The first crop of Mauritzfontein Stud’s exciting young stallion Byword have really made people sit up and pay attention. The former French champion is really stamping his stock, and Byword’s first crop of foals suggest the former G1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes winner is on track to enjoy a highly successful stud career.
This magnificent chestnut colt, the spitting image of his sire, is out of former star racemare Urabamba. A daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood, Urabamba earned over R800 000 in stakes on the track, with her victories including the G1 SA Fillies Classic, in which Urabamba accounted for the likes of G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Glenrossal, champion Rat Burana and G1 winner Gilded Minaret.
She has also gotten off to a flyer at stud – Urabamba’s first foal being the talented Captain Al filly Copiapo, who ran second in the G3 Starling Stakes, and her second foal is the R3.4 million yearling buy Master’s Spirit. Highly rated by connections, the son of Jet Master won second time out and he looks a well above average sort in the making.
Another mare with a lovely Byword foal this season is the blue blooded mare Bay Leaf. A daughter of ill-fated sire Strike Smartly, the winning Bay Leaf is an own sister to former G1 SA Derby winner Bouquet-Garni, and she hails from one of the very best families in the stud book. Bay Leaf’s fourth dam is none other than Spring Adieu – the granddam of legendary stallion Danehill. This is also the family of arguably the greatest sire in history, and Danehill’s paternal grandsire, Northern Dancer, as well as the hugely successful stallion Machiavellian.
Bay Leaf’s foal is also a colt and he is another who looks a feather in the cap for his exciting young sire.