International Gr 1 Stats Bode Well For KZN’s Young Sires

International Gr 1 Stats Bode Well For KZN’s Young Sires

Curved Ball(AUS), Bush Hill Stallion Day 2012. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Racingpost.com has revealed interesting statistics regarding the top sires of worldwide Group/Grade 1 races, and it is exciting to have so much of this ‘young blood’ in KZN.

The statistics include Group or Grade 1 winners from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, UAE, Uruguay, and USA.

Not surprisingly, Galileo tops the list at number one, with Fastnet Rock, the sire of Bush Hill Stud’s Curved Ball(AUS), lying second – his top performer this season being Foxwedge (out of a Forest Wildcat mare) with a Timeform Rating of 125. Fastnet Rock’s progeny have earned a total of £2,890,997 for the season.

A very exciting prospect to join the stallion ranks in KZN, Gr 2 winner Curved Ball(AUS) has a regal pedigree, out of a Zabeel mare. Warwick Render of Bush Hill Stud talks about the support this youngs sire has received. “Typically the KZN Breeding fraternity have showed astuteness in recognising the value of Curved Ball, and as such he has received widespread support with the vast majority of studs in KZN supporting him with some high quality stock. We are extremely grateful for this support and hold high hopes for the horse’s future.”

Golden Sword stood his first season at Summerhill this year. Image: Summerhill Stud

Lying in fourth position is our very own KZN-bred Jet Master – who led this list earlier this year. It must be pointed out that his winners to runners percentage is higher than that of Galileo at 31%, as opposed to Galileo’s 22%.

The sire of Gr 1 winner Ravishing standing at Summerhill Stud, the magnificent only son of Jet Master at stud in KZN, has produced three wins from his first crop of 14 horses to run, and nine places in total.

Lying in sixth position is High Chapparal, who has his first son in South Africa at stud with Golden Sword, at Summerhill Stud.

High Chapparal’s top achiever has been So You Think, who recently retired to Coolmore Australia for his first season at stud with a Timeform Rating of 127. So You Think is standing his first season for a covering fee of $66, 000. High Chapparal’s runners to winners percentage stands at 29%.

A.P Answer 2012 filly, out of an Exclusive Patriot mare at Clifton Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

A big, athletic bay stallion with a white blaze down his face, Summerhill Stud announced on their blog regarding Golden Swords’s 2012 book of mares: “He already has a capacity book, with mares from Sheikh Mohammed, Wilgerbosdrift, Drakenstein and Moutonshoek. The latest addition is Classic heroine Fisani, winner of the Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the Gerald Rosenberg Stakes, and second to Pierre Jourdan in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup.”

A.P. Indy lies in ninth position, with an impressive runners to winners percentage of 50%, his top performing earner being Love And Pride out of a Storm Cat mare. A stallion who has had a powerful international influence, his last crop of yearlings were sold this year.

A recent visit to Peter and Jenny Blyth’s Clifton Stud revealed outstanding progeny from a son of A.P. Indy, A.P. Answer, once again has proved this year that he is a sire who clearly stamps his foals – he throws outstanding individuals that are correct, all of which seem to inherit their sire’s extra muscling in their hindquarters – very much a reminder of the Danzig influence.

Just As Well filly out of a Jet Master mare, Roski Stud. Image: Juli Royden-Turner

A.P. Arrow, another son of A.P. Indy standing at Summerhill Stud has recently sold his first Ready-To-Run individuals, a colt and filly, each for R320 000 and we look forward to what they will be producing on the race tracks very soon.

The other is Spring Valley’s Just As Well, who has also produced a first crop of outstanding individuals from a strong book of mares.

Juli Royden-Turner of Roski Stud, who own Just As Well with Anton Proctor, says of their first crop from Just As Well: “We had been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what our Group performed stallion would throw, and the results have been most impressive.

“With very dominant bay and star markings, JAW’s [Just As Well’s affectionate name given by Roski Stud] foal are well put together with strong and correct legs. We really look forward to watching his foals grow into beautiful young horses. I can honestly say that with all our Just As Well babies, we couldn’t have hoped for anything more!”

Information source www.racingpost.com

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