alan and brenda magid with dahlia's guest and her foal

Judge Alan and Brenda Magid with Dahlia’s Guest and her Way West colt
(Grant Norval)

One of our favourite pals, Alan Magid, one-time doyen of the South African judiciary, didn’t take long to visit at the news of the arrival of his sparklingly attractive Way West colt. This fellow arrived on Saturday morning, and at a massive 60kgs, he’s one of biggest foals we’ve seen in a while, certainly as big as any thus far this season. He’s out of the Northern Guest mare, Dahlia’s Guest, and is a half-brother to the top-class Mark Dixon trained filly, Prize Flower (by Muhtafal).

There’s a twist in this tale, and it revolves around Alan’s wife Brenda, who really is the “judge” in this instance. At the 2007 version of the Summerhill Stallion Day, our generous friends were anxious to support the charity auction of stallion services, and after seeing the parade, and finding herself enamoured by the appearance of Way West, Brenda put up her hand in earnest. Bidding beyond the advertised service fee (that’s what charities are about!) and despite the desperate protest of her thrifty husband, Brenda won the day and had the service knocked down to her. The dilemma for the Judge (we speak of the judicial one now,) after that was which of his mares he should use the service for, his inclination being the sister to the winner of the inaugural Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup, Umngazi.

But knowing the success Danehill has enjoyed with Northern Dancer-line mares, (Rock Of Gibraltar, Horatio Nelson and Peeping Fawn), our mating committee urged the use of Dahlia’s Guest to Way West.

The photograph tells the rest of the story. We’re hoping this year’s choice of stallions will be left to her ladyship!