The Balidaress influence
Highlands Farm’s young sire Great Britain has made a pleasing start to his South African stud career.
The horse had yearlings make R350 000 apiece at both the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and March Yearling Sale.
Great Britain has plenty going for him as a sire prospect. Not only is he a stake winning son of Green Desert (sire of such outstanding sires as Oasis Dream and Invincible Spirit), but he hails from one of the finest female lines in the stud book.
Great Britain is a full-brother to former Gr1 Lockinge Stakes hero Cape Cross, who is one of Darley’s most consistent stallions. To date, the son of Green Desert has sired over 80 stakes winners, and was champion sire in France in 2009.
Cape Cross is also now making a name for himself as a sire of sires. His magnificent son Sea The Stars (one of the greatest racehorses in recent history) has made a tremendous start to his stud career – and already has four stakes winning fillies to his credit.
Sea The Stars’ daughter, Taghrooda, is currently favourite for the Investec Oaks – a race won previously by Cape Cross’ greatest daughter, Ouija Board. In turn, the latter is the dam of recent 2000 Guineas third, and current Investec Derby favourite, Australia.
In short, Cape Cross’ descendants could have a field day at the Epsom meeting in 2014!
Cape Cross is also doing well as a broodmare sire, with his daughters having already produced the likes of the above mentioned Australia, G1 winners Serious Attitude and Shuka, and stakes winners Voodoo Prince, Western Hymn (another classic contender in 2014), Belle De Crecy, Trumpet Major and The Miniver Rose.
Great Britain and Cape Cross (who are out of champion 2yo filly Park Appeal) are half-brothers to the Nureyev mare Pastorale. The latter is the dam of high-class sprinter Iffraaj. The latter enjoyed spectacular success in 2013 – with his daughters Rizeena (Moyglare Stud Stakes), and Chriselliam (Fillies Mile, Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf), winning three major Gr1 contests for juvenile fillies.
The sire of former unbeaten Group One winning juvenile Wootton Bassett, Iffraaj is also the sire of potential sprint star Hot Streak, who ran third in the recent Gr3 Palace House Sprint.
Great Britain – whose champion dam Park Appeal is a half-sister to another champion filly in Desirable (dam of 1000 Guineas heroine Shadayid) and Irish Oaks winner Alydaress – is from the superb Pretty Polly family.
His fifth dam is the potent broodmare The Veil, who produced successful SA sire and broodmare sire St Cuthbert and who was a half-sister to Lady Angela (dam of Northern Dancer’s sire Nearctic) and the outstanding South African broodmare Sister Sublime.