Three year old gelding By Windrush out of Sweet Whisper by Chief Warden, bred by Mr Peter Choice. He has achieved a Merit rating of 100, and sold for R85 000 at the 2010 Cape Summer Yearling Sale. A five time winner with four places, including wins in the Champion Juvenile Cup Gr 3 as well as the Dahlia and East Cape Nursery Listed races. He has earned R371 600 to date.
Three year old bay gelding by Silvano out of Golden Heart by Jallad, bred by Mr R Meaker (Senior). He has a Merit Rating of 100. He has had four wins and two places, earning R229 825. He has won his last three starts consecutively, over distances of 1600 – 1800m at Turffontein and the Vaal.
9. The Mouseketeer
Four year old gelding bred by Bush Hill Stud, by Kahal out of Look Sharp by Northern Guest. Merit rating 99 on turf, 102 on sand. He sold for R200 000 at the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, partly owned by Neil Andrews of Supersport fame. He has had six wins and three places and earned R836 150. His wins include winning the KZN Breeders 1600 last year, as well as the Gr 3 August Stakes (his first sand attempt) and subsequently the Gr 2 Emerald Cup known as Africa’s richest race on sand. The Mouseketeer has a half-sister named Mystical Mouse, Lot 47 by Miesque’s Approval, on offer from Bush Hill Stud at the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, 5/6 July.
10. Meadow Magic
Four year old gelding by Mogok out of Meadow Rhumba by Shoe Danzig, bred by Scott Bros. His Merit rating is 99 on turf and 105 on sand. His record stands at five wins, four places and he has earned R353 275. He has placed in the Champion Juvenile Cup Gr 3 as well as two Listed races.
11. Knock On Wood
Four year old gelding by Muhtafal out of Kiss Me Kate by Rocky Marriage, bred by George Rowles. A Merit rating of 99, he sold at the 2009 Sibaya Yearling Sale for R140 000. He has had four wins and five places earning R298 000 in stakes.
12. King’s Entourage
Four year old gelding by King Of Kings out of Lite Spark by Sportsworld, bred by Somerset Stud. Merit rating of 99. R350 000 yearling from the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. He has produced six wins and three places, earning R381 275.
Four year old filly by Kahal out of Dancer’s Choice by Royal Prerogative, bred by Summerhill Stud. Merit rating of 97. A R320 000 Ready-To-Run (2009) sales graduate, she has had four wins and ten places earning R395 400. Her wins include the Gr 3 Jacaranda Handicap over 1800m at the end of March this year. She has placed in three Group Handicaps prior.
Three year old grey filly by Daylami out of Kal Sufi by Al Mufti, bred by Middlefield Stud. Merit rating of 96. R300 000 yearling from the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She has had one win and placed five times over 1600m and further. In March, she finished a nose to Bambina Stripes in the SA Fillies Classic Gr 1. She has earned R269 575. Kalami’s half-sister is Model K, the dam of the very useful Group placed Mannequin.
15. Lord Paramount
Three year old gelding by Miesque’s Approval out of Lady Caroloty by Southern Halo, bred by Scott Bros. Merit rating of 95. Sold at the 2010 Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale for R190 000, he has already earned R209 690 with five wins and two places to date.
16. Selborne Supremacy
Four year old gelding by Kahal out of Selbourne Park by Home Guard, bred by Summerhill Stud. Merit rating of 93. He has had three wins and two places to date, earning R172 625 which includes placing in the Gr 3 Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m.
Three year old bay colt by King Of Kings out of Hello Dolly by Caesour, a half brother to Goat, bred by Keivan Stud. Merit rating of 93. Ran on Saturday. Baracah has a half-sister by Miesque’s Approval at the upcoming 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, unnamed Lot 7 from Keivan Stud. Baracah sold for R190 000 at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Baracah has had 1 win and two places. He ran unplaced in the 2012 Daily News 2000 Gr 1, however his trainer Sean Tarry did warn he was using this race as a prep for the Gold Circle Derby Gr 2.
18. Winter Mischief
Three year old colt by Western Winter out of Naughty But Noble by Northern Guest, bred by Scott Bros. He has a Merit rating of 92 and was a R600 000 yearling from the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. He is a winner and has earned R120 475 and placed seven times, including a second in the Michael Roberts Handicap (L) and KZN Betting World Guineas Trial (L). He is a half-brother to Gr 3 placed Uptown Girl. This is the family of Angus and Dignify.
19. Joshua’s Crown
Three year old gelding by Joshua Dancer out of What A Promise by Severini, bred by Mrs N M Raw, with a Merit rating of 94. He has had 2 wins earning himself R121 433 and placing 3 times. His dam has produced 4 foals, 4 runners and 4 winners to date. Joshuas Crown has won over 1600m at Scottsville.
20. Ice Machine
Three year old gelding by Silvano out of Skid Alley by Elliodor, bred by Mr R Meaker (Senior), Merit rating of 90. This gelding has had six starts with three wins and three places, earning R152 075. Ice Machine placed fourth over 1600m at Greyville, winning previouslly over the same distance at Scottsville.
21. Governer General
Three year old colt by Strike Smartly out of Fuel The Fire by Russian Revival, bred by Mr C J Saunders & Lady C O’Reilly. MR 90. This colt has a half-brother being drafted at the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale by Miesque’s Approval from Invermooi Stud, Lot 233 named Arabian Approval. Governer General has achieved 2 wins and earned R122,425 over distances of 1400 – 1600m and he has placed twice including second in the Tony Ruffel Stakes Gr 3. Something outstanding about this colt is that his third dam is Jet Lightening, dam of the great racehorse and stallion (and a KZN-bred) Jet Master.
22. Sauna’s Rose
Four year old filly by Tamburlaine out of Champagne ‘N Roses by Goldmark, bred by Cheveley Stud. Merit rating of 89. R55 000 graduate from the 2009 Emperor’s Palace National Two Year Old Sale. This filly has had four wins, nine places and earned R258 850. She has placed in the Gr 3 Flamboyant Stakes.
23. Shadows In The Sun
Three year old filly by Jet Master out of Pacific Blue by Model Man, bred by Mr and Mrs Anton Proctor. Merit rating of 89. She was a R650 000 graduate from the 2010 Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale. She has had two wins and three places to date, earning R106 064 including placing in the Three Troika’s Stakes Gr 3. She ran three lengths off Go Indigo in her last start, the Gauteng Fillies Guineas Gr 2 over 1600m.
24. Chestnut Model
Three year old filly by King Of Kings out of Model Involvement by Model Man, bred by Estate Late Mr L J G Werner. She has a Merit rating of 89. She has won 2 races and placed once, earning R87 650. She has won over this distance and and further.
25. Roll Count
Four year old gelding by Count du Bois out of Rock And Roll by Rakeen, bred by Hyjo Stud. With a Merit rating of 88, he sold for R250 000 at the 2009 Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sale. He has a half-sister to Temair, a Gr 3 placed filly. Roll Count has had six wins and earned R323 600 over distances of 1600 – 2000m as well as placing.
26. Eton Square
Three year old gelding by Miesque’s Approval out of Monroe by Model Man, bred by Scott Bros. Merit rating 78. He has had just three starts, a win and two places earning R82 875. He was sold for R280 000 at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old sale.
27. Enchanted Kingdom
Four year old filly bred by Bellwood Stud, by Kahal out of Aerial Dancer by Dancing Champ, with a Merit rating of 88. She is a R95 000 graduate from the 2009 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old sale. She has had four wins and four places and has taken home stakes of R199 525. In January she ran four lengths off Welwitschia over 1450m. She has won over 1600m prior at Greyville.
Three year old filly by Strike Smartly out of Tambura by Jallad, bred by Mr Greg Royden Turner of Roski Stud. She has a Merit rating of 88. R600 000 yearling from the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. She has had 3 wins and taken home R122,325 over a distance of 1400 – 1600m and she has placed twice. She is a half-sister to Katara, a Listed placed 6-time winner.
29. Awesome Beauty
Three year old bay filly by Cataloochee out of Bejewelled Beauty by Rambo Dancer, bred by Mr S Bunwarie. Merit rating of 88. Awesome Beauty descends from the family of Over The Air, Secret Service and Fine Regent. She has had 13 starts, 2 wins and 4 places including a place in the Grade 3 Three Troikas Stakes last year over 1450m and she recently ran just 2.2 lengths off Trinity House in the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes at Scottsville on 14 April over 1400m.
Four year old filly by Var out of Miss Unimac by Bellotto, bred by Backworth Stud with a Merit rating of 86. She was a R190 000 yearling graduate from the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale and is a four time winner who placed in the Gr 3 Jacaranda Handicap this year over 1800m. She is a half-sister to Liseted winner, Private Collection as well as Mac Mufti, a winner in Mauritius.
31. Phantom Fighter
Four year old gelding by Jet Master out of Fine Feather by Best By Test, bred by Mrs Jane Trotter. He has a Merit rating of 86. He has three wins and six places, and earned R260 675 to date. His wins include the Byerley Turk Gr 3, and placing in the KRA Guineas Gr 2.
Four year old gelding by The Sheik out of Generosity by Northern Guest, bred by Scott Bros. He has a Merit Rating of 86, with two wins and six places between 1600 – 1700m, earning R169 130. The Scott Bros are offering a half-brother to Magnanimous named Philanthropic (Lot 238) at the upcoming Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, by their young stallion Atso.
33. Winter Dynasty
Three year old gelding by Dynasty out of Winter Jewel by Western Winter, bred by Greg Royden Turner. He has a Merit Rating of 86. A R210 000 purchase from the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, he has had 1 win and 2 places in his young career and placed behind Lord Paramount in April.