Klawervlei Stud will be home to the first son of US sire star Tapit to stand in South Africa. Coup De Grace, a son of the mighty Pulpit son, is set to take up stud duties at Klawervlei in 2016, with the stallion being owned by Klawervlei in partnership with Highlands Farm and Gainesway Farm.
A top class sprinter, who ranked among the leaders of his generation, Coup De Grace’s five victories included the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and the historic G3 Bay Shore Stakes. The handsome chestnut also won the Oh Say Stakes and ran a close up third in the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.
Coup De Grace, whose time for the Amsterdam was the fastest for the 1200m distance in the US during 2014, won or placed in seven outings and earned just under $500 000 in stakes.
He joined a list of some truly outstanding racehorses when victorious in the G3 Bay Shore Stakes –with previous winners of the race including the legendary Horse Of The Year winners Damascus and Secretariat, as well as champions Bold Forbes, Gulch, Hoist The Flag, Lost In The Fog, and Trinniberg.
Coup De Grace is also among an elite group of thoroughbreds to have tasted success in the G2 Amsterdam Stakes. Past winners of this 1200m contest (the traditional prep for the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes) include champion Kodiak Kowboy, multiple G1 winner Quality Road, as well as the outstanding sires City Zip, Distorted Humor, and Successful Appeal.
He is one of 80 stakes winners for 2004 G1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit, who has been Champion Sire in the USA for the past two years and is once again is heading that general sires list. Currently the most expensive sire standing in North America (he stands for a fee of $300 000), Tapit has been represented by no fewer than 12 stakes winners in 2016, headed by G1 Arkansas Derby winner Creator and G2 UAE Derby hero Lani. To date, Tapit has 18 individual G1 winners to his credit, headed by G1 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, and the Breeders’ Cup winners Hansen, Stardom Bound, Tapitsfly, Tapizar and Untapable.
Tapit is also a highly promising sire of sires, with his early sons at stud including Tapizar (one of the leading first crop sires in the USA), and Trappe Shot, sire of G1 contender My Man Sam. Another son, the brilliant Hansen, recently got off the mark with his first winner and he too looks a young sire of promise.
Coup De Grace is out of the talented mare Home Court, who won two of just four outings and who ran third in the G3 Iowa Oaks. This regally bred mare is a daughter of multiple champion sire and broodmare sire Storm Cat and US champion, and G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Jewell Princess.
Storm Cat’s daughters have already produced a number of top class sires including outstanding US sire Speightstown and the top class sire Sky Mesa (who is a son of Pulpit –the sire of Tapit). Another highly successful sire produced by a Storm Cat mare is Jump Start, whose sire, A P Indy, is also responsible for Pulpit, while the outstanding sire prospects Gleneagles, Honor Code and Lord Kanaloa are all out of Storm Cat daughters.
This handsome speedster traces back directly in female line to champion 2yo filly Queen Empress and this is the family of successful sires King Emperor and What Luck.
The Tapit/Storm Cat cross has already enjoyed huge success and has already resulted in such top class G1 winners as champion 2yo Hansen, G1 winner Tell A Kelly, and G1 Alabama Stakes winner Careless Jewel.
John Koster is understandably delighted with Klawervlei’s new sire prospect, who is scheduled to arrive at the farm in August. ““He is a beautiful, correct, athletic horse with a great attitude whose time in the Amsterdam was the fastest over the distance in the USA in 2014. We will set a stud fee after this weekend.”