Cape sire relatives shine at Gold Coast Sale
A close relative of Mauritzfontein’s champion sire Fort Wood made headlines at the first session of the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Wednesday.
A son of champion racehorse So You Think (himself a grandson of Fort Wood’s sire Sadler’s Wells), lot 143 was knocked down for AUS $350 000 – or over R3.3 million.
The colt, who was purchased by Anthony Cummings, has a magnificent pedigree. He is out of the winning Hennessy mare Aspen Falls, and counts former G1 MRC Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights (by Fastnet Rock) as among his siblings.
The So You Think colt’s third dam is the Swaps mare Change Water, herself the dam of legendary broodmare Fall Aspen.
The latter’s four individual G1 winners include 1993 Grand Prix de Paris winner Fort Wood, who is one of the most successful and influential stallions to have stood at stud in South Africa over the past few decades. A champion sire, and broodmare sire, Fort Wood’s 70 plus stakes winners include a stunning 45 individual Grade 1 performers, with his colts and fillies proving equally successful.
He is also a highly successful sire of sires, with his sons at stud including the outstanding stallion Dynasty, Drakenstein Stud’s proven sire and broodmare sire Horse Chestnut, and the very promising young stallion Elusive Fort.
Another lot closely related to a Cape based sire to shine during that first trading session was lot 163.
This well bred filly, a daughter of the hugely popular Redoute’s Choice son Snitzel, is out of former G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Clean Sweep.
Clean Sweep’s immediate relatives include former Equus Champion 2YO Colt, and exciting young Wilgerbosdrift sire, Soft Falling Rain (by National Assembly). The latter, who won group/graded races in three different countries, is set to stand his first season at stud later this year.
Consigned by Arrowfield Stud, the Snitzel filly was knocked down to Mulcaster Bloodstock for AUS $360 000.