CBC Insights – Ascot Stud – one of the Cape’s top nurseries
One of the top stud farms to be found in the Cape, Ascot Stud has a long and impressive line of champions to its credit. The likes of Bold Silvano, Rock Opera, Smart Banker, Enchanted Garden and Arabian Lass are just a few of the champions to have been bred by Ascot. The farm’s latest flagbearer is the top class sprinter, Copper Parade – last season’s East Cape Horse Of The Year and one of South Africa’s most talented 7yos.
To date, Copper Parade (by Ascot Stud’s resident sire Lecture), has won over R2 million, and his nine victories include two at Grade 1 level. One of South Africa’s top sprinters in training at the moment, Copper Parade was a narrow, and unlucky, loser of the Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes last time out.
His half brother, the Ascot Stud bred, Fort Meyers also looks to have a promising future ahead of him, having won two of his only three outings, and this 3yo looks capable of living up to his R1.1 million purchase price.
Currently run by Ashley and Rose Parker, Ascot Stud is currently home to the sires Bold Silvano, Lecture and Sail From Seattle.
The latter, a stakes winning son of Gone West, is regarded as one of South Africa’s most exciting young stallions with his first crop having produced a Cape Guineas winner (Elusive Gold) and Emerald Cup hero (Tommy Gun), and Sail From Seattle looks sure to prove popular in the sales ring this year. Former Equus Champion and Vodacom Durban July hero Bold Silvano is set to have his first yearlings on sale in 2015, and he is another young sire whom buyers are bound to pay close attention to.
Ascot Stud has strong drafts on offer at both the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and Val De Vie Sale, which take place in January and February respectively.
Ascot has three lots on offer at the Cape Sale –
Lot 91 is a filly by Sail From Seattle (whose second crop includes star filly Dancing Natasha), out of a well bred Cape Cross mare, whose dam is a stakes winning daughter of Mtoto. This outstanding family includes several European champions, as well as top sprinter, and Klawervlei based sire, King’s Apostle.
Lot 132 is a filly by top class 2yo, and outstanding speed sire, Bahamian Bounty. This filly has a superb pedigree, which includes 2000 Guineas winner Entrepreneur as well as 2014 Group 1 winning filly Integral. This is the same family as legendary sires Hyperion and Sir Tristram.
Lot 161 is a colt from the first crop of the Ascot bred champion Bold Silvano. His four time winning dam is a half sister to former star 2yo Irish Ranger, and this is the same family as G1 winner and successful sire Brer Rabbit.
The farm has a pair of Northern Hemisphere bred colts, who are officially two, on sale at the inaugural Val De Vie sale in February. Both colts are sired by G1 QE II Cup winner Archipenko, a blue blooded son of Kingmambo, whom Ashley raced with Mike de Kock. “Archi” has made a fine start to his stud career, with his first crop having already produced a Group 1 winner in the form of Madame Chiang.
One colt is a half brother to the stakes winning Duke Of Marmalade colt Big Orange, and is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Star On Stage. This well bred colt, whose second dam is G1 winner, is intensely inbred to the great mare Special.
Second of Ascot Stud’s Archipenko colts on sale is out of a mare by leading sire Medicean. His dam is an unraced half sister to Gr1 Oaklawn Handicap hero Jovial as well as five other black type performers.
Sadly, Ascot Stud’s Rose Parker suffered a sad loss when her husband Hambley Parker passed away last year. A businessman, who owned various properties and businesses in Port Elizabeth, Hambly was involved with the new Ascot Stud, which is to be found on the Deer Park Farm, and contributed greatly to that property’s surroundings and buildings.
Hambly, who owned a few horses in his time, owned one broodmare, but she happened to be the wonderfully successful producer, Drummer Girl.
Unraced, after suffering a puff adder bite as a foal, Drummer Girl was an excellent broodmare, with her foals including Champion 2YO Filly Rock Opera and high-class Gr2 The Nursery winner Hit Song, who was subsequently exported to Hong Kong. Drummer Girl’s legacy lives on, with her daughter Rock Opera having produced high-class British 2yo and Group 2 winner Heavy Metal.