Victory for R2 million yearling buy
The pricey Stormy Eclipse broke his maiden at Greyville on Tuesday, when accounting for the well bred Silvano colt Festive Prince in a maiden plate over 1600m.
Bred by the Ascot Stud, the flashy grey Stormy Eclipse, who was making just the third start of his career, was a R2 million purchase from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
The son of Highlands Farm’s leading sire Dynasty was the fourth most expensive yearling sold at that sale, behind only Trees Of Green, Master’s Spirit, Tripandie, and impressive recent winner Heartland.
Owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste, Stormy Eclipse is out of the top-class racemare Stormy Appeal. A daughter of Kilconnel, Stormy Appeal was a 14 time stakes winner, and the mare has proved just as successful at stud.
To date, Stormy Appeal has had been represented by four winners from five runners. Two of her winners are black type winners, with her Fort Wood son Fort Petersburg having won the Listed Thukela Handicap and Fort Petersburg’s own sister, Stormy Coast, having emulated her dam in landing the East Cape Paddock Stakes.