Locally bred sires dominate sires log
South African bred stallions are currently dominating the sires logs for the 2013-2014 SA racing season.
Three of the top four spots on the SA general sires list are occupied by locally bred stallions, while the leading sires of 3yos log is also headed by a South African bred stallion.
The South African bred Captain Al is heading the leading 2yo sires log – a list he has topped for the past five consecutive seasons.
The late, great Jet Master is currently on top of the general sires log, with his progeny having earned over R17 million during the 2013-2014 season thus far. The former Horse Of the Year is clear of Captain Al with fellow SA bred champion, Dynasty, back in fourth place.
Dynasty, who has enjoyed a superb season, is also currently South Africa’s leading sire of 3yos for the season, with his sophomores having earned over R5.9 million already in 2013-2014. His current crop of 3yos include no fewer than seven stakes horses, which include the uber promising colt Futura and the first four home in this season’s Gr2 Selangor Cup.
Dynasty’s 3yos are headlined by the brilliant Legislate – winner of the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Gr2 KRA Guineas and Gr1 Daily News 2000, and current favourite to win the July next week. Should Legislate succeed in the Greyville showpiece event, he will have emulated his sire – who won the same four races back in 2003.
Jet Master, who is bidding for his seventh general sires title, has been represented by 11 stakes winners during the past season. His runners include triple Gr1 winner Yorker, the high-class Gr1 winning filly In The Fast Lane, multiple Gr2 winner, and new Varsfontein sire, Master Of My Fate, as well as the likes of Jet Aglow (Gr3 Victress Stakes), Star Jet (East Coast Handicap), Jet Belle (Gr3 Poinsettia S), Touch The Sky (Oaks Trial) and Storm Warning (Aquanaut Handicap).
Jet Master’s final crop are now 2 year-olds, and have already produced a number of promising looking performers. His final juveniles include Gr2 The Debutante third Ab Idem, impressive debut winners Jet Set Go and MLJet, and the stakes placed Master’s Eye.
To date, Jet Master has been represented by 63 stakes winners – of which 20 are Gr1 winners. His progeny has earned over R120 000 000 in prize money. Jet Master is also the broodmare sire of five stakes winners this season, including Gr2 Merchants winner Here Comes Billy, Gr3 Byerley Turk hero Chestnut’s Rocket, and Eventual Angel – winner of the Gr3 Umzikhulu Stakes.
Captain Al, who heads the 2yo list and who is second on the general sires log, is another sire who has had a great season in 2013-2014. His runners this season include Gr1 J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four and outstanding 2yo filly Carry On Alice (Gr1 SA Nursery), as well as the stakes winners Disco Al (Gr3 Algoa Cup), Red Disa (Irridescence Stakes), Captain Lars (Drum Star Hcp), Victorian Secret (Laisserfaire Stakes), and Cap Alright (Southeaster Sprint).
He is also the sire of talented, but luckless, 3yo Captain America – who won the R2 million Lanzerac Ready to Run Stakes, and was second in both the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas and Gr1 Investec Cape Derby. His 2yos include no fewer than 16 winners and four stakes horses to date.
A sire who is showing tremendous promise as a broodmare sire, Captain Al is also the damsire of this season’s outstanding 2yo filly, Hot Affair (Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery).
These three superb stallions clearly underline the great potential to be found in locally bred stallions – a fact backed up by promising young sires Horse Chestnut, Jay Peg, and Elusive Fort (to name a few).