Highlands Farm’s promising young stallion Great Britain received yet another boost for his magnificent pedigree following the running of Saturday’s G1 Investec Derby.
Great Britain (Green Desert –Park Appeal), whose first local runners include the G1 colt Mystical Twilight, is a full brother to G1 Lockinge Stakes winner Cape Cross, whose unbeaten son Golden Horn joined a list of legends when he won this year’s Investec Derby.
The second Derby winner for both trainer John Gosden (who won previously with Benny The Dip) and jockey Frankie Dettori (victorious previously on Authorized), Golden Horn (now unbeaten in four outings) won his only start at two, and won both his starts this year prior to the Derby. His win in the G2 Betfred Dante Stakes saw the colt installed as favourite for Epsom, and Golden Horn duly justified his status when coming from well off the pace to score a fluent three and a half length win over stablemate Jack Hobbs in the Derby.
After the race, trainer John Gosden suggested a crack at the G1 Coral Eclipse next month was next on the cards for Golden Horn, whose victory in Saturday’s classic pushed his prize money to over £930 000.
His sire Cape Cross’ influence on the Derby was twofold in 2015, with his legendary son Sea The Stars featuring as the sire of third placed finisher Storm The Seas. Sea The Stars is also the sire of 2014 Investec Oaks winner Taghrooda.
Himself a high class miler, Cape Cross has, nonetheless, enjoyed huge success in the Epsom classics.
Not only is Cape Cross the sire of the 2015 Investec Derby winner, but his great son Sea The Stars won the Derby back in 2009, while another of Cape Cross’ progeny is the mighty mare Ouija Board, herself the winner of the Epsom Oaks in 2004, and dam of 2014 Investec Derby winner Australia.
Cape Cross, who stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland, is the sire of 96 stakes winners to date – with his progeny also including this season’s brilliant G2 German 2000 Guineas winner Karpino.
To date, Cape Cross, who was Champion Sire in France in 2009, has eleven G1 winners to his credit, and this total looks surely to rise further.
His Al Quoz Sprint winning full brother Great Britain has made a pleasing start to his stud career and currently as one of South Africa’s leading first crop sire by stakes.
Great Britain’s grandsire Danzig also enjoyed huge success at this year’s Epsom meeting – the brilliant Northern Dancer horse featuring as the great grandsire of Derby winner Golden Horn and the great grandsire of upset G1 Investec Oaks winner Qualify.