Southford Stud’s new sire Great Britain had a weekend to remember, with both his own runners faring well locally and his close relative Iffraaj making waves overseas.
Sire of the recent KZN Yearling Sale Million winner Al Mariachi, Great Britain was represented by two more winners this weekend.
His very speedy daughter, Wrecking Ball, made it win number five (and pushed her earnings to over R660 000) when landing a pinnacle stakes over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday. Winner of the G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap earlier this season, the speedy three-year-old (fifth last time out in the G1 Computaform Sprint) showed her class when downing the inform Australian Effortless Reward by a length on Saturday –with the runner up receiving 2.5kgs from Wrecking Ball.
Bred by the Worldwise Breeding Syndicate, Wrecking Ball is out of the speedy London News mare Picadilly Miss.
Great Britain is also the sire of Lavender Ridge who caused a 66-1 shock when breaking her maiden, and winning the last race, at Kenilworth on Saturday for trainer Adam Marcus.
She is the 23rd winner (from 36 runners) to have emerged from Great Britain’s current 3yo crop.
A former Al Quoz Sprint winner, Great Britain is closely related to red hot sire Iffraaj (sire of 3 G1 winners in 2017), whose daughter, The Black Princess, landed the G2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks, over a top-class field of fillies and mares, on Saturday.
Out of a mare by Great Britain’s own brother Cape Cross, The Black Princess (who had accounted for SA champion Smart Call last time out, has now won four of eight starts, with the 4yo’s previous wins including the G3 Prix Allez France.
Her sire Iffraaj, whose dam Pastorale is a half-sister to Great Britain, is the sire of 49 stakes winners, including recent G1 Queen Anne Stakes winner (and triple G1 winner) Ribchester.