First Crop Sires at Nationals 2019

24-26 April - TBA Sales Complex, Germiston

This is the dream game – and the majority of buyers in the game dream of being on the right side of the next successful sire.

Mining for that oil! (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

We have provided the background and most have already been introduced.

There can be rich rewards if you are are willing to back your judgement and gut feel in the hope of striking oil.

Act Of War

Gr1 Cape Guineas winner and Gr1 Cape Derby runner-up – his sire Dynasty did just the opposite (running 2nd Guineas and 1st Derby).

  • Rated MR 117, making him Dynasty’s 3rd best son after Futura (120) and Jackson (118) – close!
  • The Summerhill stallion has three yearlings here, two of them closely related. There is #510, half sister to three multiple winners (including Gr3 winner Royal Pleasure). Her dam is a daughter of Oaks winner Taineberry, the latter featuring as grandam of #539, who is half brother to a winner. This is a solid, top-class family. The filly is from Summerhill, the colt from Beaumont Stud.

Coup de Grace

One of the leading 3yo sprinters of his year in the USA, Coup De Grace is by US champion sire Tapit out of a daughter of another champion, Storm Cat. He is half brother to 2yo G1 winning filly Dancing Rags. Coup De Grace won 5 races up to 1400m at 2 and 3, including G2/G3, and was G1 placed.

  • Coup de Grace started his studcareer at Klawervlei in 2016, in a partnership of that farm with the then still Beck-owned Highlands and Gainesway (USA), at an advertised fee of R50k. He had seventeen yearlings sold at the Cape Yearling Sale (Book One), with top prices of 750k and 600k for colts, 500k (3x) for fillies, and a median of 275k.
  • He has a dozen at this sale, from a wide variety of consignors. The largest draft is from the sire’s main shareholder Ridgemont Highlands, who have three colts.

Flying The Flag

It’s impossible anywhere in the world to escape the influence of the world’s best stallion Galileo. His son Flying The Flag (rated Timeform 115) is out of a multiple Gr1 winning dam Halfway To Heaven (118), who is by Pivotal out of Gr1 sprint-mare Cassandra Go (119).

  • Flying The Flag’ full sister Rhododendron is a multiple Gr1 winner in UK & France, rated 118, while another full sister Magical is a Gr1 winner who ran 2nd to Enable in the Breeder’s Cup Turf as a 3yo last November (rated 122).
    When it works, it works!
  • Flying The Flag started his stud career with Bush Hill, at an advertised fee of 20k. He has ten yearlings here.
    Interesting one could be #161, half sister to Gr1 Noordhoek Flyer who was by Pivotal (damsire of Flying The Flag).
    The stallion sold two at the March Cape Sale, a 60k colt and 140k filly.


A multiple Gr1 winner at 3 and at 4, Futura was voted Horse Of The Year as a 4yo, with amazing wins in the Queen’s Plate and J&B Met. He rated MR 120.
Futura is a son of Horse of the Year and leading sire Dynasty (Fort Wood). He started his career at Drakenstein Stud, at an advertised fee of R20k.

  • There’s a baker’s dozen of Futura’s on offer here, from a wide variety of consignors.
  • So far this year, four Futura yearlings have been through a sale ring. Thee at the Cape Yearling Sale (Book One), going for 1.2m, 500k and 100k. The fourth one was at the March Cape Sale, 110k.

Global View

G1 placed G2/G3 winner on turf in USA, and as a 2yo was second high-weight American 2yo Turf colt.
He’s a son of world champion sire Galileo. His dam (who was a $3.8 million yearling) is by Storm Cat, and is from the female line of Storm Cat’s sire Storm Bird.

  • He’s the most represented first-season sire at this sale, with 31 yearlings, half of those consigned by Ascot Stud. That is also the stud where Global View started his stud career, with an advertised fee of R20k.
    He had three yearlings at the Cape Premier Sale (Book One), knocked down at 1.3m, 650k and 325k.
  • Breeder’s Handbook made plenty suggestions at the time of going to stud (1996) about suitable lines. Of interest in that context could be #47, half sister to Gr1 placed Gr3 winner Silvan Star, their dam half sister to Bold Silvano by Lecture – with Lecture being the key.


A multiple Gr1 winner at 3 and at 4, Legislate was voted Horse Of The Year as a 3yo, following his wins in the Cape Derby and Vodacom July. He rated MR 117.
Legislate is a son of Horse of the Year and leading sire Dynasty.

  • He started his career at Drakenstein Stud, at an advertised fee of R20k. He’s had seven yearlings sold at the two Cape sales earlier this year, with highs of 100k and 280k for 2 colts.
  • He’s represented here by four fillies and a colt – the latter (#553) has an interesting pedigree, based on the Breeder’s Handbook ‘suitable lines’, and shouldn’t break the bank.

Willow Magic

A 2yo Gr1 winner, and twice Gr1 placed from 1200-1600m, and Gr1 runner-up as a 3yo over 1600m. That certainly fits the successes of his sire Dubawi, second best only to Galileo as a sire in Europe.

  • Willow Magic started his career as a stallion at Summerhill, with a fee of R20k.
  • He’s represented here by eleven yearlings, half-half divided between the sexes. Have a look at #461, a filly with Dubawi and Galileo as her two grandsires…

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