Fencing Master, who formerly stood at the Sarahdane Stud in Zimbabwe, is heading for the Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud in the Western Cape.
He will become the first son of leading sire Oratorio (himself based at Avontuur) to stand in South Africa.
Fencing Master, whose first South African runner Mount Keith ran second on debut, is currently in quarantine for 60 days before travelling on to Hemel ‘n Aarde.
One of the top juveniles of his generation, Fencing Master won on his 2yo debut before being touched off, by Beethoven, by a neck in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes- Britain’s premier 2yo contest.
When finishing second in the 1400m Dewhurst, Fencing Master accounted for a host of talented stakes performers –including the subsequent G1 winners Xtension, Pure Champion, Buzzword and Dick Turpin.
He received a Timeform Rating of 116 at two –with Timeform describing Fencing Master, a €400 000 yearling buy, as “strong, and sturdy”.
Fencing Master was rated above such as G1 winners Joshua Tree, Kingsfort, Poet’s Voice, Dick Turpin, Cape Blanco and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pounced.
His sire Oratorio, a triple G1 winning son of the immortal Danehill, has been champion sire twice in Italy and his 40 plus stakes winners include eight individual G1 winners. This tally includes Horse Of The Year Military Attack, and Fencing Master’s Dewhurst Stakes conqueror Beethoven.
Fencing Master is out of G1 Prix Saint Alary winner Moonlight Dance, whose own dam, Madelia, was never beaten and won both the G1 French Oaks and French 1000 Guineas. Moonlight Dance is also dam of G1 French Oaks runner up Millionaia.