If ever vindication was needed for Summerhill’s deep conviction on MACHIAVELLIAN as a Sire of Sires, then surely STREET CRY’s two Group One winners in the USA this weekend, was it. His daughter ZENYATTA, remained unbeaten in eight starts in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (Gr1), drawing away by 3.5 lengths, while his two year old son STREET HERO, became this young sire’s eighth Group One winner with just three crops at the races, as he scooted off in the Norfolk Stakes (Gr1), notching his first lifetime victory in the most illustrious company.
Back home, KAHAL continued to sow his own breeze, reaping the whirlwind at the top of the nation’s Sires’ log. KAHAL started out as a little known stallion at an R8,000 service fee, and his mates to date reflect his rather modest beginnings. However, the early achievements of EMPEROR NAPOLEON, BOLD ELLINORE, DESERT LINKS etc, quickly dispelled any notion of ordinariness about this fellow, and he now bestrides racing’s headlines like a stallion colossi in the making.
“If he’d got the mares FORT WOOD and WESTERN WINTER have had, he’d be challenging for the Championship”.
We didn’t say that; but a legend did.
It’s Mike de Kock’s considered opinion (and he should know, having trained four Group One performers by KAHAL), that this is a Champion in the making and with his much improved patronage of the last few seasons, KAHAL should be well on his way. If the foals from the new generation are anything to go by, we’d have to agree.