BUFFALO BILL CODY
Talented Irish bred Buffalo Bill Cody has been retired from racing and he will stand at Wilgerbosdrift.
Buffalo Bill Cody made an instant impression, despite being six months younger than his South African rivals, when he made a winning debut over 1160m.
In the process, Buffalo Bill Cody accounted for subsequent G1 SA Classic winner Lobo’s Legend by head.
After finishing fourth next time out, Buffalo Bill Cody proceeded to reel off five wins in a row, while scoring by an aggregate of more than 15 lengths.
Among those beaten by Buffalo Bill Cody during his career were the graded stakes winners Cirillo, Eyes Wide Open, Kampala Campari, Lobo’s Legend,and Equus Champion Talktothestars.
His multiple champion trainer Mike de Kock described Buffalo Bay Cody as one of the best looking and most talented horses he ever trained. “I never got to the bottom of him, the best was still to come.”
Buffalo Bill Cody retires to stud having won six of just ten starts, while stamping himself as one of the most exciting prospects around.
He is a son of multiple champion sire Redoute’s Choice, whose 170 plus stakes winners include fellow multiple Australian champion Snitzel and fellow successful sires Not A Single Doubt and Stratum. Another of Redoute’s Choice star sons, five time G1 winner The Autumn Sun, is currently standing in Australia for a stud fee of AUS$66,000 – or more than R770,000.
Redoute’s Choice has enjoyed tremendous success in South Africa where his representives include champions Majmu, Musir and Mustaaqeem, as well as such GrDE 1 winners as Rafeef and Wylie Hall.
Buffalo Bill Cody is out of top-class racemare and high-class producer Buffalo Berry, who won four times including the Grade 3 Reeve Schley Jr. Stakes (on turf), and who is also dam of G3 Transylvania Stakes winner Chattahoochee War.
Buffalo Berry’s granddam is Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes winner PrayersN Promises, one of the best two-year-old fillies of her year in North America.
This is the same family as Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes winner, and top-class sire, Hard Spun. Hard Spun himself was sired by Danzig- the grandsire of Redoute’s Choice himself.
Also off to stud if Gavin van Zyl-trained Gabor, who was last season’s Equus Champion two-year-old filly. She has been retired and will stand at her owners’ and breeders’ Drakenstein Stud farm.
She put in her final fast work for Saturday’s Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes yesterday and once again disappointed. Van Zyl said due to one or two niggles she had not been able to find the form of her two-year-old season and it had thus been decided to retire her rather than to squeeze more out of an already champion filly.
The champion status she achieved was remarkable considering her first racecourse appearance was on 12 May last year in a Barrier Trial.
She won her debut over 1000m on the Polytrack 17 days later and followed that with a running on third from a wide draw in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m.
In her next start she won the Thekwini Stakes over 1600m in fine style from a good draw and thus provided jockey Warren Kennedy with his first ever Grade 1 winner.
She also provided her late sire, Kingsbarns, with his first Graded Stakes winner. She only raced once this season, finishing unplaced in the Grade 2 Tibouchina, and so retires having earned R594,375.
She is out of the twice winning Trippi mare Se Agabor. – BSA.com, Gold Circle