SA’s leading sire by SWs
The ill-fated Jet Master is currently South Africa’s leading sire, for the 2012-2013 season, by number of individual stakes winners.
To date, Jet Master has been represented by 11 stakes winners – no other sire on the list has had more than seven.
The six times champion sire’s remarkable tally of stakes winners for the season are headed by Gr1 Empress Club Stakes winner Thunder Dance, Gr2 Colorado King Stakes hero E-Jet, and Gr3 winners Chave de Oura, Halfway to Heaven, Jet Supreme, Razzle Dazzle Rose, and True Master.
Two stallions, Kahal and Western Winter, have been represented by seven stakes winners apiece this season.
KZN’s top sire Kahal, one of the country’s most consistent sire of stakes horses, is the sire this season of such stakes winners as Gr1 Love Struck (SA Classic), Gr2 Fillies Guineas winner Festival of Fire, as well as Checcetti, The Mouseketeer and Rebel Queen.
He was also responsible for the sisters Eastern Greeting and Kalaam – the 1-2 finishers in the Gr2 Camellia Stakes.
Like many top-class sires, Kahal is incredibly versatile – producing high-class runners from 1000m to 3200m. His stock excel both on turf and sand alike, and Kahal is without question one of the best stallions currently at stud in South Africa.
Triple champion Western Winter has enjoyed a remarkable season. His seven stakes winners include the Gr1 winners Capetown Noir and What A Winter, as well as the uber promising 2yo Red Ray.
The Lammerskraal based stallion, who is set to be represented by no fewer than five sons at stud next season, has a very exciting crop of 2yos – who include the aforementioned Red Ray as well as the stakes fillies Icy Winter Air and Winter Fantasy. He could well have another great season next year!
Silvano and Captain Al are tied on six stakes winners each. Silvano, currently well clear on the general sires list, looks poised to capture his first SA sires title.
It is one well earned, as Silvano’s six stakes winners include two Gr1 winners, and two individual Guineas winners.
His current crop of 3yos include no fewer than 11 stakes horses. They include the Guineas winners Tellina (Gauteng) and Vercingetorix (KRA), as well as Gothic and Do You Remember, runner up in the Gr1 SA Derby and Gr2 SA Oaks respectively. This is a truly remarkable achievement by a top-class stallion, whose influence on South Africa’s classic races continues to grow and grow.
Silvano’s sons Martial Eagle and Heavy Metal captured two of South Africa’s richest races this season, in the J&B Met and President’s Champion Challenge respectively.
Captain Al, who sired the first three home in the recent Gr3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery, has a potent crop of 2yos batting for him this season.
His 3yos are headed by champion filly All Is Secret (Fillies Championship, Poinsettia Stakes), and stakes winners Albert Mooney and Victorian Secret.
Four times champion 2yo sire, Captain Al has been represented by four stakes class 2yos this year, while the unbeaten Secret Command (a brother to All Is Secret) is rated very highly.
His top stakes earner for the season thus far is the top-class Hill Fifty Four, runner up in the 2013 J&B Met.
Captain Al’s influence as a sire of high-class speedy horses can be seen in the entries for the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint. No fewer than four of the 18 entries are daughters of Captain Al!
The only other sires represented by five or more stakes winners for the season is the brilliant Var, who has established himself as one of South Africa’ truly elite stallions.
An outstanding source for speedy, classy sprinter milers, Var’s five stakes winners for the season include Horse of the Year Variety Club (L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate), speedy filly Via Africa (Southern Cross Stakes), and the exciting juvenileNormanz (Godolphin Barb Stakes).
Var’s daughter La Volta gave her sire a remarkable treble when she the Listed Bauhinia Stakes. It is the third time in four years that a Var filly has won this feature – Esterel won in 2010 and Variometer took the race in 2012.