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Sunday Silence influence spreads to South Africa

ADMIRE MAIN will become the first son of Sunday Silence to stand in South Africa when he begins covering duties at Summerhill Stud in the Kwa Zulu Natal province.

Sunday Silence has been the dominant force in Japanese breeding for the past decade, but his influence has spread across the world, with bloodstock agent Patrick Barbe in the vanguard of importing Sunday Silence sons to France – most notably Divine Light, who sired Natagora – and Vita Rosa and Six Sense this year becoming the first sons of the stallion to stand in the UK and Ireland respectively.

Placed in the Japanese equivalents of the Derby and the St Leger, Admire Main is out of the Hector Protector mare Promotion, a Listed-winning half-sister to the dam of Tenno Sho winner Admire Jupiter.

Summerhill Stud joined forces with Shadai Stallion Station and Northern Farm to stand Admire Main in South Africa.

The stud's owner Mick Goss said: "Admire Main's arrival signals a new era at Summerhill. Twenty years ago in similar circumstances, we went out and courted the patronage of Dubai's Rulers. That changed our lives and heralded a new dawn for South African breeding.

"This is a unique racehorse, by a unique stallion from a unique farm; a defining moment in the life of any stud."




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