First winner for Overlord


Overlord has his first two-year-old crop racing this season and was credited with a first success when colt Surruptitious won at the second time of asking over 1600m at Clairwood on Sunday May 15th.

Australian-bred Overlord set a record for a yearling in that country when sold for Aus $2.2 million in 2003 and won two races over 1300m from three starts in his homeland before being imported into South Africa, where after a brief track career he was retired to stud.

Overlord is a son of champion sprinter, champion sire, and leading sire-of-sires Danehill, whose stallion sons include Rock Of Gibraltar, Exceed And Excel, Danehill Dancer and Redoute’s Choice as well as such emerging younger sires as Holy Roman Emperor and Oratorio.   All of these have stood at times in Australia, where Danehill’s name is almost sacrosanct, and sooner or later a son of Danehill is surely going to hit the jackpot at stud in South Africa as well.

Surruptitous - first winner for sire Overlord

Overlord is out of the unraced Artichoke mare Prawn Cocktail and is the full brother to Australian Gr 2 winner Langoustine and to Australian Gr 3 winner One World.  Overlord’s second dam Crimson Saint was a Gr 3 winner in the USA, but much more significantly she is the dam of multiple Gr 1 winner and good sire Royal Academy as well as of Gr 2 winners Pancho Villa and Terlingua.  Terlingua (who won three times at Gr 2 level and was a Gr 1 runner-up) in turn is the dam of world leading sire Storm Cat and it is not hard to see why Overlord was given his chance at stud.

Overlord took up stallion duties at the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud in KZN in 2007.  His 2010 fee was advertised at R8000, live foal.

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