Juvenile winner for leading first crop sire
Antonius Pius, leading first crop sire last season, had a smart looking juvenile winner on Monday.
His 2yo daughter, Ciao Caro, made a winning debut for trainer Alan Greeff, and owners, the Messrs Scribante. The filly swept clear to win by 1.75 lengths over 800m, and is clearly a very precocious and speedy sort.
Ciao Caro, who is out of the Red Ransom mare, Italian Summer , was bred by Highlands Farm Stud.
Her winning dam is a proven producer, having previously bred the smart, Listed Oaks Trial winner Tuscan Lass (by Spectrum). Italian Summer is a beautifully bred mare – being a daughter of a world leading sire and broodmare sire, and a half-sister to US Grade One winner In The Gold (Gazelle Stakes) to boot.
Monday’s winner was a R300 000 buy at the 2013 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
Ciao Caro is the first winner (and runner) from Antonius Pius’s second locally conceived crop.
The stallion caused a splash with his first South African crop. This crop, which has, at the time of writing, produced 16 winners, included four stakes performers. Antonius Pius’ first crop stakes winners included Gr3 Langerman winner Antonius Du Bois, Gr2 winning filly My Sanctuary and East Cape Champion Yoshie. Another of the stallion’s son, Ace Antonius, won the inaugural R1 000 000 KZN Yearling Sale Million.
Runner up in the 2004 Gr1 Breeders Cup Mile, the blue blooded Antonius Pius (Danzig – Catchascatchcan) stands at Highlands for a 2013 fee of R15 000.