Both Seventh Heaven and Arrogate are of particular interest to KZN Breeding, with Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade’s half-sister by Galileo, Seventh Heaven, contesting the Gr1 Longines Dubai Sheema Classic where she will take on stable mate, Highland Reel (IRE) and look to capture her third Gr1 victory.
Rated 119, the dual Gr1 winning four year old filly will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan over the 2410m stretch. Seventh Heaven has a 6th draw.
Crusade has produced his first winner and over 12 have placed closely – look out for them in the week to come as many are due to enter the winners enclosure.
Arrogate is a mighty grey son of Unbridled’s Song, who shares a sire with Rathmor Stud’s Noble Tune. Arrogate has been drawn ninth, and all eyes will be on the imposing grey as he attempts to become one of the worlds highest earning horses after winning the Gr1 Breeders Cup Classic, the Pegasus and possibly the Dubai World Cup.
Owned by Juddmonte Farms of Frankel fame and trained by Bob Baffert, Arrogate is odds on favourite at 5/1 to take the spoils of the Dubai World Cup. From his seven starts he has won six times, placing only on debut and having three colossal Gr1 wins under his belt.
Unbridled’s Song is a major loss to the breeding world, with his sons and daughters both in demand at stud. Liam’s Map is a dual Gr1 winner standing at Lane’s End, alongside Noble Tune’s half-brother Honor Code. Both have welcomed their first foals this season. Unbridled’s Song’s daughters at stud have shattered records in the last two years, with Unrivalled Belle knocked down for $3.8million in foal to Tapit.
Noble Tune’s first yearlings go on sale this year, and the first sold for R90 000 at the Cape Yearling Sale – the average per horse sold was R58 000. Noble Tune is represented by eight yearlings at the upcoming National Yearling Sale in May including out of mares such a Victory Garden, Dynasty mare Summer To Remember and Hidden Beauty.