Former Equus Champion Vercingetorix will join his sire Silvano at Maine Chance Farms for the 2015 breeding season.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Vercingetorix went unbeaten through his first six outings, culminating in an impressive win in Dubai’s G1 Jebel Hatta. He had previously won both the G1 Daily News 2000 and G2 KRA Guineas in South Africa, where Vercingetorix’s victims included subsequent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Capetown Noir as well as the likes of Love Struck, Wylie Hall and Yorker, who between them won five G1 races.
Named South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Colt of 2013, Vercingetorix went on to finish second in the 2014 G1 Dubai Duty Free (behind the world’s top rated racehorse of 2014, Just A Way) and a close third in Hong Kong’s G1 QE II Cup (to subsequent Horse Of The Year Designs On Rome).
He made just two starts in 2015, winning the G2 Al Rashidiya impressively, before suffering an injury while bidding for a repeat win in the G1 Jebel Hatta.
He retires with a formline of seven wins from 10 outings and two places.
Vercingetorix, who was a R1.4 million purchase from the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, is a son of 2012-2013 Champion South African Sire Silvano.
One of 14 G1 winners for his sire, Vercingetorix (who is bred on the same cross as recent French winner Happy Valentine) is out of the talented National Assembly mare National Vixen, a five time winner who placed in no fewer than six stakes races. National Vixen is also the dam of top class filly Trinity House, a G3 winner of five who also finished second in the G1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas.
This is also the family of champions Scarlet Lady, Extra Cover and successful sire Phantom Earl, as well as former G1 Cape Guineas winner St John’s Wood.
A fee is yet to be announced for Vercingetorix, who is currently being syndicated.