Jade Bay, a half brother to Highlands Farm’s popular and exciting young sire Jackson, picked up the seventh win of his career when successful over 1000m at the Vaal on Tuesday.
A son of former champion sire Jallad, the Highlands Farm bred Jade Bay is a sprint specialist of note –six of his seven wins have come over the minimum trip of 1000m.
Now a seven-year-old, Jade Bay (who has now earned over R700 000 in prize money) scored the biggest win of his career when successful in the 2014 G3 Lebelo Sprint.
He is one of six winners (and three stakes winners) produced by the winning Cozzene mare Moonlit Prairie, whose other notable performers include the above mentioned Jackson and his G3 Byerley Turk winning own brother Heartland.
Jackson, who was the top lot sold at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale, was a magnificent galloper whose six career wins netted him over R2.3 million in prize money. The son of outstanding sire Dynasty (who stands alongside Jackson at Highlands) won three times at G1 level –with his victories including a comprehensive defeat of dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club in the 2012 G1 Investec Cape Derby.
Jackson also crushed some of the best of his generation when triumphant in that season’s G1 Daily News 2000 (among those beaten were subsequent July winner Pomodoro and G1 Champions Cup hero Master Plan) and he went on to record a third career G1 win when successful in the 2013 G1 Champions Cup.
By one of the best stallions ever bred in South Africa (and from the powerful Sadler’s Wells male line), Jackson is from the same family as outstanding, dual US champion sire Smart Strike, as well as successful, but ill-fated, South African sires Strike Smartly and Sail From Seattle.
Highly popular and fertile at stud, Jackson will be represented by an exceptional first crop of yearlings in 2017.