The best performed daughter in South Africa to date of Summerhill stallion Admire Main, Admiral's Eye, added yet more Bold Black Type to her pedigree last week when placing third behind Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes victress, Same Jurisdiction (Mambo In Seattle), in the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes at Greyville.
Admiral's Eye has won six times now with nine places, including two Grade 1's - the Thekweni Stakes and the Golden Slipper. She is out of the mare named Surfer's Eye, bred in partnership by Judge Alan Magid and Summerhill. Admiral's Eye also provided the first win for her sire; after placing on debut she won second time out by two lengths over 1200m at Scottsville.
Surfer's Eye is by Elliodor out of Irish mare Avy Joan by Malinowski. She was a winner over 1900m and placed five times, earning just R42,600 in stakes. Her imported female line reveals under the third dam, the likes of top sire and Champion three-year-old Vaguely Noble, as well as German sire Lombard and Lead On Time, amongst many Bold Black Types filling the female line.
Surfer's Eye borders on a broodmare phenomenon - having produced eight runners, seven winners - with four of them achieving Black Type status, not a statistic common among broodmares. They include full-sisters Saltwater Girl and Rapid Flow (both by Modern Day) who also both raced for the owner of Admiral's Eye, Alesh Naidoo of The Fire Racing Trust. Saltwater Girl placed second in the Grade 2 Gold Circle Oaks, as well as third in the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes and Listed Spook Express. Rapid Flow placed in the Listed Michaelmas Handicap.
Alesh Naidoo has retained Rapid Flow for stud purposes and she has a foal by Kahal at foot this season. Kahal gave Alesh Naidoo his first Grade 1 winner with Love Struck, who denied Tellina in the SA Classic, and has since been exported to Mauritius and continues to race successfully. The full-sisters amassed 13 wins and placed 39 times between them, almost evenly, each over distances of 1600m - 2400m and accumulated stakes in excess of R1million.
The next success to arrive for Surfer's Eye was a son of Solskjaer, Shogunnar, who went on to place second in the Grade 1 Summer Cup and third in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000. She has a 2013 Brave Tin Soldier filly, named Bold View, currently progressing through the ranks.
Trained by Charles Laird, Admiral's Eye looks to follow in her sisters' footsteps, certainly securing a future as a broodmare with her pedigree and race record. A R340,000 Ready To Run sales graduate of 2012, from the first crop of her Japanese sire, she has earned over R800,000 to date. She hasn't stopped here though - her three-year-old daughter by Kahal named Surfing Belle recently broke her Maiden by almost two lengths, from just four starts, at Scottsville over 1400m for owner Mario Ferreira and trainer Dennis Bosch. Surfing Belle sold for R750,000 at the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Admire Main, the only son of the brilliant Sunday Silence standing on the African continent, is Japanese-bred and stands a big 16.2hh. In South Africa he has the very exciting Kalamain coming through, bred by Lee and Dino Scribante of Piemonte Stud, from six starts he has won three (all over 1600m), placed second and finished fifth twice.
A top-class racehorse in his native Japan, Admire Main had four wins - including the Grade 2 Aoba Sho Derby Trial over 2400m, and the Grade 3 Mainchi Hai over 2000m. He also placed second in the Grade 1 Japanese Derby and third in the Grade 1 Kikuka Sho - earning in excess of $2-million. He won his races by a combined 22.5 lengths.
A beautifully athletic chestnut stallion with a beautiful big-striding walk, Admire Main left Japan in the middle of their breeding season to come to South Africa - leaving behind a crop of horses that are winning successfully on Japan's tracks. They include 15-time winning Kohaku Fairy, as well as six-time winners Mio Charleston and Ripe Main.
Out of the mare Promotion - herself by Hector Protector out of Assertion by Assert - Admire Main's damline also includes Mount Hagen - a stallion that stood at Summerhill many years ago. Admire Main stands for a fee of R15,000.