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ST PETERSBURG (AUS)
Nureyev (USA) - Miss Bold Appeal (USA)
Solzhenitsyn (NZ) won the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup over 1600m in Australia last week for the second year running. The son of St Petersburg (AUS) who stands at Summerhill Stud in South Africa’s picturesque KZN Midlands, is out of Tri Victory (NZ) by Victory Dance (IRE). A 12-time winner, Solzhenitsyn also won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield in Australia and placed twice in Group 1’s and a Group 2 down under.
Named after a Russian novelist and activist, Solzhenitsyn won by a short neck from Commands colt Transporter, with Epic finishing one and quarter lengths off the leader in third position.
In South Africa, Blushing Peter (out of Elegant Blush by Jallad) placed third in the Grade 3 Protea Stakes as well as placing fourth in the Grade 1 South African Nursery. He is trained by Sean Tarry and bred and owned by Fred Crabbia. St Petersburg’s other Bold Black Types from Australia and Macau include Chartreuse, Barlinnie, St Peters Gift, Russian Conquest and Fantasticprivilege.
St Petersburg is the sire of 167 progeny to race to date, producing 85 winners (50.0%) with earnings of over $6.6 million which include five Stakes Winners and two Stakes places.
St Petersburg is the only son of Nureyev standing in KwaZulu-Natal, out of the mare Miss Bold Appeal by Valid Appeal. A good-looking dark bay stallion with an outstanding temperament, he is a half-brother to Triple Grade 1 winner in the USA, Jersey Girl as well as 8-time winner Partition and sire Bold Expectation in Australia. He belongs to the immediate family of Two-Year-Old USA Champion sire Foolish Pleasure, Beldale Lustre, Valid Expecations and Little Expectations.
A stallion that stood privately prior to relocating to Summerhill Stud, St Petersburg has produced winners (and Stakes Winners) in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
St Petersburg won three races in Australia at age 3, 1000-1200m and placed twice. His wins include the Group 3 VRC Chivas Regal Stakes (1200m) and the SAJC Fraar Handicap (1000m). He placed fourth in the Group 1 VRC Lightening Stakes (1000m) and Group 2 Ascot Vale Stakes (1200m) before a tendon injury prematurely ended a career that promised great heights.