Life’s High Stakes

Avontuur offers colt by Champion Australian Freshman Stallion

Magnificent Specimen.
High Stakes, a son of Champion Australian Freshman Sire is offered as Lot 121 next month.

The finger of fate is pointing  prospective buyers at the 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale in the direction of an exciting colt by newly crowned Australian champion freshman sire, Casino Prince. High Stakes has a superb dam line that will be recognisable to South African buyers and has both the looks and the conformation to swing all the odds in his favour.

Looking to follow in the hoofprints of previous Freshman-turned-Champion Sires, Flying Spur, Redoute’s Choice and More Than Ready, Casino Prince has made a big impact in a short time.

Regarded good enough, and intended as part of the Avontuur Stud Cape Premier Yearling Sale draft, his son High Stakes missed his scheduled stint in quarantine en route from Down Under and now finds himself going through the ring as Lot 121 at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.

This great value for money sale will be held at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston on 2 and 4 November.

Avontuur’s first venture into the Ready To Run arena presents a wonderful opportunity for the discerning purchaser to acquire a classy select colt from a top dam line by a champion sire. He becomes eligible as a possible runner in the R2,5 million Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, which is restricted exclusively to graduates of this sale. Stake money for this race, whose prize money ranks second only to the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, is paid all the way down to R50 000 for tenth finish.

Offered under Jane Trotter’s Ambleway banner as Avontuur do not have the facilities to do the necessary pre-training, High Stakes is bound to turn heads amongst the progeny of the ten exciting new young sires represented with first crops at this sale.

High Stakes boasts a female line that is both recognisable and very relevant to the SA Market.

He is out of the unraced Australian-bred daughter of End Sweep(yes, that’s Trippi’s sire!), Sweeping View, a daughter of the six-time winner, Lady’s Delight. The latter won from 1200m to 1600m, and her victories include the Listed Nomads Charity Handicap and the Listed Swazi Howe Memorial Handicap. She is a half-sister to the well-performed Daphne Donnelly ( the dam of Queen’s Bay and grandam of Bouquet Garni), stallion Announce, Youthful Legs (USA) and the top class Lady Broadhurst.  Those are good sorts!

The Flagbearer. Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard is top-class

A Gr1 winner, Patinack Farm’s freshman sire Casino Prince was recently crowned champion first-season sire in Australia, sending out a clear message that he is a classy young stallion and a versatile one at that as his progeny won from 1000m to 1600m. His eight individual winners contributing to $730,960 in prize-money was enough to assist him in staying ahead of his barn-mate, Husson. He  held the position for much of the season.

An exciting climax to the season was the stunning win by Casino Prince’s daughter Longport on the final day at Kembla over 1300m. The powerful filly showed class and determination to hold off the Gai Waterhouse-trained favourite Celtic Sea.

Top trainers John Thompson and John Hawkes are excited by the young sire and have already noticed a substantial improvement in their Casino Prince youngsters.

Casino Prince’s first season flagbearer is the colt All Too Hard, who has won four times (three stakes races) and his campaign gets under way soon with an eye on Gr1 glory. He is a half-brother to no less than Black Caviar and cost over 1 million Australian dollars as a yearling.

Don’t say you weren’t warned! High Stakes will gallop at Summerhill Stud on 19 October.

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