Top Cape stud farm’s good run continues
The 2013-2014 season has been an excellent one for the Cheveley Stud.
Not only did the farm enjoy tremendous results at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale this year, but horses bred by the stud have excelled on tracks all over Southern Africa.
Cheveley sold 11 lots at the 2014 National Sale for a gross aggregate of R5.375 million. Their string averaged over R480 000, with a top price of R2 million paid for a Dynasty colt out of a half-sister to Cheveley’s home bred champion Argonaut.
Among the horses bred by Cheveley are ruling July favourite Legislate – winner of his last three outings, including the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Gr1 KRA Guineas and Gr1 Daily News 2000.
Legislate is a son of Dynasty and the Restructure mare Champers. Legislate’s full sister was sold for R550 000 at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Another top horse representing Cheveley this year is the brilliant Zimbabwean galloper Equina. A daughter of champion sire Silvano, Equina is out of the now deceased Al Mufti mare, Winning Edge.
Cheveley will be consigning an Argonaut half-brother to this talented filly at the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2yo Sale. His half-sister Equina is currently the best horse racing in Zimbabwe, having lifted the country’s two top races in her last two outings. Having won the Gr1 Castle Tankard last time out, Equina scorched home to win the Gr2 OK Grand Challenge by a comfortable 1.25 lengths.
Other classy performers bred by Cheveley to excel this season are the now retired Victorian Secret (winner of this season’s Listed Laisserfaire Stakes) and talented 3yo, Touch The Sky. The latter, a blue blooded daughter of champion sire Jet Master and the outstanding mare Mystic Spring, was a R1.1 million purchase at the 2012 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and looks to have an exciting stud career ahead of her when she eventually retires.
Third in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000 last time out, Touch The Sky was an impressive winner of the Listed Oaks Trial earlier in the season.
Cheveley offer four lots at next month’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale in Durban.
Lot 74 is a filly by promising young sire Mambo In Seattle (who is related to recent Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist among a stream of other champions). This well bred filly is out of a three parts sister to the highly rated Vodacom Durban July runner Futura, and her relatives also include Gr1 winning filly Angelina as well as the above mentioned Equina.
Lot 182 is a colt with everything it takes to make into a really smart juvenile. By former champion 2yo Argonaut, he is a half-brother to another stakes winning 2yo – Hope And Fortune.
Lot 190 is a filly by champion Argonaut out of a 4 time winner by breed shaping sire Green Desert. From a great Claiborne family, this well bred filly’s related to top-class English runners Sleepytime, Ali-Royal and Taipan.
Lot 240 is a son of champion, and emerging young sire Argonaut. He is a half-brother to three multiple winners, and is out of a half-sister to the dam of former Equus Champion Kimberley Mine.