A colt from the same family as Moutonshoek’s G1 winning new sire Admiral Kitten stole the limelight on the second day of the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale yesterday.
The chestnut son of ill-fated sire sensation Scat Daddy, the yearling (the first foal of his dam) was knocked down to Kerri Radcliffe for $950 000 to top Tuesday’s day of trading.
“I was waiting all week to find a Scat Daddy colt that I loved; I saw him and had to have him,” Radcliffe said. “He’s a beautiful horse. He’s got gaskins upon gaskins. He actually reminded me a lot of (Scat Daddy’s group winning filly) Acapulco. I hope he’s as good as she was at Ascot.”
Catalogued as lot 506, and consigned by Gainesway as Agent, the colt’s dam is the stakes placed Mr Greeley mare Miss Lamour, who was second in the Forever Together Stakes, and third dam is G1 Ballerina Stakes winner Serape.
He traces back directly in female line to the important mare Ride The Trails, who is also the fourth dam of Admiral Kitten.
This is also the family of G1 Coral-Eclipse winner Hawkbill, who, like Admiral Kitten, is a son of champion sire Kitten’s Joy. Another high-class performer from the family is current top US 2yo Free Drop Billy, who was a close second in the recent G1 Hopeful Stakes.
Admiral Kitten, who stands his first season at Moutonshoek this year, won or placed in 11 races with his victories including the G1 Secretariat Stakes.
He is the first son of champion Kitten’s Joy to stand at stud in South Africa.