We’ve been very fortunate in the past few weeks to receive some excellent coverage in The European Bloodstock News. Last week HOBB ALWAHTAN featured; this week it was WAY WEST’s turn.
ANOTHER COUP FOR SUMMERHILL STUD (EBN 15 September 2006 p.4)
Champion breeders Summerhill Stud will be home to an impressive band of stallions this season and a new addition to the roster will be Hobb Alwahtan, a threeparts brother to none other than Sheikh Mohammed’s
all-time favourite, the magnificent Dubai Millenium. A winner of six races from a mile to a mile and a half, Hobb Alwahtan rattled off four big victories in Dubai in a single season, all by an average of four lengths. Regally bred, he is a son of champion Machiavellian – now a successful sire of sires with the likes of Medicean, Vettori and Kahal – and hails from one of the most potent modern families, that of the blue hen mare Fall Aspen. Hobb Alwahtan is out of her daughter Colorado Dancer, a dual French Group winner by Irish Derby hero Shareef Dancer. Colorado Dancer is one of no less than nine Group winners produced by Fall Aspen, and counts as her three-parts brother South African champion sire Fort Wood (Sadler’s Wells) and Gr.1 sire Timber Country (Woodman). With these impeccable credentials, there are obviously high expectations of this handsome chesnut, who will stand for a fee of R15,000.
STALLION SHOWCASE (EBN 22 September 2006 p. 8)
We continue our series of profiles on new horses at stud and this week the spotlight falls on Way West, an Australian-bred son of the great Danehill. Rated one of the leading juveniles of 2003, Way West won twice at two, his most notable victory being the Gr.3 Blue Diamond Prelude, where he beat the smart Oratorio and Sanzero. In the prestigious Gr.1 Blue Diamond, he finished a creditable fifth after a troubled run during which he hit the running rail and sustained a foot injury which plagued him throughout the balance of his racing career. Way West is out of the placed Mr Prospector mare Prospect Fever. His grandam Annoconnor was an outstanding racemare, winning three Gr.1 races in California during the 1980s. She is a Nureyev half-sister to Gr.1 Melbourne Cup winner and successful Australian sire At Talaq (Roberto). This is also the family of successful New Zealand stallion One Pound Sterling. Part-owned by Arrowfield Stud, he is the famous Australian stud’s first stallion venture in South Africa. Way West commences stud duties at Summerhill Stud in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at a fee of R16,000 live foal.