Highlands Farm’s resident sire Great Britain’s full brother, Cape Cross, made headlines this past weekend when his son Awtaad won Saturday’s G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh.
The once beaten Awtaad took his tally to four wins from just five outings when accounting for G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold by two and a half lengths in Saturday’s 1600m classic. It was another 4.25 lengths back to third place finisher Blue De Vega, with champion Air Force Blue finishing a well beaten seventh.
Awtaad, who is trained by Kevin Prendergast, has now won four on the bounce, with his previous wins including the Listed Power European Breeders Fund Tetrarch Stakes over 1400m.
His next race looks likely to be the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The now pensioned Cape Cross, whose five wins included the G1 Lockinge Stakes and G2 (now G1) Queen Anne Stakes, was an outstanding stallion whose offspring included over 100 stakes winners.
His top performers included Investec Derby winners Golden Horn and Sea The Stars, globetrotting champion and Epsom Oaks winner Ouija Board and a further seven other Group/Grade One winners.
Cape Cross is also well represented in the upcoming Investec Derby, with his son Moonlight Magic and grandson Cloth Of Stars among the leading contenders at this stage.