First win for Seul Amour

Seul Amour

Seul Amour – son of Zabeel

The New Zealand bred stallion Seul Amour has made an early breakthough. From just four runners to date in South Africa, the well bred stakes winning son of the outstanding producer Zabeel, registered a first winner on African soil when Heart Of A Lion scored a runaway win at Turffontein on Saturday.

Seul Amour, who stands at over 17 hands, is a beautifully bred sort out of the champion filly Grand Archway, who was champion 3yo and champion 3yo female in Australia in 1999. The daughter of Thatching stallion Archway was a multiple Gr1 winner and a versatile racehorse at that, registering her wins from 1150m to 2500m. Seul Amour’s sire Zabeel won the Gr1 Australian Guineas and is a sire of Gr1 winners and Champions.

His progeny amongst many others, include luminaries such as Octagonal, Vengeance Of Rain and the Vodacom Durban July winner Greys Inn, who is fast making inroads as a stallion to be reckoned with here in South Africa. Seul Amour raced in Australia and New Zealand and registered his six wins from 1400m to 2100m. His career best was a victory in the Listed STC Sky High Stakes over 1900m.

He stood his first season in Australia in 2007 and in SA from 2009. From limited oppor-tunities to date, he has only had four runners and his connections will naturally be over the moon. Trained by Gavin Van Zyl and ridden by Marthinus Mienie, Seu l Amour’s first winner Heart Of A Lion, who was having his fourth start, streaked clear to win the R80 000 Maiden Juvenile Plate easily by 8 lengths in a time of 97,23 secs.

Heart Of A Lion has shown good improvement with every run and after a smart second over 1400m after fifth places at his first two outings, he appeared to relish the extra 200m of the mile test. He was bred by Terry Andrews out of the twice winning Counter Action mare, Action Lady. Seul Amour stands at Vanree Stud in Wellington for a R20 000 live foal fee. A discount may be negotiated for approved mares via Brad van der Riet on email [email protected].

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