Highlands Farm’s new stallion Jackson has settled down well and is taking to his new life at stud like an old pro.
The handsome son of Highlands’ outstanding resident sire Dynasty recently covered a test mare successful – and clearly enjoys his new job.
Jackson is expected to cover around 106 mares in his first season at stud. The well bred young horse’s popularity increased following the stunning winning debut win of his full brother Heartland, who won first time out by nine lengths. As a result of that performance, three more mares were booked to Jackson – who has been described by knowledgeable horsemen as even better looking than his own sire.
Among the mares Jackson is expected to cover this year are former Grade 1 winner Geepee S (Allan Robertson Championship), as well as the well bred Smart Strike mare Full Flavour.
John Freeman, who manages the stallion, loves the mating of Smart Strike and Strike Smartly mares to Jackson, as the mating results in brilliant sex balanced inbreeding of the close relatives Prairie Reign (Jackson’s second dam) and dual Champion US sire, Smart Strike. The latter, like Jackson a direct descendant of the great mare No Class, has been a hugely successful stallion and his progeny include no fewer than 15 Gr1 winners, including champions Curlin, English Channel (sire of recent Travers Stakes winner V.E. Day), and Lookin At Lucky.
A magnificent looking specimen, who was the top priced lot at the 2010 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, Jackson more than lived up to his fine physique and tremendous pedigree on the racetrack.
He won over R2 million in prize money, conquered mighty champion Variety Club, and won three of South Africa’s greatest races – the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Gr1 Daily News 2000, and Gr1 Champions Cup.
Jackson stands for a first year fee of R15 000 – and his progress at stud will be closely followed by his legion of fans.