Britain brother dominates classics
Highlands Farm’s beautifully bred sire, Great Britain, is a full-brother to one of the world’s leading sires, Cape Cross.
The latter, who is the sire of over 80 stakes winners and counting, really made his presence felt in the two Epsom classic races over the weekend.
Cape Cross’ greatest son Sea The Stars has made a stunning start to his stud career, with his first crop of 3yos having already produced seven stakes winners – and Taghrooda became the former Investec Derby winner’s first classic winner when she won Friday’s Group 1 Investec Oaks.
Now unbeaten in three outings, Taghrooda will be pointed towards a tilt at Europe’s greatest race – the Group 1 Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe (a race won by Sea The Stars back in 2009).
Cape Cross is also broodmare sire of Australia – winner of Saturday’s Group 1 Investec Derby. Australia, third in the Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas, is out of Cape Cross’ legendary daughter Ouija Board – whose seven Group/Grade 1 wins included the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Prince of Wales Stakes and two runnings of the Breeders Cup F&M Turf. Australia is the third Group 1 winner produced by a Cape Cross mare – the others being Serious Attitude (Cheveley Park Stakes) and Shuka (Captain Cook Stakes).
A top-class miler, who won the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, Cape Cross’ offspring include 11 Group 1 winners to date.
Great Britain, whose first local yearlings fetched up to R350 000, is a son of champion Green Desert, whose outstanding sire sons include Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit. The latter is the sire of brilliant 2014 Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas hero Kingman, as well as the exciting young sires Lawman and Vale of York, to name but two.
Out of champion Park Appeal, Great Britain is also related to another hot sire, Iffraaj. The latter (who is out of Great Britain’s half-sister Pastorale) is the sire of recent Group 1 Gran Premio Di Milano winner Benvenue.
A son of Zafonic, former Group 1 July Cup runner up Iffraaj is the sire of four Group 1 winners to date, including ill-fated champion Chriselliam.
Safe to say, few sires have more fashionable pedigrees than does Great Britain!