ROSEDENE Stud’s stallion Grey’s Inn has established himself in an elite club on South Africa’s current stallion roster, reports JAMES TROTTER.
King of Pain’s victory in the G1 Gold Challenge last weekend meant that Greys Inn has now sired a Grade 1 winner from both of his first two crops, a feat matched only by current star stallion Dynasty in this country (Silvano also did the same after a brief stint at stud in Germany).
Grey’s Inn: One magnificent son of Zabeel.
The achievement is made all the more impressive by the fact that Dynasty had 99 runners and Silvano 118 total in their first two crops, while Greys Inn only had 86. The first Grade 1 winner for Greys Inn was Royal Bencher who dead-heated with Pomodoro in the 2012 G1 SA Derby, before sadly being plagued with injury ever since.
Pomodoro would go on to win the G1 Durban July that same season and show himself to be one of the leading older horses in the country as a four year old. Considering Silvano stands at a fee of R200,000, Dynasty at R150,000 and Greys Inn at R20,000, it is not hard to see there is serious value to be found in Zabeel’s triple Grade 1 winning son.
To add to Greys Inn’s big day, his two year old son Forries Waltz remained unbeaten from three starts when winning the Listed Gatecrasher Stakes conceding weight to all the other runners. What makes this colt more impressive is that being out of a Rich Man’s Gold mare he is bred to be best over at least 2000m and so is destined only to improve with age and as he runs over more ground. Not surprisingly Saturday marked the last time he will race in this country, Mike de Kock having elected to take the colt to Dubai with him for next year’s Carnival. Also, as Mike pointed out, being from the Forty-Niner damline, he is likely to act on dirt in Dubai.