8 August 2017

Ascot Stud's former Sail From Seattle may now be deceased but this has not prevented his progeny from firing on all cylinders of late.

The son of Gone West's runners last season included no fewer than 22 individual juvenile winners in South Africa, as well as G1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup winner Sail South.

The latter, now a nine time winner, became his sire's third individual G1 winner when downing G1 winners Captain America, Bela-Bela and recent Vodacom Durban July to win the 2017 Champions Cup for trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Richard Fourie.
The tough as teak Sail South, who was also third in last season's G1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate behind champion Legal Eagle, has now banked in excess of R1.4 million, with his previous big race victories including the Listed Daisy Business Solutions Handicap.

Other notable winners representing Sail From Seattle last season included G3 Sycamore Sprint winner Seattle Singer, and Listed Stormsvlei Fillies Mile winner Seattle Gold as well as four stakes placed two-year-old winners.

He ended the 2016-2017 as South Africa's second leading sire of two-year-olds, by prize money, with his juveniles landing 29 races and earning more than R2 million last season.

Sail From Seattle's great run of success in 2016-2017 has continued in the new season, with the late sire racking up a remarkable hatrick of wins at Fairview on Monday.
His son Seattle Dragon broke his maiden convincingly when landing Monday's third race, before the promising Sail From Seattle filly Pepper Oak, bred by the Ascot Stud, made it two wins from just three outings by scoring a facile win over 1000 metres in race four. Sail From Seattle's third and final winner on Monday came when For Luck Sake scored over 1200m in the fifth race on the card.

A close relative of dual US champion sire Smart Strike, Sail From Seattle is represented by some well bred youngsters at the 2017 National Two Year Old Sale.

His draft of 16 lots include -
-a half-brother to G1 Summer Cup third Master Switch
-a colt (whose first two dams are by Kingmambo and Sadler's Wells respectively) from the family of G1 winning siblings Sleepytime, Ali-Royal and Taipan
-a colt who is a three quarter brother to G2 The Debutante winner Winterinthewoods
-a half-brother to KZN Yearling Sale Million hero Ace Antonius
-a three quarter sister to useful stakes performer Kemal Kavur
-a colt out of four time stakes winner Scented Ash
-a filly, whose dam is a half-sister to stakes winning filly The Merry Widow, from the family of recent G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Lady In Black
-a filly whose dam is a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Final Judgement
-a full-brother to stakes placed filly out of a three parts-sister to Cape Derby winner Top Seller
-a half-sister to Champion Juvenile Cup winner Kimberley Star
-a colt out of a winning Western Winter half-sister to 2 G1 winners -a filly from the same family as promising local winner Noble Secret and unbeaten Australian rising star Crown Witness

The National Two Year Old Sale offers buyers one of the last opportunities to acquire stock of this much underrated sire and this is not a chance to miss!