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The Klawervlei Stud bred Sovereign Secret (Dynasty) made news at Durbanville over the weekend, when the blue blooded three-year-old gave enthusiastic owners Pete and Janet Carolin their first ever winner.

The Carolins bought Sovereign Secret at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with Janet drawn in  particular to the filly’s remarkable pedigree (Sovereign Secret’s multiple champion G1 winning dam All Is Secret is a full-sister to G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner The Secret Is Out and her third dam is former Broodmare Of The Year Mystic Spring (Royal Academy).

Originally, Pete and Janet had gone in search of potential broodmares, but Janet decided to purchase the lovely Dynasty filly, when bloodstock agent John Freeman suggested the filly would be an excellent buy.

Janet says she became interested in racing as a child, when her grandfather used to go to the July.   Unfortunately she was unable to go, as kids were not at the time allowed on the racetrack. She says of her husband Pete that “he has got so used to the TV being on the 239 channel, that he decided if you can’t beat them, join them.” Pete is now as enthusiastic about the sport as she is!

The Carolins are relishing their time in the racing industry, with Janet impressed by the warmth of the people in the sport.

She said: “The people have really been fantastic and very inclusive and have made this such a wonderful experience. John Freeman and the Snaiths have been absolutely incredible in sharing their extensive knowledge. John Koster’s encouragement and friendship has been phenomenal. Beaumont’s Anton Shepherd and Varsfontein’s Carl de Vos are others who have been tremendously helpful and always ready for a chat.”

Pete and Janet own a number of horses, including Capetown Noir’s Wylie Hall half-sister Whisky Tango and also the very nicely bred Silvano colt King Saladin (out of Count Dubois’ high-class daughter Kinematic Countess), who they race in partnership with Pamela and Neville Isdell. They also own a share in Everglow, a Querari filly from Western Winter mare, Setting Sun.

The couple also have a few broodmares with, among others, I Lived (a half-sister to champion and leading young sire Vercingetorix) currently residing at Klipdrif and the Captain Al sired Eros’s Girl, a former East Cape Oaks winner, boarding at Klawervlei. Excitingly, both mares recently foaled fillies by now deceased top stallion Dynasty.

They also own Encosta de Lago’s well-bred daughter Costly Romance and Silcone Valley’s half-sister Margaret Court.