First Grade One winner for Seventh Rock
Klawervlei’s promising young sire Seventh Rock was represented by his first Grade One winner on Saturday, when his unbeaten 2yo son Guiness won the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Medallion at Scottsville.
Guiness was following in his father’s footsteps – Seventh Rock having captured the same race back in 2007.
The colt, a R425 000 buy at the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale (Book 1), also made it three Medallion wins in a row for trainer Dennis Drier, whose charges Potent Power and Captain Of All had won the last two runnings.
Bred by Gary and Jackie Joliffe, Guiness is owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste (who also raced Seventh Rock himself). Unbeaten in two starts, Guiness became both his sire’s first stakes winner and first Grade One winner with Saturday’s victory.
Out of the winning Strike Smartly mare Tinder Box, Guiness is a half-brother to the smart sprinter November Rain. The latter recently picked up his eighth career win when scoring over 1000m on Friday.
Seventh Rock, whose first crop are two, has made a superb start to his stud career. The stallion’s very first two runners, Captain Rock and Seven Grand, both won, and Seven Grand subsequently ran second in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes. Other first crop winners for the sire include the smart debut winners Restless Road and Seven Whispers.
The well performed young stallion, who defeated subsequent Champion Argonaut when he won the Gr1 Gold Medallion, has been in great demand in the sales ring. His first yearlings fetched up to R1.2 million in 2013, and Seventh Rock once again proved popular in 2014. Yearlings sired by him this year sold for up to R700 000, and Seventh Rock’s popularity looks set to continue.
Currently South Africa’s leading first crop sire (by prize money), Seventh Rock is a son of Horse of the Year, and world leading sire, Rock Gibraltar (sire of the first two home in Saturday’s Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship).
He is out of former Champion Sprinter Ruby Clipper – whose half-sister, Lady Brackley, is the second dam of current smart 2yo Harry’s Son (who ran third to Guiness in the abovementioned Tsogo Sun Medallion).