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Carpocrates First Winner At Scottsville Share

Carpocrates, at Rob and Michele Pickering's Middlefield Stud

It was a special day of firsts with the news that Carpocrates(USA) produced his first winner at Scottsville today, a two-year old colt named Night Club, and the second, that it is the first horse bred by trainer Patrick Lunn, who also co-owns him.

The colt is out of the mare Social Club by Gold Mark, and was a R25 000 yearling graduate consigned by Bush Hill Stud from the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale at Suncoast.

Night Club placed third in his debut over 1200m at Scottsville, just 3.5 lengths off the winner in his first run 25 March, and has now won his second start over 1000m by a head under apprentice Keagan de Melo and trained by Patrick Lunn. Rob Pickering of Middlefield Stud (where Carpocrates currently stands) says that Patrick Lunn talks very highly of Night Club. "I have spoken to Pat Lunn today. Night Club is a very nice horse. It's Patrick's first horse that he has ever bred - the mare is at Bush Hill Stud - and the colt has shown a lot of promise from day one; he has a very bright future."

This is Social Club's second foal. Night Club descends from an impressive dam-line that includes the likes of Appelate Court, with the fifth dam being the exceptional Party Time, who has produced a legacy of outstanding racehorses including the likes of Vodacom Durban July winner Trademark, Jackson Square and Morisco to name but a few from this family.

Carpocrates, a record-breaking weanling at $US 2.4 million is one of the best-bred stallions to be brought to this country had three wins under Mike de Kock - who has so much faith in the stallion he retained a share in him.

By world champion Sire-of-sires Storm Cat, who should need no introduction, his dam was Spain, a nine-time winner - with five of those wins being Grade 1 including the Breeder's Cup Distaff; and she was in fact carrying Carpocrates in uetero when she crossed the finishing line first of this exclusive race, as well as placing four times in Grade 1 status races and earned herself a Time Form Rating of 123. She earned in excess of $US 3.5 million in stakes.

Rob Pickering goes onto say: "Spain only had six starts as a two-year old an won her last start as a two-year old late in the season. They are definitely not going to be out and out sprinters, as there is a lot of staying blood. Spain flourished as a three, four and five year old. She won a total of $US3.5 million in prize-money on the track of which 95% of that was in her three, four and five year old career. We are hearing very good comments from top trainers in the country about Carpocrates' progeny, they are very happy."

Spain has subsequently produced two full-brothers to Carpocrates, one now at stud in the USA is named Plan who had two wins in Ireland, including the Grade 3 International Stakes, and ran second in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes. The other - Calcaria - is a five-time winner from six starts in Japan.

Night Club, by Carpocrates being led in by owners Messrs P L Lunn, Sagren Govender, L P Lunn, K Ramruthan, P C Bentley and Miss K J Bentley. Image: Gold Circle

Spain, herself by Thunder Gulch (who has been described as one of the best racemares in history), produced a filly by Giant's Causeway (himself by Storm Cat) named Dreamtheimpossible who is also Grade 1 placed and was sold for a princely sum of $2.55 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in foal at the time to international sire sensation Galileo.

Congratulations to Bush Hill Stud, Patrick Lunn as well as the owners, Messrs P L Lunn, Sagren Govender, L P Lunn, K Ramruthan, P C Bentley and Miss K J Bentley.

We look forward to much more to come from this exciting young stallion.

To view a few of his foals please click on the link. Carpocrates has two colts represented at the National Yearling Sale at the end of April.