First Grade One winner for Sail From Seattle

First Grade One winner for Sail From Seattle
Ascot Stud’s resident sire Sail From Seattle was represented by his first Grade One winner, when his son, Elusive Gold, won Saturday’s Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas.

In winning the this R1 000 000 classic, Elusive Gold joined a roll of honour which includes such racing and breeding legends as Horse Chestnut, Jet Master, Empress Club, Variety Club, Captain Al,  Jay Peg, Politician and Hawaii.

Elusive Gold, who provided trainer Brett Crawford with his first win in the Cape Guineas, was a R425 000 buy at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

He has now won three of his five outings for owner, David Hui

The Ascot Stud bred colt is out of the winning Al Mufti mare, Circle Of Gold. While Circle of Gold won just twice from 18 outings, she has proved herself an outstanding broodmare. Her first seven foals include six winners – and three stakes winners.

Elusive Gold is a half-brother to Rich Strike (Gr3 Christmas Hcp) and Avenue Of Gold (Gr3 Racing Association Handicap). Remarkably, all three of Circle Of Gold’s stakes winners have been sired by different sires – with Elusive Gold being by Sail From Seattle, Rich Strike by Strike Smartly and Avenue of Gold a daughter of Albert Hall.

It comes as no surprise that Circle of Gold is such a superb broodmare. She is by the great sire, and broodmare sire, Al Mufti out of former Broodmare Of The Year Captivation, and is a half-sister to Horse of the Year Enchanted Garden.

Remarkably, Elusive Gold is the second Cape Guineas winner produced by a daughter of Al Mufti, also broodmare sire of 2007 winner, Jay Peg. Al Mufti has had a profound influence on the Cape’s premier classic race – his son Captain Al (who won the Guineas back in 2000) is the sire of 2013 Cape Guineas runner up, Captain America.

Elusive Gold’s sire, Sail From Seattle, was a very smart racehorse. He won four times in a brief racing career, and scored a stakes win in the Mt Sassafras Stakes.

He immediately proved popular in the sales ring, when a colt from his very first crop fetched R1 000 000 at the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Sail From Seattle was once again popular this year, with his yearlings fetching up to R475 000 and he was also among the leading sires, by aggregate, at the 2013 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.

The blue blooded Sail From Seattle has certainly made a fine start to his stud career. His first crop, now three, include the five stakes horses, headed by the Grade One performers Elusive Gold and Tommy Gum, the promising, now Hong Kong based, Tommy Gun, and such classy sorts as Gulf Storm, Sail South and East Cape champion, Seattle Storm.

He is one of 101 stakes winners sired by the great US sire Gone West (Mr Prospector – Secrettame). Gone West has been a tremendous sire of sires, with top sire sons including Elusive Quality, Mr Greeley, Speightstown, Zafonic, Zamindar and South Africa Champion Sire, Western Winter.

Sail From Seattle hails from one of the best families in the stud book. His dam Seattle Classic, by Triple Crown winner and legendary sire Seattle Slew, never raced, but produced ill-fated champion filly, Hello Seattle. Seattle Classic, in turn, is out of Canadian champion Classy’N Smart, and is a half-sister to Champion filly, and Broodmare Of The Year, Dance Smartly, Champion US sire Smart Strike, and the highly successful, but ill-fated, local sire, Strike Smartly.

His third dam, No Class, produced no fewer than five Grade One winners or champions, and is regarded as one of the finest broodmares of the 21st century.

Sail From Seattle, whose progeny also won the first three races at Durbanville at a meeting in September, has a sole offering at the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1). This is a colt, who is a half-brother to four winners. Consigned as lot 78, the bay hails from the same family as Equus Champions Kochka and Jay Peg.

Standing at the Ascot Stud, Sail From Seattle has a 2013 fee of R20 000.

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