Await The Dawn: set to continue Storm Cat sire-line in South AfricaPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Await The Dawn to stand at stud in South Africa
JUST weeks after the death of legendary stallion Storm Cat, his legacy has been further secured following the announcement that Await The Dawn, by arguably his best sire son Giant's Causeway, will stand at South Africa's Summerhill Stud.
Bred by Juddmonte, Await The Dawn raced in the equally renowned colours of Michael Tabor for the Coolmore partnership, as the result of a foal share agreement between the two breeding powerhouses.
The easy winner of a 1m Naas maiden at two, Aidan O'Brien's charge disappointed behind subsequent Group 1 winner Poet's Voice when last of seven in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, but returned victorious at three to land both his starts, including a nine-length demolition of the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes field.
A four-year-old campaign started in fine fashion when posting another impressive run to land Chester's Group 3 Huxley Stakes, before putting such notable performers as Harris Tweed, Drunken Sailor, Laaheb and Campanologist firmly in their place at the royal meeting when winning the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.
Await The Dawn disappointed on his next start in the Juddmonte International. A lacklustre performance by the colt resulted from what transpired to be a case of pleuropneumonia, or shipping fever, which almost cost the four-year-old his life.
A bold recovery ensued, and Await The Dawn turned out again the same year when seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf behind stablemate St Nicholas Abbey.
Making one final start for O'Brien when tackling Meydan's Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup Night, Await The Dawn was not seen again until the following year when reappearing at the same track for South African trainer Mike de Kock.
Four outings yielded his sixth and final win, alongside a half-length second behind Jakkalberry in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold. A tilt at the Dubai Sheema Classic saw Await The Dawn again chase home St Nicholas Abbey when fifth, after which it was discovered de Kock's runner had suffered a career-ending injury.
Out of the Listed runner-up Valentine Band, Await The Dawn is a half-brother to black-type scorer Putney Bridge. Group 3 winners Memorise and Multiplex - a fellow sire - are also found in the family, of which the matriarch is outstanding broodmare Slightly Dangerous, the dam of Commander In Chief, Warning and Dushyantor.
Announcing the news, Summerhill Stud CEO Mick Goss said: "Summerhill has had a long and proud association with some terrific stallions over the years, champion sires Northern Guest, Home Guard, Liloy, National Emblem, and Fard - the latter two in the juvenile category - among them, while Kahal, Rambo Dancer and Muhtafal have been championship contenders in their own right.
"I have to confess though, that while new stallions evoke a spirited response in us, it's some time since we felt this way about a sire prospect."
The Storm Cat line has flourished in South Africa during recent seasons courtesy of such names as Tiger Ridge, Black Minnaloushe, Mogok and Var, who was responsible for a Grade 1 double at Scottsville last month.
A fee for Await The Dawn has yet to be announced.