South African Champion Princess Calla Bought By John Stewart

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South African Horse of the Year Princess Calla (SAf) (Flower Alley) has been purchased by John Stewart of Resolute Farm from Mario Ferreira, Stewart announced on X Saturday morning. Ferreira and trainer Sean Tarry had sent the five-time South African Grade 1 winner to America in early March for a crack at the Breeders' Cup.

“We have finalized our international deal and I'm so excited to announce that we have acquired 2023 South African Horse of the Year Princess Calla in a private sale,” Steward said on X. “She is in her final days of quarantine and will be headed to Chad Brown to begin training for a run at this year's Breeders' Cup.”

Bred by Maine Chance Farms, the bay also earned Equus Champion Older Mare honours in 2022/2023 to go with her Horse of the Year title, and of her 12 lifetime wins from two to six, 11 have come at the graded level. Out of G2 Sceptre S. winner and G1 Allan Robertson Championship second Princess Royal (SAf) (Captain Al {SAf}), she brought R600,000 as a Cape Thoroughbred Sales Premier yearling. Princess Calla is also a half-sister to the Grade 3-placed Platinum Sky (SAf) (Silvano {Ger}). Her dam is a half-sister to the dual Equus winner Princess Victoria (SAf) (Victory Moon {SAf}), who earned her championships at two and three.

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