Eugene Freeman’s Boland Stud has been enjoying a fine fun of success in races around South Africa.
The farm, whose past graduates include such champion as Senor Santa, Flight Alert, Kiss Of Peace, and leading sire Harry Hotspur, has really been on a roll of late.
Boland Stud bred and sold recent star graduates include the talented filly Cup Cake (winner of three in a row including the Breeders Guineas Plate) and G2 Hawaii Stakes winner Captain Aldo.
The latter, a full brother to talented Boland Stud bred gelding Glorious Jet who earned over R750 000, looks on track for a crack at the G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes having won feature races at his last two outings.
Yet another Boland Stud bred horse to impressive was talented 2yo filly South Side, who made a smart winning debut at Kenilworth on Saturday.
The Ceres based stud farm is proud to offer four well bred yearlings at April’s National Yearling Sale in Germiston, with Boland also acting as agent on behalf of another three high class lots.
First of the Boland Stud draft on offer at this year’s National Sale is lot 213 –a colt by the sire of Cup Cake and South Africa’s current leading 2yo sire, Var. The latter, who has 17 individual G1 performers to his credit, is one of South Africa’s elite sires, with his progeny including dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club.
This well related colt, a half brother to four winners, is out of a full sister to G1 winning 2yo Talahatchie as well as high class stakes winning juvenile Jane S Piddy. This top class family has also produced Singapore champion and local G1 performer Lizarre (whose dam is a full sister to the dam of the colt on offer here).
His maternal grandsire, former champion SA sire Jallad, is a top class broodmare sire, with his daughters having produced the likes of G1 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle, Dubai G1 winner Shea Shea and G1 Cape Guineas winner Solo Traveller. Jallad is also damsire of the impressive recent G1 Investec Cape Derby winner It’s My Turn.
Next of the Boland draft to come into the ring is lot 217 – a colt by reigning champion sire Captain Al. The latter, who has headed South Africa’s leading 2yo sires log for the past seven years running, has sired some outstanding male athletes including champion Captain Of All, G1J&B Met winner Hill Fifty Four, G1 winning 2yo Exhilaration and G1 veteran Captain America. The latter has already earned over R2.95 million and looks odds on to crack the R3 million mark sooner rather than later!
This well bred colt, whose dam is by champion sire Numerous –a close relative of legendary sires Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev, is out of a full sister to Argentinian champion and G1 winner Miss Pinky. His third dam is by champion El Gran Senor (also damsire of breed shaping sire Empire Maker) and this is the same family as Epsom Derby winner Blue Peter and champion sire Full Sail.
The unnamed chestnut colt, catalogued as lot 355, is a son of the blue blooded sire Judpot, whose outstanding half brother Kingmambo sadly died recently. Judpot, already named an Equus Outstanding Stallion, has made a superb start to his stud career with his first crop including champion Along Came Polly and G1 winner Forest Indigo, while his next crop produced G2 Supreme Cup winner and Derby runner up Deputy Jud and high class fillies Double Whammy and Little Genie.
This colt, who is bred on the same Judpot/Model Man cross as former Equus Champion Along Came Polly, is out of a winning half sister to the versatile G1 winner and Equus Champion Thundering Star. His dam is out of a stakes winning daughter of champion sire and outstanding broodmare sire Foveros, and his third dam is Olympic Duel –one of the greatest mares ever to race in South Africa and a full sister to G1 July winner and champion Dancing Duel. Truly a colt with a classic pedigree!
Sprint king Var, himself a former champion sprinter and group one winner, has long been one of South Africa’s top sires. His offspring include champions Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa, as well as such G1 winners as August Rush, Contador, Normanz and Villandry.
He is also the sire of lot 357 –a colt out of a winning half sister to G3 winner London Guest. This colt received a handsome update when his Pathfork half-sister, South Side, made an impressive winning debut at Kenilworth recently. South Side is held in high regard by her connections and her Var half brother could be anything.
From the family of Boland stars Senor Santa and Flight Alert, this colt is bred on the same Var/Jallad cross as G1 filly Schiffer, quick stakes performer Garibondy, and the now Dubai based G2 performer Mastermind.
This well bred colt’s second dam, by champion sire and multiple champion broodmare sire Northern Guest, is a three parts sister to one of South Africa’s greatest sprinters in Senor Santa, and it is safe to say that this colt is bred to fly!
Boland Stud are also offering as agent a colt by triple Group One winner and world class sire Oratorio, whose first South African crop are now yearlings. This colt (catalogued as lot 275) is out of the very speedy Purple Lake, winner of both the G3 Magnolia Handicap and G3 Poinsettia Stakes. Purple Lake’s half sister, in turn, produced the talented, but ill-fated, Flower’s Angel, who in an all too short racing career, won the G3 Cape Fillies Nursery. This is also the family of G1 performers Liberty Silk and Julia Goes.
Boland are also pleased to be offering, as agent, two yearlings from the first crop of multiple Equus Champion What A Winter. The latter, a four time G1 winner himself, earned over R3 000 000 with his wins including two runnings of the G1 Cape Flying Championship, the G1 Mercury Sprint and the G1 Computaform Sprint. What A Winter has the pedigree to match his race record –he is by the triple champion sire Western Winter (a son of the great sire of sires Gone West) and hails from the same family as legendary sires Hyperion, Mossborough, Pharamond, Sickle and Sir Tristram.
First of the What A Winter yearlings offered by Boland is lot 322. This beautifully bred filly, whose four winning siblings include G3 perfomer S’il Vous Plait, is out of a Darshaan half sister to the dam of recent G2 Celebration Mile winner Kodi Bear, and her relatives include 2015 multiple Group One winning filly Esoterique.
From the great Queen Of Light family (whose numerous high class descendants include Epsom Derby winner Royal Palace, classic winners Fairy Footsteps and Light Cavalry and local G1 winner Captain America), this filly’s broodmare sire Darshaan is one of the greatest broodmare sires in history –and is damsire of more than 200 stakes winners, including Epsom Derby winners High Chaparral and Pour Moi.
Lot 323 is a son of What A Winter and a three parts brother to the filly mentioned above. Inbred to the mighty sire Mr Prospector), this colt’s fifth dam ancestress and 1000 Guineas winner Picture Play is the ancestress of such top class performers as multiple Group 1 winner Esoterique, champion miler and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Desert Prince, multiple English classic winner Royal Palace, 2yo star and top miler Crocket, and G1 Hollywood Gold Cup hero Greinton (among others).