Highlands Farm’s blue blooded young sire Great Britain has enjoyed a good run of success with his runners this season.
The latest of his runners to catch the eye is the Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained British Royale, who made it three wins on the bounce when he was victorious at Turffontein on Saturday.
Bred by Reggie Knight, British Royale, who is out of the five time winning Rich Man’s Gold mare Cane Martini, was a bargain, R60 000 buy at last year’s CTS Ready To Run Sale.
Now a four time winner, from just seven outings, the gelding has already earned nearly five times his purchase price having nearly R300 000 in prize money to his credit thus far.
British Royale is one of a number of smart three-year-olds representing Great Britain this season, with others including G2 Umkhomazi Stakes runner up Wrecking Ball and debut winner Hashtag Strat
Winner of the Al Quoz Sprint (now a G1 feature), Great Britain is a son of the late, great sire Green Desert, whose outstanding sire sons include Invincible Spirit, Oasis Dream, Volksraad and Great Britain’s own brother Cape Cross.
Now pensioned from stud duties, former G1 Lockinge Stakes winner Cape Cross has over 100 stakes winners to his credit, including the Investec Derby winners Golden Horn and Sea The Stars, as well as 2106 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad.
Another top class sire related to Great Britain is Iffraaj (Zafonic) –the sire of 2016 G1 winners Turn Me Loose and Ribchester. Iffraaj, whose dam is a half sister to Great Britain, is the sire of former G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Wootton Bassett, sire of Saturday’s G1 Qipco Champion Stakes winner Almanzor.