Remarkable mare’s legacy continues
Tuesday’s Scottsville winner Sainte Camille is a filly with an interesting background. The daughter of promising young Cape sire Lateral (who had a double on Tuesday) is out of the last major active daughter of one of South Africa’s greatest sires and broodmare sires.
The Gavin Van Zyl trained filly, who broke her maiden over 1400m on Tuesday, is out of former champion Scented Royal –who enjoyed considerable success both on the track and at stud.
South Africa’s Champion 2YO Filly of 1988, Scented Royal won her first three races in a row, culminating in a one and a half length defeat of subsequent star St Just in the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes. She then went on to finish second, in open company, in the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint –a performance which netted Scented Royal the title of ARCSA Champion 2YO Filly for the season.
Scented Royal, who was produced by the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes winner Diorissimo, also enjoyed a remarkable innings at stud. She produced an impressive 17 foals of which 13 won. Scented Royal’s best runners included no fewer than five stakes horses, including last season’s Gr3 Cup Trial second Serissa (Black MInnaloushe).
Her daughters and granddaughters are also now enjoying success at stud – with Scented Royal featuring as the second dam of such stakes winners as Gr2 Fillies Championship winner Philippa Johnson (Joshua Dancer), outstanding sprinters Sweet Sanette (Jallad) and Franny (Trippi), as well as Gr3 Champion Juvenile Cup hero Sedge (Silvano), and the talented but troubled Silver Salver (Silvano).
Philippa Johnson, in turn, is the dam of classy sprinter Chekilli (Greys Inn) – who lines up in Saturday’s Gr3 Lebelo Handicap – and the influence of Scented Royal looks likely to be felt on the local tracks for years still to come.
She also enjoyed fame as the last principal daughter of the great sire Royal Prerogative active at stud.
A son of Relko and the great broodmare Bride Elect, Royal Prerogative was a smart performer whose seven wins came up to 2000m. He was rated 119 by Timeform, who described the chestnut as a “very genuine and consistent.”
Retired to stud in South Africa in 1975, Royal Prerogative became champion sire in this country in 1987-1988. He would later go on to become champion broodmare sire as well, with his daughters producing the likes of Divine Force (Queen’s Plate), Spanish Galliard (Rothman’s July), Goldmark (Champion Sprinter, sire), Imperious Sue (J&B Met), Angus (J&B Met), and Kiss Of Peace (Champion 3YO Filly).
As a sire, Royal Prerogative was truly outstanding. From 489 foals, he left behind 61 stakes winners (12%). Of these, 36 were grade 1 performers, and 14 were top flight winners.
Royal Prerogative sired stars included ARCSA champions Royal Chalice, Mark Anthony, the above mentioned Scented Royal, Right Prerogative, and Up The Creek, as well as the likes of Secret Service (Cape Derby), Swan Prince (Champion Stakes), Mill Hill (November Handicap), and Royal Glitter (SA Nursery) – to name a few.
While Sainte Camille’s connections are no doubt hoping she can continue her remarkable family’s legacy on the track, her destination at stud would seem secure following Tuesday’s victory.