First winner for Great Britain
Highlands Farm’s well bred young sire Great Britain was represented by his first South African winner when his first crop daughter Roy’s Goddess saluted at Scottsville on Wednesday.
Given a gentle ride, Roy’s Goddess simply cruised into the lead in the 1200m contest and drew away to register a convincing two and a half length score. It was another seven and a half lengths back to the third filly home.
Bred by Highlands, Roy’s Goddess, who has now won or placed in all three of her racetrack appearances, was the very first runner for her sire –and she looks a filly more than capable of adding to this success.
Out of the Pulpit mare Temple Goddess, Roy’s Goddess was a R200 000 purchase from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Her sire was a top class speedster, with a pedigree out of the top drawer – and Great Britain can hardly have made a better start to his stud career.
A winner of the now Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint, Great Britain has a pedigree second to none. He is a son of Danzig’s outstanding sire son Green Desert, the sire of world leading stallions Cape Cross, Invincible Spirit, Oasis Dream and Volksraad.
This red hot male line is also responsible for the young sire sensations I am Invincible, Sea The Stars and Zebedee, to name but a few.
Great Britain is out of the former Champion 2YO Filly Park Appeal, who won both the G1 Cheveley Park and Moyglare Stud Stakes in 1984. Besides Great Britain, she is also dam of Cape Cross (a full brother to Great Britain), a top class miler and world leading sire, whose offspring include the champions Ouija Board and Sea The Stars. The sire of more than 90 stakes winners worldwide, Cape Cross was the grandsire of both the Investec Derby and Oaks winner in 2014 – his daughter Ouija Board being dam of Derby hero Australia and Sea The Stars siring the majestic Oaks winner Taghrooda.
Park Appeal is also the second dam of leading European sire Iffraaj (sire of this season’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas hero Turn Me Loose), and G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winner Diktat (sire in turn of champion sprinter and promising sire Dream Ahead).
This is a truly world class family, with Great Britain’s immediate relatives numbering the classic winners Alydaress, Russian Rhythm and Shadayid amongst them.
A truly blue blooded young sire, Great Britain can hardly have made a better start to his stud career. He has a single lot on offer at next month’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale – a daughter of the top class stakes performed mare Worldwise – herself a half sister to the stakes winning 2yo Wind Of Change.