Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2009-04-28 14:53:13  
JAY PEG TO STAND AT KLAWERVLEI

He’s been called a “giant killer” and now imposing bay Jay Peg is returning to South Africa to pass his stunning good looks and formidable ability on to future generations.

The Thoroughbred Group announced in Cape Town today that Jay Peg, a son of Camden Park out of Al Mufti mare Laptop Lady, will be syndicated for stud duties at Klawervlei Stud near Bonnievale in the Western Cape.

Thoroughbred Group’s John Freeman and Klawervlei’s John Koster successfully syndicated and manage the stud career of locally bred hero Captain Al, and have been appointed by Marsh Shirtliff, Etienne Braun, Selwyn Marcus and Paul Loomes to handle Jay Peg’s stud career.

South Africa’s all-time record stakes-earning racehorse has an official International Timeform Rating of 126, the highest-rated racehorse bred in SA to date – in fact, one of the highest-rated stallions in history to stand in SA.

Said Freeman: “With career earnings of R40 million, no other horse bred or raced from this country comes close. His Timeform rating confirms that he is a really smart horse in international terms. Timeform have listed him as the 2nd highest horse rated in Dubai last year. The return to Singapore on 17 May 2009 can’t affect his stud value but a successful result will be the cherry on the top. He’s a great looking animal and has massive claims to stud duties anywhere in the world. We’re so lucky that he is owned by a team of men who love SA racing and want to see him stand here.”

John Koster said: “Klawervlei is delighted to have the honour of standing one of South Africa’s favourite sons. Jay Peg has all of the attributes any stallion needs to succeed. He is an imposing grandson of A P Indy out of an Al Mufti mare and gives breeders a host of different mating possibilities. He proved he could handle tough conditions at home (a major advantage) and able to beat the best overseas. His toughness and courage were never in doubt, he never, just never gave up in a fight. Dashing good looks, racing class, pedigree and courage, Jay Peg is the complete package. We applaud Marsh, Etienne, Selwyn and Paul for bringing Jay Peg back to South Africa, I know they had other overseas options to consider”.

Marsh Shirtliff in who colours he raced, said “Peg is certainly my kind of horse. He was hugely athletic as a youngster and proved himself as tough as teak. He hated being headed in any race – a greater and more determined fighter will not be easy to find. I am delighted that he is going to Klawervlei as I have had a few mares there for some time and it’s a privilege to have Peg there now”.

Jay Peg started his racing career in South Africa winning 3 of his 5 starts at 2. In the care of Anton Marcus’ brother, Basil, he won 8 of 13 starts here at 2 and 3, including a string of successive victories. Among them were two classic events, the Gr1 Cape Guineas and Gr1 Investec Derby.

He was then sent to Dubai where he finished 2nd in the Gr2 Nayef Jebel Hatta before setting a course record for the Nad Al Sheba 1 777m in the Duty Free. He beat 7 other international Gr1 winners from post 14 – in itself a remarkable feat! The success was made even more noteworthy because he took the lead by design and stayed in front until the saddle started to slip at the 300m mark. As Jay Peg drifted out, with Marcus trying to maintain his balance, horses passed them on the inside and on the outside and then he dug deep to regain the lead. Marcus came completely out of the stirrups at the wire.

“I was more concerned about falling off than I was about the opposition,” remarked the jockey later. “It suited me when they came at me from both sides because he enjoys a fight.”

It’s history now that Jay Peg’s smooth ground-saving action saved the day as he balanced himself up as best he could and flew up to snatch an incredible victory.

Then sent to Singapore for the Singapore Airlines International Cup, he franked the Duty Free form decisively. The highest-rated horse in the field, he put in another dazzling display in Singapore’s showpiece. Drawn at No 7, Jay Peg took the lead early, racing wide, but conceded the lead in a fast-run race to coast along in the box position. He effortlessly overhauled a tiring pacemaker over 300m from the line and powered away to win in a time that was just a fraction off the track record.

Dubai’s Racing Magazine “Circle” featured him on the cover and proclaimed him “one of the best middle-distance horses in the world”.

Marcus heaped praise on his mount: “I was exhausted at the furlong but the horse was still going strong. Of all of the horses I have ridden he is the gutsiest. You can put him anywhere in a race, he’s a real fighter”.

The big bay’s international conditioner Herman Brown remarked that “when it comes to toughness, you can put him in the ring with anything”.

Seven-time Hong Kong champion jockey Basil Marcus said: “I felt from the time that he won the Cape Guineas that he was good enough for the world stage, He was SA Champion 3yo and the only 3yo in history to win the Classic quartet of the Cape Classic, Selangor Trophy, the Guineas and the Derby. I loved him from the time I started working with him. A classy horse to work with, he always gives his best.”

Alan Porter wrote in the authoritative “Bloodhorse” magazine on-line: “... the weekend saw an impressive victory for a classic winner whose pedigree has Danzig close up, and has been upgraded by some clever inbreeding. We’re talking about Big Brown, right? Wrong! Although Big Brown fits the bill, the horse we have in mind is Jay Peg, the South African-bred star who landed the Gr1 Singapore Airlines Cup and distinguished himself for having captured international Gr1 events in three different countries.”

The item goes on to say that Jay Peg is rated A++ by TrueNicks on the basis of the AP Indy/Roberto cross that has also produced Gradepoint and Parade Queen. It also notes that Jay Peg’s pedigree is also upgraded by some clever inbreeding because his broodmare sire, Al Mufti, is a half-brother to the dam of AP Indy which gives Jay Peg a 4x3 cross of their dam, Lassie Dear. “It’s not the first time that inbreeding to this family has produced outstanding runners,” the article continues.

The Timeform Annual “Racehorses of 2008” reports: “Jay Peg TFR 126, high-class performer … winner of Dubai Duty Free in March by 0.50 lengths from Darjina, Archipenko, Vodka and Finsceal Beo, rallying despite slipping saddle after looking held: races prominently: genuine.”

As if he needs another big prize to add to his already impressive credentials, it has been confirmed that Jay Peg will defend his title in the Singapore Airlines International Cup on the 17th May. He will return to quarantine at the Cape en-route to his stud duties and it is expected that he will be out of quarantine in time to be shown at the Klawervlei stallion day in July.

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Similar Articles
    Displaying 20 ResultsSee All
    american pharoah vs golden horn is a no go2015-08-04

    THE world's two best horses seem destined never to lock horns, with owner Anthony Oppenheimer sa...

    View | Add Comment
    guineas on majestic moments' radar2015-04-06

    South African trainer Patrick Shaw may have unearthed his Singapore Guineas contender after Majest...

    View | Add Comment
    irish-breds lead the way for hong kong’s international meeting2014-11-24

    Irish-Bred PENIAPHOBIA (IRE) became only the second three-year-old ever to win the Group 2 BOCHK W...

    View | Add Comment
    death of racing great hughes2014-11-18

      Dessie Hughes, one of Ireland's racing greats as a trainer and before that as a jockey, has ...

    View | Add Comment
    arc beckons for europe's stars2014-10-01

    Tapestry has emerged a possible challenger for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after Coolmore said she...

    View | Add Comment
    musir does it for south african 2012-01-12

    Etisalat was the generous sponsor of Thursday's third meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and th...

    View | Add Comment
    third leg falls to given vision2009-07-17

    Trainer Stephen Gray got an extra thrill out of the win of Given Vision in the $450,000 Group 2 Thr...

    View | Add Comment
    date for meydan opening announced2009-06-11

     Meydan has finally announced the date of its first meeting after months of speculation surrou...

    View | Add Comment
    gr.1 bowl goes to jolie's shinju2009-06-01

    Singapore Gold Cup winning duo of trainer Hideyuki Takaoka and jockey Ronnie Stewart captured...

    View | Add Comment
    meydan - may 2009 in pictures2009-05-26

    Meydan, the most spectacular development to happen to the thoroughbred racing world this cent...

    View | Add Comment
    stars ready to shine at singapore's biggest day2009-05-16

    As far as Asian cities go, Singapore must be right up there with the best of the other scenic...

    View | Add Comment
    singapore cup: plum draw for jay peg2009-05-14

    South Africa's main hope and the defending Singapore Airlines Cup Champion, Jay Peg, landed th...

    View | Add Comment
    countdown on for jay peg's final fling2009-05-11

    With the countdown to the Singapore Airlines International Cup and KrisFlyer International Sprint en...

    View | Add Comment
    jay peg to stand at klawervlei2009-04-28

    He’s been called a “giant killer” and now imposing bay Jay Peg is returning...

    View | Add Comment
    south african horses arrive in hong kong2009-04-14

    South Africa's two contenders for Hong Kong Group 1 honours, Imbongi and Archipenko (pictured), have...

    View | Add Comment
    bruss runners highlight disappointing day for s.a2009-03-29

    The Saudi Arabian based Neil Bruss held up the Southern African flag in Dubai on Saturday night in t...

    View | Add Comment
    smashing win for well armed in dubai world cup2009-03-28

    One of the most dominant performances in Dubai World Cup history was seen at Nad Al Sheba on Saturda...

    View | Add Comment
    eastern anthem captures sheema classic crown2009-03-28

    The most competitive race finish of the Dubai World Cup night was won by a local rider and trai...

    View | Add Comment
    gladiatorus storms to dubai duty free victory2009-03-28

    The Dubai Duty Free was a truly Emirati victory with apprentice rider Ahmed Ajtebi completing a rema...

    View | Add Comment
    brown, bruss thrilled with world cup runners2009-03-23

    Albertus Maximus, the Dubai World Cup contender owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Ma...

    View | Add Comment
  • Breeding News
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    byword: stallion profile3 days ago

    Mauritzfontein Stud’s young sire Byword (Peintre Celebre) is one of the best performed stall...

    View | Add Comment
    british winner for sa mare2016-09-22

    Riyo Stud’s top class broodmare Bella Cantata (Singspiel) was represented by a British winne...

    View | Add Comment
    stallion profile –await the dawn2016-09-21

    A large band of well performed young sires will be represented by their first crop of two-year-old...

    View | Add Comment
    pricey purchases pay dividends2016-09-19

    This weekend past saw a number of expensive thoroughbreds come to the fore in South Africa. From ...

    View | Add Comment
    silvano colt wins on debut2016-08-31

    Rownak from the Geoff Woodruff yard drew first blood at the Vaal yesterday, winning the opening race...

    View | Add Comment
    trippi granddaughter impresses2016-08-30

    Last season’s South African Champion Sire Trippi is a really exciting young broodmare sire. ...

    View | Add Comment
    over the ocean: soft falling rain foal update2016-08-29

    In a previous article about international Group 1 winner, and resident stallion at Wilgerbosdrift, S...

    View | Add Comment
    inara to stay in sa, will not go to galileo in europe 2016-08-25

    Drakenstein Stud announced today that multiple G1 and Equus Award winner, Inara, will retire to stud...

    View | Add Comment
    on the prowl with louis2016-08-23

    Louis The King's victory in the 2014 Grade 1 South African Derby, saw him become only the second hor...

    View | Add Comment
    debutante win for flying the flag sister2016-08-22

    Rhododendron, a full sister to Bush Hill Stud’s exciting young sire Flying The Flag, impress...

    View | Add Comment