Lot 172 Iwo Jima (Brave Tin Soldier - In Style)
Half-brother to Grade 2 winner and Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje (Kahal)
(Photo : Leigh Willson)
“Timely wins with the Ready To Run Sale now barely a week away.”
In addition to Classic Illusion’s victory in the Grade 3 Yellowwood, there was further cause for celebration at Summerhill Stud this week when two of its stallions sired their first winners, timely ones at that, with the Ready To Run Sale now barely a week away.
Brave Tin Soldier was first to strike, when his American-bred juvenile son Don’t Waste My Time broke his maiden second time out at Laurel. The New Jersey-bred, out of the Not For Sale mare Motel Love, is one of a handful of foals sired in the States by Brave Tin Soldier, prior to joining the Summerhill stallion roster in 2010.
A globetrotting son of Storm Cat, the handsome Brave Tin Soldier raced in Britain, France, Dubai and the States.
Successful in the Listed Blenheim Stakes as a member of the powerful Ballydoyle contingent at two, he overcame a career-threatening stress fracture to add three further races to his resume. After winning for Mike de Kock in Dubai, he scored a career-best victory in the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger Stakes over the Meadowlands turf.
A $3-million foal purchase, the regally-bred bay is out of the Mr Prospector mare Bless, an unraced full-sister to Fusaichi Pegasus.
Brave Tin Soldier’s first yearlings were extremely well-received in the sales ring this year and he returned the highest average of all first-season sires at the National Yearling Sale. His 14 youngsters catalogues for next week’s sale include a half-brother to Grade 2 winner and Durban July runner-up Smanjemanje (Kahal).
Fellow Summerhill inmate A.P. Arrow also registered his initial winner when first-crop daughter Flight Check broke her maiden in fine style at Turffontein. Placed in her last three starts up to 1800m, the Gavin van Zyl-trained miss stretched out to 2600m and came home full of run to score by the best part of three lengths.
An accomplished son of “Emperor of stallions” A.P. Indy out of a three-parts sister to South American Champion stallion Hussonet, AP Arrow counted both the Grade 2 Clark Handicap and Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap amongst his five career wins, was also Grade 1-placed on three occasions and earned close to $1.5-million. He will be represented at next week’s Ready To Run Sale by a sizeable draft of 23.
Extract from European Bloodstock News