The Alchemy’s new sire Gitano Hernando ranks as one of the best performed stallions ever to begin their stud careers in South Africa.
The son of French Derby winner Hernando won more than $2 million in prize money, and won two of the world’s top races into the bargain –the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup and G1 Goodwood Stakes.
Gitano Hernando, whose first crop race this season, defeated numerous top class performers during his career including G1 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, G1 Santa Anita Derby winner Tiago, multiple G1 winner Colonel John, Met winner River Jetez, G1 Dubai Duty Free winner Presvis, G1 Arlington Million hero Debussy and subsequent G1 Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop, among others.
From the same male line as champion SA sire Silvano, Gitano Hernando is out of the well performed mare Gino’s Spirits, who won or placed in 20 races. The daughter of Perugino scored the biggest win of her career when victorious in the G3 Noble Damsel Handicap and retired having earned more than $400 000 in stakes.
Gino’s Spirits, whose granddam Mrs MCardy won the classic 1000 Guineas, is in foal this season to leading British sire Dutch Art.
A grandson of Machiavellian, the dual G1 winner Dutch Art current stands for a fee of £40 000 –and his top performers to date include champion sprinter Slade Power, G1 Prix Maurice De Gheest hero Garswood (who stands alongside Dutch Art at Cheveley Park Stud), G1 1000 Guineas runner up Lightning Thunder and G2 German 2000 Guineas winner Caspar Netscher. Dutch Art is also responsible for this season’s top class British 3YO Dutch Connection, winner of the G3 Jersey Stakes and runner up in the G1 Prix Jean Prat.