THE Hemel ‘N Aarde Stud will be strongly represented at this weekend’s March Yearling Sale, set to take place at Durbanville racecourse on March 18 and 19. The farm has 10 lots on offer (and offers another seven as agent), with their string including yearlings by hot young sires Elusive Fort and What A Winter, the exciting Where’s That Tiger, and first crop sires Pomodoro and Potala Palace.
Former Equus Champion Sprinter, and currently leading first crop sire, What A Winter, has three lots in this draft. His daughter out of Kilcross (a half-sister to US G3 filly Eloquently) is from the same great Pretty Polly family as top sires Cape Cross and Iffraaj, red hot SA sire Great Britain and classic winning fillies Alydaress and Shadayid.
What A Winter is also sire of lot 95- a filly out of a winning Rock Of Gibraltar mare from the family of outstanding gallopers Divine Proportions, Pentire and Shirley Heights, with the latter pair also top class sires.
Last of the What A Winter yearlings in this string is lot 107 –a half-brother to 2 winners from the family of July winner Gondolier. Fort Wood’s champion son Elusive Fort is sire of lot 8 – a colt out of a winning Oasis Dream mare from the family of outstanding international performers Ajina (Breeders’ Cup Distaff), Bahri and red hot US sire Quality Road.
Another by Equus Champion and hot young sire Elusive Fort (whose star daughters Siren’s Call, Lauderdale and Safe Harbour are all past graduates of this sale) is lot 168 – a filly out of a Danehill Dancer sister to a G1 2yo, whose dam is former G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winner Pipalong.
Proven sire and three-parts brother to US champion and top sire Lemon Drop Kid, Mambo In Seattle is sire of lot 58. Bred on the same cross as Mambo’s dual G1 winner Same Jurisdiction, this filly is out of a Captain Al mare from the family of champion US sire Elusive Quality, champion and Breeders’ Cup winner Anees and Irish Oaks winner Margarula.
Ill-fated but G1 sire Sail From Seattle is responsible for lot 63 –a colt out of a winning Jet Master ½ sister to G2 winner Greek Warrior, while lot former Equus Champion, and sire of recent feature race winner Victorious Jay, Jay Peg is sire of lot 110 –a half-brother to the useful Misty Roller.
Versatile July winner Pomodoro has two first crop yearlings here –lot 167 –a half-sister to 4 winners, whose dam is a Fort Wood ½ sister to G1 sprinter Big Sky Country, and lot 195 –a colt from the same Party Time family as champions Let’s Rock ‘N Roll, Trademark and In The Fast Lane (like Pomodoro, sired by Jet Master).
G1 winner and G1 sire Seventh Rock is sire of lot 229 a half brother to the useful Captain de Lago, out of a three time winning daughter of champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago, while another high class 2yo, Fencing Master has 2 lots here –a filly from the same family as 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern (Lot 69), and a daughter of a stakes winning ½ sister to Guineas winner Tellina (Lot139).
The farm’s resident Danzig sire Alado is responsible for lot 84 –a colt out of a winning ½ sister to former East Cape champion Seattle Storm, while lot 141 is a son of promising young sire and dual G1 Gitano Hernando from the family of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Flash Of Steel.
Where’s That Tiger, a son of Storm Cat out of a sister to a Kentucky Derby winner, has a superb strike rate in SA with a handful of runners including the likes of Tiger’s Touch, Samurai Blade and Supertube. He has one of his first SA crop on offer here –lot 244, a half-brother to 2 winners, this colt (out of a sister to a stakes winner) is out of a daughter of SA Fillies Guineas winner She’s A Treat.
Former G1 winning 2yo Potala Palace, from the same family as Singapore superstar Debt Collector, has one first crop yearling here – a half brother to 3 winners, this colt is out of a three-parts sister to G1 winner Amberpondo and champion Ethereal Lady (Lot 250).
Lot 8: Well-made Elusive Fort colt.