Hatrick for Antonius
Highlands Farm’s promising young sire, Antonius Pius, had a superb weekend, when no fewer than three of his offspring found themselves in the winner’s enclosure.
The sire had a pair of winners on Saturday (Man From Milan, Annia Galeria) while on Sunday, his daughter Hell’s Kitchen won a good race at Scottsville.
Antonius Pius has enjoyed a superb season with his juveniles this year. From just a handful of 2yo runners to date, Antonius Pius’ winners include unbeaten stakes winning filly Arria, as well as Saturday’s eye catching winner, Man From Milan. The latter, a R275 000 buy at the 2013 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, made a winning debut for trainer Vaughan Marshall, when accounted for a smart looking field of 2yos at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Described by his trainer as a “very nice horse”, Man From Milan just prevailed in a tight finish, besting more experienced runner Pigeon Flyer and the highly regarded Aspen in the process. The Highlands Farm bred colt looks a colt of possible feature race potential.
Antonius’ second winner came when his daughter, Annia Galeria broke her maiden over 1000m for trainer Paul Peters at Turffontein on Saturday. Bred by the Oldlands Stud, Annia Galeria won convincingly by three parts of a length, and hopefully can go on from here. Out of the unraced Jallad mare, Blackshot Burgundy, Annia Galeria’s dam is a half-sister to smart, stakes winner Shoot The Booze.
The final leg of the Antonius Pius hatrick came when Hell’s Kitchen won her first race for trainer Garth Puller, in a thrilling finish. The daughter of former SA Oaks winner showed plenty of guts to prevail by a head from the fancied runner Wren.
Runner up in the 2004 Breeders Cup Mile, Antonius Pius made a cracking start to his South African stud career. Leading first crop sire in South Africa in the 2012-2013 racing season by prize money, Antonius Pius’ first crop produced the stakes winners Antonius Du Bois (Gr3 The Langerman), Yoshie (Dahlia Plate) and My Sanctuary (G2 The Debutante), as well as inaugural KZN Yearling Sale Million winner Ace Antonius.
His second crop has already produced a high-class prospect in Arria (Summer Juvenile Stakes), and there should be more to come from this crop, which includes siblings to such stakes horses as Amber Palace, Diana’s Choice, Promises To Keep, and Tuscan Lass.
The son of Danzig is well represented on the 2014 March Yearling Sale with a draft of six yearlings:
Lot 66 is a half-sister to 3 winners. She is out of a Casey Tibbs daughter of the top-class mare, Good Tradition. The latter is by outstanding broodmare sire Canny Lad, whose daughters have bred the likes of Redoute’s Choice and Gimmethegreenlight.
Lot 111 is a half-sister to 3 winners. Her dam is a full-sister to Gr1 Garden Province Stakes winner Lyrical Linda – dam of current exciting 3yo, Lance.
Lot 128 is a colt, whose dam is a half-sister to a stakes placed mare. This well bred colt is from the family of former US Champion 2YO Colt, Honest Pleasure.
Lot 194 is a half-sister to a winner of four. She is out of a mare by exceptional broodmare sire Nureyev, and her second dam is a G2 winner by another great broodmare sire, Storm Bird. From a classic European family which has produced the likes of Lonely Bird and outstanding miler Posse, to name but a few, this filly is a true blue blood.
Lot 253 is a colt out of a mare who won five times. This is the great Normandy family which produced Derby winner Grande Jete, and star filly, Joshua’s Princess, to name but a few.
Lot 264 is a half-brother to a winner – out of a winning daughter of the great Red Ransom. This colt is bred on the potent Danzig/Roberto cross, responsible for numerous champions, and is from the family of smart US filly Frenchglen.