As Champions Season draws to a close and sees our leading provincial breeder Summerhill Stud vie for their incredible 10th National Champion Breeders title (including Gr1 Daily News 2000 winner Rabada and No Worries, who won the KZN Breeders Million Mile for the second time), it has been a very exciting one indeed and great to see the Scott Bros add yet another Gr1 winner for KZN this season with the son of Overlord, Talktothestars, taking home the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint – an incredible achievement for a farm that has been producing Gr1 winners for almost 50 years!
Champion Returns Home
Further exciting news in this week concerning the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud, is their home-bred champion The Apache arrived last week to continue his stud career. The Apache, a dual Gr1 winner in South Africa and voted Equus 3YO Champion Colt went on to win the Gr2 Al Rashidiya, as well as placing second in the Gr1 Jebel Hatta and Dubai Duty Free. He continued his top form, placing in a Gr2 in England and of course storming over the finish line first in the Gr1 Arlington Million, which saw him pushed back into second place after interference. Nevertheless, the R80 000 National 2YO Sale graduate son of Mogok earned R17 million in stakes and competed at the highest level to defeat several champion Gr1 horses both locally and internationally. He is available to breeders for just R6 000 (R1000 nomination + R5 000 live foal). The Apache has been Equinome tested as a C:T, and if your mare has Danehill, Wilwyn, Zabeel or Bold Ruler or is Black Type, the service will be for free. Please contact Scott Bros for further information.
Additional Group 1 news is of course Seventh Heaven, the Galileo half-sister to Scott Bros’ sire Crusade, who won the Gr1 Irish Oaks for trainer Aiden O’Brien. Crusade is a winner of the Gr1 Middle Park Stakes and his dam, La Traviata, has now produced two Gr1 winners from three foals to race, with the her son by Henrythenavigator placing second in a Gr2. Crusade has had his first crop of yearlings very enthusiastically received at sales and we look forward to seeing their much anticipated track debuts.
Save The Date!
Bush Hill Stud‘s Stallion Day takes place on Friday 29 July at 11:30 for 12, and we look forward to another spectacular annual event from Bush Hill Stud to introduce the son of Galileo, Flying The Flag, out of a Triple Gr1 winning mare by Pivotal. Mike De Kock will be attending and will present his thoughts to more then 200 guests on Friday – as the trainer of Flying The Flag, he holds the horse in high regard. Another exciting sire prospect for KZN, Flying The Flag is an international Group winner and he will stand for a fee of R20 000.
Susan Rowett, Chairperson of the TBA, will be hosting a meeting at Bush Hill Stud at 11am on Friday, prior to the commencement of the stallion day – please rsvp to Warwick Render if you wish to attend the meeting for organisational purposes.
Roski Stud have several mares available, two of which are in foal to leading freshman sire Gimmethegreenlight, and one in foal to Irish Flame. All the mares are Black Type and Roski are currently on a runners to winners percentage of almost 44% – contact Juli Santini if you wish to find out further information.
Foaling season has started early in KZN, and congratulations to the first from Piemonte Stud who welcomed a colt by Ideal World on 17 July, out of Tanzania by Black Sam Bellamy. Piemonte Stud after only four years of commercial breeding, have produced the likes of Kalamain and O Tamara, along with a runners to winners percentage of 40% – well done to Lee and Dino Scribante!
Noble Tune Stallion Day
Thank you to Rathmor Stud who hosted an outstanding day for their stallion Noble Tune, a half-brother to dual Gr1 winner Honor Code (who stands at Lane’s End for $40 000) – by Unbridled’s Song – the only son of the “grey giant” to stand in South Africa. Last season saw Noble Tune covering 103 mares, 22 of those from the Cape. Noble Tune will be covering his third season this year and stands for only R25 000 (R5 000 nomination and R20 000 live foal). His bookings are currently at 80 and his book has been capped at 100 once again this year. His first crop will be yearlings in August.
Follow the link to view KZN’s stallion line-up for the 2016 breeding season.
A big congratulations to the following Grooms who travelled to the Cape two weeks ago, and passed their Module 1 Professional Grooms Certificate in outstanding fashion with high marks, well over the 70% pass rate:
Michael Dlamini – Bush Hill Stud
Petros Ngubane – Rathmor Stud
Sandile Ngubane – Spring Valley Stud
Thobisile Beauty Ndlovu – Summerhill Stud
Eric Phiko Zondi – Hadlow Stud
Congratulations and a big thank you to the farms who supported this wonderful initiative, as well as to Sam Sharkey and her team, Leigh Adams from the School Of Excellence who assisted with transport and Elsenburg for all their hard work in putting this together!
The KZN Breeders Awards will be taking place at the beautiful Bellwood Stud once again this year, on 26 November. We look forward to seeing you all there!