First runners for exciting Cape stallions
A number of promising young Western Cape based sires will be represented by their first local runners this weekend.
Klawervlei’s well bred young Western Winter horse Warm White Night will have his first runners run at Kenilworth on Saturday, as well the beautifully bred stallion Rock Of Rochelle, while Highlands Farm’s superbly bred Great Britain will be represented by his first South African runner at Scottsville on Sunday.
Warm White Night has a pair of runners competing in a maiden juvenile plate (for fillies) at Kenilworth. Glen Puller sends out the filly Harlem Shake, while Warm White Night juvenile Heat Fever runs for the Carl Burger yard. The two fillies were bred by Klawervlei and the Waterford Studs respectively.
Rock Of Rochelle’s representative on Saturday is the Nadeson Stud bred Rock Jo Emma, who hails from the yard of last season’s champion trainer Justin Snaith. The first Great Britain juvenile to race in South Africa is the Highlands Farm bred Roy’s Goddess, who competes in a maiden juvenile dash over 800m on Sunday.
Warm White Night was a top class sprinter who earned over R1.6 million during a career which saw the horse win or place in seven feature races. An exceptional 2yo whose first three starts, and wins, all came in graded races, Warm White Night’s victories included the Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship and Gr1 Gold Medallion.
A son of triple champion sire Western Winter, and a grandson of the hugely influential Notrh American stallion Gone West, Warm White Night is one of four stakes winners produced by the outstanding Foveros mare Thousand Nights.
Rock Of Rochelle shares his sire Rock Of Gibraltar with one of South Africa’s leading first crop sires of last season – Seventh Rock. A top class sprinter, the multiple stakes winning Rock Of Rochelle is not only a son of an outstanding stallion (by Danehill), but numbers some of the world’s top stallions as his close relatives. A three parts brother to brilliant juvenile Silent Times, Rock Of Rochelle’s dam is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Offlee Wild, whose stakes winners include a pair of Breeders Cup winners, including 2014 Classic hero Bayern. This is also the family of the outstanding US sire Dynaformer, whose 100 plus stakes winners include Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Melbourne Cup hero Americain.
Great Britain, whose wins included the now Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint, has a pedigree second to none in the modern stud book. He is a son of Danzig’s July Cup winning sprinter Green Desert, one of the world’s greatest sire of sires. Top class sire sons of Green Desert include Invincible Spirit, Oasis Dream, Volksraad and Cape Cross (himself sire of world leading sire Sea The Stars).
A top class, Group 1 winning miler Cape Cross is a full brother to Great Britain himself. The pair are out former Champion 2YO Filly Park Appeal – also the second dam of champion sprinter Diktat (Warning), and highly successful European sire Iffraaj (Zafonic). Park Appeal is also the dam of Farraaj (Dubai Destination) – a leading contender for Sunday’s Group 1 Hong Kong Cup.
This is the great Pretty Polly family, responsible for such legendary sires as Nearctic, Great Nephew, and former top South African stallion Preamble II.