Summa Cum Laude, the family is firing on all cylinders. Image: Cathy Martin


Summa Cum Laude, the family is firing on all cylinders. Image: Cathy Martin
Summa Cum Laude. Image: Cathy Martin

The handsome son of Vercingetorix, Summa Cum Laude, will be standing his second season at Hadlow Stud. 

The first son of Vercingetorix to retire to stud in South Africa, he already has prominent supporters waiting patiently for the breeding season to start. 

Since Vercingetorix’s fast and meteoric rise in the stallion ranks makes access to the son of Silvano difficult these days, Summa Cum Laude is a natural option to consider for mare owners, in particular with the strength of his female line. Silvano has continued to rake in the Gr1 winners this past season, including Hollywoodbets Durban July winner Sparkling Water, Gr1 winner Silver Darling and Safe Passage.

His sire Vercingetorix needs little introduction, the multiple and international Group winning son of Silvano, ended this past season with the most Stakes Winners produced of 21 and R16,425,825 in stakes earned, with an average earnings per runner of over R104 000 and a winners to runners percentage of 55.4% – another figure which sees Vercingetorix outrun his own sire. 

Vercingetorix enjoyed many Group winners this past season such as Astrix, Cousin Casey, Alesian Chief, Pomp And Power, Nebraas and Val D’Orcia – getting his Group winners from sprinters to stayers. His Stakes Winning son Celtic Voyager has raced in France and Dubai and will continue his racing career in Australia. 

Summa Cum Laude is out of star broodmare First Arrival – the dam of two Equus Award winners. 
Summa Cum Laude, who stands 16.1 hands high, suffered a nasal injury which has prevented him from achieving a racing career. Based on the strength of his dam’s produce and the impressive physical specimen that he is, it would only have been a mere formality. 

Keep On Dancing. Image: Candiese Lenferna

He is a three parts brother to filly Keep On Dancing (Silvano), a 7-time winner including the Gr2 Track And Ball Oaks, East Coast Cup Listed and Off To Stud Listed. 

To add to his siblings is the multiple Gr1 winning daughter of Jet Master who was exported, In The Fast Lane – and yet another export, Light The Lights – a Gr2 winner in South Africa who went onto win multiple times in Dubai including the Singspiel Stakes and Mubadala Global Trophy Handicap.

In The Fast Lane stands at stud in Australia and her son by Snitzel, Real Gone Kid (AUS) trained by Brett Crawford, has retired to Ridgemont Highlands a 6-time winner for the 2022 season.  

A family steeped in Bold Black Type, his siblings also include Gr1 placed Pack Leader (Philanthropist), Lets Rock ‘N Roll and Beat Patrol, both by Muhtafal. 

First Arrival, a dam by Northern Guest who deserves a Broodmare Of The Year accolade, was no slouch herself at the track – born in 1996, she was Spey Bridge Champion 3YO Filly in 1999 with 6 wins in Zimbabwe and over $514 000 earned in stakes. 

She is the dam of 12 foals, two Equus Award winners and seven of them are Black Type with multiple Group wins between them!

It is the family of Morisco, Trademark, Super Trouper and Clifton Queen. 

Contact Hadlow Stud’s Cathy Martin on to enquire about services available for the season. 

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