Gestüt Ammerland homebred Borgia wins the Hong Kong VasePICTURE: Getty Images
Star German mare Borgia visits Sea The Stars
BORGIA, one of the best German-bred racemares of recent times, has this spring been covered by one of the best racehorses of all time – as she is a member of the first book of mares to be covered by Sea The Stars at Gilltown Stud in County Kildare.
The daughter of Acatenango and half-sister to Boreal is owned by Gestüt Ammerland founder and owner Dietrich von Boetticher, who also bred HurricaneRun and Lope De Vega – who carried his colours to victory in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains on Sunday.
Borgia, now 16, was a rare female winner of the Deutsches Derby in 1997. That year she also won the Grosser Preis von Baden and finished third to Peintre Celebre in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and second to Chief Bearheart in the Breeders' Cup Turf. On her racing swansong at five she landed the Hong Kong Vase.
She has yet to produce a black-type performer, though Bahama Bay, her four-year-old daughter by Dansili, was a promising fourth in the Listed Prix du Royaumont last year. Last year, her yearling colt by Shamardal (subsequently named Mutayaser) sold to Shadwell for 230,000gns.
Other first-season concubines for Sea The Stars with a German heritage include Sacarina, dam of Salve Regina, Samum and Schiaparelli, and Quilanga, a Group 3 winner from the family of Sunday's Premio Presidente Repubblica winner Querari.