Whitney boost for exciting Cape stallions

Whitney boost for exciting Cape stallions
Moreno, winner of Saturday’s Gr1 Whitney Handicap, hails from the same family as two of the Cape’s most exciting stallions.

A son of former US Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Moreno, who has now won over $1.7 million in prize money, is out of the A P Indy mare Danceinthesunlight.
In turn, the well bred Danceinthesunlight is out of Champion Canadian racemare Dancethruthedawn – who won over $1.6 million and landed the Gr1 Go For Wand Handicap as well as Canada’s oldest horse-race, the Queen’s Plate.

Moreno’s third dam is Canadian Horse Of the Year, and Broodmare Of The Year, Dance Smartly – a half-sister to dual US Champion Sire Smart Strike.

His fifth dam is one of the greatest broodmares of all time – No Class. The latter produced five Gr1 winners/ champions and is the ancestress of numerous top-flight performers all around the world.

Amongst No Class’ numerous top class descendants are Ascot Stud’s top flight young sire Sail From Seattle as well as Highlands Farm’s exciting recent addition, Jackson.

A stakes winning son of Gone West, Sail From Seattle (whose third dam is No Class) had an exceptional season in 2013-2014, with his first crop son Elusive Gold landing the Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas.
Sail From Seattle was also represented by 17 juvenile winners in South Africa this season – and also sired the first three home in the 2014 Listed Lady’s Slipper Stakes.

Triple Gr1 winner Jackson (whose fourth dam is No Class) is a son of Highlands’ outstanding resident sire Dynasty, sire of this season’s outstanding performers Legislate, Futura and the now retired Beach Beauty. Jackson, who topped the 2010 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, won over R2 million during his racing days, and scored an emphatic win over subsequent dual Horse of the Year Variety Club in the 2012 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby.

Sail From Seattle will stand for a fee of R35 000 in 2014, while Jackson has a first year stud fee of R15 000.

Saturday’s Whitney Handicap winner could now be aimed at the Gr1 Breeders Cup Classic- where Moreno could well bring still further glory to this truly remarkable family.

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