Britain yearlings look great!
Highlands Farm’s young sire, Great Britain, is represented by his first local yearlings this season. His first yearlings to sell in South Africa proved popular at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, and fetched up to R350 000 – a handsome return on Great Britain’s stud fee of R10 000.
Great Britain will be represented by two colts at the March Yearling Sale next month.
Lot 115 is a colt out of smart racemare Empress Award, who won five times. His second dam is a full-sister to Winter Derby winner Set To Music, and this is the outstanding family of such notables as Franny, Sweet Sanette and current classy performer, Chekilli.
Lot 187 is a half-brother to no fewer than seven winners. His dam is a stakes placed sister in blood to stakes winner Triton, and this well bred colt is from the famous “Lily” family responsible for such G1 winners as Ravishing, Villandry and Bold Thatch.
Great Britain also has a pair of well related yearlings on offer at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, set to be held in Germiston in April.
Lot 88 is a half-brother to five winners, one of whom is the multiple G3 winner Sunsational. His dam is a winning three parts sister to top-class performer Eldoriza, winner of the G1 Gold Challenge and over R800 000 in prize money.
Lot 106 is a half-sister to 4 winners, including talented G2 winner My Sanctuary. Out of a daughter of world leading sire Pulpit, this filly’s third dam is outstanding US racemare, Lemhi Go.
Winner of the Al Quoz Sprint (now a G1 contest which has been won by such stars as J J The Jet Plane, Ortensia and Shea Shea), Great Britain is one of the best bred stallions currently at stud in South Africa.
He is a son of July Cup winner Green Desert (by Danzig), the sire of over 80 stakes winners and a tremendous influence on the modern day stud book. Green Desert has established himself as an outstanding sire of sires, and his sons include such world class sires as Invincible Spirit, Volksraad, Oasis Dream and Great Britain’s full brother, Cape Cross.
A truly outstanding sire, Green Desert is the sire of G1 winners Desert Prince, Tamarisk, Owington, White Heat, Sheikh Albadou and Desert Lord.
Great Britain’s female line is equally illustrious.
His dam Park Appeal was a Champion at 2 when her wins included the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and G1 Chevely Park Stakes.
Like Park Express (dam of hot sire New Approach) and Princess Athena (dam of leading sire Acclamation), Park Appeal is a daughter of top sprinter Ahonoora.
Park Appeal’s offspring include the G1 Lockinge Stakes winner Cape Cross, sire of 85 stakes winners – and sire of world champions Sea The Stars (a promising young sire) and Ouija Board (dam of leading classic hopeful of 2014, Australia).
She is also the second dam of G1 July Cup runner up Iffraaj – himself a leading sire and sire of 2 G1 winning juveniles in 2013 (Rizeena and ill-fated Chriselliam).
In turn, Park Appeal (also second dam of top sprinter and G1 sire Diktat) is a half-sister to two other G1 winner Desirable (Champion 2YO Filly and dam of G1W Shadayid) and Alydaress (Irish Oaks). Another half-sister, Balistroika, is the dam of champion and classic winning filly, Russian Rhythm.
Great Britain is a direct descendant of one history’s greatest ever mares – Pretty Polly. A winner of 22 of her 24 outings, Pretty Polly’s victories included the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, St Leger, Champion Stakes and Coronation Cup. The latter race she won twice. Her descendants include leading sires Nearctic, Great Nephew, Preamble II and Sybil’s Nephew.
A stallion with the bluest of blue blood coursing through his veins, Great Britain’s first local runners will face the starter next season.