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At the very first Germiston National Yearling Sale in 1977, future champion and US-sire Bold Tropic sold for R17 500. He was from the first crop of sire Plum Bold, who had the joint-highest average at the sale together with Champion sire Persian Wonder whose son Lawn topped the sale at R71 000. In 2015 another National Sale champion was crowned Horse of the Year - Futura, who’d been sold for R500 000 as a yearling in his year. National Sale prices may have gone up, but the classic performances firmly remain.



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Welcome to our March/April 2016 issue of International Racehorse Magazine. With the excitement of the South African Sales and Cape Racing Season nearly behind us, we now look forward to the upcoming Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby, two of my most favourite racing events. Travelling to these events brings home just how fortunate we are to be associated with this intensely passionate sport and the privilege of sharing these and other such events with you. So on to this edition. We examine where the Kentucky Derby hopefuls traditionally come from. Bunny Hinzman looks at the tracks where these three year olds kick off their Derby campaigns on page 13. Michele MacDonald investigates just how much past winners of the Dubai World Cup are changing the breeding landscape around the world. Turning success on the world stage into a successful breeding career can be perilous, but many are leaving their mark and forever changing the course, read more on page 102. Michele goes behind the scenes at Shadwell Farm and Shadwell Stables where Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s keen following of pedigree and eye for conformation has yet again produced two hopefuls for the Kentucky Derby, on page 32. She rounds off her features with a visit to Summer Wind Farm, where there is much excitement after the birth of American Pharoah’s new half sister on page 82. Robyn Louw spends some time with the Snaith Racing Team to chat about their recent record breaking 8 runners during one of South Africa’s most famous races, The J&B Met on page 66. More J&B Race Day coverage by Liesl King, with the spotlight on the filly Smart Call, who ruffled some feathers when she trumped all her male counterparts during this year’s event. There is so much more, like the recent record breaking CTS Premier Yearling Sale, South Africa’s first Million Dollar Race, all the way to Qatar for the HH The Emir’s Sword Festival and beyond to the Asian Racing Conference. So please keep turning these pages. I leave you with a quote: “It isn’t important who is ahead at one time or another, in either an election or a horse race. It’s the horse that comes in first at the finish that counts”. Harry S. Truman 1948 See you at the races!

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Captain Al

Al Mufti - Off To War (Complete Warrior) - Bay 1996 - 16hh


Fort Wood - Blake’s Affair (Commodore Blake) - Bay 1999 - 16.1hh

SA Champion Sire 2014/15

Equus Outstanding Sire 3x

7x Champion Sire of 2yo’s

15 Equus Awards incl 3 Horses of the Year: Futura, Irish Flame & Legislate as well as dual KZN Horse of the Year Beach Beauty

Twice Equus Outstanding Sire Sire of 3 Equus Champions Sire of 33 Gr1 horses

Sire of 15 Gr1 horses

Sire of 11 Gr1 winners: Albert Mooney, All Is Secret, Captain America, Captain Of All, Captain’s Gal, Captain’s Lover, Carry On Alice, Emerald Cove, Exhilaration, Hill Fifty Four & Pine Princess


Dynasty - Scribblin’ The Cat (Badger’s Drift) - Bay 2010 - 16.1hh

Along with his sire Fort Wood he is one of only 3 sires in the history of South Africa to get 3 Horses of the Year.

Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) More Than Ready - Yes She Can Cancan (Canny Lad) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

1st 3yo in 40 yrs to win the Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Equus Horse of the Year 2015 Equus Champion Older Male 2015 Equus Champ Middle Distance 2015

Highest rated 3yo in SA 2012 Highest rated 3yo to place in Gr1 J&B Met

Gr1 J&B Met Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

Only horse to beat dual Horse of the Year Variety Club - TWICE!!

Gr1 Champions Cup twice incl new track record

Son of dual Champion Sire More Than Ready - dam produced two Gr1 winners

16 starts, 9 wins, 7 places, R4.34m

New Freshman Sire sale record: R1.7m


Dynasty - Moonlit Prairie (Cozzene) - Bay 2008 - 16.2hh

Jay Peg

Camden Park - Laptop Lady (Al Mufti) - Bay 2003 - 16.1½ hh

Breathtaking class & movie star looks

Leading third crop sire

The best Classic Horse in SA 2011/2012

Equus International Horse of the Year & Equus Champion 3yo colt - TFR 126

Gr1 Champions Cup, Gr1 Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000 & 2nd Gr1 Queen’s Plate (twice) Immediate damline of sires: Smart Strike (Champion), Strike Smartly, Sky Classic, Sail From Seattle etc

2016 tackling the log leaders

Highest stakes earner in SA history - R40 million Beat 8 international Gr1 winners when breaking the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free record

1st yearlings on sale 2017


Dynasty - Champers (Restructure) - Bay 2010 - 16.1 ¼ hh

Equus Horse of the Year 2014 Equus Champion 3yo (2014), Middle Distance (2014) & Miler (2015) Gr1 Durban July Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge Gr1 Daily News 2000 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby 2nd Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate 1600m track record Gr2 Green Point St


18 starts, 7 wins, 7 places, R5.75m INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE (at Feb 2015)

Master Of My Fate Jet Master - Promisefrommyheart (Elliodor) - Bay 2009 - 16.2hh

The product of a series of Champions 8 starts - 6 wins in a row in 8 months Four Equus Champions in the first three generations of his dam line Champion Sire Jet Master Champion dam Promisefrommyheart Champion Broodmare Sire Elliodor

1st yearlings on sale 2017

Pathfork (USA)

Distorted Humor - Visions of Clarity (Sadler’s Wells) - Bay 2008 - 16.1hh

Philanthropist (USA)

Kris S. - Hidden Reserve (Mr Prospector) - Chestnut 2001 - 16.3hh

Leading SA Freshman Sire

1st SA winners 2016 A APEX - amongst the Top 20 sires in the world

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Irish Champion 2yo Undefeated at 2 yrs including Gr1 & Gr2

Sire of 2 Champions from his 1st crop: Pender Harbour & Phil’s Dream

Highest rated 2yo in Ireland 2010

18 A APEX runners to October 2015

Family of Northern Guest, El Gran Senor, etc

2nd leading sire of 2yo’s and 3rd leading active sire 2014

Son of sensational dual Champion Sire Distorted Humor, 17 Gr1 winners, 125 SW, 52 GSW and over $106m

Potala Palace

Top SA sale price in 2015: R1.4m

Querari (GER)

Singspiel - Alignment (Alzao) - Bay 2008 - 16hh

Oasis Dream - Quentena (Acatenango) - Bay 2006 - 16hh

Outstandingly bred Gr1 winner

2015 Cape Champion Freshman Sire

Defeated Gr1 winners Gimmethegreenlight, Fighting Warrior, Wagner, Pierre Jourdan, Link Man, Royal Bencher, Love Struck etc

Champion & Gr1 winner beat 4 champions

Linebred to one of the best sire producing families in the world - the Simon’s Shoes family of Sadler’s Wells, Nureyev, Thatch, etc

Son of leading UK sire Oasis Dream

Top rated in Germany 2010 - TFR 121 3x winning dam, daughter of Champion 2yo & 3yo filly Quebrada

1st yearlings on sale 2017

Trippi (USA)

End Sweep - Jealous Appeal (Valid Appeal) - Bay 1997 - 16.1hh

Twice Over (GB)

Observatory - Double Crossed (Caerleon) - Dark Bay 2005 - 16.2hh

Leading Sire in SA 2016

Dual Champion Racehorse

Champion 1st Season Sire 2012

Won 4 Gr1 races & over $4m UK & Joint European Champion 2009 13 of the first 14 sires in his pedigree are Champions Undefeated in 2 starts at 2yrs incl Zetland Stakes Won 4 Gr1 races Placed in a further 10 Gr1 races

Champion Sire Florida Sire of Equus Champion Older Female Hammie’s Hooker Sire of 3 Gr1 winners from first 3 crops in SA Damsire of Liam’s Map - dual Gr1 winner in USA (2015)

What A Winter

1st yearlings 2016 made: R1m, R700k, R500k etc

Wylie Hall (AUS)

Western Winter - Waseela (Ahonoora) - Bay 2007 - 16hh

Redoute’s Choice - Beauty Belle (Ideal Planet) - Bay 2009 - 16hh

Equus Champion Older Male 2012

1st Gr1 Champions Challenge - beat Majmu

Equus Champion Sprinter 2012

1st Gr1 SA Derby

Equus Champion Sprinter 2013

1st past post Gr1 Durban July

Joint 3rd highest rated sprinter in the world 2013

6 wins, 9 places, 1400-2450m, R3.65m

Won 12 races and placed 5 times in 22 starts - 15 of his starts in Graded races Won or placed in 8 Gr1 races

Leading Freshman Sire in the sales ring 2016

Half-brother to ABSOLUTE CHAMPION Champion Sprinter - 1200m track record 15 sire sons of Redoute’s Choice have already produced stakes winners - eight of them have Gr1 winners

...the progeny of the stallions we manage celebrated a record year in 2014/2015! Act Of War - Gr1 winner Captain America - Gr1 winner Captain Of All - Champion Carry On Alice - Champion

Futura - Horse of the Year Hammie’s Hooker - Champion Inara - Champion Legislate - Horse of the Year

Melliflora - Gr1 2nd Pender Harbour - Champion Phil’s Dream - Champion Pine Princess - Gr1 winner

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he road to the Kentucky Derby is full of North America’s richest racing history. Set at racetracks across the country, its saga is constantly growing with the wins of the future’s fan-winning heroes and infamous upsetters. The hosting venues themselves, with their own major prep races, are the extensive chapters enfolded within the dramatic narrative of the Derby trail, ultimately culminating on that first Saturday in May when a new Kentucky Derby champion is coronated with the blanket of roses. AQUEDUCT: Most notably, the great 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat came through New York’s Aqueduct for the Wood Memorial (GI) en route to the Kentucky Derby. From the New York track, this superhorse would go on to unparalleled achievements in not only the Kentucky Derby, but also the Preakness and Belmont. However, Secretariat, known to his followers as ‘Big Red’, didn’t win at Aqueduct before his Triple Crown sweep – the chestnut son of Bold Ruler was third. Facing empty aprons and controversies in recent years, the bluecollar Aqueduct offers the long-standing crème-de-la-crème of Kentucky Derby preps – the Wood Memorial. Historical racing figures monopolize the winningest owners, trainers, and jockeys

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of the Wood Memorial. Hall of Fame rider Eddie Arcaro won the race nine times in his career, followed by Angel Cordero Jr.’s four victories, and a three-way tie for third between Johnny Longden, Bill Shoemaker, and Mike Smith with three wins. Iconic trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons saddled seven winners of the Wood Memorial, and the colors of Belair Stable, Wheatley Stable, Greentree Stable, and C.V. Whitney each have been victorious on four occasions. The Wood Memorial has become the historically-richest race on the Derby trail. Such storied horses as Gallant Fox (1930), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), and Seattle Slew (1977) have gone on from the Wood Memorial to sweep the Triple Crown. Also on the incredible roster of Wood Memorial triumphs are the successes Pompey (1926), Twenty Grand (1931), Johnstown (1939), Market Wise (1941), Hoop Jr. (1945), Hill Prince (1950), Native Dancer (1953), Nashua (1955), Bold Ruler (1957), Damascus (1967), Foolish Pleasure (1975), Bold Forbes (1976), Slew O’Gold (1983), Gulch (1987), and Easy Goer (1989). The Wood Memorial’s emergence into the millennium was highlighted by its winner, Fusaichi Pegasus, who would go on to triumph in the Kentucky Derby. The race’s rich list of graduates INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


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would only grow: in 2003, it was won by the Belmont upset Empire Maker, and the next year by successful sire Tapit. In 2005, George Steinbrenner’s Bellamy Road would win the Wood Memorial by a remarkable 17 ½ lengths with a final time of 1:47.16 – a stakes record for the nine furlong race.

GULFSTREAM PARK: At Gulfstream Park under the warm Miami sun, a wave of horseflesh hurdles towards the ocean. On this oval, arguably the greatest Derby prospects of the east coast collide to earn their place atop the three year old ranks. Early favoritism is won in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (GII) while the Derby choice is Though the Wood Memorial has faced a short drought of often determined by the track’s following qualifier, the Florida Kentucky Derby winners, the contest has lost nothing in quality. Derby (GI). In 2009, I Want Revenge won the race in remarkable fashion. The dark bay colt was made the clear Derby favorite, only to Hosting its first race meet in 1939, Gulfstream Park has been be famously scratched the morning of the run for the roses. the stomping ground of countless Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The next year, Eskendereya romped the race, gaining favoritism The Florida Derby quickly became an important contest after its for the Kentucky Derby, only to be withdrawn from the race first installment in 1952. Within ten years, its winners included the week before. In 2013, Verrazano won the Wood Memorial Nashua, Needles,Tim Tam, Carry Back and Ridan. In 1957, Gen. before an unfortunate fourteenth in the Derby. However, the Duke would win the Florida Derby with a stakes record time that impressive colt later won the Haskell Invitational Stakes (GI) and still remains today – a world record at the time. The nine furlong ran well in Europe’s top races as a four-year-old. He was third contest has produced thirteen Kentucky Derby winners, most to Olympic Glory in the Lockinge Stakes (Gr-I), then was beaten notably Northern Dancer, Spectacular Bid, and Swale. Its long only ¾ of a length by Toronado in Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne list of graduates also includes Candy Spots, Forward Pass, Alydar, Stakes (Gr-I). In 2015, Wood Memorial winner Frosted finished Unbridled, Thunder Gulch, Monarchos, and Empire Maker. The fourth in the Kentucky Derby, second in the Belmont, third in the Florida Derby’s recent three-year-old sensations are highlighted Travers Stakes (GI), and won the Pennsylvania Derby (GII). by the late Kentucky Derby champion Barbaro (2006), Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown (2008), and Kentucky The Wood Memorial winner has usually come out of one of Derby winner Orb (2013). Aqueduct’s previous contests for three-year-old colts – the Jerome Stakes (GIII), the Withers (GIII), or the Gotham Stakes KEENELAND: (GIII). With its overwhelming list of graduates, the Wood “A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love Memorial has drawn in visitors in recent years as well. In 2010, of Beauty,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in Nature. The Kentucky Derby hopeful Eskendereya opted out of the Florida Thoroughbred breed is undoubtedly one of nature’s finest Derby after winning Gulfstream Park’s other three-year-old prep masterpieces. Perhaps there is no better place to observe the races for the Wood Memorial, which he won by an impressive brilliance of this breed than at Keeneland Racecourse, where 9 ¾ lengths. the horse racing world gathers together in pursuit of a dream. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


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Hosting its first race meeting in 1938, Keeneland masterfully embraces a seamless blend of past and present. The venue embraces modernity and antique. The Lexington, Kentucky course marries past and present – it neighbors the historic Calumet Farm, and across the road, modern jet airplanes roar in and out of the Lexington Airport. Preserving the past and supporting the future, Keeneland is the outlet for many young racehorses. The venue hosts the Kentucky Derby of yearling auctions: the September Yearling Sale, where thousands of horses are sold over a two week period. Kentucky Derby dreams become destiny for many buyers who make purchases at this sale – Keeneland has sold nineteen horses that have won the run for the roses. Keeneland’s significance to the Kentucky Derby does not end at the junction of the yearling sales. Rather, the venue hosts a pair of the final qualifying races – the Blue Grass Stakes (GI) and the Lexington Stakes (GIII). The more prominent of the two, the Blue Grass Stakes has produced successes such as 1940 Preakness and Belmont victor Bimelech, 1942 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes (GI) winner Shut Out, 1948 Kentucky Derby placer Coaltown, Hall of fame racehorse Round Table, 1959 Kentucky Derby winner Tomy Lee, 1962 Preakness placer Ridan, 1963 Kentucky Derby and Belmont triumph Chateguay, 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness legend Northern Dancer who was followed a year later by Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair, then Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion Forward Pass and 1970’s Derby star Dust Commander. Two years later, Kentucky Derby and Belmont victor Riva Ridge took the Blue Grass, followed by 18


Honest Pleasure, Alydar, and Spectacular Bid. Other famed Blue Grass winners include Summer Squall, Strike the Gold, Prairie Bayou, Holy Bull, Skip Away, and Pulpit. In recent years, with the presence of their synthetic PolyTrack surface, Keeneland hasn’t had as major an influence on the Derby, contested on conventional dirt. The race nonetheless has produced horses that have been successful in their careers, such as late Pacific Classic (GI) winner Dullahan. However, with Keeneland’s conversion to dirt in 2014, Keeneland should prove to be a major influence on the Derby as it was in the past. The Lexington Stakes has been a sound last-minute stepping stone for Kentucky Derby contestants and has also produced successful racehorses. In 1999, Charismatic set the stakes record for the Lexington before going on to win the Derby and the Preakness. Two years earlier, Belmont upsetter Touch Gold took this contest, and in 1991, Preakness winner Hansel won this race. In 1988, Risen Star won this event before taking both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. OAKLAWN: Racing since 1904, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas is a racecourse many racing enthusiasts regard with love and appreciation. Spectators travel to the racecourse particularly for its final week of racing, the Racing Festival of the South. The event offers two Grade I contests, and eleven Graded Stakes events. Oaklawn begins this week with the Fantasy Stakes for Kentucky Oaks (GI) hopefuls and culminates with the Arkansas Derby (GI) for Kentucky Derby prospects. The Arkansas Derby was first held in 1936, but didn’t see its first significant winner until Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and

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Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo in 1983. It was more than ten years until Victory Gallop would win the Arkansas Derby before upsetting Real Quiet’s 1998 Triple Crown in the Belmont by a few inches. The race finally picked up steam when fan favorite Smarty Jones took the contest before winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The next year, popular Afleet Alex won the race and went on to a miraculous Preakness victory and a Belmont win. He would be followed in 2006 by Lawyer Ron, then the world’s richest racehorse, Curlin. In 2012, Bodemeister won the Arkansas Derby before finishing second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The Arkansas Derby has proven to be a pivotal race in the three-year-old division. Most notably, last year, the winner of the Arkansas Derby did not only take the run for the roses, but also he dominated the Triple Crown and later became the first Triple Crown champion to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI). This colt, American Pharoah, won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths over Southwest Stakes winner Far Right in the nine furlong race.

California’s Santa Anita has been the home of numerous Triple Crown superstars since its creation in 1934. In less than ten years, the great racing icon Seabiscuit would claim the racecourse as his home track. His early presence would set the tone for the caliber of its future residents. Its star-power has never died out – in recent years it has been the home of super-mare Zenyatta, who won all but one of her twenty starts, as well as the American Pharoah, who, last year, became the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Santa Anita’s spring racing is highlighted by the Derby preps, the Sham Stakes (GIII), Robert B. Lewis Stakes (GIII), San Felipe Stakes (GII). These contests culminate with the Santa Anita Derby (GI), a race that has often determined the major Kentucky Derby contenders.

During early April, the best from the west converge in the Santa Anita Derby, which is one of the final qualifying races on the trail to Churchill Downs. Last spring, the nine furlong contest produced the Bob Baffert-trained Dortmund, who ranked as one of the favorites in stablemate American Pharoah’s Derby SANTA ANITA: triumph. Historically, the race has produced ten Kentucky Derby Daily during the early hours of morning, the sun lingers on the champions: Hill Gail (1952), Determine (1954), Swaps (1955), horizon, casting premature light and dramatic shadow across the Lucky Debonair (1965), Majestic Prince (1969), Triple Crown San Gabriel’s ridged mountainside behind Santa Anita. This soft, winner Affirmed (1978), filly Winning Colors (1988), Sunday fleeting beauty exists only until the sun’s full light scorches up the Silence (1989), I’ll Have Another (2012), and California Chrome homestretch, cannibalizing the moment just before. The daylight (2014). Santa Anita Derby winners Sham (1973), Preakness breathes life into the racetrack – the California sunshine wakes the winner Snow Chief (1986), Belmont and Breeders’ Cup Classic metropolitan hustle and bustle. At this time everything converges winner AP Indy (1992), Indian Charlie (1998), Preakness/Belmont – everyone is walking, talking, and watching – scavenging any hints victor Point Given (2001), and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner about eventual race outcomes. Incredible equine athletes steal Goldencents (2013) are just a few among the winners of this the scene, particularly young three year old colts that may enter contest that have used the race as a springboard for successful the Kentucky Derby scene via Santa Anita’s popular prep races. racing careers. 20



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SA’S PREMIER EQUINE AUCTION By Sarah Whitelaw / Photos by Liesl King

Bloodstock South Africa will hold its annual National Yearling Sale at their Germiston complex at the end of April. No fewer than 453 yearlings have been catalogued for the sale, which will take place from April 27th to 29th, when once again South Africa’s leading breeders and buyers will fall under international scrutiny.






outh Africa’s oldest and most successful thoroughbred auction, the National Sale has a history of selling the country’s very best yearlings, with breeders and buyers coming from all round the country to attend a sale whose past graduates include the likes of Politician, Dynasty, Model Man, Bold Tropic, Elevation, London News, and in more recent times, the likes of Futura and Legislate. A tribute to the quality of thoroughbred on offer at the National Sale can also be seen in the fact that the last fourVodacom Durban July winners (Pomodoro, Heavy Metal, Legislate and Power King) were sold at this sale, as were the last three winners of the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (Legal Eagle, Futura and Capetown Noir). The 2016 catalogue is once again full of quality, with the best sires and broodmares in the country represented. Leading sires Captain Al (17), Dynasty (14),Fort Wood (10), Kahal (21), Silvano (23), Trippi (9),Var (28) and Western Winter (3) are all well represented on the National Sale, while young sires with their first yearlings up for sale at the National Sale include Await The Dawn (10), Byword (13), Crusade (25), Eightfold Path (8), Irish Flame (3), Marchfield (5), Oratorio (18) and Twice Over (13).

Captain Al’s draft includes a filly out of SA Oaks winner Arcola (Lot 446), as well as a full sister to recent G2 Horses For Causes Sceptre Stakes winner Princess Royal and half sister to champion Princess Victoria (Lot 264). Dynasty has a strong draft, with his lots including an own sister to Horse Of The Year Legislate (Lot 33), a colt out of Silvano’s G1 Summer Cup winning daughter Flirtation (Lot 96), a filly out of champion Imperious Sue (Lot 144) and a half brother to G1 Summer Cup hero Master Sabina (Lot 305). His now deceased sire Fort Wood has an own sister to G1 winner Athina (Lot 379) and a colt out of champion Laverna (Lot 187), while Kahal’s strong draft includes a colt out of Dubawi’s multiple G1 winning daughter Happy Archer (Lot 124). Former champion sire Silvano’s 23 strong draft includes a colt out of Horse Of The Year Ilha Da Vitoria (Lot 141), a filly out of multiple Equus Champion Princess Victoria (Lot 273) and a colt out of Al Mufti’s G1 winning daughter Royal Fantasy (Lot 297). Trippi’s small but quality draft includes a full brother to multiple G1 winner Inara (Lot 224) and a colt out of Fillies Guineas winner Rememberance (Lot 286), while speed star Var’s 28



lots include a colt out of Oaks winner Bedloe’s Island (Lot 7), a colt out of G1 winner Covenant (Lot 53) and a half brother to champion Rabiya and the very promising Bela-Bela (Lot 230). Now deceased champion Western Winter’s string includes a colt out of Jet Master’s G1 winning daughter Stratos (Lot 356). The sale also offers yearlings by world class stallions, in the form of the now deceased High Chaparral and US leading sire Tapit, as well as by French Derby winner and promising young sire Lope De Vega. Dual Derby winner High Chaparral’s sole lot on sale is a filly (lot 385) whose Unbridled’s Song sired dam is a half sister to Hong Kong G1 winner Sweet Orange, while dual champion US sire Tapit, already leading the general sires list again this year, has a colt (lot 258) out of the well bred Pin Turn, who is a daughter of top sire Pivotal and international star Ipi Tombe. Shamardal’s son Lope De Vega, whose first crop of runners included champion Belardo, has a colt (lot 15) whose dam is a half sister to G2 winner Satans Quick Chick and who hails from the family of major recent G1 winners Declaration Of War and Union Rags.

Prominent producers are equally prolific at the 2016 National Yearling Sale. There are siblings to no fewer than 16 Grade One winners, including Athina (SA Fillies Classic) Copper Parade (Computaform Sprint), Gulf Storm (Cape Flying Championship), Heavy Metal (Equus Champion) , Inara (Klawervlei Majorca Stakestwice, Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes), In The Fast Lane (Equus Champion), Irish Flame (Horse Of The Year, sire), Ivory Trail (Champions Cup), Legislate (Horse Of The Year), Let’s Rock ‘N Roll (Equus Champion), Master Sabina (Sansui Summer Cup), On Her Toes (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship), Orbison (Champions Cup), Princess Victoria (Equus Champion), Rabiya (Equus Champion), and Wagner (Sansui Summer Cup). No fewer than 19 G1 winners are represented in the catalogue –Bambina Stripes (Oratorio filly), Circle Of Life (Philanthropist colt), Colonial Girl (Sail From Seattle filly), Covenant (Var colt), Escoleta Fiz (Twice Over filly), Field Flower (Var filly), Flirtation (Dynasty colt), Happy Archer (Kahal colt), Ilha Da Vitoria (Silvano colt), Imperious Sue (Dynasty filly), Laverna (Fort Wood colt), On Her Toes (Gimmethegreenlight filly), Pacific Blue (Crusade colt), Princess Victoria (Silvano filly), Rat Burana (Tiger Ridge colt), Royal Fantasy (Silvano colt), Stratos (What A Winter colt), Viva Maria (Judpot colt) and Wonderful World (Judpot colt). THE CATALOGUE CAN VIEWED ONLINE AT WWW.TBA.CO.ZA





Crusade winning the Grade 1 Middle Park Stakes. Photo credit: The Crusade Syndicate




our exciting young stallion prospects will have their first progeny on offer at auction this year, including two Gr1 winners – the first being Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade and the second being the nine length victor of the Gr1 SA Derby and Gr1 Daily News 2000, Irish Flame. The next two stallions both represent the first progeny from sons of the “iron-horse” Giant’s Causeway - French Gr3 winner Eigthfold Path and Summerhill and Piemonte Stud’s Await The Dawn, the latter unfortunately deceased after a freak accident occurred whilst covering during his second breeding season. Hailed as possibly one of the best horses in his time to have a stable at the famed Ballydoyle operation, the beautifully-bred Await The Dawn out of a Shirley Heights / Dixieland Band mare called Valentine Band caused a stir when he broke his maiden in Ireland easily, going away by four lengths. This was the first of six 28


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wins in the UK, America and Dubai. Await The Dawn by Giant’s Causeway was Timeform Rated 126, including winning the Gr3 Kiltern Stakes by an incredible nine lengths – his first Group race appearance. At age four he won both the Gr3 Huxley Stakes and Gr2 Hardwick Stakes at Royal Ascot by three lengths, and he was ready for Gr1 company. Await The Dawn went on to place third in the Gr1 Juddmonte International, however it was not his usual impressive form. It was discovered on the way home after the race that the horse had Travel Sickness which had escalated to be life-threatening. After his recovery, he joined the stable of Mike De Kock in Dubai, as his “World Cup horse”. Sadly after an initial win at Meydan, it came to an end in the Gr1 Sheema Classic when Await The Dawn finished fifth, despite a career-ending injury. Leaving behind only two foal crops, his first 10 yearlings will be offered at the TBA National Yearling Sale in April.

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Await The Dawn. Photo credit: Summerhill

The next impressive addition to the KZN sire ranks is Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade standing at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, a son of Mr Greeley out of Johannesburg mare La Traviata. A handsome black horse with no markings, Crusade is descended from a dam-line which happens to be filled Gr1 Middle Park Stakes victors. His broodmare sire Johannesburg is a winner of Europe’s exclusive race for juvenile colts, as is Minardi – a half-brother to Myth, the dam of Johannesburg. Crusade has been very well supported in his first three seasons at stud, filling his book each year with over 100 mares. He stamps his progeny in his exact image, with his yearlings tending to be plain black individuals with little to no white markings and a few chestnuts, reminiscent of his sire Mr Greeley. A beautifully-balanced and eyecatching stallion with a lovely sloping shoulder, a deep girth and a long-striding walk with a distinctive spring in his step behind, Crusade is certainly a sight to behold and has a very kind disposition. He has been Equinome tested as a C:C and this confirms that his inclination will be towards producing sprinting individuals. Crusade’s career was hampered by a back injury, and he placed fourth in the Gr3 Somerville Tatersall Stakes. A first foal for La Traviata, Crusade is a half-brother to twotime winner and Gr2 and Gr3 placed Cristoforo Columbo.

Crusade will be represented by 25 individuals, including a number of half-siblings to several winners at the Nationals in April. Another beautifully-bred young sire that is also resident at the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud is the Niarchos-bred Eightfold Path, the second son of Giant’s Causeway to stand at stud in KZN and South Africa. A product of two champions, Eightfold Path is the first foal of super race-mare Divine Proportions by Kingmambo – the winner of five Gr1 races in France and crowned Champion 2YO Filly, as well as top 3YO and 4YO in her years. One of SA’s leading racing journalists, Sarah Whitelaw, remarked how similar Eightfold Path looked to the great Nureyev, in both looks and stature and he certainly stands out in the paddocks at Highdown Stud with his distinctive white blaze and dished face and beautiful movement. Eightfold Path enjoyed a brief but spectacular two year old career in France, winning on debut over 1200m before running two lengths off subsequent French Champion 2YO Colt, Siyouni, in the Gr3 Prix La Rochette over 1400m. Dropped back in trip for his next and final start of his juvenile campaign, Eightfold Path ran his opposition ragged in the




himself as a first class racehorse out of the top drawer in the Gr1 SA Derby when he left the mighty Piere Jourdan in his trail, by an incredible nine and half lengths. Irish Flame went on to win the Gr1 Daily News 2000, Gr2 Gold Circle Derby and set a course record in the UK over 2200m, giving the second horse 6kgs in weight and a comfortable three length beating. Irish Flame placed his sire firmly on the map and amongst his placings were a second in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July and a third in the Gr1 SA Classic, whilst placing in the Gr2 Al Rashidiya in Dubai. Irish Flame is represented by just three individuals at the National Yearling Sale – including an exciting filly from Backworth Stud consigned as Lot 25. A majestic stallion who has let down into an absolute picture, She is a daughter of a full-sister to the dam of Beach Beauty is the first son of Dynasty to go to stud in South Africa - (by Dynasty), therefore almost a full-sister in blood to the Irish Flame. Ticking all the boxes when it comes to being a brilliant five time Gr1 winning racemare. He has injected his top-class stallion prospect, the big striding Irish Flame has size, outstanding quality and substance into his progeny and the categories of conformation, pedigree and race record they are certainly not to be missed. well covered. Out of Flaming Rock mare Clock The Rock, he descends from one of South Africa’s best female lines With several young stallions in KZN such as Visionaire and - the Corn family – and Irish Flame bears many similarities Traffic Guard leading the way, KZN looks to be a on firm to that of his brilliant sire, Dynasty – both being crowned footing with the quality of yearlings from their first season Equus Horse Of The Year as well as Champion 3YO colts sires’ on offer this year. This sentiment was confirmed by the of their respective years. Racing in South Africa, UK and the yearling inspectors that made their way around the farms in UAE, Irish Flame won six times and placed three over 1600m January - stating that “KZN have certainly upped their game”. – 2450m, winning close to R3million in stakes. He stamped Watch this space. Gr3 Prix Eclipse and earned him a Timeform Rating of 104p. Injury sadly prevented him from competing in his Classic year, but he returned as an older horse winning another two races which included the Grand Handicap de Deauville (Listed) over 1600m at the age of five. Eightfold Path has developed a reputation for producing big, muscular individuals with good substance and bone. Although a late arrival for his first breeding season at stud, he has covered over 160 mares to date and is represented at the National Yearling Sale by eight smart individuals, including a half-sister to Gr2 winner Harry Lime, consigned by breeders Rathmor Stud.





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While fortune plays a tremendous role in the racing endeavors of owners and breeders, it is not by chance alone that the American branch of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Shadwell empire is marching relentlessly toward this year’s Kentucky Derby with two undefeated colts.


nder the guiding hand of Sheikh Hamdan, a keen follower of pedigrees and a shrewd judge of conformation, Shadwell Farm in Lexington and Shadwell Stable have evolved with an overriding goal of winning Classic races.

To that end, Shadwell breeds its roughly 100 mares based in America to the best stallions in Kentucky and also typically purchases an enviable group of yearlings at select sales. Thus, this tale of two colts features the perfect blend of Shadwell homebred Shagaf and yearling purchase Mohaymen, both unbeaten and ranked third and first, respectively, through the first week of March on the list of three-year-olds with Kentucky Derby qualifying points. “This is fun,” said Shadwell Farm Vice President and General Manager Rick Nichols with a deep chuckle of satisfaction. “We’re going to hang on to this train as long as we can and see where it takes us.” Ever since Shadwell Farm was founded in 1985, Sheikh Hamdan and Nichols have built a powerful but purposefully low-key force



in Thoroughbred racing. Shadwell is about quality and results, not publicity or hype. Perhaps the most tranquil and lovely Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, with its understated emphasis on nature’s rolling hills and tree-lined ridges rather than showy barns and other manmade edifices, Shadwell has been the birthplace of horses that have won nine Classic races in Europe. The ring of honor of top horses bred and raised at the farm, as Shadwell notes on its website, includes Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Sakhee, also runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner Nashwan; Epsom Derby winner Erhaab; European champion juvenile filly and 1000 Guineas winner Shadayid, and other 1000 Guineas winners Harayir and Ghanaati. Today, Shadwell spans 3,400 acres over three separate properties, including divisions for yearlings and for retired horses or those on a break from training. Shadwell Stable, the racing division, currently encompasses 102 horses, including young stock.The royal blue and white Shadwell



silks now carried by Mohaymen and Shagaf have previously been associated with the likes of 2006 American Horse of the Year Invasor, an Argentine-bred purchased from Uruguay who captured the Breeders’ Cup Classic and four other Grade 1 stakes before winning the Dubai World Cup, and 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, a $725,000 yearling purchase. With Sheikh Hamdan on hand at Churchill Downs and accompanied by Shadwell team members from Kentucky and Dubai, Jazil finished a commendable fourth to Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby after unleashing a run that catapulted him from last early. That finish, the subsequent Belmont win and other major victories perhaps ignited more interest in Sheikh Hamdan for American racing, and fate began to take shape in the matings he chose for some of his mares and the yearlings selected at auction, which typically had been more skewed toward European performance. But Shadwell’s tale of two colts is very decidedly American. In February of 2013, unbeaten Derby contender Shagaf was born at Shadwell with hopes he could live up to the promise of his genes. By champion and Preakness Stakes winner Bernardini, Shagaf was produced by the stakes-winning Unbridled’s Song mare Muhaawara, a half sister to Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer and a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Habibti.With that family, there was every reason to think he could be special. About three months later and two days before Orb eclipsed rivals in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Mohaymen was foaled just north of Lexington at the Cleary family’s Clearsky Farms.The son of Tapit and the multiple graded stakes-winning Dixie Union mare Justwhistledixie would not come to the attention of Shadwell until a year later when he was consigned to the Keeneland September yearling sale. As Nichols recalls, when he first saw the colt at Keeneland, he liked “everything” about him. “That particular year, unfortunately, Sheikh Hamdan wasn’t able to attend the sale as he usually does. He said, ‘Go have a look and see what you find and send me a list and I will review the pedigrees,’ ” Nichols said, noting that Stephen Collins, manager of the sheikh’s Derrinstown Stud in Ireland and Shadwell Farm’s assistant manager Jody Dunlap were helping inspect yearlings at Keeneland. “When we saw (the Tapit colt), I called the boss straightaway. I told him,‘I’m going to send you a list, but this is the one you want,’ ” Nichols related. “He had such a tremendous pedigree, he was so well put together and he had such a beautiful way of walking. He was just one who had it all.” The Keeneland catalog page revealed that the colt, just the third foal of Justwhistledixie, was a half brother to 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day, and the price climbed higher and higher after the steel gray strode into the ring. But Nichols wasn’t about to let him get away, bidding $2.2 36


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million—much more than the typical Shadwell purchase at auction—and turning back an array of rivals to secure the colt. “He’s got very nice conformation and he just has a whole lot of potential,” Nichols said at the time from his seat in the sale pavilion, adding that he could envision the horse in the Shadwell stallion barn one day. At the same sale, Nichols bought two other Tapit colts, paying $1.1 million for a bay out of stakes winner Foxy Danseur, by Mr. Greeley, and $500,000 for a chestnut out of a stakes-placed half sister to champion Stevie Wonderboy. When Sheikh Hamdan arrived to inspect his yearlings, Nichols said his boss wanted to race one in Europe. “I had in my mind he might take Mohaymen,” Nichols said, referring to the gray who had been given a name from classical Arabic that means “dominant.” “He was lighter and smaller, more of a European type. “But he said, ‘You keep the gray and I’ll take the bay,’ ” Nichols recalled of the decision that could wind up being a crucial one as the American Classic season unfolds, considering the talent that Mohaymen has displayed to date. Sheikh Hamdan sends some of his yearlings to Europe for early training and some to Dubai, while those destined for racing in America remain in the U.S. Mohaymen and the homebred Bernardini colt, whose name Shagaf means “fond of” in Arabic,


joined the group sent to Kevin Kahkola in Camden, South Carolina, on to win a pair of Grade 2 stakes in New York, the Nashua and the Remsen, both over the Brown-trained Flexibility with each who gave them their early lessons. margin less than two lengths. While a May foal who took some time to mature before he could be seriously trained, Mohaymen was “always perfect,” Nichols Mohaymen has hit another gear in 2016, looking very impressive said. “There were a lot of people who came to see him and he in both his Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth Stakes victories under loved it—he has a great attitude about life. “And once he started regular jockey Junior Alvarado, particularly the latter as he was bumped off stride in the early going but recovered effortlessly working, he had such an efficient stride,” he added. and won geared down. Both Nichols and McLaughlin point out Shagaf also took to training well and became a favorite of Kahkola. that they have never seen the colt take a deep breath, either in his “The last time I saw them in South Carolina, Mohaymen still had works or after a race. my eye,” Nichols said, “but Kevin liked Shagaf slightly better.” “He’s the best the three-year-old that we’ve had at this time of When the colts were ready to progress to the racetrack, Sheikh the year. He’s special,” McLaughlin said. “I’ve only had one or two Hamdan decided to send Mohaymen to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin horses in my life that don’t blow much after a work or a race. And since he had trained the colt’s dam, and McLaughlin also received he takes it to a different level—he doesn’t blow at all. the chestnut Tapit colt, who had been named Mutaraamy. Shagaf, who Nichols said was “impressive to see under tack” and always “He’s such an efficient mover, a beautiful mover—you hardly see him switch leads he’s so quick and easy. He’s just special. He has went well in his work, was sent to Chad Brown. the whole package,” he added. Meanwhile, the bay son of Tapit, who had been named Tathqeef, went to English trainer John Gosden, who developed Sheikh Meanwhile, the bigger Shagaf was brought along slowly by Brown. Hamdan’s 2014 Epsom Oaks and King George VI and Queen He won first out over a mile at Aqueduct in late November and Elizabeth Stakes winner Taghrooda. Tathqeef won his only start easily captured an allowance/optional claiming race at the same through early March, an October maiden race at Wolverhampton. distance at Gulfstream Park in January. Even though, as a May foal, Mohaymen was the youngest of the group, he made his debut first, winning a maiden race at six In his first stakes, the Grade 3 Gotham on March 5 over 1 1/16 furlongs at Belmont Park in September, setting much of the pace miles at Aqueduct, Shagaf broke well, rated just off the pace, then and getting his first half in a notable :45.92. From there, he went swung around the early frontrunners to edge away to victory. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Mohaymen The FOY Photo credit Lauren King

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. reported that “he did everything right—he was like a professional. When I gave him his cue, he took off.” “I’m very proud of his effort. Coming into the race it was our plan was to be able to teach him something and possibly still win,” Brown said. “He was a little on-and-off the bridle down the back side, catching that dirt for the first time, but once he got in the clear he was much more comfortable. The fact he can secure a spot early with his positional speed, for a big horse, is going to come in handy later on.” Nichols reflected that both Brown and McLaughlin—who do not usually “talk up” their horses—are very upbeat about their potential chances in looking ahead to the possibility of the Kentucky Derby on May 7. Brown indicated that based on his observations of Mohaymen’s matches with Flexibility, he thinks Shagaf could have an edge in the future, Nichols related. Sheikh Hamdan is excited about both colts and keeps on top of every detail even while spending the winter far away in Dubai.

and Godolphin’s 2015 rallying fourth-place finisher Frosted. While Brown is relatively new to training for Shadwell, McLaughlin has worked with the team for 23 years and saw Sheikh Hamdan on a daily basis while he trained his runners in Dubai for six months annually from 1993 to 2003. Winning the Derby would be extra special with Mohaymen, he said. “It is very special for me to have this horse for Sheikh Hamdan because he is just a wonderful man,” McLaughlin said. “I’m very thankful that Sheikh Hamdan and Rick Nichols let me have this horse to train because this is a special horse. No one knew it, obviously, when they bought him that he was going to be this good, even though he was expensive, and I feel honored to have him in the barn. “He does everything right and has such a great mind. Nothing seems to upset him,” he said.

In fact, Nichols said the only wrinkle in the campaigns of both Mohaymen and Shagaf has been that some journalists get the meanings of their names wrong and have even argued with “He’s really happy and wants constant updates,” said Nichols, him about those names. Nichols pointed out that Shadwell has who added that the sheikh already is thinking about attending the to provide meanings to The Jockey Club when the names are Kentucky Derby again while hoping both Mohaymen and Shagaf submitted for approval, and he noted that Sheikh Hamdan, who are in the starting gate. uses Arabic names for the vast majority of his horses, is the best authority on this subject. That’s also the dream for McLaughlin and Brown, neither of whom has won a Kentucky Derby so far, although both have run Chuckling again, Nichols mused that the name of either Mohaymen solid contenders, with Brown’s first starter, Normandy Invasion, or Shagaf might yet have even further significance. finishing fourth in 2013. McLaughlin’s first Derby horse, Closing Argument, finished second in 2005, and he also has saddled Jazil “It might mean Derby Winner,” he declared. 38




Breeders of LEGAL EAGLE Winner of the Queen’s Plate G1, SA Derby G1, Jubilee H G3, Derby Trial L; 2nd J&B Met G1. Merit Rating 120.


5% stakes winners/runners Average earnings per runner - R68,994 (2015-16 season to date) CTS EMPERORS PALACE SELECT YEARLING SALE - 15 April 2016 LOT 17 90 150 177 193

SEX colt colt colt colt colt

NAME Golden Beat La Scala Mardi Gras Talk of the Town Graduate

SIRE Golden Sword (GB) Silvano (GER) Oratorio (IRE) Var (USA) Oratorio (IRE)

DAM Car Park Queen (IRE) La Normandie (ARG) Sarabande Street Wise (NZ) Varsity Queen


BSA NATIONAL YEARLING SALE - 27, 28, 29 April 2016 LOT 2 21 163 192 227 246 314 398 422 452

SEX filly filly filly colt filly filly colt colt filly colt

NAME Our Fair Lady Sweet Treat Jevar Hampton Court Mimicry Apache Jazz Chantyman Keyboogie Kindavar Duffield

SIRE Oratorio (IRE) Var (USA) Var (USA) Var (USA) Jay Peg Oratorio (IRE) Oratorio (IRE) Gimmethegreenlight (AUS) Var (USA) Var (USA)

DAM Bambina Stripes (ARG) Candy Vous (ARG) Jeter London Belle Murmuration (USA) Paradise Square Sea Of Calm (USA) Valeta Without Malice Avian Talk (ARG)

STABLE C83 C85 C86 C92 C84 C82 C89 C91 C87 C90

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his must attend event for global bloodstock investors’ features weanlings, yearlings, race fillies, broodmares and racehorses, all set to go under the hammer. Each year the Magic Millions National Sale brings together a catalogue of quality horses across all ages, horses to suit every buyer’s needs and budgets.

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The National Weanling Sale is the premier sale of its type in the Southern Hemisphere with previous graduates of the sale including Group One winners Pierro, Zoustar, Driefontein and Peggy Jean as well as South African stars Gimmethegreenlight and Harry’s Son. The sale importantly has also produced countless future yearling and two-yearold sale stars.

The National Sale is well positioned on the calendar to coincide with the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival with visitors encouraged to make the short drive to the Brisbane racecourses to enjoy high class Group One racing.

Yearling graduates of the National Sale include South African owned Singapore champion Rocket Man and a long list of Australian stars including reigning VRC Derby winner Tarzino, Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim, Oaks winner Tinto 42


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Racing Qatar


Text & Photos by Liesl King


It is almost midnight as my plane touches down at the Doha International Airport. I was expecting my arrival to be cloaked in darkness, yet this is a city that is lit up from head to toe. Lampposts, bridges and skyscrapers are all a glorious kaleidoscope of bright colours. Doha may be the capital of what is essentially a desert peninsula, but there is nothing dull or drab about this city. Even the Arabian Gulf outside my window is a lightshow of ghostly strings of floating lights as several party boats gently glide by.


n my first visit ten years ago, I found a city of skyscrapers, rising out of the desert and a racetrack, where the turf was green and the water cannons enormous. In those early years Qatar racing consisted mostly of Arabian races, with the odd thoroughbred race thrown in. The two main stud farms, Al Shahania, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Khalifa and Umm Qarn, owned by Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Thani, bred racing arabians, a slightly bigger and more robust version of their showing counterparts, who competed regularly at home and abroad. Thoroughbreds were few and far between. 44


Since that visit Qatar racing has been put firmly on the world map. In 2011 Sheikh Fahad bin Abdullah Al Thani managed the impossible.Winning the Melbourne Cup with the Frenchbred Dunaden, a horse that was once a lead pony for Umm Qarn’s string of racing Arabians. Subsequently Sheikh Fahad in conjunction with his brothers, Sheikh Hamad and Sheikh Suhaim, formed Qatar Racing and Qatar Bloodstock. And following the establishment of Al Shaqab Racing by Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, who famously purchased Treve before her first Arc victory, Qatar started emerging as the new super power of world racing.





Arabian duel racing

Recent developments have been spearheaded by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC), which runs the country’s only racecourse, under the patronage of the ruling Emir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. QREC’s establishment on the world circuit included the sponsorship of the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend at Longchamp, the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and since 2015, the five day Goodwood Festival. Interestingly the focus of QREC has now turned back to Qatar where the upgraded sand track has enabled an increase in fixtures, for thoroughbreds as well as arabians. According to Nasser Al Kaabi, QREC’s general manager, the club’s intentions and indirectly those of Sheikh Joaan and Al Shaqab can best be described as “bringing the competition home”. At the recent Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai he explained that concept further. “Since our major role internationally we want to elevate Qatar racing at home and it is time to make Qatar one of the major racing centres in the world. Now is the right time to start focussing on our local racing. The aim is to elevate it to the level of Dubai. Qatari racing is growing and we are focussing on international races. I think bringing international owners and trainers to Qatar will uplift the local trainers.The more competition, the better. It will definitely help improve our racing. I want people to experience Qatar, to experience how important racing is to us. We want to be the best.”

And it is that aim, to bring more international owners and trainers to Qatar that saw me return ten years later to attend the HH The Emir’s Sword Festival, comprising 22 races, for arabians, locally bred thoroughbreds and imported thoroughbreds. Thursday started with a visit to the Al Shahania Stud, where camels, falcons, saluki’s and of course exquisite arabians were the order of the day.There is nothing quite like having breakfast al fresco surrounded by palm trees and the high vaulted barns, where Al Shahania’s 90 odd broodmares and the arabian racing string, trained by resident trainer Julian Smart, reside. Then it was onwards to the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club for the first day’s racing. The Grandstand is an interesting mix of English country racing, with a distinctly eastern charm. Locals and international visitors are treated to an elegant afternoon tea in beautifully appointed lounges overlooking the home straight, while on course there is a delightful children’s play park dotted with a vast array of fast food outlets. While the famous The Torch hotel, mosques and a partially completed soccer stadium all form an arresting backdrop to the fast and furious racing on the turf below. Here the ladies took centre stage with the running of the Longines World Fegentri Championship for Lady Riders, a contest for amateur female jockeys. Hana Jurankova representing Austria, rode out an easy winner on the Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained Saakhen (Ire). INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


The Blue Eye winning the HH The Emir’s Trophy

With the Festival attracting 17 international thoroughbred raiders from countries such as Bahrain, France, Germany, the UK and even South Africa, the Gr2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup for thoroughbreds over 1600m on turf, the second day’s feature was eagerly awaited. Al Shaqab’s Moheet (Ire) trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Frankie Dettori looked a picture, while Mike de Kock had sent Anaerobio (Arg) over from Dubai. The last of the raiders were the Bahrain pair of Bartack (Ire) and Baltic Knight (Ire) and it was the latter, ridden by Duran Fentiman, who brought home the spoils to the great delight of his connections. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s Roman Legend (Ire) flew up for second, while Moheet finished in third. Saturday brought a stark reminder that while thoroughbreds now make up 55% of the horses in training in Qatar, the arabian is still very close to the heart of this desert nation. For not only was the main feature the Gr.1 HH The Emir’s Sword Trophy, the third leg of the purebred arabian Triple Crown, but we were also treated to the heats and the final of the arabian duel races. And there is nothing quite like watching two riders and horses in full arabian costume battling it out down the sand track straight. Turbans and beaded tassels flying, the duelling horses charged down the track to loud cheers and applause from the crowd. The Festival’s main thoroughbred feature, the Gr 1 HH The 48


Emir’s Trophy presented by Longines (2400m turf) sees six international raiders, including the Qatar Derby deadheating pair of Rogue Runner (Ger) and Tannaaf (Ire) taking on ten local hopefuls. Current leading local trainer, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali ended his superb Festival on a high as the aptly named The Blue Eye (GB) took scant notice of the raiders, cantering home for a dominating four-length victory under leading jockey Harry Bentley for owner Mr. Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari. The Festival culminated with the running of the Gr.1 H.H.The Emir’s Sword Trophy. A close contest was expected between Al Shaqab’s Al Mourtajez (Fr), defending his crown and Al Shahania’s Assy (Qa), the winner in 2014. The expected duel ensued, but to everyone’s surprise Gazwan (GB), Assy’s stable companion, calmly charged past the duelling pair to claim victory by two lengths under an elated Richard Mullen. It was a one-two for trainer Julian Smart as Assy finished in second, relegating the game Al Mourtajez to third. Three great days of racing are over and it is time to head home. Qatar racing has come a long way since my last visit and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of their horses, trainers and jockeys. They may not yet match the powerhouse that is Dubai, but with the dominant victory of The Blue Eye over his internationals rivals I can safely say that Nasser Al Kaabi and his team at QREC are certainly “bringing the competition home”.





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By Mark van Deventer / Photos by Brent Abrahams

CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALE “Everybody here is chasing a dream, and trying to catch lightning in a tea cup,� opined pedigree guru, Charles Faull. Undeterred by such a challenge, and inspired by the newly introduced million dollar incentive races conceived by Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS), buyers splurged at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. It was held at the International Convention Centre on the 21st and 22nd of January, generating an exciting buzz in the racing fraternity.


onfirmation that breeders and buyers have quickly embraced the idea of a start-of-the-year auction in Cape Town was evident with an aggregate of R135,650,000 (USD 8.4 million) being realised. Logistics were smoothly processed at the venue to handle 20% more yearlings than the previous year. The catalogue has grown in size, without in any way compromising quality, as 226 Lots were sold compared to 187 in 2015. There was also a significant international presence which was reflected in the buyers list, and though the average and median finished a




marginal 6% down on 2015 figures, it was a robust sale. The final average was R600, 221 (USD 37 513) with the median mark set at R375, 000 (USD 23 437). When the numbers were collated after Day One was over, an aggregate sum of R71 530 000 (USD 4.47 million) had been attained at an average of R656 239 (USD 41 014) with a median price of R425 000 (USD 26 562). These are exceptionally strong figures, even taking local currency rand weakness into account, and included new South African records for a filly and colt sold at auction in this country. Lot 37, Silver Coin, a most handsome colt by former champion sire Silvano out of National Banker, was the subject of a frenetic bidding duel between Mayfair Speculators and Lady Christine Laidlaw.They chased the figure past the previous highest mark



for a colt sold at auction in South Africa of R5,2 million (USD 325 000) which was for a son of Dynasty purchased at CPYS 2015. Mayfair Speculators eventually prevailed, as the half brother to Grade 1 performer Halve the Deficit was knocked down for a whopping R6 million (USD 375 000). Further sensational action unfolded when Lot 81, Best Kept Secret entered the ring. The Captain Al filly by top class race-mare, Secret of Victoria is from an exceptional female line featuring Equus champion All Is Secret and impressive recent juvenile winner The Secret Is Out. Consigned by Klawervlei Stud, as agent on behalf of passionate racing man and effervescent pharmacist, Garth Miller, she was eventually knocked down to Tina Rau Bloodstock/MV Mangier for R5,25 million (USD 328 125) – the highest sum paid for a filly at a SA auction.


Secret Of Victoria must be a candidate for Broodmare of the Year. The fertile mare has another foal at foot, and recently tested in foal, so Miller, who got double the price he was expecting, is trying to extend that winning formula. Amongst other big ticket deals, Ridgemont Stud got stuck in when buying Ariana Grande (by Silvano) for R2,25 million (USD 140 625), and former champion trainer Charles Laird secured Lot 59, an imported Bernardini filly for R2,4 million (USD 150 000). In one of the final sales of the night, astute bloodstock agent Jehan Malherbe signed at R2,7 million (USD 168 750) for Hear Him Roar.The colt will be trained by Dean Kannemeyer, who was responsible for sire Dynasty’s stellar racing career. “I trained the dam who was a speed filly and really tough.This is a quality colt,” he commented. Former jockey, now a trainer in Durban, Garth Puller mused about proceedings, “Obviously if the powerful buyers are all going for the same horses then big prices will be reached, but I still look at all horses, even those that may seem out of range, as there are lucky surprises to be found in the lowermiddle market.” Those words proved prophetic when a day later his brother Glen’s horse, Illuminator, an opportunistic 180K (USD 11 250) purchase at a CTS auction in March 2014, scored a momentous win in the Million Dollar over 1400m

at Kenilworth, to land his lucky connections an R8 million bonanza. Another jock to join the training ranks, Gavin van Zyl was in agreement with Puller, and also well-pleased after buying six yearlings for around R1,3 million (USD 81 250) at an eminently reasonable average of R225 000 (USD 14 062) on the first night, “ We did very well – this was a great sale for us,” he exclaimed after buying yearlings by Querari, Var and Oratorio, together with a couple by Pathfork, a stallion he suspects could be the real deal. Serious money was also invested at Friday’s session. Lot 183, Dynasty’s Blossom, a blue-blooded Dynasty filly fetched R4,5 million (USD 281 250). Lot 197, the colt Cot Campbell (by Trippi) understandably went for R3,3 million (USD 206 250) as he is out of the brilliant Grade 1 performer, Ebony Flyer, plus he sports Broodmare Of The Year, Sunshine Lover as his second dam. They were followed by an unnamed Silvano colt out of a full sister to champion sire Captain Al, signed for by leading trainer Dennis Drier at R2,6 million (USD 162 500). Drier was thrilled with his five purchases, declaring, “I could not be happier!” Michael Azzie is another top South African trainer typically very active at these sales, and he was determined to secure Lot 220, Greek Fire, a Dynasty colt out of Garland. He bid up to R3 million (USD 187 500) to




capture this offering from Maine Chance Farms, bred on the same cross that yielded champion race-mare Beach Beauty. Measured by aggregate, ruling champion breeders Klawervlei Stud (49 lots), Highlands Farm (36 lots), Drakenstein Stud (9 lots), Maine Chance Farms (22 lots) and Avontuur (9 lots) were the top vendors at the sale. The average return of R1.9 million (USD 118 750) per yearling for Drakenstein Stud was especially notable. Amongst the buyers, the top five spending slots went to Mayfair Speculators, Rainbow Beach Trading, John Freeman, Jehan Malherbe and Tina Rau Bloodstock/MV Magnier who accounted for close to R43 million (USD 2.68 million) in purchases over the two days.



South Africa’s finest stallions with proven records predictably found their way to the summit of the charts. Silvano averaged R1.1 million (USD 68 750) for his 22 desirable lots, Dynasty’s average was R1.3 million (USD 81 250) from 14 sought-after entries, with Captain Al’s 22 yearlings selling for an average of R901,000 (USD 56 312). Trippi is now well-entrenched in this country, so grossed R8 million (USD 500 000) from nine youngsters. Globe-trotting sire, Oratorio made a pleasing SA debut with his 25 yearlings realising just under R11 million (USD 687 500) to complement stalwart Avontuur resident, Var. What a Winter and Byword, brilliant racehorses during their careers in SA and France/UK, are new sires with potential who also attracted attention at the slickly staged CTS showpiece.

Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale Friday - 15 April 2016 CTS Graduate ILLUMINATOR winner of the inaugural CTS MILLION DOLLAR over 1400m at Kenilworth on 23rd January 2016. Illuminator was purchased for R180,000, has earned R8,526,875 and was bred by Klawervlei Stud.


ntroduced in April of last year, the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale was a great success in 2015. The

sale achieved an average of R415,420 from an aggregate of R44,450,000.

The 2016 edition of this highly prestigious Select Yearling Sale offers 199 yearlings (117 in 2015) including several by leading sires CAPTAIN AL (10), DYNASTY (13), SEVENTH ROCK (12), SILVANO (13), TRIPPI (5) and VAR (7). International sires are also well represented with BIG BROWN (Sired G1 horses in 3 countries), CHOISIR (Consistently among the leading sires in Australia), HUSSONET (A Champion Sire in Australia & Chile), LAWMAN (One of the most exciting young sires in Europe), POET’S VOICE (Britain’s leading first-crop sire) and STAR WITNESS (Australia’s Leading, active First Season Sire last season) having yearlings on the sale.

The Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale will be the last chance buyers will have of purchasing a yearling eligible for nomination to the 2018 CTS Million Dollar races.

Please contact Amanda Carey for details (082 465 4020 or




Alistair Cohen is a young man with a unique talent and a very bright future. Alistair is one of the country’s most respected horseracing commentators – A phenomenal feat at only 25 years of age.

Alistair’s love of horseracing started when he was very young, thanks to living less than a kilometre from Greyville Racecourse in Durban and having a dad who was a very avid punter!

“I always went to the races with him and loved it. I wanted to be a jockey but I became too strong for that so I thought the next coolest thing would be to be a commentator. That was at the age of about 4,” Alistair says. In 2003 when Alistair was just 12 years old, he entered a commentator’s competition run by Gold Circle. Someone recognised that this very young boy had amazing potential and told him to practice and that his chance would come. “It came and I am loving it,” he says. Alistair is a born and bred Durbanite who attended St Henry’s Marist Brothers College in Durban from Grade 0 until Matric. He now lives in Fourways, Johannesburg.



“There is NOTHING better than listening to the thunder of hooves run past the grandstand. The rush of adrenaline is indescribable. That’s what got me into the game. To shout home a winner that you have backed is also amazing,” he says about his love of all things horseracing. Alistair says that there is no such thing as a typical day and that every day is very different. “When commentating, I obviously look at the race card, form, and tendencies of horses but I always try and let things come naturally,” he says about not scripting his commentary excessively beforehand. The favourite part of his job is that no horserace is ever the same. His biggest challenge of the job, understandably, is getting something wrong as you really cannot take back anything said on air. His favourite South African horseracing event is without a doubt Champions Day. “I am a purist. I love the fact there are 9 feature races. High quality racing is what I love”. Most within the industry have that one special horse. “My favourite racehorse ever is London News because when he won the QEII Cup in Hong Kong in 1996, this was the very day that I decided to become a commentator. Right now my favourite horse is Smart Call because she is just damn special!” he says.

Alistair feels that there certainly is a window of opportunity for younger fans to become more interested in horseracing and that South Africa is taking steps in the right direction, although the challenge is to please both the established purists and the new generation of fans “Keeping customers happy and making the game as simple as possible for newbies is crucial,” he says The three things that Alistair cannot go without when traveling to events around the country? His binoculars, race card and a pen! Understandably, like any young talent with the world at his feet, Alistair will soon be looking to broaden his experience and ply his trade overseas. “I love South African racing dearly but there is so much for me to achieve and in other parts of the world, I can achieve them,” he says. Racing. It’s a Rush wishes Alistair everything of the best for his new adventures ahead.

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Closing off a short, but sensational juvenile campaign, EIGHTFOLD PATH makes all to win Gr.3 Prix Eclipse over 1200m.

• SPEED to win two of three starts at 2 years, both over 1200m • CLASS to finish 3rd in Gr3 Prix la Rochette, only 2 lengths adrift of French Champion 2YO Colt, Siyouni • TIMEFORM 104p “likely to make into a smart 3yo” (injury forced him to miss Classic Season) • TRAINED ON to win the Listed Grand Hcp de Deauville over 1600m at 5yrs


The only son at stud in South Africa of multiple Gr1 winner, multiple Champion Sire & Sire of Sires

Giant’s Causeway



bred by Niarchos Family out of exceptional French Champion 2YO & 3YO winning 9 races from 1000m to 2200m including French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks

Divine Proportions




EIGHTFOLD PATH is property of a syndicate (by courtesy of BRIGT Industrial Trading Company, China)

#62 colt, first foal out of half sister to Australian Gr1 placed Gr2 winner #83 filly out of half sister to Gr1 Gold Cup winner Wild One and full sister to Gr1 placed Extinct #248 filly, 2nd foal out of full sister to Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Scarena #259 half sister to 2 winners (2 runners); dam 3-time winner from classic Argentine family #280 half brother to 2 winners; dam (by Jet Master) half sister to stakes winner out of Majorca Stakes winner Display Model #283 3rd foal; half sister to Harry Lime (3 wins incl Gr2 at 2); winning dam out of Gr1 placed Gr3 winner Rattlebag #428 colt, 3rd foal; winning dam (by Jet Master) out of Gr2 placed SW Asmara, from Sun Lass family #437 half brother to 2 winners, one stakes placed; Irish-bred dam is out of SA 3yo Champion filly Kundalini INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Stands at Highdown Stud, Nottingham Road Robin Scott | T: 033 266 6918 | C: 082 495 4920 |

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A DAY AT THE RACES Racecourse tours at selected racecourses

For both established horseracing fans as well as those new to the sport, a day at the races can undoubtedly be a fun, social and exhilarating day out. To add to this experience, certain racecourses around South Africa are now offering interested racegoers the unique opportunity to tour the racecourse and get a first-hand behind the scenes look at all the different elements that make horseracing the thrilling sport that it is. Racecourse tours are offered at most race meetings in the Western Cape and Gauteng and on selected race days in Port Elizabeth. At Kenilworth and Durbanville Racecourses in the Western Cape as well as Turffontein in Johannesburg, a tour will begin at the information kiosk just before the running of race 3 on each specific race day (timing will depend on scheduled race times on each particular day). Patrons need to please pre-book for tours before the running of Race 2. Racecourse tours, which are hosted by professionals within the industry, will enable patrons to go to the parade ring, commentator’s box, visit the all-important stipes boardroom, weighing room and perhaps most enthralling is the visit to the starting stalls to watch the adrenalinefueled start of a horserace. Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth offers race day tours on selected days when they have group bookings. Interested parties can call the racecourse to arrange this. Tours of Fairview can also include tours of the stables with permission from the relevant trainers. Few people appreciate all that goes into staging a successful horserace, a feat even more impressive when one realises that horseracing in South Africa takes place every single day of the year except on Christmas Day. The parade ring for example is a multipurpose area where the horses are taken for their pre-race parade. Horses are walked anti-clockwise to allow race 58


goers to assess the horse’s condition. This is usually done between eight and ten minutes before a race. There are also a number of race meeting officials at the edge of the parade ring at each race, and each official is looking at specific things. The commentator, for example, will be looking at and memorising the jockey silks so he can identify the horses as they cross the finish line. It is the judge who declares the official result of a race. The stipendiary stewards will be looking to see that the horse has the correct equipment such as horse shoes, tongue ties and blinkers and that the correct jockey is getting onto the correct horse. Racecourse tour leaders will impart valuable pointers and tips to interested patrons, such as the history of the racecourse, what attributes to look for to spot a winning horse in the parade ring, what happens in the weighing room as well as how the stipendiary stewards ensure that there is fair play in every race. Patrons who participate in a racecourse tour will never look at horseracing in the same way again! It is a sport of adrenaline, beauty and so much more. Racecourse tours are offered to interested members of the public free of charge. Unfortunately tours are not open to children under the age of 12. For more information about upcoming horseracing events, go to: For more information about racecourse tours please call: •Kenilworth and Durbanville Racecourse - (021) 700 1600 •Turffontein Racecourse - (011) 681 1702. •Fairview Racecourse - 076 480 3739

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Champion SA Breeders 2014 & 2015 The Klawervlei Stud bred

ILLUMINATOR winner of the inaugural running of the CTS MILLION DOLLAR


$1 000 000 Illuminator is owned by Messrs FM Carruthers & Ian Robinson, trained by Glen Puller and was ridden by apprentice Heavelon V’D Hoven.



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By Mark van Deventer / Photos by Brent Abrahams


Iluminator, from the Glen Puller stable, won the January 23rd 2016 inaugural running of the CTS Million Dollar over 1400m on the turf, Africa’s richest thoroughbred race. The three year old bay son of Trippi was expertly ridden by apprentice Heavelon van der Hoven, who seized a dream opportunity when replacing indisposed senior jockey, Weichong Marwing.




ltaged on the Investec Day Of Dreams at a sunsoaked Kenilworth, it was a fairy tale outcome for Illuminator’s connections. Bought at CPYS in March 2014 for just R180 000 (USD 11 250), they netted around 500 000 USD (R8 million) in prize money when their hero glided past rivals up the outside rail.

Illuminator, out of Pacific Lights, is a product of champion breeders, Klawervlei Stud.This was his third win from six starts for thrilled owners Francis Carruthers and Ian Robinson. The tremendous win just proves that chasing the racing dream can indeed be life- transforming, providing infinite fun along the way!

Trainer Puller may be a reticent character, but he is a highly skilled horseman possessing a deft touch with thoroughbreds. Cape Thoroughbred Sales host a platform of high quality He accurately labelled Illuminator as the best he has ever auctions around the country throughout the year, each worked with soon after the athletic colt won his first two catering for different market segments. career starts in Spring 2015, under apprentice van der Hoven. After the successful Cape Premier Yearling Sale concluded That astute assessment was vindicated, with big money at in January at the CTICC, buyers eager to source potential stake, when Illuminator overhauled boom filly and favourite graduates for the next series of richly endowed incentive Silver Mountain just before the line. She had been caught races will hone in on the upcoming March Yearling Sale on the up in a robust duel with Victorious Jay in the centre of the 19th and 20th at Durbanville, and the CTS Emperors Palace course, but neither could stave off their athletic foe. Seventh Select Yearling Sale in Johannesburg. No doubt, Messrs Puller, Plain ran bravely from a wide draw to keep going and obtain Carruthers and Robinson will be in attendance waiting for a fourth place. Exit Here was always prominent and did enough second lightning strike, knowing their moves will be closely for the 40 000 USD fifth place cheque. monitored by fellow fortune-seekers!




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he J & B Met is the race day most eagerly anticipatedthe final showdown of the Cape season. The buildup seems to take forever with the Grade 1 races starting in December with the Gr. 1 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas, the Gr. 1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas, followed by the oldest race, the Gr. 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and finally the Gr. 1 Maine Chance Paddock Stakes. From these races come forth a host of stars.

belonged to another up country raider, the filly Smart Call. Two fillies and two colts, who would take up the challenge of the J & B Met? Futura the reigning champion was all the rage. His Queen’s Plate J & B Met double had earned him the 2015 Horse of the Year title, could he do it again? Mike de Kock with the mighty Horse Chestnut was the first to prove that a threeyear-old could win the Met but the champion trainer decided not to put his Guineas winner Noah From Goa up as a Met contender. While Silver Mountain’s connections decided to rather follow the money to the CTS Million Dollar race, Sean Tarry was very confident that Legal Eagle could step up and take the illustrious double. And somehow Smart Call, the filly who so convincingly won the Gr. 1 Paddock Stakes, did not feature in any permutations.

Silver Mountain was the first to make racegoers sit up and take notice as she strolled home in the Fillies Guineas with consummate ease. No wonder then that she took her place in the line-up of the Cape Guineas. That race however went the way of Noah From Goa, with Silver Mountain not disgraced in third. The Queen’s Plate saw another star writing his name in the history books as SA Derby winner Legal Eagle skipped clear, leaving a stellar field labouring in Yet her victory that day reminded me of another horse. As his wake. While the Paddock Stakes, run on the same day, I watched the unremarkable-looking bay filly power into the 64


lead it was her stride and her ears that stirred a memory. While the majority of horses race with their ears flat against their heads, only pricking them as the post looms, Smart Call runs with her ears all over the place. They are usually at half mast and pointing sideways, but can equally be pointing in any direction and seldom in unison. I remembered watching another champion whose ears also preferred not to follow the norm. His name was Horse Chestnut and it is here that we need to backtrack a bit as Smart Call’s story takes an interesting turn. Raced in South Africa by Mrs Oppenheimer, Horse Chestnut retired to the paddocks at Clairborne Farm in Kentucky, after his victory in the Gr. 3 Broward Handicap, his only USA race before injury curtailed his career. Mrs Oppenheimer wanted to send a mare to her champion horse and the unraced Christmas Tree filly, Great Verdict (AUS) out of Broodmare of the Year, Summoned was duly purchased at the Sydney Inglis

Sale. Great Verdict was purchased in foal to Zabeel (NZ) and produced a strapping colt that was to become the sire Grey’s Inn. Her date with Horse Chestnut though, produced a filly called Good Judgement (USA), who remained unraced and ended up at Mauritzfontein, the Oppenheimer’s stud in Kimberley. Good Judgement’s first four foals by resident sire Strike Smartly (CAN) produced three winners but nothing earth shattering. When Strike Smartly was sadly lost, Ideal World (USA), a stakes-winning son of Kingmambo (USA) out of Champion mare, Banks Hill (GB) joined the Mauritzfontein stallion roster in 2010. Good Judgement was selected as one of his first season mares and in 2011 a big bay filly was born. Mrs Oppenheimer believed in racing her stock herself and hence trainer Alec Laird was invited to visit and select some yearlings to train. Laird fell utterly and completely in love with Good judgement’s Ideal World filly, aptly named Smart Call INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


and she joined his yard at the Randjiesfontein Training Centre. Campaigned quietly and steadily Smart Call’s maiden win by 6,75 lengths, was offset by a couple of defeats to the likes of Majmu (AUS) and Siren’s Call and she remained under the radar. Victory in the Woolavington 2000 delivered her sire his first Grade 1 win. Smart Call was progressing nicely and Laird was in no hurry to push the buttons too soon. He figured the big gangly filly would only get better with time. How right he was. At four, Smart Call came into her own with victories in the Gr. 2 Ipi Tombi Challenge and the Gr. 1 Paddock Stakes. The filly however, had only ever run against her own sex and with her jockey Weichong Marwing battling a back injury, she was allowed to go off at 8/1 in the J & B Met. Legal Eagle meanwhile seemed unbeatable and his starting odds of 16/10 indicated that most expected the son of Grey’s Inn to follow in Futura’s footsteps and take the Queen’s Plate - J & B Met double. In the week leading up to the race, Weichong Marwing was forced to surrender the ride on Smart Call and Laird, playing his cards close to his chest, refused to name a replacement jockey.

pressure cooker that is the J & B Met, many thought that Laird was taking a huge gamble. In the end it wasn’t a gamble at all, it was sheer poetry in motion. The filly with the floppy ears and the long stride so reminiscent of her maternal grandfather, Horse Chestnut, simply blew the field away. At the 300m mark, with Legal Eagle comfortably leading, Van der Merwe pulled Smart Call out and sent her on her way. The filly effortlessly switched gears, leaving the field and Legal Eagle behind in a matter of strides. Van der Merwe allowed himself a backward glance, before a grin of sheer joy spread across his face, as he rode his filly to the line and victory.

The record books will record that Smart Call won in a time of 2.03:17 and by 3.5 lengths. It could easily have been more, with Van der Merwe merely steering her home under a hands and heels ride. What the record books won’t record is the ‘I was there’ moment that will live on forever in the memory of those present. A big bay filly with floppy ears, gliding down the turf with consummate ease, reminding all present of Horse Chestnut and his gliding run down that same stretch of turf in the 1999 J & B Met eight lengths clear. As Smart Replacing a jockey at the last minute in the season’s premier Call stands in quarantine, preparing for her six-month journey Gr. 1 race is no mean feat and with a field of 14 going to to the Breeders Cup, she follows in his footsteps - heading to post, all the top jockeys had long since been engaged. Laird the States, heading out to conquer the world. Although in a waited until race morning before announcing that young way she already has. Her victory earned her a world merit rider JP van der Merwe would be in the saddle. While Van rating of 119, placing her in joint sixth in the Longines World’s der Merwe had never ridden Smart Call in a race before, Best Racehorse Rankings, one of only two fillies in the top ten he often rode the filly at work and knew her well. With the horses in the world. A very Smart Call indeed. 66


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Being a champion is more a state of being than it is a statistic or a title, bestowed after the event. Champions are born and raised at home - they just go to the track to collect the applause. Of course there are champion horses, but you also get champion jockeys and champion trainers. And the championship state of being – the drive, the discipline and the razor sharp focus has usually loosened its tie, poured a drink and put its feet up a long time before the title pulls into the driveway. It sticks around a good deal longer too. 68


Justin on Masterly the day before J & B Met day down at Muizenberg Beach. Photo by Tracy Robertson.


hey say it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a team to make a champion and if it’s multiple champions you’re looking for, then it seems you need a family. One such family is Snaith Racing, who have combined their considerable talents into a multi-functional, multi-dimensional and highly formidable team. Snaith Racing officially started when Chris first took out a license in August 1974. Having worked his way to the top of his profession, Chris handed over the reins to his sons in August 2000. Starting out more or less from scratch, through relentless hard work and determination, the boys have worked their way steadily up the training log. Chris and wife Sue are still around to advise and consult, but the boys have taken the bit and run with it. Their fresh and innovative marketing approach and social media presence has set new benchmarks in terms of accessibility and added a touch of glitz and old school glamour to local racing. Photo shoots of their horses on the beach or with high profile media personalities are eye catching and fun, their grooms are always impeccably turned out in race day blazers and boaters, their runners have custom designed browbands to match owners’ silks and the boys themselves take their jobs as ambassadors seriously – always smartly turned out and always with a considered and useable media soundbyte at the ready.

Mainly however, they grab headlines for their exploits on the track and most recently made waves when Justin Snaith saddled a record-breaking 8 runners on this year’s J&B Met card. SNAITH HQ The spiritually minded go in search of places with special energy – witches covens and religious sects make them sacred places. Without getting too mystic about it, driving through the Philippi gates of Snaith HQ, one finds yourself exhaling and smiling in surprise at the green expanse, large paddocks with groups of happily grazing horses and pockets of red deer. It has a relaxed, farm atmosphere.Whether it is indeed the atmosphere, something in the water, or something else altogether, there can be no arguing that it produces winners like few others. It’s worth noting that the South African trainers championship is decided on stakes won. Justin Snaith and the Snaith Racing Team were named South Africa’s champion trainers for the 2013/14 season with earnings of R19 490 725 and a winners to runners percentage of 15%. With a little over half the current season still left, Justin Snaith is topping the trainers log with earnings in excess of R12 million, but more importantly, the yard’s winners to runners ratio is running at a staggering 18%. INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Jonathan with the John Freeman team who played an integral part in the day’s success.

Braam Van Huyssteen and Greg Bortz lead in Acaciawood

Oscar and Veronica Foulkes leading in Sergeant Hardy

Sergeant Hardy interview

Team Snaith make no bones about being competitive and when it comes to big race days, they go flat out. However, 8 wins on the 2016 Met day card surprised even them.

their owners, consulting with his team and making notes before regrouping and collecting the next lot of saddles from the weighing room. Watching him work, it’s impossible not to be impressed by his incredible work ethic and professionalism as well as his stamina for managing to finish the day with a smile on his face.

MET DAY 2016 30 January 2016 was the 39th renewal of the J&B Met in Cape Town. With the Investec Derby and Majorca Stakes defecting to the CTS Million Dollar Day of Dreams, it left the 12 race Met card with two Gr1’s, a Gr2, a listed race and 8 handicaps. While many fretted about the programme, Snaith Racing, in their usual fashion focussed their energies on the job at hand and came up trumps.

“It’s one of the hardest seasons Justin has worked,” says Jonathan. “He’s been incredibly focussed, he drove the truck to the beach himself, he never missed a day and I think that’s reflected in the results. We’ve had our highest strike rate ever - not easy when you’ve got a large string. Every season one struggles with viruses and setbacks of one form or another. This season we tried something new – we changed a bunch of stuff and OWNERS ARE ENTITLED TO BIG DAYS Speaking from their Philippi base, Jono Snaith reflects, “On Met moved things around and it’s worked like a bomb. We’ve had day we had 32 runners after scratchings. Owners race to have no viruses the entire season. We’ve had no bugs and the horses fun and part of that fun is to have a runner on a big day and have all been well. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had we feel our owners are entitled to it, so we put everything into such a great season. It’s been long and hard, but all the horses these big race days. Obviously there’s only one winner per race, have pulled up well, which I think is a credit to the yard.” so having multiple runners puts a lot of pressure on us to keep MET DAY people happy as not everyone is winning.” Justin Snaith previously saddled 7 winners on a single card at PE’s It’s a valid point, but Team Snaith are nothing if not consummate Fairview track on 12 May 2013. Were they trying to go one professionals and they try their damndest as a photographic better on Met day? “Quite a bit of planning went into Met day overview of the day’s events shows. There are photos of Justin and this is by far the strongest squad of horses we’ve ever had. saddling up, talking to owners, instructing jockeys, watching each Queen’s Plate was a good day for us – we had 5 winners and a race, leading in his horses, delivering speeches on the winner’s lot of unlucky losers, which was a good indicator that the string podium, checking over the placed horses and also rans, debriefing was well, so we had our hopes up. Our main focus was the Met, 70



but it was a very competitive card and many of the races were wide open. Obviously one still needs things to go your way, but we were on a 19% win rate and the yard and the horses were all in such a good space that we knew we were bound to have a good day. I have to say that having jockeys like Piere Strydom and S’manga Khumalo also makes a huge difference.” They won the first 6 races on the trot with Fire Master for Henry and Patricia Devine; Star Express for Warren Laird, Mr & Mrs Dave Whitelaw and Mr Ragunan; Acaciawood for Greg Bortz, Bryn Ressel and Braam van Huyssteen; Sergeant Hardy for Veronica Foulkes; Qing for Mr Alec and the Hon Mrs Gillian Foster and Captain Swarovoski for Michael de Broglio.

They’re both great horses who have already done it all and the day’s results were no reflection on their ability, but I know there were a lot of disappointed people out there and we were as disappointed. It obviously wasn’t meant to be, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. I don’t think we’ll ever have 2 stronger runners or have them as well as we did for the Met. We’d been having a good day, but it was hard to hide that we were disappointed by the main race. Having said that, one couldn’t think of a better winner and for a filly to win it for a filly, was really nice. Jessica Slack is so passionate and particularly as it was her own horse and her own stallion. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person and it was a really good story for the day,” he says sportingly.

TOUGHING IT OUT Trainers have to take the highs with the lows and stay focussed on the job at hand. There were still four more races to get through and only half an hour between the Met and race 9, in which Ovidio equalled their 2013 feat of seven wins. Jono says, “Ovidio was something of a surprise. It was a very strong field, particularly at the weights, and just about everything that Then it was on to the big one. “We’ve never won the Met and could go against him in the race did, but in the end he won well. I’m starting to think it’s jinxed,” he says with heartfelt exasperation. Perhaps we should run him like that more often!” “When the first half of the day went so well, we half expected something to go wrong and I suppose it was inevitable that it Although their three runners in the 10th disappointed, the team would be the Met. We really wanted to win for Gaynor (Rupert) had high hopes for races 11 and 12 and in many ways, that’s and Jack (Mitchell) and we threw the kitchen sink at Legislate when the story really started. On the canter down, one of the and Futura, but unfortunately they didn’t run to expectation. infield parties startled Mutzi, who threw jockey Smanga Race 7 was the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship in which they had high hopes for Daring Dave. “We asked the starter to load him last and for some reason they didn’t, so he was slow away and lost 10 lengths, but still came flying at the end to finish just over 3 lengths back,” says Jono philosophically.



Triumphant owner, Michael De Broglio, after the Snaith’s historic 8th winner, Baritone.

Khumalo and then bolted back to the parade ring. “Justin had just got back to the box and watched it all unfold on TV. He raced back downstairs to be told that S’manga had to go to hospital and the horse was scratched. Fortunately the Stipes were accommodating and allowed him a few minutes to find a replacement and the only available rider was Lucian Africa. Understandably Mutzi was very nervous, so Justin ran all the way to the start with him. In the race the wheels came off a little, which is understandable under the circumstances and we thought he did very well to still finish 4th.” They had three runners for the last race. Anthony Delpech was carded to ride Bianzina, but was unable to take the ride and with no suitable replacement available, the Fosters decided to scratch. With S’manga on his way to hospital, they needed a jockey for Baritone and Chris and Justin ran to the jockey room to find who was available. With no senior jockeys in sight, jockey academy master Terrance Walsh suggested apprentices Heavelon van den Hoven and Shadlee Fortune. “Heavelon won the million dollar, he’s my guy,” said Justin. They were just turning to go when the news came through that Piere Strydom couldn’t take the ride on True Master and so the ride went to Shadlee Fortune. In the event, Heavelon rode an accomplished race to win by 1.5 lengths and seal their 8th victory. “Shadlee rode a bit of a shocker –I don’t think True Master has ever been to the front in 72


his life,” laughs Jono. “But Heavelon never panicked and he rode a decent race and got us our historic 8th win on the day. If it wasn’t for him, it wouldn’t have happened. What a great story.” SPECIAL OWNERSHIP “Baritone belongs to Michael de Broglio. Our friend and bloodstock agent, John Freeman, only ever bought two horses for him – Captain Swarovski and Baritone and on the day we had two runners for him and both were winners. Of our 8 winners, half of those have been with us from the start such as Ken Truter, who gave us our first big break when we were just starting out. Marie Fowler from JCF Motors has been with us for years, Lloyd Jaffe’s family had horses with my dad and my dad trained for Veronica Foulkes’ mother. It was special to have winners for them on the day.” FUTURE For now, their immediate focus is to achieve 200 winners for the season. They nearly managed it 2 years ago when the last meeting of the season was postponed due to weather. “And we want to win as many Group 1’s as possible. Our strike rate is very important, but it’s not just getting the statistic, it’s being consistent, which we’re very proud of.” They’re running at a 19% strike rate in Cape Town, 17% in PE and are just getting started in Johannesburg. Both Jono and Justin are recently married and both are expecting, so with the next generation of Snaiths on the way, you can bet there’s plenty more to come.

TRIPPI (USA) LEADING SIRE IN SA 2016 More 3 year olds rated above 100 than any other sire in 2014/15

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1st SA crop of winners 2016

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2016 Photos by Chase Liebenberg & Liesl King



WHAT A WINTER THE FAST ONE Triple Equus Champion 2016 Leading Freshman Sire in the sales ring

EQUO PRODESSE ROSS FULLER M: +27 (0)82 826 2127 | E: KEVIN SOMMERVILLE T: +27 (0)21 874 9038 | E: Enquiries & Bookings to: JOHN FREEMAN INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE T: +27 (0)21 418 0566 |




By: Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer (self-proclaimed foodie) and J.R. Philpott, CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine representing Cutting Edge Selections)

Louisville, Kentucky may have only recently become one of the country’s top food destinations, but it has long been home to outstanding fine dining and eclectic casual fare. Named one of the Top 5 “Foodiest” small cities in America by Bon Appétit Magazine, Louisville’s chefs, many of which are homegrown, are local heroes.


ouisville restaurants are not just full of Hot Brown’s and Fried Chicken (not that there is anything wrong with either…I consider myself a connoisseur of both and I’m still known to order frequently).They feature a blend of traditional Kentucky cooking with a diverse mix of International Cuisine including French, Italian, Mexican and Southwest, as well as the classic Barbecue and Southern influences.

in America,” and Louisville was named one of the seven most underrated food cities in the country by Thrillist.

Recently, Louisville landed on Travel and Leisure’s “Best Places to Travel in 2015” and Fodor’s “GO List” for 2015. Thrillist ranked Louisville number 16 on “40 Biggest Cities, Ranked by Food” and NuLu number 13 on the “18 Best Food Neighborhoods

Here’s a list of some of our favorite destinations; from classic spots, to new arrivals. Included in this list is a featured menu item, paired with a wine from each restaurant. So, save the bourbon for the mint juleps, and the track; and enjoy a glass (or bottle) of vino.



Louisville’s restaurant scene has grown to become one of the most opulent and vibrant dining destinations in the country. Whether you’re looking for a burger, a burrito, seafood, or steak, or anything in between, your Old Kentucky Home has the restaurant for you.

JACK FRY’S When you think of Louisville dining destinations, Jack Fry’s is a classic not to be overlooked. As you step in the doors, you are transformed to Old Louisville in the 1930’s, when it first opened, where gambling and bootlegging was a sign of the times, and Al Capone himself frequented the restaurant. Jack Fry was a fan of the ponies, along with many other sports, and the evidence lines the walls of the establishment in the form of many historical photographs. While Jack Fry’s closed for a time in the 1970’s and 80’s, it has since revived itself as a staple on the dining scene. The menu is a mix of traditional and trendy, specializing in modern American and Southern fare. They pride themselves on their loyal clientele.

American fare with the highest quality ingredients, an extensive wine list, impressive artisanal cheese selection and an interactive digital chef ’s table. Housed in the historic Von Allmen mansion, built in 1850, it once was home to Kentucky’s first working dairy farm. Inside the mansion, exceptional architectural details abound including a grand staircase, 14-foot ceilings, and an all-brick and limestone cellar. Every aspect of the mansion has been lovingly restored and updated by Chef and owner, Dean Corbett. The 2-acre property, enveloped in ancient maple and magnolia trees, is now surrounded by new development. Try dining in the Wineskellar for a romantic and quiet evening, pop up to the bar for a cocktail and appetizers, or if the weather is nice, enjoy dining al fresco on their beautiful and grand porch.

Featured Dish: Lamb Chop

Featured Dish: Duroc Pork Shank

Heralded by reviewers as, “the best lamb chops in the city, hands down”, they take a traditional approach and let the chops speak for themselves. Served with haricot vert, potato au gratin, and topped with a glace de viande. Not to be confused with a demiglace, the sauce is a rich, velvety thick sauce made by reducing the stock.

This heritage pork is clean and crisp, with a taste and texture that is polished and easy on the palate. Served with Black Eyed Peas, Braised Red Cabbage, Brussels Sprout, Apple Butter, and a Bourbon Jus. All of the ingredients blend harmoniously to form a meal that is second-to-none.

Wine Pairing: St. Innocent Momtazi Pinot Noir, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Wine Pairing: Lemelson Thea’s Pinot Noir, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Braised meats, roasts, and mushrooms match well with this solidly structured Pinot noir with its dark fruit, savory spices and exotic flavors. It covers your palate with very round and dense berry flavors, lush sweet spices, hints of dried mushrooms and cedar. The tannins are very round and polished for such a young wine with the layered fruit and spice notes slowly fading into its long and sensual finish.

An elegant and complex Oregon pinot. Spice and redcurrant notes on the nose, with a sappy cranberry-fruited palate and fine-grained tannins. The palate is medium-full with vibrant red cherry and spice on the sweetly fruited, yet restrained mid-palate. The long, juicy finish has good flow, moderate tannins and persistent strawberry and spice.

1007 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 40204 Phone: 502-452-9244 Advanced Reservations are recommended Open for Lunch M-F and Dinner Daily

5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard Louisville, Kentucky 40241 Phone: 502-327-5058 Dinner Served Daily and Brunch on select occasions

EQUUS and Jack’s Lounge Equus restaurant, and its bar, Jack’s Lounge is an upscale bistro serving refined American fare in the heart of St. Matthews. This was the first restaurant that Chef Dean Corbett opened. The focus of the food is on both traditional and modern American cuisine. Jack’s Lounge is a comfortable way to relax at the end of the work day with friends, or enjoy a date night. Sophisticated, with a warm atmosphere, the bar features a myriad of cocktails and a full menu. Their menu features everything from small bites and casual fare such as nachos and chicken wings, to sophisticated entrees including filet and even their version of meatloaf. Featured Dish: Parmesan crusted Sea Bass Served with whipped potatoes, squash, zucchini, a lemon beurre blanc and fried leeks. This lovely and buttery piece of flaky, white fish melts in your mouth and pairs perfectly with the light and airy starchiness of the potatoes. Perfectly cooked, it is not to be overlooked. Wine Pairing: Jovino Pinot Grigio, Oregon Jovino is Willamette Valley specific and extremely food-friendly, wellbalanced and elegant. The Jovino Pinot Gris displays classic Oregon Pinot Gris aromas of pear and green apple balanced with ripe, floral peach and banana. Zesty lemon peel, green mango and apple keep the palate crisp and light with a long finish while ripe Asian pear and honey flavors fill the mid-palate and balance the body. 122 Sears Avenue Louisville, KY 40207 Phone: 502-897-9721 Open: Monday-Saturday for Dinner Service CORBETT’S RESTAURANT: AN AMERICAN PLACE Located in Louisville’s prestigious East End, Corbett’s restaurant takes fine dining seriously. It features an inventive menu focusing on

Z’S OYSTER BAR AND STEAKHOUSE: DOWNTOWN The name speaks for itself. Z’s downtown location is a contemporary and modern steakhouse just a few blocks from the hub-bub of lively 4th street in the heart of Louisville. This fine dining establishment first opened its doors in 2000. All steaks are selected from Prime mid-western aged beef, hand cut and cooked to order, and seafood is purchased directly from “Day boat fishermen”. They focus on a simple preparation and flawless execution. Oyster lovers can select the best oysters available, from either the North West, or East Coasts. Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse also features a Wine Spectator award winning wine list with over 600 different selections. Featured Dish: The Best Filet in Town Their signature dish is the “Prime” Filet Mignon, aged especially for Z’s restaurant. Cooked to perfection, and perfectly flavored, they have many options of sides to go along with the steak.The list, which includes sweet potatoes finished with bacon, and of course whiskey, Maker’s Mushrooms, a ragout, and more, will leave you drooling. Wine Pairing: Elio Perrone “Tasmorcan” Barbera D’Asti, Italy, Piemonte Elio Perrone Tasmorcan Barbera d’Asti is a beautiful expression of the Barbera grape from the appellation of Asti in Piedmont. Ruby red in color, it offers a delightful nose of red berries, cherries, violets and French oak. Medium in body with perfect acidity and soft tannins, it offers intense flavors of raspberries, cherries, vanilla and spice. This food-friendly red is long, ripe and polished on the finish. 115 S. 4th St. Louisville, KY 40202 Phone: 502-855-8000 Open for Lunch M-F Dinner M-S INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Seviche Chef Anthony Lamas

Le Moo

SEVICHE The destination in Louisville for Latin American cuisine is Seviche. Chef Anthony Lamas’ cuisine is not to be missed. This nationallyrecognized chef has been featured on The Food Network, in Southern Living and Bon Appétit and was a 2010/2011/2012 semi-finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef: Southeast. Seviche’s seasonally-changing menu showcases the freshest seafood and local artisan ingredients, all artfully prepared and beautifully presented. The restaurant proudly follows the guidelines of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. With ample vegetarian options and a gluten-free menu, Seviche has something for everyone, but the seafood dishes are certainly the stars of the menu. Seviche was included in Southern Living’s 100 Best Restaurants in the South. Dish: Grouper and Crab “Cigar” The crab meat is wrapped in golden-brown phyllo and delicately placed atop the perfectly cooked wild black grouper. It’s artfully arranged with a side of macadamia nut rice, a smear of red chile ginger butter, and bluegrass soy. Pairing: Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris, Chile, Valle de Colchagua Sauvignon Gris is a pink-berried mutation of the Sauvignon Blanc grape. It’s less aromatic than its blanc sibling, but tends to be richer and more voluptuous in texture than Sauvignon Blanc, with ripe fruit flavors of mango and melon as well as citrus notes. The wines are usually dry and tend to have some of the herbaceous notes so typical of the Sauvignon family. Expressive and elegant with loads of white flower aromas, the Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris is fresh and firm feeling, and it strikes a balance between tropical fruit and vibrant acidity. It pairs perfectly with any fish dish. Go on a Sunday evening, and enjoy half-price bottles of wine. 1538 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, Ky 40205 Phone: 502-473-8560 Open Daily for Dinner 80


LE MOO When it comes to decadence, Le Moo earns top honors in the freshman class list of new dining spots. Located in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, Le Moo, as the name suggests, is a fine dining steak restaurant that takes it over the top. Perfect for a celebratory meal, or dining with friends, be sure to ask for the Louis Vuitton booth if you want a true experience. Crafted by hand from vintage Louis Vuitton bags, it’s the only booth of its kind and can be reserved in advance to accommodate up to five guests. The attentive staff will make you feel like you’re the only patrons there. Also, be sure to visit proprietor, Kevin Grangier’s other restaurant, The Village Anchor; a quaint establishment situated in the heart of historic Anchorage, Kentucky, just 25 minutes from downtown Louisville. Stop by for lunch to enjoy the trains passing through, and view the beautiful historic homes in the area. Featured Dish: New York Strip “Au Poivre” With over 9 different cuts of meat, and a myriad of preparations, there is a steak for those with a big appetite. The peppercorn option includes bourbon, and the meat in the Strip comes in 14 or 16-ounce sizes, and choice, prime or dry aged. Each steak comes with a side. For a southern flair, try Grammaw Ev’s Braised Collared Greens with country ham, or the Parmesan-Cheddar Grits Cakes. Wine Pairing: Woodward Canyon “Nelms Road” Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, Walla Walla Valley This Washington State wine was developed to produce delicious and affordable red wine from young vineyards or declassified Woodward Canyon Winery production. With enticing aromas of black fruits, exotic spices, tobacco, and graphite. The wine is dark purple in color. In the mouth the wine offers sweet blackberry fruit, ripe mature tannins and a long generous finish. The wine is in beautiful proportion; opening with aromas of dark spice, black olive, dark chocolate, black tea, blackberry and pipe tobacco. On the palate, it shows off complex flavors of black currant jam, cocoa powder, blackberry and herbal tea.

La Chasse

Anoosh Bistro 2300 Lexington Road Louisville, Ky 40206 Phone: 502-458-8888 Open for Lunch M-F and Dinner Daily ANOOSH BISTRO Located in the Windy Hills neighborhood of the East side of Louisville, Anoosh Bistro is a gorgeous, fairly new building, sitting just off the Watterson Expressway, on Brownsboro Road. “Eat well, love life.” Chef Anoosh Shariat, who has long been a game-changer in the Louisville restaurant world, follows his motto daily. Anoosh Bistro is a comfortable place to enjoy a meal, with a menu varied enough to enjoy multiple times per week even. Chef Anoosh Shariat continues to offer some dishes reminiscent of those he served more than a decade ago at his namesake restaurant, Shariat’s in Crescent Hill. “I really want to keep presentations simple and the emphasis on local and regional foods,” he told Insider Louisville prior to its opening. A longtime vegetarian, himself, Shariat also offers many complex meatless options. Featured Dish: literally any dessert (Anoosh Shariat is an accomplished pastry chef, best desserts in town) The dessert menu changes daily. Some fan favorites include the bread pudding, a white chocolate banana cream pie, and the traditional crème brulee. All are of course prepared in house, are decadently delicious, and beautifully plated. Wine Pairing: Von Schleinitz estate Riesling non-dry, Germany, Mosel This fruity style wine has significant sweetness (~5% residual sugar) sufficiently balancing acidity. With natural effervescense it is a perfect sipping wine that will greatly accompany spicy dishes & salads as well as of course desserts. 4864 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville, KY 40207

Phone: 502-690-6585 Open for Lunch M-F and Dinner M-S LA CHASSE La Chasse is a self-described rustic, farm-to-table inspired French and Spanish fusion restaurant, with boutique wines, artisan cocktails, and craft beer. They opened their doors recently in the fall of 2015 to great reviews. La Chasse is just one of those restaurants you want to be seen in. It sounds cool, it looks cool, and the menu, while succinct, is anything but ordinary. Just like the restaurant’s name (translating to “The Hunt”) suggests, the menu includes a tantalizing combination of flavors and spices in each of their varied items; from sweetbreads to wagyu steak, and pheasant to foie gras. Featured Dish: Fennel Citrus Fried Rabbit The rabbit is braised first and then fried and served with grilled fingerling potatoes, haricot verts, and a peppered glaze. Braising the meat first allows it to retain an incredible amount of moisture and the fennel and citrus flavor is imparted to the rabbit during this process. Wine Pairing: Domaine Juliette Avril Châteauneuf -du-Pape Blanc, Rhone, France From the southern Rhône region of France, this soft white wine has a lightly honeyed with a pretty peach and wildflower aroma. In the mouth, it’s soft and lush but not heavy, with juicy pear and apricot flavors edged in a spicy note reminiscent of ginger. 1359 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40204 Phone: 502-822-3963 Open for Dinner Tuesday - Saturday RYE In the NuLu area of Louisville, on Market Street, RYE, produces innovative New-American cuisine in a minimalist setting. They INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


The Silver Dollar

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The Silver Dollar Featured Dish: Barbeque Grilled Chicken Thighs The barbeque grilled chicken thighs are basted in an arbol pepper sauce with onion and cilantro. They are deliciously sticky and finger lickin’ good with a good amount of heat from the arbol pepper. Goes great with an order of their house made pickles or some of their cornbread. Wine Pairing: Underwood Pinot Noir, Oregon Approachable. A good word for the Underwood Pinot. Just like the restaurant and the menu items, it’s down to earth and unpretentious. The wine draws from the diverse palette of vineyards and wine growing regions that Oregon offers. Each site adds its unique mark to the final Underwood blend, which highlights the rich juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot. It has flavors of cherry, blackberry and cola. 1761 Frankfort Avenue Louisville, Kentucky 40206 Phone: 502-259-9540 Open for dinner daily and brunch on Saturday and Sunday’s

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orn on February 13, a quiet Saturday, not long before the dawn of Valentine’s Day and a soft snowfall across Lexington, Kentucky, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s new half sister—by leading American sire Tapit—undoubtedly is one of the world’s most valuable foals of 2016. Bred by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm, the chestnut was “already spoiled rotten” at only nine days old, reported farm manager Mark Moloney as the filly cantered circles in a spacious paddock and then fearlessly strode over to a photographer to nuzzle the visitor. The filly’s dam, Littleprincessemma, a ten-year-old by Yankee Gentleman, also is outgoing and people-oriented. She has given many of her characteristics to the foal, from her own chestnut

color splashed with white to her bold nature. Acquired for $2.1 million at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November sale, Littleprincessemma will be bred back to American Pharoah’s sire, Pioneerof the Nile, this season. American Pharoah was her second foal, and after his birth in 2012, she produced a full sister for breeder Ahmed Zayat’sZayat Stables in 2014 now named American Cleopatra, and a full brother for Summer Wind in 2015 named Irish Pharaoh. Lyon said Irish Pharaoh has been sold privately but that she could not disclose the buyer or the price due to a confidentiality agreement. The flashy colt, who has a white stripe down his face and four white stockings, has developed well and “will have every opportunity to make a racehorse,” she said. The colt has remained in the United States, at least for now. Lyon said she plans to keep Littleprincessemma’s newborn Tapit filly, rather than offer her at auction as a yearling, as she does most of the Summer Wind foals. Around the same time as the Tapit filly was born at Summer Wind, American Pharoah began covering his first mares at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Lexington. The first mare to visit him, Coolmore’s Untouched Talent, the daughter of Storm Cat who produced Grade 1 winner Bodemeister, was pronounced in foal in late February. American Pharoah is adapting well to life as a stallion, Coolmore reported.“He has put on roughly 150 pounds and is really letting down into an imposing individual. He is a pleasure to do anything with—we’ve never had a stallion here with a temperament like his. He’s taken to breeding like a pro but has retained his kind nature; he’s still the same gentleman he has always been,” said stallion manager Richard Barry. Other mares among those initially covered in the early part of the breeding season by American Pharoah include Arch’s Gal Edith, dam of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another; Grade 1 winners Sunset Glow and Damson; record-breaking Pepper’s Pride, who was undefeated in 19 starts, and Global Finance, dam of Acapulco, winner of the 2015 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.



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hat does Anton Marcus, Anthony Delpech, S’Manga Khumalo, Douglas Whyte, Barend Voster, Correy Brown, Karis Teetan, Glyn Schofield, William Buick and Christophe Soumillon all have in common? Well apart from being top jockeys? They have all used one of South Africa’s secret weapons when it comes to comfort for racehorses, the Amahashe saddle pad.



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An idea that started out of sheer frustration is becoming a global enterprise for one of Cape Town’s much-loved trainers, Eric Sands. Sands has been a trainer for longer than he cares to remember and despite preferring a small string of around 30 horses, he has trained some of the greats such as Jungle Warrior, Perfect Promise and Horse of the Year and Champion Sprinter Flobayou.

Dolniya and Christophe Soumillon win the Sheema Classic with a Amahashe pad

Sands’s yard in Milnerton is also the destination of choice for visiting trainers. With stars such as J J The Jet Plane, Via Africa, Same Jurisdiction, Zambezi River, Carry On Alice, Legal Eagle and most recently the J & B Met winner Smart Call all launching their campaigns from there. Walking around the peaceful yard, with inquisitive heads poking out between hanging fly fringes, it is not hard to see why trainers like Alec Laird, Duncan Howells and Sean Tarry prefer to have their horses there. Here the horse comes first. Sands is one of few trainers who can be found in his yard all day long. For him training a racehorse is about getting it to be its best and that means picking up the tiniest problem and sorting it out immediately. From personally checking legs and leavings every morning to supervising work, Sands is hands on and he is not above going beyond the call of duty to solve a problem. He has been known to provide fussy

eaters with piles of different feed options to see which particular brand captures their fancy. And who can forget the headstrong Captain Harry going down to the start with what can best be described as a rope hairnet around his muzzle, attached to his noseband. “Well he concentrated on that net so much that he forgot to run away with the jockey.They both arrived at the start in exemplary fashion, the net was removed and Harry ran a good race”, explains Sands with a twinkle in his eye.“Any horseman can be a success if you just spend time with your horses and look for the small things” he adds. It is this ability to tackle all problems head on that saw Sands developing his own saddle pads in 2011. “I was unhappy with what jockeys were giving me to put on my horses. Their pads were never to my liking and I wanted something for my own horses, as we were getting skin diseases and horses coming back INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


Amahashe full pad

JJ The Jet Plane in Sand’s yard

Legal Eagle L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate

with sore withers. I decided for my horses’ sake that it was time to horse’s back, but the pad is like a cushion that negates that effect. make my own. It took me a long time to find something that I was truly happy with, but in the end I thought I had found the answer.” Sands explains why so many of the top jockeys around the world are now his customers. “It doesn’t slip.You can take typex 2014 saw Sands in Dubai chatting to Mike de Kock about the and make a mark on the horse through one of the holes and effect that girth tension has on horses during a race. “I told him I then work the horse fast. When you finish the mark will still be was making my own pads and suggested he try it. I said try it, but in the same place. If you fit it incorrectly though, you will get don’t make the girth too tight as it won’t slip. some slippage, but it will slip to where it should be and then move no further.” I sent him some and straight away Christophe Soumillon ordered some and then somebody else ordered and it just Other benefits are that being a bad heat conductor it won’t snowballed. That’s how the Amahashe pads, which incidentally raise the horse’s body temperature any higher than it already is. means horses in Xhosa and Zulu, started. I was cutting them The pads stretch to fit any horse and with good deflection and by hand and gluing them myself back then. Now the sizes are compression properties, it also offers greater protection to the all computerised and they are machine cut. While the cutting horse.The material used is anti-bacterial and anti -fungal, thereby and the holes are all done by machine, we still glue them by keeping the transfer of skin diseases at a minimum. Care is easy. hand though.” The centre seam is double glued and I voice The pads can be hand washed and on race days a quick hose my scepticism about the glue’s ability to hold the two halves down and a dab dry means jockeys can use the same pad for together under the strain of a race. Sands hands me an old consecutive races. sample to play with and try as I might, I cannot tear it apart. Sands can be very proud of his product and it comes as no surprise The pads come in four sizes, dock, small, medium and large that orders are rolling in. “ We have just shipped pads off to ten as well as two shapes, saddle and full and in two thicknesses, jockeys in Singapore. In Hong Kong, Dougie Whyte and KarisTeetan 7mm and 10mm. The large size is mainly for steeplechase ride with them and we have just branched out into Australia where jockeys and for tiny apprentices, who have to use large Glyn Schofield recently won a Gr 1 using an Amahashe pad.” A weight cloths. Here the pads are especially beneficial as it South African saddle pad taking the world by storm, developed by moves with the skin and not the muscle and hence it negates a true horseman and born from a simple desire to do better for the the dead weight theory. The weight cloth can bounce on the horse. It doesn’t get much better than that. 88














David & Yoshi Allan



David Allan is based in both the UK and South Africa where Allan Bloodlines is a breeding and racing manager and consultant. He is responsible for importing over 100 mares and fillies to SA as well as managing broodmare bands in the Cape – including 15 mares of his own as an SATBA member – and consulting for farms. Regularly buying for racing and pinhooking, David bought a 2015 Grade 1 winning juvenile as a yearling and runs syndicates and racing groups as well as managing horses in training for individual clients. David also manages and promotes seven South African stallions. Marie Chin caught up with him recently.



MC: David - how are you doing with your new Hintlesham Racing Group in Cape Town? Any Grade 1 winners in there as well? DA: All the 2 year olds “could be anything” and one is CTS US$ Million qualified so who knows? The 3 year old won soon after we launched so it’s going really well for the people who are “in”. That underlines one of our user-friendly features. If coming into a yearling, there can be a very long wait before you can see your baby backed and learning. Our way you come in when already running or not far off. MC: How does it work? DA: 4 nicely bred fillies in Calendar 2016 up to May 2017. Nothing to pay up front and guaranteed fixed monthly costs – no risk of nasty vet bills! A 3yo winner and 3x2yos – one due to run maybe before you publish! People are in for 8% up to 25%, paying a fixed monthly amount and earning their share of any win and place money. The origination, pre-training and

Lauderdale bought by Allan Bloodlines as a yearling and again later as a filly out of training – winning the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes at Greyville

early race training has already been paid for. So it is akin to a late-starting lease but the lessor doesn’t keep a big chunk of the stake money just a small handling fee. And we offer a bonus of a share in net sales proceeds (if a horse is sold) as a mark of appreciation, even though people have not bought equity. MC: And what sort of people are coming in? DA: In this group we have people from South Africa, UK, Ireland and France so far. There is room for one or two more percentages which can be held by individuals or couples or friends or companies. MC: Are you happy with those developments? DA: Yes and No. With the people participating – more than happy and very appreciative – they would make a brilliant multi-national dinner party. But it is difficult to get the message across in South Africa outside racing people. We ourselves are very well known for looking after first time participants and have

had some in SA who love it. But not many. With racing operated largely by gaming organisations, there is a funding benefit that some other countries do not enjoy. But it makes it inevitable that the betting is the main impression most non-racing South Africans have. But the racing opportunity is so much more: the horses themselves, the sporting event, days out, stable visits, socialising, and the thrill of shouting your horse home whether on course or live on-line. Imagine football TV pundits discussing the odds on winning, losing, first scorer etc. Of course horseracing’s fabric has a major betting element which is a big part of its colourful attraction but it could still be reported to a sporting nation like South Africa as a fascinating, complex sport. Some journalists and Tellytrack presenters get that but have little time and their audience is limited. MC: DA:

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Left Above: Promising 2016 double winner Adorada bred and raced in an Allan-managed project Left Below: Hintlesham Racing’s first winner in the new programme Secret Plan Below: Elusive Fort high flying young stallion managed by Allan Bloodlines

for years. Japan Cup Day saw the betting turnover of half a season in some countries. But outside racing.... you wouldn’t want your daughter to marry one. Then, with two masterstrokes, all that changed. Racing’s appeal as a sport went countrywide and an enlightened subsidy of good mare imports was offered. No rock bands on course like UK no fashion shows. Now Japan has national hero horses whose races stop the traffic and routinely breeds some of the highest rated thoroughbreds in the world. There is still just as much betting . MC: So what now? DA: Aside from several extremely important major players – mirrored in other countries – the number of buyers of racehorses is limited by recession and by the outreach of the sport in South Africa. What concerns me most are two things: the lack of a next generation in all departments – owning, breeding and farming, training, sales work, admin. There are just a few notable young exceptions. Then with a fairly static gene pool, a thinned out and stretched sales programme, recession, an EU ban and a dramatically weak currency, there is also very little international interaction of the sort that fuels vibrancy. The result is that some excellent racing facilities and generally good bloodstock production are relatively unfulfilled when it could all be wonderful. MC: What sort of international interaction do you mean? DA: Young people in the industry learn by working round the world on farms, at sales, in training centres. That is largely missing in both directions. Sales companies in Newmarket 96


and Kildare remark to me about the rarity of SA visitors or of buying by consultants for South Africa. They have three dozen nationalities attending some sales buying at all levels. Although they don’t have South Africa strongly on their radar, they mention it me because I have known them for donkeys’ years and am known to have a South African flag on my hat. We still work hard to “mine for nuggets” for South Africa and even with budgets limited by the rand we have some success in buying only good black type up top. People see that happening also we have a good non-South African readership of our SA-content e-newsletters which lead people to chat to me about SA. MC: Do you think we can do something about all this? DA: We must. What is good about racing and breeding in South Africa is a very long list of good things in a magical country. MC: Are you trying? DA: Yes I have made some proposals with regard to image, outreach as a sport and a career, as well as international public relations but I have no formal accreditation other than as a breeder and colour holder. There are so many entities and organisations that consensus is difficult to achieve. Sometimes I have been baulked by authority seeing me as a “foreign agent” but I don’t feel quite as foreign as all that and I am not the sort of agent that they mean. On the much happier other hand, many great friends, colleagues, partners and clients with whom I deal in the course of my business in South Africa do not think like that at all. Experience of both home and abroad is generally useful. I am certainly not giving up.





Mick Goss

Text & Photos by Liesl King


DISCUSSIONS AT THE ASIAN RACING CONFERENCE African horse sickness (AHS) is and will always be a devastating disease. Its effect on the export of South African horses for competition and sale purposes is well documented and yet we seem to be on an endless treadmill of export ban after export ban. Will there ever be a light at the end of the tunnel?


the constant export bans and lengthy export protocols have on the industry. This was followed by Australian veterinarian Dr Evan Sergeant, who shed light on the progress that has been made towards reopening exports out of South Africa directly into the EU.

Hence it was refreshing to see the topic of South Africa Breeding and AHS on the list of discussion items at the recently held Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai. In fact South Africa and its export problems came under scrutiny not once but twice. First up was former multiple Champion Breeder, Mick Goss (Summerhill Stud), who eloquently gave an insight into the South African breeding industry and the crippling effect

Goss explained that South Africa’s foal crop had decreased from around 5000 in 1995 to a mere 3400 in 2014. This is partly due to the global meltdown and the recession, but also due to the frustrations surrounding the inability of breeders to freely offer their stock to global markets. He pointed out that despite the extraordinarily onerous quarantine protocols that our horses are subjected to, they continue to excel on the international stage.

verseas it has become a taboo topic. Nothing kills a conversation faster than mentioning what we consider to be unfair and unnecessary lengthy quarantine procedures that our horses are subjected to. The standard retort is straight forward “it kills horses”. Yes it does, but so do a host of equine diseases.



Variety Club wins the Champion Mile in Hong Kong

“It takes us six months to get to Dubai, yet South African horses have won fifty per cent of the World Cup races at Meydan. We have won six UAE Derbies, four Sprints and three Godolphin Miles. Our horses have earned their stripes. Not only have our horses excelled in Dubai, but they have won races in the UK, the USA, Australia and Hong Kong”, said Goss. “Yet despite the technological age and the vast expense we have spent on our facilities, it is more difficult than ever to export our horses.” He added that South Africa exported 450,000 horses during World War I and II and with exports continuing to this day the virus has never been exported to any country. Goss concluded with a call for reasonable and sensible quarantine protocols in order to get the South African thoroughbred back in its rightful place in world racing. So where are we currently in the ongoing struggle of exporting horses safely and effectively from South Africa? A passport glitch meant that Australian veterinarian Dr Evan Sergeant instead of senior epidemiologist of the Western Cape Veterinary Services, Dr John Grewar, took to the podium in Mumbai to enlighten the assembled delegates on the progress made in getting the current export ban to the EU lifted. Inspections and an EU audit in 2013 highlighted some deficiencies in the management of the conditions of the EU protocol which was based on the 1990 OIE AHS code despite the code having undergone multiple revisions since then. Nonetheless, South Africa set out to tackle the deficiencies head on resulting in a number of 100 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

improvements. One of the main issues, the disconnect between government and industry, was successfully resolved. Both parties are now working together to resolve issues and to put structures in place, such as the establishment of an industry export task team and the formation of the Equine Health Fund. It was the Equine Health Fund that commissioned Dr Sergeant, Director of AusVet Animal Health Services, to firstly assist the South African Government to develop a more effective surveillance system in the AHS Controlled Area in the Western Cape and more recently to produce a scientifically based risk analysis on exporting from South Africa. The surveillance plan has been in place for the last two years and Dr Sergeant was happy to report that there was now a very effective surveillance program across all AHS zones in the Western Cape. Another change is the way in which private veterinarians report suspected cases of AHS via the South African Equine Veterinary Association. Since January 2016 negative reporting is now in place on a countrywide basis.Thus, instead of only positive cases being reported, veterinarians can now submit negative reports after visiting equine properties. The sentinel surveillance programme on 150 odd horses across the AHS Controlled Area in the Western Cape remains ongoing and these horses are now all being tested by PCR on a monthly basis. Dr Sergeant also touched on the history of outbreaks in the AHS Controlled Area since 1997, with the analysis indicating that outbreaks in the Western Cape are strongly seasonal, only



occurring from February to June. He added that none of the past outbreaks had ever occurred in the AHS Free Zone where horses are quarantined pre-export. Another interesting finding was that except for the 1999 outbreak, the 2004, 2011 and 2014 outbreaks appeared to have been caused by the AHS vaccine rather than a wild virus. In order to prevent this happening in future, all vaccinations in the AHS protection and surveillance zones are now restricted to the winter months of June to October. This is expected to significantly reduce the risk of outbreaks occurring in the AHS Controlled Area during the high-risk period of the year. Furthermore the OIE conducted a ring trial in 2015, with three RT PCR tests selected as the most promising tests for further validation. The Agüero test has already been incorporated by the OIE Biological Standards Committee and Professor Alan Guthrie’s test was submitted to OIE in January 2016 for further evaluation. Earliest validation of the tests is expected in 2017 at the OIE General Assembly. Dr Sergeant stressed however, that the RT PCR’s are currently able to be utilised by importing countries given that they have performed consistently well under rigorous challenges. Interestingly, Dr Sergeant stated that, given the history of seasonality of the disease, he could not understand the rationale behind the 24 month ban each time an outbreak occurred. He did concede that ruling existed in the current EU legislation, but that it did not preclude other countries from negotiating new protocols on a bilateral basis with South Africa. Regarding the EU’s current temporary suspension, if there are no further outbreaks 102 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

in the AHS Controlled Area, South Africa will be in a position to appeal to the EU to lift the suspension on 17 June 2016. Dr Sergeant cautioned, however that the bureaucratic process was likely to be slow and that practically this could take some time. The detailed export risk analysis performed by Dr Sergeant was ground-breaking in that for the first time, it provided a scientifically based probability of South Africa exporting an infected animal. On the assumption that horses are exported from an OIE recommended vector protected pre-export quarantine in the AHS Controlled Area, and PCR tests are performed prior to and during a 21 day quarantine, the probability of an infected horse being undetected equates to 1 in 187 000 exports. By adding post arrival quarantine and an addition PCR test, the probability is reduced approximately 12 fold. Additional risk mitigating measures include restricting exports to the seasonally free time of the year, adding additional PCR tests and increasing the length of quarantine. According to Dr Sergeant there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. “South Africa clearly does not want to export the virus and they are doing everything they can to safely export their horses. I believe South Africa has lifted their game and I think they will pass the test once the ban is lifted. Personally I do believe the risk of AHS being exported from SA is absolutely negligible”, he concluded. Finally there seems to be a positive shift in the longstanding AHS saga and with no further outbreaks before June 2016, I think we can finally look forward to resuming exports to the EU and other trading partners in the near future.



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By Michele MacDonald



While the Dubai World Cup is relatively young compared to the sport’s hallowed proving grounds for future sires, such as the 2000 Guineas or the Kentucky Derby, the richest race on the globe already has yielded some breed-changing winners in the 20 years it has been run from 1996 through last year.


nder the guiding hand of Sheikh Hamdan, a keen follower of pedigrees and a shrewd judge of conformation, Shadwell Farm in Lexington and Shadwell Stable have evolved with an overriding goal of winning Classic races.

Sheikh Mohammed created the Dubai World Cup to both promote his shining Arabian Gulf emirate and as an Olympictype competition, and the race has lived up to both goals. The continuing—and now extensive—influence of many of the horses who reached the finish line first in the testing desert contest over 2000 meters is an added bonus fitting of the race’s top-tier stature.

Millennium, Street Cry and Curlin. More recent winners, such as Victoire Pisa, Monterosso and Animal Kingdom, are poised to see if their progeny can leave a mark on history. Sheikh Mohammed’s homebred Singspiel, a Grade/Group 1 winner in Canada, Japan and England in addition to Dubai, not only became the first—and still only—Dubai World Cup winner to sire a winner of the same race, with his son Moon Ballad from his first crop, he also left three other Group 1 winners in Dubai World Cup program races—Dar ReiMi, Eastern Anthem and Solow—as well as a Breeders’ Cup champion in Lahudood.

Inaugural winner Cigar certainly ranks among the most brilliant for, among other achievements, his 16-race winning streak and two American Horse of the Year titles. He also is perhaps the most disappointing in that he failed to be fertile and could not pass along his abilities.

By Sheikh Mohammed’s Breeders’ Cup Turf winner In the Wings and out of American champion and Canadian Horse of the Year Glorious Song, by Halo, the cleverly named Singspiel began life at Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 1992. The half brother to influential sire Rahy emerged as a global force as a four-year-old when he captured the Japan Cup and Canadian International Stakes and finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

However, the very next winner, Singspiel, has left a legacy that is not yet complete, as have subsequent champions Dubai

The following season, Singspiel demonstrated rare versatility and quality when winning the Dubai World Cup on dirt at Nad Al


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Sheba before adding two other Group 1 events to his resume on turf in England and retiring with earnings of nearly $6 million. While Singspiel’s daughter Dar Re Mi and son Eastern Anthem both won the Dubai Sheema Classic at 2400 meters on grass, his miler son Solow showed an inclination toward brilliance when annexing the 2015 Dubai Turf, a race he is aiming at again this year and which would be his sixth career Group 1 victory if he succeeds. Singspiel’s lineup of major performers also includes Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Lahudood, Prix de Diane (French Oaks) winner Confidential Lady, multiple Grade/Group 1 winner Hibaayeb, Japanese Group 1 winner AsakusaDen’en, Ascot Gold Cup winner Papineau, Australian Group 1 winner Rewaayaand Del Mar Oaks winner Singhalese.

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Sadly, Singspiel was euthanized at age 18 in 2010, the year his last foals were born, after developing laminitis. To date, his offspring have accounted for 21 Grade/Group 1 wins globally. “He was an outstandingly tough racehorse who was able to pass it on to many of his progeny who performed around the world. He has been admired and supported industry-wide in Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States, where he has produced racehorses of the highest caliber,” praised Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor John Ferguson. But even greater than Singspiel, despite lacking the same opportunity at stud, was another horse bred by Sheikh Mohammed, the star-crossed Dubai Millennium.


Those lucky enough to be in attendance when Dubai Millennium—a son of Seeking the Gold out of Colorado Dancer, by Shareef Dancer—ran away with the 2000 Dubai World Cup still talk about the electricity of his victory, from the time he sprinted out of the gate until he crossed the finish line. His time of 1:59.50 remains the record for the race and Dubai issued a special stamp to commemorate his triumph.

It would take extensive space to list Dubawi’s significant progeny, but he has 23 Group 1 winners while siring 15% stakes winners and 10% group winners in his first six crops. He is standing the 2016 breeding season for £225,000—equal to about $320,000 and one of the highest stud fees in the world, topping America’s leader Tapit, who stands for $300,000—at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud outside Newmarket.

Dubai Millennium was, like Singspiel, a horse who won at the highest levels on turf and dirt. Thus, his sudden death from grass sickness after one partial season at stud could have been one of the Thoroughbred breed’s biggest losses; he left only 56 offspring behind.

Dubawi’s sons Makfi, Night of Thunder, Worthadd and New Bay have all won Classic races in Europe, while son Mubtaahij won the rich UAE Derby on the 2015 Dubai World Cup program and is expected to return in this year’s Dubai World Cup.

One of those foals was Dubawi, who went on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques Le Marois and who has risen to be one of the world’s most important sires. In 2015, he led all sires standing outside of Japan, which has the world’s highest purses, with progeny earnings of $27.5 million and 11 Grade/ Group 1 winners.

Other sons of Dubawi also were preparing to run on this year’s World Cup program, including Postponed, an English Group 1 winner in 2015 who won a Dubai Sheema Classic prep on Super Saturday, and Sheikhzayedroad, already a Grade 1 winner who captured the Nad Al Sheba Trophy on March 3, another launching pad to the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Dubawi reached 50 group stakes winners faster than any other sire in history, according to Darley, and through early March of this year, his progeny have accounted for 34 Grade/Group 1 wins worldwide. Remarkably, he has carried on Dubai Millennium’s Dubai World Cup legacy with two winners to date in the world’s richest race, Monterosso for Godolphin in 2012 and Prince Bishop, the former Godolphin runner who ran in the colors of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, in 2015.

Around the globe, Dubawi has been represented by the likes of Australian Group 1 sprinters Shamal Wind, Srikandi and Tiger Tees; by Hong Kong Derby and Hong Kong Cup winner AkeedMofeed and two-time Hong Kong champion sprinter Lucky Nine; Deutsches Derby winner Waldpark; Dubai and Italian Group 1 winner Hunter’s Light, who was victorious on all-weather and turf at the elite level, and multiple American Grade 1 winner Dubawi Heights.


Street Cry

In addition to Dubai Millennium, Dubawi and Singspiel, Sheikh Mohammed also bred 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, a horse whose influence will be felt for years to come even though he tragically died at age 16. A neurological condition experienced after he had been shuttled to Australia for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season led to Street Cry’s death. A solid, robust horse, Street Cry was by Machiavellian and out of Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, by Troy. Like Singspiel, he was foaled in Ireland, where American-based trainer Eoin Harty picked him out of a field to train for Sheikh Mohammed’s new Americanbased Godolphin juvenile stable; he finished an eye-catching third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and went on to win the UAE 2000 Guineas but missed an intended start in the Kentucky Derby whensidelined by injury. Street Cry returned at four to triumph in the World Cup over a field that included Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Sakhee. When retired to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky, Street Cry leapt to prominence immediately as his first crop included American two-year-old champion and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and America’s 2010 Horse of the Year and 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta. To date, Street Cry’s progeny have amassed 39 Grade/Group 1 wins in some of the world’s most prominent races. They include Shocking in the 2009 Melbourne Cup; Winx in the 2015 Cox Plate; New Year’s Day in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; multiple Grade 1 winner and sire Street Boss, and

Caulfield Guineas and UAE 2000 Guineas winner Long John. “His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone,” Ferguson said after Street Cry’s death. The only Dubai World Cup winner to have emerged as a potent sire that has not been bred and owned by Sheikh Mohammed is Stonestreet’s 2008 victor Curlin, who currently is standing for a $100,000 stud fee at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. North America’s all-time leading money earner with $10,501,800 while racing, Curlin is the sire of this year’s Dubai World Cup contender Keen Ice, the only horse to defeat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 when he surged in deep stretch to capture the Travers Stakes. Curlin also has sired 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice and 2015 American champion three-year-old filly Stellar Wind even though he has only three crops of racing age older than three-year-olds in 2016. It seems likely the best is yet to come from Curlin’s progeny. As the quality of competition continues to rise with the $10 million purse, glossy gold whips and huge gold trophy proving major magnets to the Dubai World Cup, history is awaiting the performance of winners Victoire Pisa, Monterosso and Animal Kingdom in their fledgling stud careers. They will all INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


The stories of other past Dubai World Cup winners are varied. They are: 1998—Silver Charm, a Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner now retired to Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, after a quiet stud career at Three Chimneys Farm and the Japan Bloodstock Breeders’ Association Shizunai Stallion Station. He had 15 stakes winners in the United States. 1999—Almutawakel, a son of Machiavellian who raced for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and also won a Group 1 race on turf in France, was euthanized in 2007 due to chronic arthritis. He sired four Group 1 winners, including New Zealand champion Wahid and Derby Italiano winner Awelmarduk. 2001—Captain Steve, by Fly So Free, sired nine stakes winners in Japan prior to his death from heart failure in 2013. 2003—Moon Ballad, by Singspiel, sired winners over jumps and the flat, beginning his stud career in Japan but later moving back to Ireland, where he was foaled. 2004—Pleasantly Perfect, a huge son of Pleasant Colony, had sired 16 stakes winners in America, including Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account, when he was sold to Turkey in 2014. 2005—Roses in May, raced by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, was sold to Shigeyuki Okada’s Big Bred Farm for stud duty and has spent his entire breeding career there. He has ranked among Japan’s top 40 sires for the past several seasons and has sired group stakes winners Cosmo Ozora, Dream Valentino, Summit Stone and MeinerBaika. 2006—Godolphin’s Electrocutionist, by Red Ransom, died of an apparent heart attack less than six months after winning the Dubai World Cup. 2007—Sheikh Hamdan’s Invasor, an Argentine-bred son of Candy Stripes who also won the Uruguayan Triple Crown and the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic while earning the American Horse of the Year title, stood several seasons at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky before being sent to Haras Quatro Piedras in Uruguay. He has sired four stakes winners to date. 2009—Bill and Susan Casner’s Well Armed, a gelding

who won the World Cup by a record 14 lengths after a storybook recovery from a broken pelvis, lives in retirement with his owners in Texas. 108 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

Victoire Pisa - Photo Credit Andrew Watkins - Dubai Racing Club

have more chances initially than Gloria de Campaeo, who won the inaugural Dubai World Cup at Meydan but then was sent to stud in the relative obscurity of Sweden and now is listed as a resident of Stud TNT in Brazil. Victoire Pisa, a hero for Japan after winning the World Cup just after Japan was assaulted by the Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami in 2011, is well supported at the Shadai Stallion Station and has 102 foals in his first crop born in 2013, 104 in his second crop and 84 in his third crop. His first crop includes fillies out of Grade/Group 1 winners Seazun, Sahpresa and Ave, and colts out of Grade 1 winner Evita Argentina and May Kiersey, a three-quarter sister to Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi. By Neo Universe and a half brother to Singspiel’s Group 1 winner AsakusaDen’en,Victoire Pisa is out of the Machiavellian mare Whitewater Affair, a Group 2 winner in France who placed in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and Irish St. Leger. His fee is listed as private. Monterosso stands at Darley Japan’s base in Hokkaido and has 58 foals in his first crop born in 2015, according to the Japan Stud Book; his advertised fee is¥ 1.5 million. Animal Kingdom is popular in both Australia, where he is based at Arrowfield Stud, and at his shuttle station at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky, where last year he covered 137 mares at a fee of $35,000.




Monty Roberts The South African equestrian community looks forward with great anticipation to the arrival of Monty Roberts, who will be demonstrating in both Johannesburg on 28th and 29th May and Cape Town on 4th and 5th June.


he “man who listens to horses” has visited our shores before, but this will be the first time that his demonstrations are on offer. A fascinating man, Monty can add “world renowned trainer,” “stunt double for Elizabeth Taylor in the film National Velvet,” “3 books on the New York Times bestseller list” and “foster dad to 47 children” to his list of accolades. Over the years he has done a great deal of work with Thoroughbreds, establishing a training facility, Flag Is Up Farms, on 154 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1966 and later becoming the leading consigner of two-year-olds-in training at the Hollywood Park Racetrack for 18 years.

He began touring the world at the request of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth twenty five years ago,who had appointed him to teach her staff his techniques. So it is high time South Africa has access to his Join-Up®concepts. Now in his 81st year, his quest has been to make the world a better place for horses and people alike, through teaching of his natural horsemanship techniques and spreading his message of non violence. He first learned to listen to horses while observing feral horses in Nevada, where he recognized their silent language of gestures, quantified to a



gestural language similar to sign language for the deaf, which he terms Equus. He realized that this observation could change training fundamentally, enabling it to be conducted in a more effective and humane manner, and encouraging a true partnership where the horse recognizes the gestures and is trusting enough to approach- hence his term Join-Up. He believes establishing this relationship from the ground up in the absence of violence can make a difference between a silver and gold medal, as he witnessed at the Olympics recently. When imparting his knowledge to attendees at his demonstrations, the steps to Join-Up are fairly simple but do require practice. There are various other ways to access his teachings. A textbook entitled “From My Hands to Yours” provides instruction with text and illustrations. There is also a Join-Up DVD available as well as Equus Online University 112 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

which incorporates video lessons. In South Africa Siobhan Records teaches the Join-Up philosophy to the underprivileged children of Diepsloot. There are two programmes available, namely Horse Sense and Healing which is for post traumatic stress sufferers, and Lead-Up aimed at youth leadership in violent communities. Monty has had some experience with South African horses, in particular thoroughbreds, where he started young thoroughbreds at Maine Chance Farms for the Andreas Jacobs family, he also met and helped a challenged horse by the name of Lomitas and later produced Silvano. Monty is keen to find his first local certified instructor to support and impart his teachings. Through his teachings he surrounds his students with everything they require, apart from the horse, ensuring that his goal of “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horses and for people, too.” prevails.

The man who listens to horses is coming to South Africa

From my Hands to Yours seminars

Monty’s Mission – “To leave the world a better place than I found it for horses and people” This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a world renowned horseman with a special gift with horses and people. See how Monty communicates with horses using tier language and learn how to create willing partnerships of mutual trust and respect.

Be inspired as Monty gently starts a young horse, works with problem horses and amazed as Monty demonstrates his unique non violent concepts to overcome everyday problems. For many this will be a life changing experience.

For more information visit


Cape Town


Sat 28th & Sun 29th May 2016

Sat 4th & Sun 5th June 2016







The Bluegrass Farms Series:


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Home of the Finest Stallions in America


riving through the massive stone pillars that flank the black wrought iron gates at every entrance to Ashford Stud, Coolmore’s American arm of the worlds’ largest Thoroughbred breeding operation, one is immediately struck by the park-like setting, lush with sweeping trees and carefully manicured beds of shrubs nestled up against the sturdy stone walls that divide the various divisions. When the late Dr. William Lockridge selected the former cattle farm in 1979, he surely had a vision of greatness for the rolling acreage just west of Versailles, on the stretch of road that leads to Frankfort, Kentucky’s capitol seat. Formerly known as Hereford Farm, and owned by Col. Edmund Taylor who established the nearby Old Taylor Distilleries in Frankfort, the farm consisted of 465 acres. In the three years that followed, careful construction of the iconic stone barns that would someday house some of the industry’s greatest stallions could only have been a dream. For the breeding season of 1982, Storm Bird, a notable high rated, unbeaten two year old by Northern Dancer, whose brilliant but

By Lindsay Hunter troubled race career ended prematurely due to his high strung temperament and an attack of human malice, was in residence at Ashford Stud, where he remained for his entire breeding career. The coupling with the Secretariat mare, Terlingua, produced the high class juvenile, Storm Cat, who has established his own distinct branch of the Northern Dancer sire line, with 811 winners (177 Stakes winners) from 1452 foals, ending his career at stud as the most valuable and expensive sire in Kentucky, with his influence being felt for many years to come. In the mid-eighties, Ashford became part of the Coolmore holdings. Soon joined in the stud by Woodman (Mr. Prospector x Playmate by Buckpasser) and El Gran Senor (Northern Dancer x Sex Appeal by Buckpasser) establishing Coolmore’s reputation on an international level. 1996 marked the retirement of Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, who gained the distinction of the first champion sire to stand at Ashford when he topped the General Sire List in 2001, soon the Stallion Roster expanded to include Hennessy and INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE


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Giant’s Causeway, who has so far achieved three Champion Sire titles and is one of the most sought after sires in the world. Coolmore, the worlds’ largest breeding operation, is owned by the Magnier family, who have stood a long line of champion stallions since the 1850’s, beginning as a relatively small operation in County Cork, Ireland. Originally a small farm dedicated to agriculture, it was inherited by Tim Vigors, a famous fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain. After the war, he left the Air Force and joined Goff’s Bloodstock Auctioneers, while also setting up his own bloodstock agency. In 1968 he began transforming the farm, and partnered with trainer Vincent O’Brien and Robert Sangster, flamboyant businessman turned racehorse breeder. O’Brien later sold his interest to his son in law, John Magnier. Coolmore Ireland, the Coolmore National Hunt (Castle Hyde Stud) and Coolmore Australia in the Hunter Valley where there are 600 broodmares and 13 quality stallions, along with Coolmore America, make up the Coolmore holdings. Sadlers Wells (Northern Dancer), Danehill (Danzig) and Galileo (Sadlers Wells) are international stallions with unsurpassed influence on the most prestigious of bloodstock. After American Pharoah won the prestigious Blue Grass Stakes for three year olds at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, Dermot Ryan, Manager at Ashford Stud, expressed the opinion that he was a ‘serious’ horse, a contender for the Kentucky Derby honors. It was announce in May that Coolmore was able to purchase the breeding rights for a reported $13.8 million, from breeder, 118 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE

American Pharoah

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Uncle Mo

Ahmed Zayat and his family’s Zayat Stables. The brilliant bay son of Pioneerof the Nile and Littleprincessemma was foaled at Stockplace Farm, and raised in Kentucky at Taylor Made and Vinery Farms, before shipping to the McKathan Training Center in Florida for his early race training. An online contest to name him was hosted by the Zayats, and an error in the registration process led to the now famous misspelling of his name. His training was entrusted to Bob Baffert, and he ran fifth in his first start at Del Mar, followed by back to back wins in the Del Mar Futurity and the Front Runner Stakes, earning him an Eclipse Award for Two Year Old Male. Winning his first two starts of his three year old campaign, he started as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, which he won handily. He followed that with a seven length victory in the Preakness Stakes, and stormed through the stretch to take the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, becoming the twelfth Triple Crown winner after a dry spell of 37 years and America’s Favorite. Following his Triple Crown, he won the Haskell in fine style, and culminated his career with a six and a half length victory in the Breeders Cup Classic. The first horse to ever win the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup Classic, Thoroughbred racing’s Grand Slam, moved shortly after the Breeders Cup to his new residence at Ashford Stud, he was made available to an endless stream of visitors who he received kindly and patiently several times daily. The stone walls of Ashford Stud are home to the finest stallions in the world! INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE



Name Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd Klawervlei Stud Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd Wilgerbosdrift Mauritzfontein Stud Lammerskraal Stud Scott Bros Drakenstein Stud (Nom: Mrs G A Rupert) Varsfontein Stud Ascot Stud (Pty) Ltd Moutonshoek The Alchemy Cheveley Stud Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm

rnrs 312 330 169 148 110 95 77 145 84 86 73 91 83 67 39

rns 1569 1477 750 663 528 437 349 720 329 409 319 408 401 302 149

AEPR 37519 31437 43888 48788 60280 66174 73372 36095 58481 51314 50683 34790 36063 43001 69299

wns 142 120 84 76 68 46 59 48 54 44 37 37 35 35 15

wnrs 98 95 65 53 49 35 38 37 39 36 29 30 28 28 11

Wnrs/rnrs 31,40% 28,80% 38,50% 35,80% 44,50% 36,80% 49,40% 25,50% 46,40% 41,90% 39,70% 33,00% 33,70% 41,80% 28,20%

stks R 11 705 938,00 R 10 374 312,00 R 7 417 138,00 R 7 220 625,00 R 6 630 775,00 R 6 286 575,00 R 5 649 625,00 R 5 233 838,00 R 4 912 400,00 R 4 412 975,00 R 3 699 825,00 R 3 165 875,00 R 2 993 188,00 R 2 881 050,00 R 2 702 650,00

SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15









TRIPPI (USA) b.s 19y 1997 SILVANO (GER) br.s 20y 1996 CAPTAIN AL b.s 19y 1996 DYNASTY b.s 16y 1999 KAHAL (GB) b.s 22y 1994 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 JET MASTER b.s 21y 1994 IDEAL WORLD (USA) b.s 11y 2005 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 17y 1999 JUDPOT (USA) ch.s 11y 2005 JAY PEG b.h 12y 2003 MOGOK (USA) b.s 16y 2000 MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA) b.s 17y 1999 TIGER RIDGE (USA) dkb. or br.s 20y 1996 TOREADOR (IRE) b.s 17y 1999

161 185 151 138 159 114 101 74 134 107 108 100 140 81 101

631 804 669 664 864 526 484 303 543 486 535 468 755 377 440

60414 52513 61404 60399 45618 55194 61494 70160 38072 45165 40456 41451 26966 46608 36422

99 105 111 79 95 75 54 38 64 55 54 38 47 34 41

75 75 75 57 62 50 44 29 48 42 39 31 36 23 27

46,60% 40,50% 49,70% 41,30% 39,00% 43,90% 43,60% 39,20% 35,80% 39,30% 36,10% 31,00% 25,70% 28,40% 26,70%

R 9 726 725,00 R 9 714 825,00 R 9 271 988,00 R 8 335 100,00 R 7 253 238,00 R 6 292 150,00 R 6 210 912,00 R 5 191 825,00 R 5 101 612,00 R 4 832 662,00 R 4 369 288,00 R 4 145 112,00 R 3 775 288,00 R 3 775 262,00 R 3 678 662,00

SIRES OF 2 YEAR OLDS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15









VAR (USA) b. or br.s 17y 1999 CAPTAIN AL b.s 19y 1996 REBEL KING ch.s 12y 2003 ARGONAUT ch.s 11y 2004 SILVANO (GER) br.s 20y 1996 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 SAIL FROM SEATTLE (CAN) dkb. or br.s 12y 2003 QUERARI (GER) dk.b.s 10y 2006 NEW APPROACH (IRE) s 10y 2005 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 19y 1997 MAMBO IN SEATTLE (USA) b.s 11y 2005 PATHFORK (USA) b.s 8y 2008 BOLD SILVANO b.c 9y 2006 MIESQUE’S APPROVAL (USA) b.s 17y 1999 PLUCK (USA) s 7y 2008

14 7 16 9 3 3 9 4 2 4 6 6 4 6 1

19 8 33 12 5 4 14 6 2 5 10 11 4 14 2

31964 38393 13603 14244 42500 38750 12519 25575 50000 24438 15763 14667 21906 12688 74250

7 5 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1

7 4 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1

50,00% 57,10% 6,30% 22,20% 66,70% 66,70% 11,10% 50,00% 100,00% 25,00% 16,70% 16,70% 50,00% 16,70% 100,00%

R 447 500,00 R 268 750,00 R 217 650,00 R 128 200,00 R 127 500,00 R 116 250,00 R 112 675,00 R 102 300,00 R 100 000,00 R 97 750,00 R 94 575,00 R 88 000,00 R 87 625,00 R 76 125,00 R 74 250,00

rnrs 69 74 74 41 52 62 45 60 51 45 26 45 22 56 40

rns 308 267 297 181 269 247 202 283 218 193 112 200 95 231 171

AEPR 61124 56519 45328 76867 52096 40556 55513 36830 41842 44241 73407 39116 77208 30044 40283

wns 59 44 48 38 36 33 37 27 22 26 12 22 14 17 21

wnrs 38 29 38 25 23 25 23 20 14 23 7 17 9 14 17

Wnrs/rnrs 55,10% 39,20% 51,40% 61,00% 44,20% 40,30% 51,10% 33,30% 27,50% 51,10% 26,90% 37,80% 40,90% 25,00% 42,50%

stks R 4 217 588,00 R 4 182 400,00 R 3 354 275,00 R 3 151 550,00 R 2 709 000,00 R 2 514 450,00 R 2 498 075,00 R 2 209 825,00 R 2 133 950,00 R 1 990 862,00 R 1 908 575,00 R 1 760 212,00 R 1 698 575,00 R 1 682 450,00 R 1 611 300,00

SIRES OF 3 YEAR OLDS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Name CAPTAIN AL b.s 19y 1996 SILVANO (GER) br.s 20y 1996 TRIPPI (USA) b.s 19y 1997 DYNASTY b.s 16y 1999 JAY PEG b.h 12y 2003 VAR (USA) b. or br.s 17y 1999 WESTERN WINTER (USA) dkb. or br.s 21y 1992 KAHAL (GB) b.s 22y 1994 VISIONAIRE (USA) ch.s 11y 2005 JUDPOT (USA) ch.s 11y 2005 TIGER RIDGE (USA) dkb. or br.s 20y 1996 MOGOK (USA) b.s 16y 2000 GO DEPUTY (USA) ch.s 16y 2000 TOREADOR (IRE) b.s 17y 1999 IDEAL WORLD (USA) b.s 11y 2005


Captain Al SA Champion Sire 2015 SA record auction yearling filly: R5.25m Seven times SA Champion Sire of 2yo’s Sire of 7 Champions

... a few of his 2015 stars Carry On Alice Cape Champion 2yo Filly 2014 Cape Champion 3yo Filly 2015

Captain Chaos Cape Champion 2yo Colt 2015 Princess Royal Cape Champion 2yo Filly 2015

Captain Aldo Gr2 Hawaii S

Captain Of All Equus Champion Sprinter 2015 Cape Horse of the Year 2015 Cape Champion Older Male 2015 Cape Champion Sprinter 2015


T: +27 (0)21 418 0566 W:

Captain America Gr1 Horse Chestnut S Gr2 Green Point S 3rd Gr1 J&B Met

Klawervlei Stud JOHN KÖSTER T: +27 (0)23 616 2980 INTERNATIONAL RACEHORSE 121 W:


Stallion Tapit - Pulpit, 2001 Bernardini - A.P. Indy, 2003 Congrats   Candy Ride (ARG)   Medaglia d’Oro   Giant’s Causeway   Uncle Mo   More Than Ready   Hard Spun   Flatter   Empire Maker   Unbridled’s Song   City Zip   Scat Daddy   Malibu Moon  

‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm $300,000 - Gainesway, Kentucky $100,000 - Darley, Kentucky $20,000 - WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $60,000 - Lane’s End, Kentucky $150,000 - Darley, Kentucky $85,000 - Ashford Stud, Kentucky $75,000 - Ashford Stud, Kentucky $50,000 - WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $45,000 - Darley, Kentucky $30,000 - Claiborne Farm, Kentucky $100,000 - Gainesway, Kentucky Died 2013 - Kentucky $40,000 - Lane’s End, Kentucky Died 2015 - Ashford Stud, Kentucky $95,000 - Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky

Rnrs 138 106 151 126 91 145 60 116 120 113 190 77 119 125 137

Wnrs 30 24 35 39 16 32 16 23 26 26 40 18 24 30 24

Wnrs/rnrs 22% 23% 23% 31% 18% 22% 27% 20% 22% 23% 21% 23% 20% 24% 18%

2016 Earnings $2,189,615 $1,541,768 $1,483,982 $1,467,825 $1,400,507 $1,258,894 $1,132,813 $1,104,520 $1,045,967 $1,045,836 $1,033,574 $1,007,649 $1,000,307 $972,001 $957,124

THIRD CROP SIRES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Stallion Quality Road   Munnings   Eskendereya   Kantharos   Lookin At Lucky   Midshipman   Temple City   Warrior’s Reward   Blame   Super Saver   Hold Me Back   Majesticperfection   Summer Bird   Discreetly Mine   Tale of Ekati  

‘16 Stud Fee/ Farm $35,000 - Lane’s End, Kentucky $25,000 - Ashford Stud, Kentucky Private - JBBA Shizunai Stallion Station, Japan $5,000 - Ocala Stud Farm, Florida $20,000 - Ashford Stud, Kentucky $8,500 - Darley, Kentucky $15,000 - Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $10,000 - Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky $25,000 - Claiborne Farm, Kentucky $65,000 - WinStar Farm LLC, Kentucky $5,000 - Irish Hill Century Farm, New York $20,000 - Airdrie Stud, Kentucky Died 2013 - Japan $5,000 - Lane’s End, Kentucky $15,000 - Darby Dan Farm, Kentucky

Rnrs 62 59 67 33 64 48 59 69 43 70 55 29 66 59 35

Wnrs 17 17 12 12 16 16 13 15 14 13 15 7 11 14 10

Wnrs/rnrs 27% 29% 18% 36% 25% 33% 22% 22% 33% 19% 27% 24% 17% 24% 29%

Chief Earner Frank Conversation King Kranz Mor Spirit X Y Jet Good Luck Gus Lady Shipman Bolo Distraction Chiding Alabama Tide My Chennai Xpress Majestic Affair Comic Bird Control Stake Anna Perenna

2016 Earnings $791,601 $623,727 $536,986 $507,395 $457,248 $447,029 $446,353 $437,588 $414,910 $413,667 $376,034 $354,985 $345,160 $297,656 $206,151

OWNERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Owner Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. Godolphin Racing LLC Reddam Racing LLC Shadwell Stable Al Shaqab Racing Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H. Repole Stable Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul Danny R. Caldwell Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. Stonestreet Stables LLC Zayat Stables, LLC Charles E. Fipke Matthew Schera

Starts 131 112 66 47 35 9 33 38 13 68 34 24 49 26 47

Wins 24 26 9 7 4 3 6 10 3 11 3 7 8 5 5

Places 21 22 12 3 3 3 7 5 1 15 3 5 4 13

Shows 14 18 5 8 7 1 3 8 3 12 7 2 4 4 4

Earnings $763,828 $708,028 $647,150 $619,580 $610,071 $543,400 $500,773 $450,765 $391,114 $380,648 $377,746 $376,489 $365,788 $355,111 $346,925

Win% 18% 23% 14% 15% 11% 33% 18% 26% 23% 16% 9% 29% 16% 19% 11%


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Stallion Deep Impact (JPN)   King Kamehameha (JPN)   Stay Gold (JPN)   Daiwa Major (JPN)   Kurofune   Heart’s Cry (JPN)   Zenno Rob Roy (JPN)   Manhattan Cafe (JPN)   Neo Universe (JPN)   Tapit   Snitzel (AUS)   Not A Single Doubt (AUS)   Medaglia d’Oro   Gold Allure (JPN)   Street Cry (IRE)   Harbinger (GB)   Exceed And Excel (AUS)   Symboli Kris S   Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)   Bernardini  

Country Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan United States Australia Australia United States Japan United States Japan Ireland Japan Ireland United States


North America Earnings $6,960 $$$$$$$$$1,828,719 $$$1,253,106 $$406,401 $$16,350 $$29,125 $1,150,447

Europe/Dubai Earnings $$$$$$$$$$238,277 $$$25,595 $$271,451 $$396,347 $$301,509 $355,959

Japan/Hong Kong Earnings $8,891,111 $7,439,671 $4,181,098 $4,099,097 $3,130,507 $3,009,373 $2,922,319 $2,836,417 $2,609,124 $242,543 $1,029,017 $221,746 $259,866 $2,204,806 $185,050 $2,044,712 $513,834 $1,971,479 $1,301,106 $112,172

International 2016 Earnings $8,898,071 $7,440,553 $4,181,581 $4,099,097 $3,130,507 $3,009,373 $2,930,490 $2,836,417 $2,609,124 $2,312,494 $2,290,476 $2,267,867 $2,259,907 $2,214,761 $2,122,731 $2,044,712 $1,998,426 $1,971,479 $1,935,229 $1,901,520

WPS% 45% 59% 39% 38% 40% 78% 48% 61% 54% 56% 29% 50% 35% 50% 47%




The Stats Pages are a regular feature from International Racehorse Magazine looking at the black Type Winners from the quarter preceding the Edition

GULF STORM Betting World Cape Flying Championship, G1, Kenilworth, 30 January 2016, 1000m 1 Gulf Storm 5 g Sail From Seattle (CAN) –Royal Drummer, by Kilconnel (USA) 2 Brutal Force 4 g Western Winter (USA) – Nacarat, by Pas De Quoi 3 Carry On Alice 4 f Captain Al –Carry On Katie, by Western Winter (USA) Age: 5; Starts: 24; Wins: 8; Placings:9 Earnings: R1 365 240 Sire SAIL FROM SEATTLE is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2016 GULF STORM Kilconnel G1, Pacific Spirit Sadler’s Wells LR, 1st dam ROYAL DRUMMER, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 3 winners: 2007: ILLUSIVE START (c Lecture), Winner in South Africa 2008: GULF KING (c Lecture), 4 wins in South Africa 2010: ROYAL DRUMMER (g Sail From Seattle), R225 000CPYS, 8 wins in South Africa, Cape Flying Championship G1, In Full Flight Hcp LR, 2nd Golden Horse Sprint G1, 3rd Diadem S G2 2nd dam DRUMMER GIRL, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: ROCK OPERA: Equus Champion 2YO Filly in 2005, 4 wins Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, dam of G2W HEAVY METAL HIT SONG: 2 wins in South Africa, The Nursery G2, exported to Hong Kong Rock Concert: Winner in South Africa, 3rd Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, dam of G3P What About Me Broodmare sire KILCONNEL is the sire of the dams of 5 stakes winners –GULF STORM Sail From Seattle G1, NOBLE HEIR Kahal G1, VARIETY STAR Var LR, STORMY COAST Fort Wood LR, FORT PETERSBURG Fort Wood LR Gone West Sail From Seattle Seattle Classic Kilconnel Royal Drummer Drummer Girl

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1 Abashiri 3 g Go Deputy (USA) –Donya, by Elliodor (FR) 2 Champagne Haze 3 c Kahal (GB) –Vin Fizz, by Qui Danzig (USA) 3 Malak El Moolook 3 c King’s Chapel (AUS) – Lee Danzig, by Qui Danzig (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 6; Wins: 4; Placings: 2; Earnings: R1 042 500 Sire GO DEPUTY is the sire of 8 stakes winners. In 2016 ABASHIRI Elliodor G2 1st dam, DONYA, 7 wins in South Africa, Azalea Hcp G3, Gosforth Park Hcp G3 Dam of 6 winners: 2001: DRIFT ICE (g Western Winter), 8 wins in South Africa and UAE, Jebel Ali Sprint LR 2002: KAYAK (g Western Winter), 6 wins in South Africa and UAE 2005: GINGER HILL (f Western Winter), 5 wins in South Africa 2008: LACONIC (c Western Winter), Winner in South Africa 2010: Warcraft (c Western Winter), 4 wins in South Africa, 3rd Castle Tankard LR 2012: ABASHIRI (g Go Deputy),R400 000NYS, 4 wins in South Africa, Gauteng Guineas G2, Sea Cottage S LR, 3rd Premier’s Champion S G1, Dingaans 2nd dam FASHING, Equus Broodmare Of The Year in 2003, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 10 winners: YARD-ARM: Horse Of The Year, Champion Older Middle Distance Horse in 2003, 11 wins in South Africa and UAE, J&B Met G1, Queen’s Plate G1, Gold Challenge G1, SA Derby G1 DONYA: See Above MAST ABEAM: 9 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, D.H. Harris Hcp LR Camara: 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Queen Palm Hcp LR, dam of G3W CURRENT EVENT Broodmare sire ELLIODOR is the sire of the dams of 80 stakes winners - FRENCH NAVY Count Dubois G1, KOCHKA G1, CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD Go Deputy G3, SAPPHIRE RING Spectrum LR, TEVEZ Caesour LR, FLAX Silvano G1, CANTERBURY TALE Greys Inn G2, SEATTLE STORM Sail From Seattle LR, ASLAN Silvano G1, VAL DE RA Var G1, DONATELLA Fine Edge G1, DOG WOOD Fort Wood G1, CORDOCELLI Cordoba G1, TRADEMARK Goldmark G1, OUTCOME Muhtafal G1, EXHILARATION Captain Al G1, TIZA Goldkeeper G2, SPORTSCUDDLE Sportsworld G2,

GAY REGINA Sportsworld G2, CHANT DE NUIT Caesour G2, TARN FAIRY Waterville Lake G2, DASH FOR GRETNA Sportsworld G2, STUDIO FIFTY FOUR Badger Land G2, WAR LORD National Assembly G2, STRAIGHT SET Victory Moon G2, A DAUGHTERS LEGACY Windrush G3, MY CHOICE Fort Wood G3, HER WAY West Man G3, JUST LIKE AL Al Mufti G3, BRILLIANT CUT Kabool G3, FIRST ARRIVAL Northern Guest G3, PERFECT WARRIOR Complete Warrior G3, MODERN MISSION Modern Day G3, ALARM CALL Alami G3, OLYMPIC GOLD Sportsworld G3, MAKER’S MARK Goldmark G3, BEST IN THE WEST Rainbow Dream G3, WATERWISE Counter Action G3, EXPRESS QUEEN Jet Master G3, SUPER BRAND Royal Chalice G3, KEY DECISION Goldmark G3, ICE MACHINE Silvano G2, TEVEZ Caesour G2, SKY RISE Fort Wood G3, AMERICAN STORM Black Minnaloushe LR, VAUCLAIR Var LR, MASTER OF MY FATE Jet Master G2, UNPARALLELED Lateral G2, CAPTAIN ALDO Captain Al G2, ABASHIRI Go Deputy G2, PITTSBURGH FLYER Street Cry G3, CHESTNUTS N PEARLS Horse Chestnut G1, CURRENT EVENT Go Deputy G3, Deputy Minister Go Deputy Partygoer Elliodor Donya Fashing

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CTS Million Dollar (Non Black Type), 3yos, Kenilworth, 23 January 2016, 1400m 1 Illuminator c Trippi (USA) –Pacific Lights, by Al Mufti (USA) 2 Silver Mountain f Silvano (GER) –Our Table Mountain (USA), by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) 3 Victorious Jay c Jay Peg –Rub A Dub Dub, by Jallad (USA) Age:3; Starts: 6; Wins:3; Placings:2; Earnings: R8 526 875 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2016 INARA Shirley Heights G1, Jeweller’s Joy Badger Land LR, Trip To India Gulch LR, Deo Juvente Complete Warrior G2, Illuminator Al Mufti LR, Tiger Territory Model Man G3 1st dam Pacific Lights, 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Lady’s Bracelet LR

Dam of 4 winners: 2007: EMBLEM OF PEACE (f National Emblem), Winner in South Africa 2010: MASSACHUSETTS (f Trippi), 3 wins in South Africa 2011: SEVENTH HEART (f Seventh Rock), 3 wins in South Africa 2012: Illuminator (c Trippi), R180 000MYS, 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Sophomore Sprint LR 2nd dam, LIGHTNING SANDS, 4 wins in South Africa Dam of 8 winners: SILVER ARC: 5 wins in South Africa, Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1 Pacific Lights: See Above Eastern Lights: 4 wins in South Africa, 3rd Poinsettia S G3 COLONIAL TIGER: Unraced, dam of G2P Oriental Tiger Broodmare sire AL MUFTI is the sire of dams of 47 stakes winners -– ARABIAN BEAT Black Minnaloushe G1, DE KOCK Dynasty G2, FAIRYINTHEWOODS Count Dubois G2, WINTER FANTASY Western Winter LR, YORKER Jet Master G1, LITTLE MISS MAGIC Jet Master G1, DIVINE JURY Jallad G1, JAY PEG Camden Park G1, CYBER CASE Casey Tibbs G3, KINGS GAMBIT Silvano G1, BOLD SILVANO Silvano G1, SMART BANKER Strike Smartly G1, O CAESOUR Caesour G1, COPPER PARADE Lecture G1, ROCK OPERA Lecture G1, HEIR APPARENT Fort Wood G1, VERTICAL TAKEOFF Jet Master G2, SUPPER CLUB Manshood G2, ALIMONY Alami G2, FESTIVE OCCASION Casey Tibbs G2, HIT SONG Lecture G2 THUNDERFLASH Bezrin G3, RICH STRIKE Strike Smartly G3, MAGICO Dupont G3, SHE’S A STUNNER Toreador G3, QUICKWOOD Fort Wood G3, BANKER’S GOLD Fort Wood G3, AVENUE OF GOLD Albert Hall G3, LASER FAN Fanatic Dane G3, NATIONAL BANKER Fort Wood G3, MISTER ASSEMBLY National Assembly LR, SAMMY JO Dynasty LR, TOGA Caesour LR, SOLDIER’S LASS Soldier’s Tale LR, ELUSIVE GOLD Sail From Seattle G1, SENSIBLE LOVER Good Journey G3, DRESSED IN COTTON Jallad LR, NEGROAMARO Fort Wood G3, GALLICA ROSE Silvano G2 End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Al Mufti Pacific Lights Lightning Sands

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LIGHT THE LIGHTS G2, Kenilworth, 9 January 2016, 1800m 1 Light The Lights 4 g Western Winter (USA) –First Arrival, by Northern Guest (USA) 2 Milton 4 g Lateral (GB) – Missing No More (USA), by Unaccounted For (USA) 3 Deo Juvente 4 g Trippi (USA) –Circle Of Life, by Complete Warrior (USA) Age: 4; Starts: 18; Wins: 3; Placings: 6; Earnings: R543 550 Sire WESTERN WINTER is the sire of 83 stakes winners. In 2016 –LIGHT THE LIGHTS Northern Guest G2 1st dam: FIRST ARRIVAL, Spey Bridge Champion 3yo filly in Zimbabwe, 6 wins in Zimbabwe, Spey Bridge S G3, W Store Oaks LR, 2nd Bookmakers Fillies Classic LR, etc. Dam of 7 winners: 2002: LET’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (c Muhtafal); Equus Champion 3YO Male Sprinter, 7 wins in South Africa, inc. Golden Horse Casino Sprint G1, 2nd Lebelo Hcp G3 2003: Beat Patrol (c Muhtafal): 6 wins in South Africa, 2nd Tommy Hotspur Hcp G3 2007: ROCKINGANDROLLING (c Woodborough), 4 wins in South Africa 2008: ROCK THE COUNTRY (c Western Winter), 3 wins in South Africa, winner in Zimbabwe, Breeders Champion Cup LR 2010: IN THE FAST LANE (f Jet Master), R650 000CPYS, 5 wins in South Africa, Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Woolavington 2000 G1, Choice Carriers Fillies Championship G2, 2nd Maine Chance Farms Paddock S G1, 3rd KRA Fillies Guineas G2 2011: LIGHT THE LIGHTS (c Western Winter), 3 wins in South Africa, Peninsula Hcp G2, Racing Association S LR, 3rd KRA Guineas G2 2012: CAPE LADDIE (c Western Winter), Winner in South Africa 2nd dam FIRST DEBUTANTE, winner in South Africa, Dam of 9 winners inc: CLIFTON QUEEN: 5 wins in South Africa, inc. Tibouchina S LR FIRST ARRIVAL: See above DREAM STARLING: Winner in South Africa dam of SP Cookie Monster Hyperdrive: 2 wins in South Africa, 3rd Golden Slipper G2 Opening Night: 9 wins in South Africa, 3rd Defy Merchants G2 Broodmare sire NORTHERN GUEST is the sire of dams of 78 stakes winners –


IN THE FAST LANE Jet Master G1, EASTERN GREETING Kahal G2, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal LR, POMODORO Jet Master G1, J J THE JET PLANE Jet Master G1, TOP SELLER Al Mufti G1, ICY AIR Jallad G2, AMPHITHEATRE Braashee G2, JET LEGEND Jet Master G3, POWER KING Silvano G3, NORTHERN LAND Badger Land G3, BOLD ELLINORE Kahal G1, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal G2, END OF SEASON Announce LR, RUSHING WIND Windrush G2, FURIOUS DANCER Dancing Duel LR, GOLDEN CHARIOT Caesour G2, MR MICKEY MOUSE Muhtafal LR, DANCE AT DAYLIGHT Rambo Dancer G3, WINNING LEAP Labeeb G2, IMPERIOUS STAR Navarone G1, BLUE HEATHER Fort Wood LR, PURPLE LAKE Lake Coniston G3, VANGELIS Kahal LR, FOREST PATH Fort Wood G1, REEF ROAD Fort Wood G2, LONDON GUEST London News G3, CHARMING LADY Winter Romance LR, ROYAL EXIT Kitalpha G3, MOUNT HOOD Manshood G3 Gone West Western Winter Chilly Hostess Northern Guest First Arrival First Debutante

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Grand Parade Cape Guineas, G1, 3yos, Kenilworth, 19 December 2015, 1600m 1 Noah From Goa g Tiger Ridge (USA) – Limerick, by Fort Wood (USA) 2 Brazuca (AUS) c Teofilo (IRE) – Base Paradise (AUS), by Choisir (AUS) 3 Nassa 3 c Dynasty –Cosima Liszt (CHI), by Rich Man’s Gold (USA) Age: 3: Starts:6; Wins: 5; Placings: 1; Earnings: R1 115 625 Sire TIGER RIDGE is the sire of 33 stakes winners. In 2015 NOAH FROM GOA Fort Wood G1, Twilight Tiger Hermitage LR, Isphan Fort Wood LR, Maybe Yes Model Man G1, Surfer Girl Counter Action LR, Trophy Wife Goldmark G1, Tiger’s Retreat Fort Wood LR, CROWN OF ROSES Vettori LR 1st dam LIMERICK, 5 wins in South Africa, Allez France Hcp LR, 3rd SA Oaks G2 Dam of 6 winners: 2005: PALLAS GREEN (c Malhub), Winner in South Africa 2007: Dunraven (g Right Approach), 4 wins

in Mauritius and South Africa, 2nd Aquaunaut Hcp LR 2008: TIGER’S SMILE (f Tiger Ridge), 2 wins in South Africa 2009: MAN FROM JAPAN (g Right Approach), 3 wins in South Africa 2010: GUY FROM DUBAI (g Right Approach), 4 wins in South Africa 2012: NOAH FROM GOA (g Tiger Ridge), R325000N2YS, 5 wins in South Africa, Cape Guineas G1, Dingaans G2 2nd dam Kenmare Belle, 5 wins in South Africa, 4th Lonsdale Stirrup Cup G3 Dam of 6 winners: LIMERICK: See Above ROSE OF TRALEE: Unplaced, dam of SW FORRIES WALTZ Broodmare sire FORT WOOD is the sire of the dams of 45 stakes winners CHERRY ON THE TOP Tiger Ridge G1, CAPETOWN NOIR Western Winter G1, THUNDER DANCE Jet Master G1, PLUCK More Than Ready G2, MOKARO Manaloj G1, ROYAL FANTASY Al Mufti G1, CONTADOR Var G1, BOUQUETGARNI Strike Smartly G1, FOREST INDIGO Judpot G1, ROYAL APROVAL Al Mufti G2, FRAGRANT AL Captain Al G2, PRESTIC Strike Smartly G2, ROYAL VINTAGE Rich Man’s Gold G2, ALDERRY Al Mufti G2, MOCHACHINO Silvano G2, WINTERINTHEWOODS Western Winter G2, MOCHA JAVA National Assembly G3, FANTASTIC MR FOX Right Approach G3, ACROSS THE ICE Western Winter G3, CHERRY ON THE CAKE Strike Smartly G3, SALUKI Dubai Destination G3, TWO STRIKES Strike Smartly G3, FRANCOIS BERNARDUS Goldkeeper G3, AQUITAINE Al Mufti G3, WHEREDOWEGO Captain Al G3, SHIPMASTER Slip Anchor G3, TIGER’S RETREAT Tiger Ridge G2, TIPPUANA MOON Victory Moon G3, ISPHAN Tiger Ridge G3, PUTNEY FLYER Miesque’s Approval LR, THREE HEARTS Hat Trick G3, CAPTAIN AMERICA Captain Al G1, EIGHTH WONDER Captain Al G3, PEEP SHOW Ideal World LR, SUNSET TRIPP Trippi LR, CAPTAIN SWAROVSKI Captain Al LR, NOAH FROM GOA Tiger Ridge G1 Storm Cat Tiger Ridge Weekend Surprise Fort Wood Limerick Kenmare Belle

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Hawaii S, G2, Turffontein, 27 February 2016, 1400m 1 Captain Aldo 5 g Captain Al –Cuddle Me, by Elliodor (FR) 2 Lazer Star 4 f Toreador (IRE) – Empress Of Ozz (AUS), by Sri Pekan (USA) 3 Ice Machine 7 g Silvano (GER) –Skid Alley, by Elliodor (FR) Age: 5; Starts: 23; Wins: 6; Placings: 11; Earnings: R757 550 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 63 stakes winners. In 2016 CAPTAIN ALDO Elliodor G2, SERGEANT HARDY Hard Up LR, PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen G2 1st dam CUDDLE ME, 3 wins in South Africa Dam of 7 winners: 2000: SPORTSCUDDLE (f Sportsworld), 8 wins in South Africa, Gerald Rosenberg S G2, Jacaranda Hcp G3-twice, 2nd Acacia Hcp G3, 3rd Yellowwood Hcp G3, dam of 2 winners 2001: SNUGGLER (g Western Winter), 6 wins in South Africa 2002: YELLOW GOLD (f Goldkeeper), 3 wins in South Africa 2005: EXPLORATION (g Sportsworld), 6 wins in South Africa 2008: Glorious Jet (g Jet Master), 5 wins in South Africa, 2nd Charity Mile G2, Colorado King S G2 2010: CAPTAIN ALDO (g Captain Al), 6 wins in South Africa, Hawaii S G2, Wolf Power 1600 LR 2012: CUP CAKE (f Var), 3 wins in South Africa 2nd dam CUDDLE COVE, Unplaced Dam of 7 winners: ANOTHER CUDDLE: 4 wins, Rex Trueform Fillies Championship G2, dam of 3 winners Another Minstrel: 4 wins in South Africa, 2nd Computaform Sprint G1 Broodmare sire ELLIODOR is the sire of the dams of 80 stakes winners - FRENCH NAVY Count Dubois G1, KOCHKA G1, CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD Go Deputy G3, SAPPHIRE RING Spectrum LR, TEVEZ Caesour LR, FLAX Silvano G1, CANTERBURY TALE Greys Inn G2, SEATTLE STORM Sail From Seattle LR, ASLAN Silvano G1, VAL DE RA Var G1, DONATELLA Fine Edge G1, DOG WOOD Fort Wood G1, CORDOCELLI Cordoba G1, TRADEMARK Goldmark G1, OUTCOME Muhtafal G1, EXHILARATION Captain Al G1, TIZA Goldkeeper G2, SPORTSCUDDLE Sportsworld G2, GAY REGINA Sportsworld G2, CHANT DE NUIT Caesour G2, TARN FAIRY Waterville Lake G2,

PRINCESS ROYAL DASH FOR GRETNA Sportsworld G2, STUDIO FIFTY FOUR Badger Land G2, WAR LORD National Assembly G2, STRAIGHT SET Victory Moon G2, A DAUGHTERS LEGACY Windrush G3, MY CHOICE Fort Wood G3, HER WAY West Man G3, JUST LIKE AL Al Mufti G3, BRILLIANT CUT Kabool G3, FIRST ARRIVAL Northern Guest G3, PERFECT WARRIOR Complete Warrior G3, MODERN MISSION Modern Day G3, ALARM CALL Alami G3, OLYMPIC GOLD Sportsworld G3, MAKER’S MARK Goldmark G3, BEST IN THE WEST Rainbow Dream G3, WATERWISE Counter Action G3, EXPRESS QUEEN Jet Master G3, SUPER BRAND Royal Chalice G3, KEY DECISION Goldmark G3, ICE MACHINE Silvano G2, TEVEZ Caesour G2, SKY RISE Fort Wood G3, AMERICAN STORM Black Minnaloushe LR, VAUCLAIR Var LR, MASTER OF MY FATE Jet Master G2, UNPARALLELED Lateral G2, CAPTAIN ALDO Captain Al G2, ABASHIRI Go Deputy G2, PITTSBURGH FLYER Street Cry G3, CHESTNUTS N PEARLS Horse Chestnut G1, CURRENT EVENT Go Deputy G3, Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Elliodor Cuddle Me Cuddle Cove

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Horses For Causes Sceptre S, G2, f&m, Kenilworth, 16 January 2016, 1200m 1 Princess Royal 3 f Captain Al –Platinum Princess, by Rakeen (USA) 2 Cosmic Light 3 f Querari (GER) –Cosmic Dream, by Silvano (GER) 3 Cuve Brut 4 f Count Dubois (GB) – Lemonzest, by Aristis (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 8; Wins: 2; Placings: 4; Earnings: R521 250 Sire CAPTAIN AL is the sire of 61 stakes winners. In 2016 PRINCESS ROYAL Rakeen G2 1st dam PLATINUM PRINCESS Unraced Dam of 7 winners: 2005: Asian Affair (f The Sheik): 3 wins in South Africa, 2nd Umzimkhulu S G3 2006: PLATIN (c Almushtarak): 3 wins in South Africa 2007: PLATINUM MOON (c Silvano): 3 wins in

South Africa and Zimbabwe 2008: PRINCESS VICTORIA (f Victory Moon): Equus Champion 2yo filly in South Africa, Equus Champion 3yo filly in South Africa, 10 wins in South Africa, Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Golden Slipper G1, Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, Garden Province S G1, Tibouchina S G2, Choice Carriers Fillies Championship G2, Poinsettia S G3, Champagne S G3, Summer Juvenile S LR, 3rd SA Fillies Sprint G1, Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas G1 2009: PROTEST SONG (g Silvano), 5 wins in South Africa 2011: PRINCESS STEPHANIE (f Kahal), Winner in South Africa 2012: PRINCESS ROYAL (f Captain Al), 2 wins in South Africa, Sceptre S G2, East Cape Nursery LR, 2nd Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, 3rd Strelitzia S G3 2nd Dam Platinum Lady, 5 wins in South Africa, 4th Rupert Ellis Brown Plate G3 Dam of 7 winners: CUP OF GRACE: 8 wins in South Africa, Thaba ‘Nchu Sun Casino S G3, Thaba ‘Nchu Sun Casino S LR, 3rd GommaGomma Summer Cup G1 Decorum: Winner in South Africa, 2nd East Cape Fillies Nursery LR Broodmare sire RAKEEN is the sire of dams of 13 stakes winners – PRINCESS VICTORIA G1, FAR DE VIE Fard G1, SEDGE Silvano G3, AL CZARINA Rabah G3, ORANGE ALERT Goldkeeper LR, CALL TO COMBAT Announce LR, ISLAND RETREAT Mogok LR, COMTESSE DUBOIS Count Dubois LR, LYCURGUS Not For Love LR, HANGOVER KID Lemon Drop Kid G2, BLUSHING B.J. Rock Slide LR, SHIMMERING GEM Dynasty G3, PRINCESS ROYAL Captain Al G2 Al Mufti Captain Al Off To War Rakeen Platinum Princess Platinum Lady

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Investec Cape Derby, G1, 3yos, Kenilworth, 23 January 2016, 2000m 1 It’s My Turn g Dynasty –Jallad’s Queen, by Jallad (USA) 2 Brazuca (AUS) c Teofilo (IRE) – Base Paradise (AUS), by Choisir (AUS)

3 Marinaresco c Silvano (GER) – Gay Fortuna, by Fort Wood (USA)

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Age:3; Starts: 5; Wins: 2; Placings: 3; Earnings: R700 325

1 Smart Call 4 f Ideal World (USA) –Good Judgement (USA), by Horse Chestnut 2 Legal Eagle 4 g Greys Inn (USA) –Young Sensation, by National Emblem 3 Captain America 5 g Captain Al – Requista, by Fort Wood (USA)

Sire DYNASTY is the sire of 35 stakes winners. In 2016 IT’S MY TURN Jallad G1, OLMA Danzig G3, Morning Light Deputy Minister LR, Liege Jallad G3, Bela-Bela Royal Academy G1, Legislate Restructure G1 1st dam JALLAD’S QUEEN, Winner in South Africa Dam of 1 winner: 2012: IT’S MY TURN (g Dynasty), R400 000NYS, 2 wins in South Africa, Investec Cape Derby G1

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2nd dam LADY ELLE, 3 wins in South Africa, Olympic Duel S LR Dam of 4 winners: JALLAD’S QUEEN: See Above ALBRIGHT: Winner in South Africa, dam of 1 winner WHO’S FOR DINNER: Winner in South Africa ZEPHYR: Winner in South Africa Broodmare sire JALLAD is the sire of the dams of 30stakes winners: IT’S MY TURN Dynasty G1, SOLO TRAVELLER Jallad G1, SHEA SHEA National Emblem G1, CLASSIC ILLUSION Kahal G3, MAJESTIC SUN Kahal G3, SUN CITY Kahal LR, GIVE ME FIVE Goldkeeper G1, MARTIAL EAGLE Silvano G1, FOREST OF DEAN Silvano G3, PORT OF LONDON London News G2, HOSPITALITY Badger’s Drift G3, RED DOR Elliodor G2, MASAI WARRIOR Wolfhound G3, CHARLIES ISLAND Lizard Island G3, BIT ON THE SIDE Jet Master G3, JOSHUA’S DREAM Joshua Dancer G3, SHE’S A WINNER Joshua Dancer G3, LIZARRE Jet Master G3, RAISE THE BAR Goldkeeper LR, CODE ROCK Doowaley LR, ONEHUNDREDACREWOOD Malhub LR, YOSHIE Antonius Pius LR, SCENTED ASH Ashaawes LR, RUN FOR IT Dynasty LR, IN LIKE FLYNN National Assembly LR, RUSSINI Kitalpha LR, LUCKY SAM Imperial Stride LR, FOURTH ESTATE Dynasty G3, SOLID SPEED Dynasty G3, TRIPTIQUE Trippi G2 Fort Wood Dynasty Blakes Affair Jallad Jallad’s Queen Lady Elle

Age: 4; Starts: 16; Wins: 7; Placings: 6; Earnings: R3 416 125

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1st dam GOOD JUDGEMENT, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2005: JUROR (f Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2006: JUDGE’S RULES (c Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2007: GOOD ON YOU (c Strike Smartly), 4 wins in South Africa 2011: SMART CALL (f Ideal World), 7 wins in South Africa, J&B Met G1, Woolavington 2000 G1, Paddock S G1, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 2nd Garden Province S G1, Fillies Mile G3, 3rd Gauteng Fillies Guineas G2, Starling S G3 2nd GREAT VERDICT, 3 wins in Australia Dam of 2 winners: GREYS INN: Equus Champion 3yo Colt in South Africa, 6 wins in Dubai and South Africa, Vodacom Durban July G1, SA Derby G1, SA Classic G1, Dubai City Of Gold G3, 2nd QE II Cup G1, sire MASTEROFTHECOURT: Winner in the UK Broodmare Sire HORSE CHESTNUT is the sire of the dams of 12 stakes winners – SUGGESTIVE BOY Easing Along G1, SMART CALL Ideal World G1, OCHO OCHO OCHO Street Sense G3, PISCO SOUR Lemon Drop Kid, CANNOCK CHASE Lemon Drop Kid G1, OL’ FASHION GAL Sky Mesa G3, SUBTLETY Easing Along G3, IVAN FALLUNOVALOT West Acres LR, DEL RIO HARBOR Harbor The Gold LR, SPIRITED MISS Sky Mesa LR, CITIZEN ADVOCATE Proud Citizen LR, COULDABEENTHEWHISKEY Harbor The Gold LR Kingmambo Ideal World Banks Hill Horse Chestnut Good Judgement Great Verdict

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OVIDIO JandB Urban Honey Stayers, G2, 30 January 2016, 2800m 1 Ovidio (AUS) 5 g Danehill Dancer (IRE) – Pre Nup (AUS), by Red Ransom (USA) 2 Coltrane (ARG) 6 g Giant’s Causeway (USA) – Nuance (IRE), by Rainbow Quest (USA) 3 Kingston Mines (GB) 5 g Archipenko (USA) – Alexandrine (IRE), by Nashwan (USA) Age:5; Starts: 18; Wins: 6; Placings:9; Earnings: R597 825 Sire DANEHILL DANCER is the sire of 168 stakes winners. In 2016 OVIDIO Red Ransom G2 1st dam PRE NUP, Winner in Australia Dam of 1 winner: 2010: OVIDIO (g Danehill Dancer), 6 wins in South Africa, J&B Reserve Stayers G2, Woolavington Hcp LR, 3rd Kenilworth Cup LR 2nd dam DE BEAUVOIR, Placed in Australia Dam of 4 winners: TYPHOON BILLIE: 7 wins in Australia, Mannerism S G3, dam of SP Eight Bills Magique Sky: 5 wins in Australia, 3rd SAJC Durbridge S LR Broodmare sire RED RANSOM is the sire of the dams of 100 stakes winners – MARCHFIELD A P Indy G2, TEMIDA Oratorio G1, MAHBOOBA Galileo G1, OVIDIO Danehill Dancer G2, VILANOVA Commands LR, VAVASOUR Redoute’s Choice G2, SECRET AGENDA Not A Single Doubt G3, MISSED CALL Authorized LR, CASUAL SMILE Sea The Stars G3, MUNIRAH Kitten’s Joy G3, IVAWOOD Zebedee G2, STARS ABOVE ME Exceed And Excel LR, DARING DANCER Empire Maker G3, FULL RANSOM Full Mandate G3, WAR COMMAND War Front G1, PIANIST More Than Ready G3, NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS Smarty Jones G3, SARATOGA SNACKS Tale Of The Cat LR, VO HEART Show A Heart G2, TUSCAN LASS Spectrum LR, CANTONESE Redoute’s Choice LR, RANSOM THE KITTEN Kitten’s Joy G1, ROLLOUT THE CARPET Holy Roman Emperor G1, SMART STING Smart Strike G3, MOONWALK Malibu Moon G3, PACHATTACK Pulpit G3, BANNOCK Bertolini LR, RED RULER


Viking Ruler G1, RETRIEVE Rahy G3, NEW NORMAL Forestry G3, DEVIL MAY CARE Malibu Moon G1, REGAL RANSOM Distorted Humor G2, TROPICAL TREAT Bahamian Bounty LR, CHANCE BYE Snitzel G2, Danehill Danehill Dancer Mira Adonde Red Ransom Pre Nup De Beauvoir

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Klawervlei Majorca S, G1, f&m, Kenilworth, 23 January 2016, 1600m 1 Inara 4 f Trippi (USA) –Mountains Of Mist (IRE), by Shirley Heights (GB) 2 Same Jurisdiction 4 f Mambo In Seattle (USA) – Diana de Carlo, by Captain Al 3 Lanner Falcon 5 m Trippi (USA) –Hosta (USA), by French Deputy (USA) Age:4; Starts: 16; Wins: 6; Placings:7; Earnings: R2 653 125 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2016 INARA Shirley Heights G1, Jeweller’s Joy Badger Land LR, Trip To India Gulch LR, Deo Juvente Complete Warrior G2, Illuminator Al Mufti LR, Tiger Territory Model Man G3 1st dam MOUNTAINS OF MIST, Winner in Britain Dam of 10 winners: 1998: FORTUNE POINT (c Cadeaux Genereux), 3 wins in the UK 1999: MADEIRA MIST (f Grand Lodge), 8 wins inc. Dance Smartly Hcp G3, dam of G1W JOSHUA TREE 2000: MOUNTAIN SNOW (c Barathea), Winner in UK 2001: MISTY HEIGHTS (f Fasliyev), 2 wins in Ireland, Memorial S LR, 2nd C L Weld Park S G3. 2002: MIDNIGHT MIST (f Green Desert), 2 wins in Ireland, dam of SP Midnight Music 2003: PLEASANT SEASON (c Desert Prince), 5 wins in Japan 2007: BELLA NERO (f Caesour), 5 wins in South Africa 2009: MUSSOORIE (c Trippi), Winner in South Africa, died

2010: MOUTAIN MASTER (g Jet Master), 3 wins in South Africa 2010: INARA (f Trippi), 6 wins in South Africa, Paddock S G1, Majorca S G1 –twice, Diana S G3, 2nd Cape Fillies Guineas G1, 2nd Paddock S G1, KRA Fillies Guineas G2 2012: INANNA (f Trippi), Winner in South Africa 2nd dam, MAGIC OF LIFE, won 4 races in Britain, Coronation S G1, Mill Reef S G2. Dam of 9 winners: ENTHUSED: Won 3 races in Britain inc. Lowther S G2, Princess Margaret S G3, dam of G3W NORMAN INVADER, 2nd dam of G3W ENERGIZER FROM BEYOND: Won 2 races in France, Prix Vulcain LR REVEUSE DE JOUR: Placed twice, dam of G3W NOVA HAWK Broodmare sire SHIRLEY HEIGHTS is the sire of dams of 176 stakes winners – ALEXANDROVA Sadler’s Wells G1, IN THE WINGS Sadler’s Wells G1, HAWKER’S NEWS Sadler’s Wells G3, MAGICAL ROMANCE Barathea G1, INARA Trippi G1, MADEIRA MIST Grand Lodge G3, SOLEMIA Poliglote G1, FAME AND GLORY Montjeu G1, SANS FRONTIERES Galileo G1, ALPINE ROSE Linamix G1, LIGHT SHIFT Kingmambo G1, MONTARE Montjeu G1, DAI JIN Peintre Celebre G1, OPINION POLL Halling G2, FLYING CLOUD Storming Home G2, LAURO Monsun G2, PROSPECT WELLS Sadler’s Wells G2, MISSIT Orpen G2, ROSENKREUZ Sunday Silence G2, ANTON CHEKHOV Montjeu G2, FIRST CHARTER Polish Precedent G2, EYE OF THE STORM Galileo G3, LORD SHIRLDOR Elliodor G1, DOG ROSE Fort Wood G2, BONNY SCOT Comanche Run G2. End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal Shirley Heights Mountains Of Mist Magic Of Life

Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Mill Reef Hardiemma Seattle Slew Larida

Sensation, by National Emblem 2 Legislate 5 h Dynasty –Champers, by Restructure (IRE) 3 Noah From Goa 3 g Tiger Ridge (USA) – Limerick, by Fort Wood (USA) Age:4; Starts: 9; Wins: 5; Placings: 2; Earnings: R2 297 875 Sire GREYS INN is the sire of 6 stakes winners. In 2016 –LEGAL EAGLE National Emblem G1 1st dam, Young Sensation, 6 wins in South Africa, 2nd Scarlet Lady Hcp LR, 3rd Gerald Rosenberg S G2 Dam of 2 winners: 2009: WHITE WHISPER (f Var), 2 wins in South Africa 2011: LEGAL EAGLE (g Greys Inn), R425 000, 3 wins in South Africa, SA Derby G1, Derby Trial LR 2nd dam FAIR MODEL, 4 wins in South Africa, Allan Robertson Fillies Championship G1, Fillies Championship G2, 2nd Argus Bloodline Guineas G1, Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Garden Province S G1 Dam of 6 winners: Young Warrior: 14 wins in Mauritius and South Africa, 2nd Selangor Cup G2 Young Sensation: See Above Broodmare sire NATIONAL EMBLEM is the sire of the dams of stakes winners – LEGAL EAGLE Greys Inn G1, CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER Captain Al LR, ORACLE NEWS London News G3, SEVENTH PLAIN Seventh Rock G1, KINEMATIC COUNTESS Count Dubois G3, ONLY EMILY Captain Al LR, LADY MAGPIE Dupont G3, FOX HUNT Fard LR Sir Tristram Lady Giselle Christmas Tree Great Verdict Summoned National Assembly National Emblem Title Page Model Man Fair Model Winged Princess Zabeel

Greys Inn

Young Sensation

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, G1, Kenilworth, 9 January 2016, 1600m

Maine Chance Farms Paddock S, G1, f&m, Kenilworth, 9 January 2016, 1800m

1 Legal Eagle 4 g Greys Inn (USA) –Young

1 Smart Call 4 f Ideal World (USA) –Good




LANNER FALCON Judgement (USA), by Horse Chestnut (SAF) 2 Inara 4 f Trippi (USA) –Mountains Of Mist (IRE), by Shirley Heights (GB) 3 Bela-Bela 3 f Dynasty –Mystic Spring (IRE), by Royal Academy (USA) Age: 4; Starts: 15; Wins: 6; Placings: 6; Earnings: R1 991 125 Sire IDEAL WORLD is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2016 SMART CALL Horse Chestnut G1 1st dam GOOD JUDGEMENT, Unraced Dam of 4 winners: 2005: JUROR (f Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2006: JUDGE’S RULES (c Strike Smartly), Winner in South Africa 2007: GOOD ON YOU (c Strike Smartly), 4 wins in South Africa 2011: SMART CALL (f Ideal World), 7 wins in South Africa, J&B Met G1, Woolavington 2000 G1, Paddock S G1, Ipi Tombe Challenge G2, 2nd Garden Province S G1, Fillies Mile G3, 3rd Gauteng Fillies Guineas G2, Starling S G3 2nd GREAT VERDICT, 3 wins in Australia Dam of 2 winners: GREYS INN: Equus Champion 3yo Colt in South Africa, 6 wins in Dubai and South Africa, Vodacom Durban July G1, SA Derby G1, SA Classic G1, Dubai City Of Gold G3, 2nd QE II Cup G1, sire MASTEROFTHECOURT: Winner in the UK Broodmare Sire HORSE CHESTNUT is the sire of the dams of 12 stakes winners – SUGGESTIVE BOY Easing Along G1, SMART CALL Ideal World G1, OCHO OCHO OCHO Street Sense G3, PISCO SOUR Lemon Drop Kid, CANNOCK CHASE Lemon Drop Kid G1, OL’ FASHION GAL Sky Mesa G3, SUBTLETY Easing Along G3, IVAN FALLUNOVALOT West Acres LR, DEL RIO HARBOR Harbor The Gold LR, SPIRITED MISS Sky Mesa LR, CITIZEN ADVOCATE Proud Citizen LR, COULDABEENTHEWHISKEY Harbor The Gold LR Kingmambo Ideal World Banks Hill Horse Chestnut Good Judgement Great Verdict

Mr Prospector Miesque Danehill Hasili Fort Wood London Wall Christmas Tree Summoned


The Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes, G2, Kenilworth, 27 December 2015, 1200m 1 Lanner Falcon 5 m Trippi (USA) –Hosta (USA), by French Deputy (USA) 2 Fly By Night 6 m Jet Master –Fly The Wind, by Model Man 3 Gulf Storm 5 g Sail From Seattle (CAN) – Royal Drummer, by Al Mufti (USA) Age: 5; Starts: 28; Wins: 8; Placings: 10; Earnings: R1 221 025 Sire TRIPPI is the sire of 60 stakes winners. In 2015 –INARA Shirley Heights G1, TRIP TO HEAVEN Cee’s Tizzy G2, ONE FINE DAY Kingmambo G3, TRIPTIQUE Jallad G2, DEO JUVENTE Complete Warrior G2, NIGHT TRIP Machiavellian LR, LANNER FALCON French Deputy G2, LIQUID MERCURY Skip Away G3, JANE S PIDDY Flaming Rock LR, HAMMIE’S HOOKER Damascus Gate G2, SUNSET TRIPP Fort Wood LR, SPEEDY SUZY Kingmambo G3, ROYAL TRIP Fort Wood LR, SIR DUKE Captain Al LR, TRIP TEASE Complete Warrior G3 PATERFAMILIAS Badger Land G2, 1st dam HOSTA unraced, Dam of 3 winners: 2005: ELUSIVE PLEASURE (g Elusive Quality), 12 wins in USA 2006: DYNAMIC HOST (g Dynaformer), 7 wins in USA Tokyo City Cup Hcp G3 2010: LANNER FALCON (f Trippi), 8 wins in South Africa, Diadem S G2, Champagne S G3, Ladies Mile LR, 2nd Cape Fillies Guineas G1, Prix du Cap G3, Diana S G3, 3rd Poinsettia S G3, Sceptre S G2 2nd dam, ASCEND, unplaced Dam of 2 winners: COLSTAR: 11 wins in USA, Flower Bowl Invitational Hcp G1, Gallorette Hcp G3 Broodmare sire FRENCH DEPUTY is the sire of the dams of 66 stakes winners – SHONAN PANDORA Deep Impact G1, VISIONAIRE Grand Slam G1, MAJESTIC HARBOR Rockport Harbor G1, DANZA Street Boss, DYNAMIC HOST Dynaformer G3, LANNER FALCON Trippi G2, HI HAPPY Pure Prize G1, ADMIRE EIKAN Heart’s Cry G3, SEBRING SUN Sebring LR, ULIULI Deep Impact G3, UNDRAFTED Purim G1, INTERNATIONAL STAR

Fusaichi Pegasus G2, YGRITTE Snitzel LR, LEIGH COURT Grand Slam G2, MUSEE SULTAN King Kamehameha G3, TOP FORTITUDE Top Hit G3, ROSIER Kildonan G2, WILDCAT LILY D’Wildcat G3, DELIGHTFUL MARY Limehouse G3, MEINER HO O Suzuka Phoenix G1, SCARLET STRIKE Smart Strike G2, CIAO BELLA Giant’s Causeway G3, CAMINO TASSAJARA Deep Impact G2, LADY TEN Rock Hard Ten G3, R HOLIDAY MOOD Trippi G3, MIDNIGHT TRANSFER Hard Spun LR, UH OH BANGO Top Hit G2, HINZ Pure Prize G1, BOREAS Deep Impact G3, OVERDRIVEN Tale Of The Cat G2, GOOD NATURE Way Of Light G1, KING OF SYDNEY Diesis G2, SUZUKA CAUSEWAY Giant’s Causeway G2, SMOOTH AIR Smooth Jazz G2, DELIGHTFUL KISS Kissin Kris G2, NOTIONAL In Excess G3, DATRICK Favorite Trick G3, SONGSTER Songandaprayer G2, DEPUTY G Matty G G3, End Sweep Trippi Jealous Appeal French Deputy Hosta Ascend

Forty Niner Broom Dance Valid Appeal Jealous Cat Deputy Minister Mitterand Risen Star Wendy’s Ten

Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, G2, 3yof, Turffontein, 27 February 2016, 1600m 1 Heaps Of Fun 3 f Visionaire (USA) – Dream Starling, by Northern Guest (USA) 2 Negroamaro 3 f Fort Wood (USA) –Touch Of Tuscan, by Al Mufti (USA) 3 Frosty Friday 3 f Western Winter (USA) – Katici Princess (IRE), by Noverre (USA) Age: 3; Starts: 8; Wins: 3; Placings: 2; Earnings: R570 625 Sire VISIONAIRE is the sire of 3 stakes winners. In 2016 HEAPS OF FUN Northern Guest G2 1st dam DREAM STARLING, Winner in South Africa Dam of 8 winners: 2003: SWEET ROBERTA (f Spaceship), 3 wins in South Africa 2004: RED SPIRIT (f Slew The Red), Winner in South Africa, dam of SP Newton Power 2005: HENCHMAN (g Silvino), 5 wins in South Africa

2006: ELIZA MARIA (f Silvino), 3 wins in South Africa 2008: BIG BIRD (g Miesque’s Approval), 4 wins in South Africa 2009: Cookie Monster (c Kahal), Winner in South Africa, 2nd Man O’War Sprint G3 2011: THE ELMO EFFECT (c Admire Main), 2 wins in South Africa 2012: HEAPS OF FUN (f Visionaire), R200 000CTSRTR, 3 wins in South Africa, Gauteng Fillies Guineas G2, 2nd Fillies Mile G3, Swallow S LR 2nd dam, CLIFTON QUEEN, 5 wins in South Africa, Tibouchina S LR Dam of 6 winners: QUEEN OF DANCE: 2 wins in South Africa, dam of SW SUPER TROUPER DREAM STARLING: See Above Broodmare sire NORTHERN GUEST is the sire of the dams of 82 stakes winners– IN THE FAST LANE Jet Master G1, EASTERN GREETING Kahal G2, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal LR, POMODORO Jet Master G1, J J THE JET PLANE Jet Master G1, TOP SELLER Al Mufti G1, ICY AIR Jallad G2, AMPHITHEATRE Braashee G2, JET LEGEND Jet Master G3, POWER KING Silvano G1, NORTHERN LAND Badger Land G3, BOLD ELLINORE Kahal G1, THE MOUSEKETEER Kahal G2, END OF SEASON Announce LR, RUSHING WIND Windrush G2, FURIOUS DANCER Dancing Duel LR, GOLDEN CHARIOT Caesour G2, MR MICKEY MOUSE Muhtafal LR, DANCE AT DAYLIGHT Rambo Dancer G3, WINNING LEAP Labeeb G2, IMPERIOUS STAR Navarone G1, BLUE HEATHER Fort Wood LR, PURPLE LAKE Lake Coniston G3, VANGELIS Kahal LR, FOREST PATH Fort Wood G1, REEF ROAD Fort Wood G2, LONDON GUEST London News G3, CHARMING LADY Winter Romance LR, ROYAL EXIT Kitalpha G3, MOUNT HOOD Manshood G3, ARION Silvano G2, LIGHT THE LIGHTS Western Winter G2, KWINTA Kahal G3, HEAPS OF FUN Visionaire G2 Grand Slam Visionaire Scarlet Tango Northern Guest Dream Starling Clifton Queen

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