KLAWERVLEI Stud has acquired Coup De Grace, the first son of US sire star Tapit to stand in South Africa. He is set to take up stud duties at Klawervlei in 2016 and is owned in partnership with Highlands Farm and Gainesway Farm.
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.
Storm Cat’s daughters have already produced a number of top class sires including outstanding US sire Speightstown and the top class sire Sky Mesa (who is a son of Pulpit –the sire of Tapit). Another highly successful sire produced by a Storm Cat mare is Jump Start, whose sire, A P Indy, is also responsible for Pulpit, while the outstanding sire prospects Gleneagles, Honor Code and Lord Kanaloa are all out of Storm Cat daughters.
The Tapit/Storm Cat cross has already enjoyed huge success and has already resulted in such top class G1 winners as champion 2yo Hansen, G1 winner Tell A Kelly, and G1 Alabama Stakes winner Careless Jewel.
Klawervlei’s John Koster is understandably delighted with the new sire prospect, who is scheduled to arrive at the farm in August. “He is a beautiful, correct, athletic horse with a great attitude whose time in the Amsterdam was the fastest over the distance in the USA in 2014. We will set a stud fee after this weekend.”