Some of the Cape’s top breeders turned out to view Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting line up of stallions on Sunday afternoon.
Guests, who were treated to an array of snacks and drinks beforehand, turned out to view Wilgerbosdrift’s homebred champion Hawwaam, who is set to stand his first season at the Piketberg farm this season, and the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody, Fire Away and Flower Alley.
The latter led the showing, with Flower Alley making his presence felt in no uncertain terms.
The strapping son of Distorted Humor looked an absolute picture, with Flower Alley in good heart going into the 2021 breeding season.
Flower Alley, whose 50 black type horses include Kentucky Derby/Preakness Stakes winning champion I’ll Have Another, has made a tremendous start to his stud career in South Africa, with his most recent flagbearers including the likes of Princess Calla and Santa Therese.
Buffalo Bill Cody, a quality son of legendary Australian sire Redoute’s Choice, was the next to parade.
From the same female line as top-class sire Hard Spun and dual US classic winner Little Current, Buffalo Bill Cody showed tremendous ability in a brief career, winning six of just ten starts including five in a row.
By the same sire as top class stallions Not A Single Doubt, Snitzel and Stratum, Buffalo Bill Cody’s first foals arrive this season.
Fire Away, a son of outstanding US sire and emerging sire of sires War Front, was the next stallion to parade on Sunday.
The seven time winner who won the G3 Dixie Stakes is a half-brother to G1 Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker as well as to the very smart Vigilantes Way -winner of Saturday’s Miss Liberty Stakes.
Fire Away, a grandson of legendary racemare and producer Personal Ensign, has his first yearlings this season and they include a half-brother to the G1 winners Golden Ducat, Hawwaam and last season’s Horse Of The Year Rainbow Bridge.
The magnificent Hawwaam, who made a big impression on Sunday, is an eye catching and athletic individual.
The son of the late, great Silvano (also sire of current sire sensation Vercingetorix) was an outstanding racehorse and South Africa’s Champion 3YO Colt of 2018-2019.
Hawwaam won ten of 13 starts, with his five G1 wins including a pair of triumphs in the G1 Premier’s Champions Challenge as well as the G1 Daily News 2000 -a race won by such star stallions as Dynasty and Vercingetorix.
Hawwaam will stand his first season at Wilgerbosdrift for a fee of R30 000 and is expected to cover some top-class mares.