Highlands Farm’s blue blooded sire Great Britain received yet another boost to his remarkable female line when talented three-year-old Zonderland landed the G3 totepool Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.
Former G1 2000 Guineas runner up Massaat was all the rage for Thursday’s race, but was all but pulled up in the Group 3 contest. In contrast, the Clive Cox trained Zonderland had travelled kindly in his slipstream throughout and eased to the front under Oisin Murhpy and, despite a slight jink to his left in the closing stages, won with something to spare.
A son of Dutch Art, Zonderland had previously won the Listed Heron Stakes at Sandown. The colt could be aimed at the G2 Celebration Mile next. Thursday’s win took his tally to three (from just seven outings), with Zonderland having banked over £92 000 in prize money.
The 2016 G3 Sovereign Stakes winner is out of Baryna –a daughter of Pivotal and 1000 Guineas winner Russian Rhythm. The latter, a daughter of Kingmambo, was Europe’s Champion 3YO Filly of 2003 and won four G1 races during her career, including the Lockinge Stakes. She is also second dam of this season’s G3 Fred Darling Stakes winner Marenko (by Exceed And Excel).
Russian Rhythm’s second dam is the great broodmare Balidaress, who produced three individual champions.
This tally includes dual G1 winner Park Appeal –dam of the outstanding sire Cape Cross and the latter’s full brother Great Britain.
A son of Green Desert, Great Britain enjoyed plenty of success last season, with his 2yos including the talented G2 Umkhomazi Stakes runner up Wrecking Ball and smart debut winner Hashtag Strat.