David Southey’s Southford Stud has been part of the South African thoroughbred industry for many a decade.
Established in 1966, Southford Stud has become synomous with the production of quality, good-legged animals with the marvellous bone that comes from the mineral-rich soil found in the Karoo.
David, who was also involved with the running of his father’s Montagu Stud until 1970, also was involved in standing Gilbeys Stakes winner Damask, who became Leading First Season Sire of his year, despite having covered just 29 mares in his first season at stud.
Top horses bred by David for his father Percy include the fine sprinter Merlin, a ten-length winner of the SA Nursery, as well as Caption, who defeated the great Gatecrasher in the Bull Brand International.
Other notable Southford-breds include Johannesburg Merchants winner King Of Jazz, Colourburst, who captured the now defunct SA St Leger and was runner-up in the Gr1 SA Derby, while Mike de Kock trained Lestat, a leading juvenile of his generation and facile winner of the Gr2 Gosforth Park Juvenile Stakes.
Remarkably, Southford Stud had the phenomenal record of being represented at the National Yearling Sale for 55 consecutive years -a record few, if any farms, are likely to challenge in the modern era!
A long time supporter of the KZN Yearling Sale, Southford will be bringing another fine draft to this year’s KZN Sale, which is set to take place at the SunCoast Casino in Durban on June 30th this year.
Southford’s KZN Yearling Sale draft is composed of yearlings sired by such stallions as their own resident sire Admiral Kitten (sire of recent G1 Gold Medallion runner up Now I Got You), Galileo horse Global View, and former KZN purchase, and South African Triple Crown winner, Louis The King.
Among the lots offered by Southford at the KZN Sale this year are a Global View filly (Lot 50) bred on very similar lines to speedy G2 SA Nursery winner Sheela, an Admiral Kitten half-brother (Lot 81) to multiple Kenyan classic winner Happy Times, and a Global View half-sister (Lot 105) to speedy, G3 performer Captain’s Girl.
Southford Stud’s KZN Yearling Sale draft can be viewed in blocks C and D at the Suncoast Casino in Durban.