One of the relatively unheralded stars of 2017-2018 was former Highlands stallion Jallad.
The son of Blushing Groom, who passed away at the ripe old age of 29 in 2017, has built up an increasingly impressive record as a broodmare sire -and this was reflected at the recently held Equus Awards.
Jallad achieved a remarkable, if not unique, feat when broodmare sire of both the Equus Champion Sprinter (Will Pays) and Champion Stayer (It’s My Turn) – further testimony to his great versatility as a stallion, and a feat deserving of more attention.
To top it all off, the Jallad mare Strawberry Lane was named Equus Broodmare Of The Year for 2017-2018. The Lammerskraal Stud owned Strawberry Lane had earlier been named the Cape’s Broodmare Of The Year and is down to visit Visionaire (Grand Slam) this season.
By far the best horse sired by disappointing Indian Ridge stallion Imperial Stride, Will Pays became the ninth Gr1 winner produced by a daughter of Jallad when he downed high class performers Attenborough (Western Winter), Trip To Heaven (Trippi), Pinnacle Peak (Querari) and Dutch Philip (What A Winter) to win the 2018 Gr1 Mercury Sprint.
Coincidentally, Will Pays is also the best horse thrown by his dam Rattlebag – a talented racemare who won six times, including the Azalea Stakes, and who was promoted to second place in the Gr1 SA Fillies Guineas. One of those beaten by Rattlebag in the SA Fillies Guineas included subsequent Oaks winner Taineberry (Centaine) – the dam of Strawberry Lane!
To date, Will Pays has won 11 of 33 races and banked more than R1.8 million in stakes.
Turn For The Best
Champion Stayer It’s My Turn, whose exclusion from the 2018 Vodacom Durban July continues to look more and more bizarre, is one of a growing number of top class performers sired by Dynasty out of a daughter of Jallad.
It’s My Turn, whose four graded victories include the 2016 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, joins last season’s Gr1 winners Liege (Summer Cup) and Eyes Wide Open (Cape Derby) as other top level winners sired by Dynasty out of Jallad mares. Other notable performers bred on this cross include July runner up Run For It, unbeaten filly Hashtagyolo, and Gr2 Betting World 1900 winner Solid Speed.
Jallad’s winning daughter Strawberry Lane was responsible for her second Gr1 winner when daughter Redberry Lane (Western Winter) downed Snowdance (Captain Al) to claim the 2018 Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes. In the process, the regally bred Redberry Lane stamped herself as a hugely exciting future broodmare prospect – and an intriguing prospect for the 2018-2019 season.
A full-sister to dual Guineas winner Solo Traveller and to Fillies Guineas second Strawberry Ice (dam of Gold Bracelet winner Flying Ice), Redberry Lane , who also won the Syringa handicap last season, is one of seven winners produced by her dam -who, in turn, is an own sister to Gr3 Pretty Polly winner Jalbery (dam of Golden Horseshoe winner Purple Diamond and last season’s Off To Stud winner Love To Boogie).
Strawberry Lane was not the only Jallad mare to confirm herself an outstanding producer last season, however. Former Garden Province Stakes winner Lyrical Linda was responsible for Summer Cup hero Liege (Dynasty), with the latter (a first Gr1 winner for his dam) one of 3 stakes winners for his dam, whose son Lance (Jet Master) is now standing at stud.
The Jallad sired Equus Champion Russian Sage also made his presence felt in 2017-2018, with his son Perovskia – his sire’s best son by far – winning the Gr2 Drill Hall and Jet Master Stakes.
The most successful son of Blushing Groom ever to stand at stud in South Africa, Jallad was South Africa’s Champion Sire in 2001, with his 16 individual Gr1 winners including such champions as the above mentioned Russian Sage, Rabiya, Succesful Bidder, Icy Air and Horse Of The Year Free My Heart.
Jallad left quite a mark on the Cape Derby, siring the winners Rabiya, Russian Sage, and Grande Jete, and is damsire of Derby heroes It’s My Turn and Eyes Wide Open.
His versatility as a stallion can be highlighted by the fact that Jallad runners won Gr1 races from 1160 to 3200m.
Jallad ended 2017-2018 as South Africa’s third leading Broodmare Sire by stakes won (according to NHA statistics), with his daughters progeny winning 130 races and banking more than R16.4 million in prize money. Jallad daughters were responsible for 13 individual stakes winners last season, who won 19 black type features. Other notable black type performers out of Jallad mares last season included Oaks Trial winner Chariot Of Gold (Silvano), Off To Stud Stakes winner Love To Boogie (Trippi), Sweet Chestnut Stakes victress Too Phat To Fly (Bezrin), and Michael Roberts Handicap hero Wild Wicket (another by Dynasty).
Previous star performers produced by daughters of Jallad include star sprinter Shea Shea (National Emblem), Gr1 Met hero Martial Eagle (Silvano), Gr1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner Give Me Five (Goldkeeper) and the above mentioned Solo Traveller.