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Just As Well Flying High

Just As Well at Spring Valley Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

With currently only 40 racehorses on the track in total and in his oldest crop being four year olds (only 16 registered horses in his first year), Just As Well has maintained incredible winners to runners percentages since his juveniles hit the tracks two years ago – for most of last year at over 40%.

He has had two winners in two days at both Scottsville and the Vaal, both bred by Bruce Le Roux of Spring Valley Stud; the first is Prime Suspect, a winner of his third start and the latest is Just As I Said, who captured his sixth career victory. Just As I Said sold for only R80 000 at the 2014 KZN Yearling Sale, and has earned over R350 000 in stakes. Prime Suspect was not sold at the 2015 KZN Yearling Sale, and has won and placed from three starts, already earning over R60 000.

On Monday Just As Well’s stats according to the NHRA website were close on 38%, and since then he has had two winners and place from four runners.

Just As Well has had limited opportunities at stud covering small books of mares, but his results speak for themselves. Bred on the same cross that has produced Judpot – by AP Indy out of a Nureyev mare, his damline goes back to the likes of E Dubai and Raven’s Pass.

Just As Well stands at Spring Valley Stud, owned predominantly in a syndicate by Roski Stud and Anton Procter.

A typical example of a foal by Just As Well, this is a colt at Spring Valley Stud from the 2016 crop. They are flashy, correct, with plenty of bone, muscle and quality. Image: Candiese Marnewick

A good looking stallion very much in the mold of AP Indy, Just As Well throws incredibly muscular individuals with plenty of bone, substance and quality.

He crossed the line first in the Gr1 Northern Dancer Stakes in Canada, only to have the race revoked six months later in the court room.

He also won the Gr3 Arlington Handicap and placed second in two Gr1’s, including the Arlington Million.

Just As Well had four wins over 1000m – 2000m, and is a half-brother to Gr1 winner Rainbow View and Gr3 winner, Winter View.

Amongst his outstanding progeny is CTS Ready To Run Cup winner Chilli Con Carne, Black Types Just As I Said and Just Africa, as well as Princess Analia, the brilliant filly Just Vogue and Well In Flight.

The Alchemy are offering Lot 5 by Just As Well at the upcoming BSA Cape Yearling Sale, to be held at Mistico Equestrian Estate on 16 March. The filly is named Crystal Stream, out of Lady Jane Grey (SNL) by Lujain. This is the immediate damline of sire Peacetime and former KZN resident sire (now at Mauritzfontein) Byword, as well as European champion Continent.

Bruce Le Roux has a colt out of Positive Thoughts (USA) by King Of Kings heading to the National Yearling Sale.

Just As Well stands for R10 000 at Spring Valley Stud.


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