Golden Sword's full-brother, All Body And Soul, a gelding out of Sitara was bred by the Pocock family and is owned by Mr Herb Stanley.
Golden Sword was represented with his first runner at Greyville during the week, the very good-looking and well related filly, Belle Rose – a half-sister to Pierre Jourdan and Champagne Haze.
Belle Rose debuted for trainer Mike de Kock in the famous yellow and blue chevron silks of Al Adiyaat South Africa. The filly looked a picture going down to the start and will definitely be wanting more distance than the 1000m on debut, where she finished in fifth place in slightly soft going. Belle Rose sold to Form Bloodstock off the 2015 CTS Ready To Run Sale in Johannesburg for R475 000.
Golden Sword, a top-class racehorse himself, broke the track record at Meydan when winning over 2000m. He also won one of Britain’s major Derby preps, the G3 Chester Vase, ran second in the Irish Derby, galloping the mighty Sea The Stars to two lengths when fifth in the Epsom Derby.
He is from one the greatest families in the stud book, whose members include the classic winning fillies Alexandrova and Chicquita (both, like Golden Sword, descendants of the great Sadler’s Wells), as well as former legendary South Africa sire Royal Prerogative and Dolpour – the latter being the broodmare sire of The Apache.
Golden Sword stood for a fee of R20,000 in the breeding season of 2015.