Mauritzfontein Stud’s well performed young sire Byword has a number of really eye catching first crop yearlings on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, set to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Thursday and Friday.
One of the most striking of the Byword yearlings on offer is this classy looking colt, consigned by Klipdrif Stud as agent.
This classic, athletic looking colt (catalogued as lot 119) is out of the top class Fort Wood mare Urabamba, who earned nearly R1 million on the track. Urabamba scored her biggest win in the G1 SA Fillies Classic, where she accounted for G1 winners Rat Burana and Gilded Minaret.
Retired to stud, Urabamba has since made her mark in the paddocks, with her early foals including G3 Starling Stakes runner up Copiapo, and the very useful Master’s Spirit, with the latter fetching a cool R3.4 million at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
This is a wonderful and versatile family, which has produced such varying talents and top sprinter and ill-fated sire Enforce and G2 Gold Bowl hero Royal Line, as well as G1 SA Classic winner Topa Inca.
His sire Byword was an exceptional racehorse, whose seven wins included one of Britain’s biggest races, the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. France’s High Weight Older Male of 2010, Byword was a superb athlete, who won or placed in seven group races.
Among the top class performers beaten by Byword were seven time G1 winner Cirrus Des Aigles, champion Twice Over, G1 Arlington Million hero Debussy, G1 Dubai Duty Free hero Presvis, triple G1 winner Get Stormy, and one of the world’s hottest young sires –G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Zoffany.
Inbred to the wonderful mare Special, lot 119 is also inbred to champion miler and outstanding sire Blushing Groom, a pattern which has also produced such notable performers as unbeaten G1 2000 Guineas hero and successful sire Footstepsinthesand, Breeders’ Cup champions Shanghai Bobby and Take Charge Brandi and the above mentioned Zoffany, last year’s Leading First Crop Sire in Europe.