Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting young stallion Byword, whose first yearlings have fetched up to R2 000 000, is from a very hot family.
In recent weeks, notable stakes winners from this female line include Listed Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes hero So Beloved (who runs in Saturday’s G3 Timeform Jury Stakes) and Peniaphobia. The latter, a former G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint winner, was an impressive recent winner of the G3 Sha Tin Vase and has now won 11 times and amassed prize money of over HK$29 000 000.
Peniaphobia (a son of Dandy Man), is now likely to enjoy a break off with connections keen for the gelding to defend his Hong Kong Sprint title in December.
Peniaphobia and So Beloved are both descendants of the great mare Peace –who is also the fourth dam of Byword.
Thursday saw another talented performer from this powerful family win a major stakes race. This time it was Global Applause, from the first crop of July Cup winner Mayson, who became his sire’s first stakes winner when he won the Listed BetVictor Million Pound Goal National Stakes by an easy one and a quarter lengths.
Trained by Ed Dunlop, Global Applause (who also holds an entry in the G1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes) has now won two of just three outings, and this talented juvenile is likely to have his next outing in the G3 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The colt’s third dam Balabina is also the third dam of exciting Cape sire Byword. This is also the family of champion Continent and Wandesta, G1 winner Quiet Fling and G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun.
An outstanding racehorse, and French champion, Byword’s seven victories included six group or listed races including the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.
A half brother to multiple G1 winner Proviso, the chestnut has 18 lots on sale at next month’s Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale, including a filly out of top class racemare Eternal Dancer (Lot 60), a filly out of a daughter of a Golden Slipper winner (Lot 128), and a half sister to talented stakes winner Wishful Eye (Lot 130).