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KLAWERVLEI Stud has welcomed Coup De Grace (USA) to their stallion barn.  He is the first son of US stallion sensation Tapit to stand in South Africa and is owned in partnership with Gainesway Farm and Highlands Farms.

John Koster of Klawervlei tells: “Coup De Grace has arrived on the farm from quarantine and he’s settled in beautifully, enjoying the surroundings. He’s already covered a test mare and from 1 September he’ll be fully active with his good first book of mares.”

“Coup De Grace is a beautiful, high quality horse with lots of presence. Alistair Brown found him for us in the United States and Anthony Beck of Gainesway, who stands Tapit, gave us his stamp of approval as he’d been watching the horse’s racing career.

“We’ve had a good response from breeders, Coup De Grace will be a busy boy – we’ve also devised a unique foal share scheme so breeders interested in a good deal  can chat to us.”

A top class sprinter, who ranked among the leaders of his generation, Coup De Grace’s five victories included the G2 Amsterdam Stakes and the historic G3 Bay Shore Stakes. The handsome chestnut also won the Oh Say Stakes and ran a close up third in the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.

Coup De Grace, whose time for the Amsterdam was the fastest for the 1200m distance in the US during 2014, won or placed in seven outings and earned just under $500 000 in stakes. He is out of the talented mare Home Court, who won two of just four outings and who ran third in the G3 Iowa Oaks. This regally bred mare is a daughter of multiple champion sire and broodmare sire Storm Cat and US champion, and G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Jewell Princess.