Double for Maine Chance sires
Sansui Summer Cup day last Saturday was dominated by the progeny of Cape stallions.
In total, Cape based sires were responsible for no fewer than five feature race winners on the day, with their tally including the winners of the Gr1 Summer Cup, Gr2 Dingaans, Gr2 Merchants, Gr3 Fillies Mile and Gr3 Racing Association Handicap. Quite an achievement indeed!
One farm whose stallions had a particular good Saturday was Maine Chance. The Robertson based stud is home to Black Minnaloushe, sire of the 2014 Sansui Summer Cup hero Louis The King, while another sire Lateral, who is currently standing the 2014 season at Southford Stud but returns to Maine Chance in 2016, was responsible for Gr2 Investec Dingaans winner Unparalleled.
Lateral, a son of world champion Singspiel, has been well supported in the Karoo, where he is booked to stand the next two breeding seasons. Last season’s leading first crop sire has already received bookings of over 50 mares, and stud manager David Southey is delighted with the reception that Lateral has received this season.
The 2014 Dingaans, one of South Africa’s top events for 3yos, was definitely a fine result for Lateral, who has surely established himself as one of the country’s most promising young stallions. In addition to the winner, Lateral was also responsible for the fifth placed finisher Illuminati, who himself looks a 3yo with a bright future ahead of him.
Another of Lateral’s sensational first crop is Bilateral. Winner of the Grade 1 Golden Slipper last season, the star filly put up a creditable effort when she ran sixth in Saturday’s Gr3 Bradlows/Morkels Fillies Mile -despite having to jump from a wicked draw of 14. Bilateral, an Equus Award nominee last season, has now won just under R500 000 in stakes.
A Group 1 winning champion, Lateral, whose sire is a half brother to former leading South African sire Rakeen, is currently the sire of 14 South African first crop winners, who have earned over R2 million in stakes – and this total looks sure to increase substantially over the seasons ahead. He stands at the Southford Stud for a fee of R10 000 – which looks great value for money.
Well established sire Black Minnaloushe, the best performed son of legendary sire Storm Cat ever to come to South Africa, is the sire of people’s champion, Louis The King. The colt, bred by The Alchemy, pushed his earnings to close on R5 million with a gallant victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Summer Cup.
Louis The King, a R55 000 yearling buy, has now won three Grade 1 races. At his best at the tough Turffontein track, last year’s SASOC Triple Crown winner is likely to be aimed at the 2015 J&B Met, where he could meet another Cape bred champion in the form of Legislate.
He is one of 33 stakes winners sired by the 2001 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Black Minnaloushe, whose other stars include champion 2yos Hollinger, Jokers Wild and Kochka, as well as Breeders Cup Sprint hero Dancing In Silks.
Interestingly Black Minnaloushe, whose progeny have now amassed over $20 million in stakes, will cover Milden Magic (granddam of Louis The King) in 2014, while other mares set to visit the horse this year include Seven Veils (like Louis’ dam Pamushana is a daughter of Rich Man’s Gold).
Black Minnaloushe, the sire of 12 individual Grade 1 horses, currently ranks seventh on South Africa’s general sires log, ahead of such notable stallions as Silvano, Var, Fort Wood, and Rock Of Gibraltar.
He has a 2014 stud fee of R40 000.