Lammerskraal will be supporting some of South Africa’s best and most exciting stallions in 2017, with exciting bookings pencilled in for some of the farm’s best mares.
Former Broodmare Of The Year Akinfeet, dam of Equus Champion and triple G1 winner Capetown Noir, is one of three mares the farm have booked to Gimmethegreenlight. The latter has made a sensational start to his stud career, with his first crop’s tally of six stakes winners including G1 winner Gunner and Fillies Guineas winner Gimme Six. Gimmethegreenlight has already enjoyed success when mated to daughters of Fort Wood (the sire of Akinfeet), with that cross producing G2 Umkhomazi Stakes winner Hack Green and star filly Green Pepper.
(Akinfeet also has a very smart Gimmethegreenlight yearling which Lammerskraal plan to race themselves).
Other mares set to visit Gimmethegreenlight are Alula (dam of Go Deputy’s stakes winning son Arezzo) and Mizzen Mist (a full-sister to champion Yard-Arm).
Querari been pencilled in to cover G1 Woolavington winner Imperious Star, the sales topping mare at last year’s Mare & Fillies For Stud Select Sale, while G2 Camellia Stakes winner Bichette will be covered by Silvano in 2017.
The farm will also be sending two mares to the Lammerskraal Stud bred G1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray, who stands his first season at Klawervlei in 2017, while exciting sire Querari will receive 8 mares, including talented ½ sisters Adobe Pink and Ventura, and Go Deputy’s top class daughter Deputy Ryder.
Lammerskraal’s exciting sire Visionaire will cover 24 of the farm’s top mares, with the son of Grand Slam’s book including Bardot (dam of G1 winner Viva Maria), champion Enchantress (dam of champion Laverna), G1 Empress Club Stakes winner Fair Maiden, champion Icy Air and proven G1 producer Strawberry Lane- whose Dynasty colt fetched R4.5 million earlier this year.
Proven sire Go Deputy, represented this season by the graded winners Icy Trail, Royal Badge, will cover Flichity (dam of Go Deputy’s smart recent 2yo winner Flichity By Farr) and Barega, a daughter of G1 winner Fair Maiden.
In other farm news, it was wonderful to see the smart New Fort pick up another win when successful in the KZN Winter Challenge over 2000m recently at Greyville. The son of Fort Wood and G1 Woolavington 2200 runner up Next Spring, a great credit to trainer Glen Kotzen, has now won or been second in his last four starts –and he won’t stop here!
Lammerskraal itself has relished the heavy recent rainfall –no fewer than 67mm were recorded in the past few weeks (which also saw the farm receive a good snowfall!). The rain has been a great boon for the production of oats and has gone a long way to ensuring a sense of positivity about the water supply for summer.
It was another good week for resident sire Visionaire, who had a total of four winners, headed by impressive 2yo Takingthepeace, while future broodmare Zante stamped herself an exciting future paddock prospect when landing the G3 Track And Ball Oaks at Scottsville on Sunday. She will visit Unbridled’s Song son Noble Tune.