The Lammerskraal Stud based sire, Parade Leader, is one of South Africa’s more underappreciated stallions – if statistics are anything to go by.
The sire of champions Laverna and Pierre Jourdan, Parade Leader has a highly respectable AEI of 1.72 – which places the son of Kingmambo above such fashionable and successful stallions as Captain, Al, Kahal, Trippi and Tiger Ridge!
His offspring have earned over R23 000 000 in prize money, and include the likes of Summer Cup hero Rudra, champion filly Laverna, millionaire Pierre Jourdan and the classy Gr2 winner Senor Versace. Other smart performers by the stallion include the useful, Sean Tarry trained gelding Aegis-Fang, and the Gr3 filly Cyclone Michelle.
Despite this impressive achievement, Parade Leader has attracted little attention this season – despite deserving greater opportunities.
Certainly, few, if any local sires, have better pedigrees and race records than Parade Leader. He is one of 84 stakes winners sired by Kingmambo, whose offspring include no fewer than 25 Grade/Group One winners, and seven British classic winners. Kingmambo’s successful sire sons include Lemon Drop Kid (sire of 70 stakes winners), King Kamehameha (Champion Sire in Japan), and King’s Best (Champion Sire in France).
Parade Leader’s female line is equally illustrious. His dam Battle Creek Girl (whose sire His Majesty is also the broodmare sire of Danehill) produced a staggering 19 foals! Of these, 15 are winners, and six are stakes winners. Battle Creek Girl’s stakes winners include champion Canadian filly Wavering Girl (dam of G1W and sire Military), G2W Tricky Creek (damsire of champion US filly Beholder), and Parade Leader’s full brother, the multiple G2 winner Parade Ground. The latter won or placed in no fewer than 10 Graded Stakes races.
This is also the family of leading SA sire Rakeen (sire of champion Jet Master), as well as the world leading sires Singspiel, Rahy, Devil’s Bag and Saint Ballado.
A top-class racehorse himself, Parade Leader won or placed in 10 stakes races, earning over $700 000 in the process. Parade Leader’s win in the Gr2 New Orleans Handicap (won previously by such greats as Master Derby, Wild Again and Mineshaft) had to be seen to be believed – he smashed his rivals to win the 1800m race by over five lengths.
It is also worth noting that Parade Leader has some really nicely bred juveniles representing him this season – including a half-sister to Cape champion Capetown Noir (named Dance Domain), and a half-brother to the very quick Flying Comfort.
Parade Leader stands at the Lammerskraal Stud alongside the promising young sire Go Deputy. Both stallions offer breeders access to two of the strongest pedigrees in the stud book, and neither should be overlooked!