Super Tuesday for Great Britain
15th February 2017
Highlands Farms Stud’s blue blooded sire Great Britain enjoyed a truly Super Tuesday this week.
Not only was the son of Green Desert represented by three individual winners on the day, his daughters Wrecking Ball and Queen Laurie ran 1-3 in Tuesday night’s G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap at Turffontein!
Ridden by Jarryd Penny for trainer Grant Maroun, Wrecking Ball dug down deep to hold the late challenge of former G2 Senor Santa Handicap winner Dollar Dazzler and prevail by a neck, with
Wrecking Ball’s paternal half-sister Queen Laurie finishing a close up third, beaten under two lengths.
Bred by the Worldwise Breeding Syndicate, Wrecking Ball was picking up the first feature win of her career and pushed her earnings to R476 825 with Tuesday’s G3 victory.
Great Britain, also sire of recent Listed Swallow Stakes winner Hashtag Strat, was also represented by Kenilworth winner Prince Alfred and Lady Of The World, who won her third race on the bounce when successful over 1000m at Turffontein last night.
The Adam Marcus trained Prince Alfred is held in high regard by his trainer and may well travel to KZN later in the season. Bred by Danika Stud, the gelding made all the running to score by two and a quarter lengths over 1000m, having previously finished second (to subsequent winner Kingston Passage) on debut.
Wrecking Ball, Queen Laurie, Prince Alfred and Lady Of The World (as well as Hashtag Strat) are all members of Great Britain’s current crop of 3yos. To date, that crop has produced 17 individual winners and this tally looks sure to increase substantially over the coming months.
A full brother to G1 Lockinge Stakes winner and outstanding sire Cape Cross (whose progeny include the mighty racehorse and top sire Sea The Stars), Great Britain’s relatives also include multiple G1 winner Diktat and the very successful sire Iffraaj, sire of 2016 G1 winner Ribchester and grandsire of 2016 G1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) winner Almanzor.
Great Britain, a descendant of the immortal Pretty Polly, has 2 lots on offer at the March Yearling Sale
Lot 164 –bred on the same cross as feature race winner Hashtag Strat, this colt (inbred to Danzig) is out of a winning daughter of a half-sister to 2 stakes winners
Lot 216 – out of a stakes placed winner of seven, this regally bred colt (also inbred to Danzig) is from the same family as French Derby and top sire Darshaan, wonder producer Darara and last season’s G1 filly So Mi Dar