“How many this good do we have here?”

Hemel ‘N Aarde’s new stallion Fencing Master has plenty to recommend him. Not only was the handsome bay a top-class performer, he is an exceptionally well related horse and hails from a family full of G1 quality.

Fencing Master

One of the best of his generation at two, Fencing Master made a winning debut when scoring first time out over 1400m, before downing four G1 winners when second in the prestigious G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. (Fencing Master went down by just a neck to Beethoven, who, like Fencing Master, is a son of champion racehorse and sire Oratorio.)

This first class effort earned Fencing Master a Timeform Rating of 116 –placing him above such high class performers as Joshua Tree (won G1 Canadian International 3 times), Kingsfort (G1 National Stakes), Poet’s Voice (G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Pounced (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf), and subsequent Irish Derby winner and US champion Cape Blanco.

His sire Oratorio, himself a triple G1 winner and multiple champion, ran second to subsequent top class sire and champion Shamardal in the 2004 Dewhurst Stakes.

Oratorio

The Dewhurst Stakes, traditionally the championship for 2yos in Britain and Ireland, has been contested by numerous top-class sires over the years, with the likes of Nijinsky II, Mill Reef, Storm Bird, Diesis, Shamardal, and current sire sensation Frankel all having won the race.

Fencing Master is also looking to continue the great run of success enjoyed by young Danehill grandsons, with the likes of fellow Danehill grandsons Snitzel, Excelebration, Mastercraftsman, Not A Single Doubt and Hinchinbrook all establishing themselves as high-class prospects.

The striking looking bay, one of nearly 90 stakes horses sired by Oratorio, also hails from an exceptional female line, with his first two dams both French G1 winners.

Fencing Master, a half-brother to G1 Prix de Diane runner up Millionaia and G3 filly Memory Maker,  is out of G1 Prix Saint-Alary winner Moonlight Dance, herself a product of two champions, with her dam being unbeaten dual French classic winner Madelia. (The latter is a daughter of leading sire Caro, who is also broodmare sire of major sires Unbridled’s Song and Maria’s Mon).

He traces back to one of the cornerstones of the modern stud book –Conjure, who is ancestress of too many classic winners to count!

This is the same family as champion sire Court Martial, among many others.

Fencing Master stands for R 10,000 + VAT Live Foal with the benefit of the AllanStallions Scale of Fees

For more information on this exciting young sire, who, from small numbers, has already produced a classic winner in Solinski, interested parties are asked to speak to David Allan at davidallan@allanbloodlines.com or David Hepburn-Brown at david@hnastud.co.za

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