(Photo : Greig Muir)
Machiavellian - Just A Mirage
The August Stakes (Grade 3) is the traditional precursor to South Africa’s richest race on the sand, the R600,000 Emerald Cup (Grade 2). Summerhill has had an enduring record of success with its sand runners, particularly at the top end, the 2009 hero of the big one being Roy Magner and Wally Brits’s, Phunyuka, who took both these events in breathtaking style.
Saturday it was the Kahal gelding, The Mouseketeer’s turn as he picked up the running early in the Vaal’s punishing straight, and plugged on manfully to hold his foes at bay by ¾ length. Bred by our neighbours, Bush Hill Stud, The Mouseketeer is yet another fine advert for the Kahal/Northern Dancer cross, and for those students of pedigrees who like the practice of line breeding, it’s another advertisement for the Machiavellian influence with mares of Northern Dancer parentage, given that both Northern Dancer and Machiavellian, (who carries two strains through Halo and his tail female line) share the same maternal lineage.
Think about it though, and the chemistry is immediately apparent. Kahal is a big, strong, raw-boned individual, the perfect physical foil for the high quality, feminine mares of Northern Dancer and his tribe.
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