19 March 2019

One of the top stud farms to be found in the Cape, Ascot Stud has a long and impressive line of champions to its credit. The likes of Bold Silvano, Copper Parade, Rock Opera, Smart Banker, Enchanted Garden and Arabian Lass are just a few of the past champions to have been bred by Ascot.

Former Equus Champion Rock Opera has since gone on to make her mark overseas, with her progeny including the likes of millionaire Heavy Metal and unbeaten Criterium International winner Royal Meeting. The latter holds entries in numerous top races this season including the French 2000 Guineas, English 2000 Guineas, Irish Derby and Irish 2000 Guineas.

In recent times Ascot’s flagbearers include such stars as Bold Respect (G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint), Arabian Beat (G1 SA Nursery), Search Party (G2 Cape Merchants, G2 Post Merchants), and R4 million plus winner Coral Fever.

Previously home to champion sire Al Mufti (sire of, among others Captain Al), Ascot Stud is currently home to the sires Bold Silvano and Global View.

The latter, a multiple graded stakes winning son of Galileo  from the family of Storm Bird, has already made a splash with his first yearlings making up to R1 300 000 at the Premier Sale earlier this year.

Ascot Stud will be offering a stellar draft of 27 (three as agent for Riyo Stud) at this year’s National Sale, with their draft including yearlings by top sires Dynasty, Silvano, Gimmethegreenlight and their own Global View.

The farm’s Ashley Parker is very positive about the quality of his National Sale draft. He says, “We are really excited about the Global View yearlings, and we have 15 out of 30 Global Views on the sale, which is the most by the first season sires by a long way.

“We have two exceptional colts by him - namely Summerdale (Lot 124) a big strong striking colt out of G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lauderdale,  and Global Drummer (Lot 191)- a powerful , strong quartered colt who is a half brother to G1 Cape Flying Championship winner Gulf Storm and G3 Sycamore Sprint winner Seattle Singer.

“We also have an outstanding colt (by the name of Apache Trail) (Lot 20) by Soft Falling Rain out of Agbalat,  which makes him a half-brother to the G1 contender Pacific Trader.”

“With regards to fillies, we have a big scopey filly (Lot 196) by Global View out of Saffron Spice -a half sister to Bold Silvano,  and a half sister (Lot 47) to G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Silvan Star by Global View who is very racy athletic filly.
We also have a great Dynasty filly (Lot 148) out of the granddam of Jash who was second in the G1 Middle Park Stakes last year and who is a leading 2000 Guineas contender this year. This filly’s dam Miss Respect is a half-sister to multiple G1 winner Hibaayeb-the dam of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Wuheida.”

This is an exceptional draft, and not one any serious buyer can afford to miss!