“Golden Sword and Traffic Guard have wasted no time in impressing
with their first crop of foals.”
Sarah Whitelaw - Summerhill Stud’s well bred and performed young stallions, Golden Sword and Traffic Guard, have wasted no time in impressing with their first crop of foals. Both stallions are by top stallions, and both Golden Sword and Traffic Guard come from powerful female lines.
Dual Derby winner High Chaparral, sire of Golden Sword, has been represented by three individual Group One winners, in two hemispheres, in 2013 - namely Toronado, It’s A Dundeel and Shoot Out.
Golden Sword, a top-class racehorse himself, broke the track record at Meydan when winning over 2000m. He also won one of Britain’s major Derby preps, the G3 Chester Vase, ran second in the Irish Derby, and ran the mighty Sea The Stars to two lengths when fifth in the Epsom Derby. He is from one the greatest families in the stud book, whose members include the classic winning fillies Alexandrova and Chicquita (both, like Golden Sword, descendants of the great Sadler’s Wells), as well as former legendary SA sire Royal Prerogative.
Traffic Guard, who ran sire sensation New Approach to half a length in the G1 Irish Champion Stakes, is one of 117 stakes winners for outstanding sire More Than Ready. From the same male line as Roberto and Sunday Silence, More Than Ready has proved an exceptional sire, whose progeny have won in many countries and over a range of distances. His progeny include three Breeders Cup winners, this season’s sensational US 3 year-old Verrazano and leading young Australian sire Sebring.
More Than Ready has already enjoyed success in South Africa through his brilliant, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning son, Gimmethegreenlight. The talented Traffic Guard, who hails from the family of Gr1 winners Chief Advocate and Erin’s Isle, is out of a mare by the great Zafonic. Zafonic’s daughters have done extremely well at stud, having produced the likes of G1 winners Izzi Top, Zambezi Sun, Vadawina and Zafisio.
Extract from Sporting Post