Britain shows “Great” promise

Highlands Farm’s promising young sire Great Britain was back among the winners when his promising daughter Silver Banshee defeated a well bred field of fillies at Kenilworth on Wednesday.

Legend Sea The Stars -a son of Great Britain's full brother Cape Cross

Legend Sea The Stars -a son of Great Britain’s full brother Cape Cross


This beautifully bred filly, who races for Ian Longmore, got into the winners enclosure at just the second time of asking, following a promising fourth on debut and Silver Banshee looks to have a bright future ahead of her. Trained by Brett Crawford, Silver Banshee was bred by Gainesway Stables and was a R200 000 purchase from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

She is the fifth runner (from just ten runners to date) to have emerged from her sire’s first crop to race.
This crop also includes the talented Mystical Twilight, who ran third in the G1 SA Nursery last season, as well as the G2 contender Roy’s Goddess, and Great Britain looks to be a young stallion of real promise.

He is certainly bred to be a good sire, with the former Al Quoz Sprint winner being a son of the hugely successful Green Desert, sire of leading sires Cape Cross (sire of Investec Derby winners Golden Horn and Sea The Stars), Invincible Spirit (sire of 11 G1 winners to date), Oasis Dream (sire of this season’s outstanding sprinter Muhaarar as well as Maine Chance Farms’ very exciting young sire Querari), and Volksraad (Champion Sire 8 times in New Zealand).

The blue blooded Great Britain is out of champion racemare Park Appeal, winner of both the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes and G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Great Britain’s close relative Sea The Stars (by Great Britain’s own brother Cape Cross) was also in the news on Wednesday when his talented son Storm The Stars won the G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Storm The Stars is now favourite to land the St Leger, Britain’s final classic of 2015, which takes place at Doncaster on September 12th.

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