A large crowd of visitors, from all over South Africa, came out on Sunday to view some of the Cape’s most promising stallions in Piketberg.
Hosted by Wilgerbosdrift, the stallions on show came from both Highlands Stud (Rafeef) and Moutonshoek (The United States), with resident stallions Flower Alley and Soft Falling Rain both making positive impressions.
Flower Alley, who impressed more than a few guests, is the only sire in South Africa to have produced a Kentucky Derby winner, with his son I’ll Have Another winning the “Run For The Roses” in 2012.
Named US Champion 3YO Colt that same year I’ll Have Another, now standing at stud in Japan, also won the G1 Preakness Stakes and G1 Santa Anita Derby and retired having earned in excess of $2.6 million.
Other notable performers by Flower Alley include champion Lukes Alley and G1 winning filly Lilacs And Lace.
The son of champion sire Distorted Humor (Flower Alley’s notable relatives including the great sire Lyphard) was a top notch racehorse himself, with his wins including the G1 Travers Stakes. His first South African yearlings sell in 2018.
Brilliant G1 winner Rafeef, himself an Equus nominee last season, was an exceptional athlete whose six wins (from just ten outings) included the G1 Computaform Sprint (over champions Talktothestars and Carry On Alice) and G2 Hawaii Stakes.
A magnificently bred performer, the powerful Rafeef (who shares his sire with last season’s Champion Australian Sire Snitzel) is a son of champions Redoute’s Choice and National Colour and is a full-brother to last season’s Equus Champion and G1 SA Nursery winner Mustaaqeem.
He stands at Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont.
Soft Falling Rain, who like Flower Alley stands at Wilgerbosdrift, will be represented by his first yearlings this season.
The former Equus Champion 2YO, and G1 SA Nursery winner, was an exceptional athlete, who made history when becoming the first 3yo in history to win Dubai’s G2 Godolphin Mile.
One of 16 G1 winners sired by Danzig son National Assembly, Soft Falling Rain won major races in three different countries –including the G2 Joel Stakes in Britain.
Described as an easy horse to get along with, Soft Falling Rain is one of 5 winners produced by the Giant’s Causeway mare Gardner’s Delight, whose other notable progeny include the stakes performers Let It Rain and Splendid Garden.
Moutonshoek were unfortunately unable to show their G1 winning Kitten’s Joy horse Admiral Kitten but they do look to have a lovely prospect on their hands in the form of The United States.
A G1 winning son of the world’s greatest sire Galileo (recently represented by his 70th G1 winner), The United States was a top class and tough racehorse, who earned over $2 million in stakes with his wins including the storied G1 Ranvet Stakes.