Highlands Farm’s resident sire Great Britain had a smart looking juvenile winner at the Vaal on Thursday.
Great Britain’s son British Royale, who had made a pleasing debut when second over 1000m, showed tremendous courage to land a juvenile plate over 1000 metres. British Royale fought off a challenge from runner up Sporting Monarch, himself an easy winner on debut, to win by 0.8 lengths. Third place finisher, Quintessa, was beaten a whopping 12.1 lengths.
British Royale is one of six juveniles by Great Britain, who have won or placed this season, and this colt looks more than capable of adding further to his Thursday win.
Great Britain, an Al Quoz Sprint winning full brother to G1 Lockinge Stakes winner Cape Cross (sire of 2016 Investec Derby hope Moonlight Magic), is also closely related to the red hot sire Iffraaj.
The latter, a son of Zafonic and dual winner of the G2 Lennox Stakes, is the sire of this season’s top class filly Nathra, winner of the G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes, while Iffraaj’s son, Woottoon Bassett is the sire of recent G3 Prix de Guiche, and French Derby hope, Almanzor.
Out of the Nureyev mare Pastorale –a half sister to Great Britain and Cape Cross, Iffraaj is the sire of nearly 40 stakes horses.
His progeny, which include five grade/group one winners, have earned more than $31 000 000.