Highlands Farm’s promising young sire Great Britain’s tremendous female line received yet another significant boost in Australia this Saturday.
Top class sprinter Hot Snitzel (by Snitzel) picked up the first Group One win of his career when he landed the G1 Ubet BTC Cup at Doomben racecourse.
One of five wins on the day for jockey Blake Shinn, outsider Hot Snitzel caused a 31-1 shock when landing the spoils in the AUS$500 000 BTC Cup. The gelding prevailed by three parts of a length from Knoydart and beaten favourite Our Boy Malachi – with the latter having entered the race having won 17 of his 19 previous outings.
Hot Snitzel, who has now earned over AUS$1.2 million, could be aimed next at the G1 Doomben 10,000 and the G1 Stradbroke Handicap. The six-year-old gelding, who has now won five Group races, is out of the Blushing Groom mare, Flames of Paris.
In turn, Flames Of Paris is out of the blue hen mare Balidaress (by Balidar), whose three Group One winning daughters include champion Park Appeal – the dam of Great Britain.
Great Britain and Hot Snitzel are very closely related, with both horses being from the same family and both sired by Danzig line stallions.
Great Britain’s own brother, and former G1 winning miler, Cape Cross is another from this tremendous family to have been in the news of late. Not only is the son of Green Desert the sire of leading German Derby hopeful Kaprino but another son Agent Murphy landed Saturday’s Listed Buckhound Stakes at Ascot to take his tally to three wins from just five outings. Cape Cross, also maternal grandsire of recent G3 Gordon Richards Stakes winner Western Hymn, is the sire of 97 stakes winners to date.
His full brother Great Britain has made a pleasing start to his local stud career, with his first South African runners including the G1 SA Nursery third Mystical Twilight.
Great Britain (Green Desert – Park Appeal) currently ranks as South Africa’s fourth leading first crop sire by stakes.