Moutonshoek’s well related sire Marchfield hails from the same family as one of North America’s most exciting two-year-old colts.
Classic Empire, who made it three wins from just four outings when romping to victory in Saturday’s G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, is a direct descendant of the great mare Alablue –who is also ancestress of Marchfield.
A son of Pioneerof The Nile (Empire Maker), Classic Empire won Saturday’s $500 000 race by an impressive three lengths from Lookin at Lee and Wild Shot.
Trained by Mark Casse, the colt was a $475 000 buy from last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Classic Empire, who had previously won the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes, has now banked over $380 000 in prize money and Saturday’s G1 win guaranteed him a berth in the upcoming Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Dual Canadian champion, and millionaire, Marchfield, will be represented by his first South African runners this season.
The champion son of sire legend A P Indy has four first-local crop members on offer at Saturday’s CTS Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa:
Lot 41 – this well bred filly is a half sister to 2 winners, including G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Hot Affair. Inbred to the great mare Lassie Dear as well as outstanding sire Roberto, this filly hails from the same family as former G1 J&B Met winner La Fabulous
Lot 43 –this colt is a half brother to five winners, including five time stakes winner Principled Man. Out of a winning half sister to 2 talented 2yo stakes performers, this colt is from the family of European star Declaration Of War, hot US sire Union Rags and G1 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair –as well as recent G2 Doncaster Cup hero Sheikhzayedroad
Lot 114 – out of a stakes placed three parts sister to French G2 winner Gunboat Diplomacy, this filly is a half sister to four winners including talented 2yo and former G2 SA Fillies Nursery runner up Frosted Honey
Lot 153 – a half brother to a winner, this colt is out of a half sister to G3 King’s Cup hero Pirate’s Gold and this is the same family as R3 million plus earner and G1 winner Captain America. This colt is from the legendary Queen Of Light family responsible for such classic winners as Royal Palace, Desert Prince, Fairy Footsteps and Light Cavalry among others