Highlands Farm’s beautifully bred young sire Great Britain has enjoyed a tremendous run of form with his runners in the new season.
The son of sire sensation Green Desert has been represented by three winners from his last five runners to date and looks set to enjoy a highly profitable 2015-2016.
To date, Great Britain has had 10 runners, of which seven have either won or finished in the money. This tally also includes smart filly Roy’s Goddess, who ran a cracking fourth in the recent G2 The Debutante behind the undefeated Cosmic Light.
The success that Great Britain has enjoyed is made all the more meritorious when taking into account that, due to injury, he covered just 20 mares in his first season at stud.
First of the Great Britain winners to win was filly Girl In Time who bolted up to win by nearly four lengths over 1200m for trainer Dorrie Sham and owner John Finlayson. Bred by Highlands, Girl In Time is out of the National Assembly mare Proud Peyton.
Second Great Britain sophomore to score was Elephant Matriarch, who won as she liked over 1000m at Greyville for Dennis Bosch. The Highlands bred filly has been the sole of consistency, having now won or placed in all three of her career outings to date and she should not stop here.
Talented Grade One performer Mystical Twilight, who ran third in the G1 SA Nursery last season, has long been held in high regard by connections. The Highlands Farm bred 3yo scored as he liked for trainer Vaughan Marshal when making a winning debut at Durbanville and he looks a young sprinter of promise.
There are few, if any, better bred stallions currently at stud in South Africa than Great Britain. His sire, the July Cup winning Green Desert, is one of Danzig’s very finest stallion sons, with Green Desert’s top class sire sons including Oasis Dream (sire of leading young local sire Querari), Invincible Spirit, Volksraad and Cape Cross.
The latter, sire of 100 plus stakes winners, is one of the world’s leading sires and was Champion Sire in France in 2009. Cape Cross’ numerous high class performers include champion filly Ouija Board, Arc/Investec Derby winner Sea The Stars (himself a leading young sire) and 2015 Investec Derby winner Golden Horn, who looks set to defend his unbeaten record in the G1 Juddmonte International next week.
Cape Cross, winner of the G1 Lockinge Stakes, and Great Britain (a former winner of the now G1 Al Quoz Sprint) are both descended from the legendary race mare Pretty Polly, whose 22 wins included the 1000 Oaks, St Leger, Champion Stakes and Coronation Cup (twice).
Their dam is champion 2YO Park Appeal, whose sire Ahonoora is also broodmare sire of leading sires Acclamation and New Approach. Park Appeal won five times with her victories including the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes and G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. Not only is Park Appeal dam of Cape Cross and Great Britain, she is also the second dam of champion Diktat, whose champion sprinter son Dream Ahead is currently one of the leading first crop sires in the UK.
Another of Park Appeal’s daughters Pastorale is the dam of G2 Park Stakes winner Iffraaj, whose G1 winners including the outstanding fillies Chriselliam and Rizeena.
This is the same family as leading South African sire Preamble II as well as the champion sires Great Nephew and Nearctic, to name but two.