Martial Eagle, winner of the 2013 J&B Met, is bred on the famous Nijinsky II/Blushing Groom nick.
This cross has produced numerous G1 winners and champions over the years, including the starred crossed South African champions, Spook Express and Rabiya.
Martial Eagle’s six generation pedigree contains many of the best sires ever to stand in South Africa.
Martial Eagle is by Silvano, his dam is by Champion Sire Jallad, while his second dam is by the great broodmare sire Northfields. His third dam is by Persian Wonder (Champion Sire six times), fourth by leading sire and broodmare sire Preamble II and fifth dam is by Ranjit (Champion Sire and Champion Broodmare Sire).
Like the majority of Gr1 winners in this day and age, Martial Eagle is inbred to the mighty stallion Northern Dancer, through his sons Nijinsky II and Northfields.
He is also the first Met winner for Maine Chance Farms’ stalwart stallion, Silvano. The son of Lomitas has now been represented by 33 stakes winners throughout the world – and his stock have won over R105 000 000 in prize money.
His progeny include classic winners in South Africa and Germany, as well as two Summer Cup winners (Aslan and Flirtation). This year, Silvano was represented by no fewer than four runners in the Sansui Summer Cup.
He is without doubt one of South Africa’s top classic stallions. Silvano has also enjoyed plenty of success in the sales ring this year, with a colt, who fetched R3,250,000 topping the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Martial Eagle’s dam, Seeking The Wind, was a smart filly who won five and was placed third in the G3 Southern Cross Stakes, beaten just two lengths by Flashy Star.
The daughter of Jallad made a tremendous start to her racing career, winning on debut by over seven lengths, before two second placings and two consecutive wins. Seeking The Wind never quite built on the promise shown early in her career, but she was certainly a talented and speedy filly.
While Seeking The Wind unfortunately does not have a yearling this year, she does have a colt foal at foot by Silvano, and is back in foal to that leading sire. To date, Seeking The Wind has produced 6 winners, but Martial Eagle is her sole stakes winner to date.
It is interesting to note that Martial Eagle’s dam is very closely related to the ill-fated, G1 Bloodline Classic winner Divine Jury. Ashfields, granddam of Martial Eagle, is also the second dam of Divine Jury (who like Seeking The Wind is by Jallad). Ashfields’ third dam is the tap root mare Fleur, whose descendants include champions Classic Flag, Royal Approval and Lady Windermere.
Jallad is shaping up as an increasingly successful broodmare sire. To date, his daughters have bred over 20 stakes winners including the Gr1 winners Shea Shea (Computaform Sprint), Martial Eagle, Solo Traveller (Cape Guineas), and Give Me Five (Allan Robertson Fillies Championship). Jallad is also the broodmare sire of Silvano’s Gr3 Algoa Cup hero, Forest of Dean.
Well done to successful breeders Wilgerbosdrift for breeding the 2013 J&B Met winner.