Major Group race boosts for Cape sires
A number of Cape based stallions received pedigree boosts following the running of some major European feature races this past weekend.
All of Judpot (Varsfontein Stud), Potala Palace (Highlands), Duke Of Marmalade (Drakenstein Stud) and Tiger Dance (Druk-My-Niet) are related to impressive Group race winners this past weekend.
In-form sire Judpot (A P Indy – Miesque), sire of the very promising filly Double Whammy, is related to a number of high-class performers in 2014. Among Judpot’s relatives to score in major feature races in 2014 are Karakontie (French 2000 Guineas) and Tapestry (Yorkshire Oaks), while Tapestry’s full brother John F Kennedy currently ranks as favourite for the 2015 Investec Derby.
A son of Galileo, John F Kennedy, took his record to two wins from three outings, when he won Saturday’s Group 3 John Deere Juvenile Turf Stakes (the same race won by this year’s Derby winner Australia in 2013) at Leopardstown. Out of champion French 2yo Rumplestiltskin, John F Kennedy was described by trainer Aidan O’Brien as a potential Dewhurst Stakes (G1) contender.
Rumplestiltskin, winner of both the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes and Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac, is out of Monevassia – a Mr Prospector half-sister to Judpot, as well as the French classic winners East Of The Moon and Kingmambo.
Judpot, a half-brother to world leading sire Kingmambo, has a 2014 stud fee of R45 000.
Former Grade 1 winning juvenile Potala Palace, who recently got his first test mare in foal, is from a superb female line.
The son of Singspiel numbers among his close relations brilliant filly Tarfasha, winner of Sunday’s Group 2 Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes, and potential Breeders Cup contender. A 3yo daughter of Teofilo (like Potala Palace a male line descendant of Sadler’s Wells), Tarfasha had previously been second in this year’s Group 1 Investec Oaks.
A winner of three of her seven starts to date, Tarfasha is one of five stakes horses produced by the outstanding broodmare Grecian Bride. A daughter of Groom Dancer, Grecian Bride’s second dam is the important broodmare Edinburgh – the third dam of Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace.
The latter stands his first year at stud for a fee of R10 000.
Gleneagles, another by champion sire Galileo to score in a Group race this weekend, took his record to four wins from just five outings when he won Sunday’s Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh. A colt who looks to have classic potential, Gleneagles is a full brother to this season’s Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Marvellous.
The pair are out of the Storm Cat mare You’resothrilling – winner of the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes, and a full-sister to US champion sire Giant’s Causeway, as well as Cape based stallion Tiger Dance.
Former Cartier Champion and five time Group 1 winner Duke Of Marmalade (by Danehill) is a half-brother to last year’s Group 1 Investec Derby winner Ruler Of The World (by all conquering sire Galileo).
The latter picked up the fourth win of his career when making all to win Sunday’s Group 2 Qatar Prix Foy – a major prep for next month’s Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe.
This is also the family of Moutonshoek’s red-hot young sire Mambo in Seattle, whose first crop are currently setting the South African tracks alight.
Duke Of Marmalade is busy covering a star studded first book of South African mares at Drakenstein, where he commands a fee of R100 000.