Robert Brogan, who runs the African Betting Clan website, tweeted to me today that five-time South African champion sire Jet Master is injured and will not cover mares in the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Pat Devine’s South African-bred son of the imported Northern Dancer horse Rakeen won the 2010/2011 sire championship from rival Captain Al on the last day of the season that ended July 31 for his fifth consecutive title. He is only one of three South African-bred stallions to ever sit atop the general sire list. Standing at Klipdrif Stud, Jet Master’s internationally prominent runners include the outstanding sprinter J J the Jet Plane—a major winner in Dubai this year. Jet Master won 17 of 24 starts and was a two-time Horse of the Year in South Africa despite being plagued by breathing problems that required tie-back surgery on more than one occasion.
The African Betting Clan website (click the link above) featured a fascinating running exchange between Ms. Devine, Jet Master’s owner, and Captain Al’s owner, John T. Freeman, as the sire championship wound down to the last few days.
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