Group 1 Producers Highlight Summerhill Dispersal
The historic dispersal sale of Summerhill Stud’s broodmare band presents a great opportunity for breeders looking to stock up with some well-bred and proven producers on offer.
Among the sires of the mares on offer are such outstanding international sires and broodmare sires as Choisir, Galileo, and Giant’s Causeway, while champion South African sires Jallad, Jet Master, Trippi and Western Winter also have daughters on sale.
The mares are in foal to such proven sires as Duke Of Marmalade, Ideal World and Trippi, as well as such well performed young stallions as Act Of War, Gold Standard, Hat Puntano, New Predator, Rabada and Dubawi’s G1-winning son Willow Magic.
Thoroughbred South African News picked out a few mares who perhaps stand out in this elite company.
Grail Maiden (Galileo x Elaine)
Not only is Grail Maiden a daughter of the world’s premier sire (and exceptional broodmare sire) Galileo, she also hails from a truly spectacular female line. A four-time winner, from 1200-2500m, who ran third in the Listed Winter Oaks, Grail Maiden traces back directly in the female line to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sixpence, who is also ancestress of such standout G1 winners as Beat Hollow, New Bay, Oasis Dream and Zenda.
Grail Maiden, who is in foal to Cartier Champion and proven G1 sire Duke Of Marmalade, has already made her mark at stud. The mare’s three winners include the Gary Alexander trained G1 SA Derby winner Hero’s Honour as well as talented filly Railtrip -who ran second to champion Return Flight in the 2018 G1 Thekwini Stakes. (Railtrip has already earned over R500 000 while Hero’s Honour has banked more than R1.5 million).
Lisa Anne (Rambo Dancer x Forest Edge)
The talented Lisa Anne proved well above average, both on the track and at stud. From the family of G1 winners African Appeal and Brave Mary, Lisa Anne won three times, from 1200-1450m, and ran second in the G3 Sycamore Sprint and third in the G1 Empress Club Stakes. The granddaughter of Northern Dancer has also proved most effective at stud, with Lisa Anne’s progeny headed by top-class filly Takingthepeace. The latter, now retired to stud, won six times while earning over R1.7 million in stakes, with Takingthepeace’s wins headed by scores in all of the G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G3 Victory Moon Stakes.
Jordie (Fard x Dagger’s Drawn)
A daughter of G1 Middle Park Stakes winner Fard (also the damsire of champion sprinter and promising sire Captain Of All), Jordie won just once on the track but since made amends at stud. The mare is currently dam of five winners, headed by Summerhill Stud sire, and G1 Daily News 2000/Premier’s Champion Stakes winner, Rabada.
From the same family as champion Jeppe’s Reef, Jordie is also the dam of Aquanaut Handicap runner up Glider Pilot and the stakes-placed River Tyne, while her promising 3yo Hurricane Henry is in training with Justin Snaith.
Jordie, whose five winners were sired by five different stallions, is in foal to exciting Cape Guineas winner Act Of War (below).
Heaps Of Fun (Visionaire x Dream Starling)
This former Sean Tarry trainee was a top-class athlete who earned nearly R1 000 000 during her career.
A half-sister to Java Handicap winner The Elmo Effect, Heaps Of Fun won five times up to 1600m and downed no fewer than six stakes winners, including subsequent G1 winner Juxtapose, when victorious in the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas of 2016.
Heaps Of Fun, whose G1 King’s Bishop Stakes-winning sire was South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2014-2015, is out of the winning Northern Guest mare Dream Starling, and her grand-dam, Clifton Queen, won the (now G2) Tibouchina Stakes.
She sells in foal to the consistently successful sire Ideal World.
Champenois (Visionaire x Vin Fizz)
Another daughter of the now Lammerskraal Stud based G1 winning Visionaire, Champenois won three times, scoring from 1200-1400m.
Thought good enough to contest the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship at three, Champenois has a pedigree which suggests she could well be an asset to any broodmare band.
Out of the four-time winning, and G2 Sceptre Stakes placed, mare Vin Fizz, Champenois is a half-sister to three stakes winners, notably the charismatic G1 SA Classic winner, and G1 Vodacom Durban July runner up, Pierre Jourdan (who earned over R4.5 million in prize money.
Vin Fizz, whose eight runners have all won, is also the dam of G2 Senor Santa Stakes winner Champagne Haze (who earned more than R2.2 million) and exported Oaks Trial winner Belle Rose.
This well-bred mare is in foal to the Dubawi sired G1 SA Nursery winner Willow Magic.
Choir Maiden (Choisir x Prolong)
A daughter of the Coolmore Australia based champion sprinter Choisir, Choir Maiden was a very speedy sort on the track.
The speedy mare won five times, from 1000-1200m, and ran second in the KwaZulu-Natal Stakes.
Choir Maiden, whose dam Prolong is a dual winning sister to Champagne Stakes winner Coup Wood, hails from the same family as New Zealand One Guineas winner Canterbury Belle and this is also the family of US stakes winner Saggy-best known as the sire of Kentucky Derby-winning champion Carry Back.
She sells in foal to the Dynasty sired Cape Guineas winner Act Of War.
Nojoom (Galileo x Hulachine)
A direct descendant of the mighty mare La Troienne, the unraced Nojoom shares her outstanding sire Galileo with more than 80 G1 winners notably unbeaten superstar Frankel. Out of a stakes-winning daughter of Tale Of The Cat, Nojoom has already produced a pair of winners, notably G2 Ipi Tombe Stakes victress Intergalactic.
Nojoom, whose fourth dam Never Hula also ranks as the grand-dam of US champion, and successful sire Pleasant Tap as well as Kentucky Derby winner Go For Gin, sells in foal to Willow Magic (below), and the resulting foal is set to be bred on a similar cross to 2000 Guineas and highly promising sire Night Of Thunder.
Royal Purse (King Of Kings x Taineberry)
By a 2000 Guineas winner out of a winner of The Oaks, Royal Purse hails from one of the hottest families in the South African studbook. Herself unplaced, Royal Purse has already made her mark at stud, with her three winners to date headed by G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Royal Pleasure.
This mare’s Oaks winning dam Tainberry is not the only dam of G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Jalberry (herself dam of 3 stakes winners, including G2 winner Purple Diamond, and grand-dam of G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Silvano’s Pride), but also Strawberry Lane -South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2017-2018 and dam of G1 winners Redberry Lane and Solo Traveller.
Royal Purse sells in foal to Storm Cat’s dual G1 winning grandson Rabada.
Elegant Blush (Jallad x Elegant Asset)
A daughter of former SA champion sire Jallad, Elegant Blush was a very smart racemare whose four wins included a triumph in the 2004 G3 Strelitzia Stakes (where she beat subsequent G1 winner and champion Legally Blonde). The mare, who won from 1000-1200m, also finished runner up in the Lady’s Pendant.
Already dam of 5 winners, including G3 Protea Stakes third Blushing Peter and Razed In Black, a stakes-placed winner of nine, Elegant Blush sells in foal to the promising, Guineas winning sire Act Of War.
Kissable (Antonius Pius x Kiss For Kate)
A granddaughter of Danzig, Kissable was a lightning-fast performer who had tremendous gate speed. She won six times, scoring from 800-1000m, with her wins headed by a triumph in the Listed Umgeni Handicap.
Also third in the G3 Magnolia Handicap, the speedy Kissable was produced by the smart Jallad mare Kiss For Kate, who ran second in the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at two.
Kissable, whose stakes-placed third dam is a full-sister to Bloodline Million winning sire Leopard Strike, is closely inbred to legendary sire Danzig and she hails from the family of G1 winning champions Jay Peg and Kochka as well as this season’s high-class 3yo Youcanthurrylove.
She sells in foal to SA Nursery/Dingaans winner Willow Magic.