Top-class book of mares for Sail From Seattle
Ascot Stud’s exciting young stallion, Sail From Seattle, made headlines on Saturday when his son, the Milkwood Stud bred Tommy Gun won Africa’s richest sand race – the Gr2 Emerald Cup.
One of five first crop stakes horses for the impeccably bred Sail From Seattle (Gone West – Seattle Classic, by Seattle Slew), Tommy Gun’s victory pushed his earnings to over the R1 million mark.
Sail From Seattle has made a stunning start to his stud career, with his second crop (now 3) having already produced six stakes horses – including East Cape Champion 2YO Filly Dancing Natasha.
Sail From Seattle, whose first crop included the now exported Ascot Stud bred Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold, has a number of classy 3yos
hailing from his second crop. They include Listed Dahlia Plate winner Seattle Joe (bred by Ambiance Stud) and Captured Wind, winner of two of his three starts and third in the Gr3 Protea Stakes.
Understandably, Sail From Seattle has proved very popular this season, and he is set to cover an outstanding book of mares in 2014. Among the 120 mares booked to the son of Gone West is Tommy Gun’s dam Kathakali, as well as Circle Of Gold (dam of Elusive Gold).
Other top-class mares booked to Sail From Seattle is Larapinta (dam of multiple G1 winner Smart Banker), Eastern Glamour (dam of the talented Fire Horse) and the Singspiel mare Bella Cantata (dam of German 2000 Guineas winner Caspar Netscher).
A three parts brother to world leading sire Smart Strike and successful, but ill-fated South African stallion Strike Smartly, Sail From Seattle has a 2014 stud fee of R35 000.