Klawervlei’s Dubai double
Klawervlei Stud has enjoyed a tremendous run of success this season. Fresh off Klawervlei bred Hill Fifty Four scoring a historic victory in the 2014 Gr1 J&B Met, two more Klawervlei bred stars shone brightly this past weekend.
Klawervlei bred both the South African bred winners at Meydan’s Super Saturday meeting this weekend.
Shea Shea and Vercingetorix won the Gr3 Meydan Sprint and Gr1 Jebel Hatta respectively to stamp themselves as leading contenders for Dubai World Cup night.
Shea Shea, who won the Meydan Sprint last year, is being aimed at the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (a race he won in 2013) on World Cup night. The gelding, owned by Brian Joffee and Myron Berzack, was a R550 000 buy at the 2009 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Now an 11 time winner, from 23 outings, Shea Shea has won no fewer than seven stakes races. In total, the gelding has won or placed in seven grade/group one races and he is likely to be aimed at Royal Ascot following his Dubai campaign.
The dual Meydan Sprint winner was given an international rating of 119 in 2013, following a campaign which saw Shea Shea win the Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint, and place in three of Britain’s top sprints.
This rating saw Shea Shea rated above such top-class Grade One winners as Boban (Epsom Handicap), Leading Light (St Leger), Little Mike (Turf Classic), and Oxbow (Preakness Stakes).
He is one of 10 Grade One winners sired by former Klawervlei sire National Emblem, who died in 2013. At the time of writing, former ACRSA Champion National Emblem had sired over 60 stakes horses, including champions Nhlavini, Rebel King and Carnadore.
Shea Shea’s dam Yankee Clipper, won five races including the Listed Ladies Mile.
Unbeaten champion, Vercingetorix, stamped himself as one of the horses to beat in the end of March’s $5 000 000 Dubai Duty Free with a 1.75 length win in the Gr1 Jebel Hatta on Saturday.
Now unbeaten in six outings, last season’s Equus Champion defeated a world-class field in Saturday’s race, despite being nervous at the gates.
In scoring his initial Dubai Grade One victory, Vercingetorix accounted for a field which included no fewer than six major group/graded stakes winners.
A R1.4 million buy at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale Vercingetorix is out of the high-class racemare National Vixen a five time winner, who was placed in all of the Gr3 Champagne Stakes, Ladies Mile, Olympic Duel Stakes, Gr3 Sceptre Stakes and Gr3 Diana Stakes.
Vercingetorix, one of 13 Grade One winners for Champion Sire Silvano, is a half-brother to Gr3 winning filly Trinity House, is from the same family as champion sprinters Phantom Lord, Extra Cover and Scarlet Lady.
Klawervlei are well represented on both the March Yearling Sale and Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
They offer 38 yearlings at the March Sale, and act as agent for 15 other yearlings. Their March string includes an Oracy filly out of the top-class racemare School Assembly, a Trippi filly whose dam is a half-sister to Derby winner Ultrasound, and a Trippi full-sister to classy Cape based gelding, Paterfamilias.
Klawervlei’s National Sale draft consists of 12 well bred yearlings, and they also offer two lots as agent.
Their National string includes some beautifully bred individuals – most notably a Silvano filly out of champion Consensual, a Seventh Rock filly from the family of Shea Shea, and a Captain Al colt from the family of champion sires Flying Spur and Encosta De Lago.