(Photo : Greig Muir)
ADMIRE MAIN (JPN)
On Wednesday last, the KZN Breeders website published a story on the auspicious emergence of the first progeny our new stallion, Admire Main in Japan. (Click here to read the article.) If you’re anything of an international race-watcher, you will know just how competitive Japanese racing has become, to the degree that they’ve been scooping some of the big ones across the globe. In other words, if you can make it in Japan these days, you can make it anywhere.
While Admire Main raised hopes of a glittering three-year-old career with a smashing debut over seven furlongs at two, his aptitude for longer distances and his pedigree suggested that anything we gleaned from his own stock at two, would be something of a Christmas gift. And the way he’s going, it looks like Santa Claus’ generosity this year will have few bounds: he may just be the reason why 2012 will not be “Twenty Twelve”, as the Mayan calendar suggests. Thus far, his record reads 11 runners, 4 winners (from 800m to 1700m,) and as many again in the money.
The integrity of the breed in South Africa demands a balanced sprinkling in aptitudes among our stallions. Somehow, our race organisers got the mix upside down, with the bulk of the prize money for those that excel at 2000m and beyond, against a programme for our younger horses which is loaded in favour of the swiftest between 1200m and 1600m. Clearly, if you want to win the big ones, you need to be on a horse that will go every inch of the way, and that calls for a liberal measure of both stamina and class. Admire Main had both in loads, and he has the added advantage of his genetic uniqueness. Australia has its own special brand of the Halo male line in More Than Ready, and while he’s a stallion of great individual brilliance, More Than Ready’s influence on the breed is never likely to match that of Sunday Silence. We’re lucky at Summerhill to have both strains, one through Traffic Guard (More Than Ready’s best-performed European son) and Sunday Silence’s through Admire Main.
If you want to be “something else”, look for something else.