FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN WINNER FOR ANTONIUS PIUS
Highland Farms’ Antonius Pius made the perfect start to his South African stud career, when his very first locally conceived runner made a winning debut.
His 2yo daughter, Yoshi, showed plenty of speed to win a 800 metre dash on Friday afternoon, defeating the well bred Winter Fantasy by a length and a quarter.
Antonius Pius was a top-class racehorse, winning his first two races at two, including the G3 Railway Stakes. At three, he was unlucky to lose the French 2000 Guineas and was a close second in the G1 Breeders Cup Mile, where defeating some of the world’s top milers.
Like Highlands’ previous successful sires National Assembly and Joshua Dancer, Antonius Pius is a son of the great stallion Danzig. He is out of the unbeaten G1 winner Catchascatchcan, and hails from the family of leading Australian sire Oncidium, as well as Averof, the sire of champion sire Foveros.
He stands at Highlands for a stud fee of R15,000.