|Scott Bros Introduce Young Sire Prospect Eightfold Path
On behalf of Mr Hui Guo, principal of Brigt Industrial Trading Company (China), Robin Scott and Peter Gibson introduced the exciting young sire prospect Eightfold Path to an enthusiastic party of breeders on Wednesday at the beautiful Highdown Stud in Nottingham Road.
This is the first entry into stallion ownership for Mr Guo who is currently establishing a breeding and racing operation in South Africa, the first mainland Chinese to invest in the South African bloodstock industry.
A fine, high quality and athletic horse with striking features and beautiful head, Robin Scott was enthusiastic about his future prospects at stud, and pointed out that Eightfold Path had one of the best pedigrees to be imported to South Africa in recent times.
By super-sire Giant’s Causeway (USA), Eightfold Path’s dam is the exceptional Divine Proportions (by Kingmambo) who follows closely behind the other great Niarchos bred mare, Miesque. Eightfold Path is, therefore, the product of two Champions who won 11 Group One races from 1000m to 2200m against the best company in the world.
The first foal of Divine Proportions, Eightfold Path bears a remarkable resemblance to his brilliant mother 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 immediate family came to light this week when his half-sister, Daivika, won in emphatic style in France. The three year old filly by Dynaformer looks to be coming to hand at the right time and could be aimed at Group company this autumn. His two year old full brother, Monoceros, is set to make his debut racecourse appearance later in the year.
On the racetrack, 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.
Racing in the famous Niarchos colours, Eightfold Path was one of Bary’s leading hopes for the 2010 Classic season, but plans had to be shelved when he sustained an injury during the build up to the French 2000 Guineas. On his return at four years, he won another two races including a Listed mile event at Deauville.
Eightfold Path joins fellow Niarchos-bred stallions standing in South Africa, Mogok, Judpot and Atso and fellow breeders are encouraged to consider supporting this exciting prospect.
Already syndicated, Eightfold Path will stand for the very reasonable fee of R10 000 ex VAT (R3 000 nom and R7 000 live foal) with an additional cover being offered for free during his first season.
Contact Robin Scott on 033 266 6918 or email email@example.com for more information.