Vercingetorix: described by Mike de Kock as "a superior athlete"PICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins
Vercingetorix to stand at Maine Chance Farms
SOUTH AFRICAN superstar Vercingetorix has been recruited for stud duty by Maine Chance Farms, where he will stand alongside his champion sire Silvano.
The deal to acquire Vercingetorix was arranged by Jehan Malherbe of Form Bloodstock.
Vercingetorix was bred by Klawervlei Stud out of the smart National Assembly mare National Vixen and sold as a yearling for R1.4 million (£77,760/€107,0000).
He won seven of his ten starts and was unbeaten in his home country, including in the prestigious Daily News 2,000 at Greyville.
Trainer Mike de Kock later sent the horse on an international campaign and last year he won the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan before he finished second to Just A Way in the Dubai Duty Free and third in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup.
This year Vercingetorix was the impressive winner of the Group 2 Al Rashidiya back at Meydan before he injured himself in his defense of the Jebel Hatta, which forced him into early retirement.
Maine Chance Farms owner Andreas Jacobs said: "He is the best son of Silvano, a horse who has always been close to my heart, who became a record-breaking champion sire in Germany and in South Africa. Both were champion racehorses, each with a phenomenal race record in their respective home countries, as well as abroad."
The stud is in the process of syndicating Vercingetorix and reported a "rapid and enthusiastic response from South African breeders".
De Kock paid tribute to him by saying: "Since his first day of training in the yard, he always stood out as a superior athlete.
"His relatively short career allowed him international Group 1 success on one occasion. Had he been around longer, I am sure it would have been more."