Stud fees set for exciting new stallions
Stallion manager, John Freeman, recently announced the stud fees for three young stallions set to begin their stud careers in 2014.
Varsfontein Stud’s new stallion, Master Of My Fate, will stand his first season at stud for a fee of R15 000.
A R3 000 000 yearling, Master Of My Fate won 6 of eight races, and defeated the 2014 J&B Met winner Hill Of Fifty when winning the Gr2 Premier’s Trophy and Gr2 Peninsula Handicap.
The magnificent looking Master Of My Fate has the pedigree to match his race record and imposing physique.
A son of six times champion sire Jet Master (who is once again leading the SA general sires log this season), Master Of My Fate is out of former champion racemare, Promisefrommyheart. A half-brother to the new sire, by Captain Al, was sold for R2.4 million at the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Highlands Farm is home to two new stallions this year. Remarkably, both were bred by Highlands!
Top-class juvenile Potala Palace will stand his first season at stud for a fee of R10 000, while the multiple Grade One winning Jackson begins his new career at a stud fee of R15 000.
A son of Singspiel (sire of one of South Africa’s leading first crop sires this season, Lateral), Potala Palace is a superb specimen of a horse.
He was a top-class performer, who won two of his three outings at two, including the Gr1 Premier’s Champion Stakes. Potala Palace trained on well to win the Gr3 Joburg Spring Challenge.
Among the horses beaten by Potala Palace were such high-class Gr1 winners as Gimmethegreenlight (L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate), Wagner (Summer Cup), Master Plan (Gr1 Champions Cup), and Link Man (Gold Medallion).
A great grandson of the mighty Sadler’s Wells, Potala Palace’s immediate relatives include the British classic winners North Light (Epsom Derby) and Golan (2000 Guineas).
The magnificent looking Jackson was one of the best looking, and best performed, horses of his generation.
A son of Highlands Farm’s outstanding resident sire Dynasty, Jackson was the top priced lot at the 2010 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale – where he fetched R1 000 000.
Jackson proved a bargain at the price – as he won over R2.3 million on the track. He won three Gr1 races – the Champions Cup, Daily News 2000 and Investec Cape Derby (beating champion Variety Club).
A son of one of South Africa’s top sires, Jackson hails from an outstanding North America family. His relatives include champion USA sire Smart Strike, successful but ill-fated SA sire Strike Smartly, and Ascot Stud’s very promising young sire, Sail From Seattle.