First winner for Seventh Rock
Klawervlei’s beautifully bred young sire, Seventh Rock, became the first of the new sires off the mark this season, when his daughter Captain Rock won South Africa’s first juvenile race of the 2013-2014 racing season.
Bred by the Ralphs Syndicate, Captain Rock captured a maiden juvenile plate, over 800m at Vaal, on Thursday for trainer Chris Erasmus and owner Mrs Kuhn.
The filly, who is out of the winning Captain Al mare Cabernet Al, was a R100 000 buy at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Captain Rock is the first runner and winner for her sire.
Her sire, Seventh Rock, was an outstanding sprinter, who won over R800 000 during his career. The only horse ever to defeat champion Argonaut, Seventh Rock won six races up to 1200, including the Gr1 Gold Medallion and Gr3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap. The handsome colt was also third in the Gr1 Computaform Sprint, beaten a length by the world class sprinter J J The Jet Plane.
A son of champion racehorse, and world leading sire Rock Of Gibraltar (also sire of the very promising young stallion Mount Nelson), Seventh Rock is out of former SA Champion Sprinter, Ruby Clipper. The latter won 10 races including the Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship, and her dam, Miss Clipper, won the Australian Oaks. This is the family of current high-class South Africa 3yo, and Gr2 Dingaans runner Henry Of York as well as former Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup hero Rock of Arts.
Well patronised by breeders when he first retired to stud, Seventh Rock’s first crop proved immensely popular. His first yearlings fetched up to R1, 200,000, R700 000, R625,000, and R600,000 respectively.
His first crop of juveniles include siblings to the likes of Jay Peg, Northern Land, Agra, and Pacific Warrior, and Seventh Rock could not have made a better or brighter start to his stud career.
Seventh Rock has eight lots on offer at tomorrow’s Cape Ready to Run Sale. These include a colt from the family of European champion Bosra Sham, a colt out of the Grade One Var mare Valeta, and a filly whose dam is an own sister to Champion Sire Captain Al.
Seventh Rock stands for a 2013 fee of R20 000.