The stud’s success over nearly half a century is based on a combination of a high quality broodmare band and careful stallion selection. This policy proved an immediate success, with Scott Bros finishing 2nd on the National Breeders’ Log as early as their 4th year in business. It is a policy that has stood the test of time and is the same principle that has kept Scott Bros in Top 10 breeders consistently ever since.
Imported Mare Success
The Scott Bros’ policy of importing excellent pedigreed mares from the USA and Europe proved successful, with some of the greatest horses to perform in South Africa’s most prestigious races. They include Gr1 winners POLITICIAN, DEVON AIR, LA FABULOUS, TEAL and IPI TOMBE
- The first of these was the RIBOT mare OFA. She was a full sister to champion RAGUSA and was imported from the USA.
- OFA would go on to produce the mighty POLITICIAN, arguably the greatest racehorse ever produced by Scott Bros, if not South Africa.
- The next import to produce a July winner was the DANCE IN TIME mare, CARNET DE DANCE, who would go on to produce multiple Gr1 winner IPI-TOMBI, winner of the 2002 Durban July.
- The third mare was NORTHERN BANNER, the only mare by the great NORTHERN DANCER ever to be imported to South Africa. She would go on to produce 1995 Rothmans July winner, TEAL.
- The next Scott import to win the prestigious race was the outstanding race mare DEVON AIR. Imported for stud purposes and raced in ownership of brothers D. I. and R. M. Scott, Devon Air won three Gr1 races in the space of three months: The Republic Day Handicap, The 1984 Rothmans July and the 1984 Durban Gold Cup 1984.
- Another import to prove highly successful was the ACCIPITER mare AMANZIMTOTI, who went on to produce LA FABULOUS, winner of the premier race in the Cape, the Gr1 J&B Metropolitan Stakes.
Another successful imported mare was the American-bred LADY OF RENOWN by HIS MAJESTY. She was purchased at the Newmarket December Sales in the UK and gave the Scott Bros the unique thrill of breeding a Royal Ascot winner when CUTTING BLADE, trained by Lester Piggott, won the Group 3 Coventry Stakes at the Royal Meeting.
Local Mare Success
One of the early fortuitous purchases was LENORE from Archie Dell’s Platberg Stud in the Karoo.
- LENORE became a foundation mare, producing Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner LETA and YASMINI, dam of multiple Gr1 performer BOLD WEST and Gr2-winning filly JUNGLE CLASS.
- The latest is THE APACHE, Champion 3yo colt in 2012 and Gr1 performer in South Africa, Dubai, England and USA, in 2013, with earnings exceeding R15-million
- Others to come from the Highdown nursery include Gr1 performers ARCTIC COVE, UNCLE PERCY, ORBISON, EATON SQUARE etc.
Durban July Connections
Durban July Connections
The Scott Brothers have a successful association with the Durban July both as breeders and as owners.
First was with Syd Laird and POLITICIAN and later with the maestro Terrence Millard. Of Millard’s record making 6 Durban July wins, 2 were achieved in the famous Scott silks, with champion race mare DEVON AIR and ILLUSTRADOR.
Further Gr1 performers in the Durban July have included Gr1 J&B Met ARCTIC COVE, Gr1 UNCLE PERCY, Gr1 Champions Cup ORBISON (Mogok) and ETON SQUARE (Miesque’s Approval).
You’re only as good as your stallions
Scott Brothers were fortunate to stand two Champion Sires – JUNGLE COVE and FOVEROS. The first to take up stud duties as resident Stallion was KIMBERLEY KID the son of the successful sire WILWYN a gift from the Oppenheimer family who sired in his first crop to race the Gr1 Benoni Guineas winner DIAMOND PRINCE. However locally bred Stallions were prejudiced and our attentions were drawn to the importation of our first Stallion with immediate success.
The rage in the USA was BOLD RULER and English Bloodstock agent Keith Freeman recommended the GR1 performer JUNGLE COVE by BOLD RULER out of SANTORIN by GREEK SONG. JUNGLE COVE sired 37 winners from 49 runners in the States including 2 stake winners SKIPAT and HALEY BABY. We were confident he would transmit this promising statistic and did not hesitate to purchase, little did we know how fortunate that decision was to be. JUNGLE COVE was an immediate success in South Africa becoming Champion Sire on 5 occasions.
FOVEROS was another stallion to honour the Highdown Stud. In a tribute to the Stud, the late Chris Smith leading Bloodstock Agent quoted “A final eloquent testimony to Scott Bros as leading Breeders is that syndicate members Brian Moore and Jim Redman of champion racehorse and Sire FOVEROS chose the Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud to stand the Stallion as soon as it became obvious that he was destined to be one the greatest Sires the country has ever seen.”
FOVEROS, imported from the UK to race in the colours of Brian Moore and Jim Redman, won the Gr1 J&B Met, Gr1 Hawaii Stakes, Gr1 Queens Plate, including 2nd placed in the Gr1 Prix d’ Ispahan in France prior to his importation. As a racehorse, he was given the honour of Champion Older Horse and Horse of the Year in 1981. At stud FOVEROS was Champion Sire in 1988, and followed this with Champion Sire status no fewer than 6 occasions.
Greatest Breeding Achievement
A Tribute to Politician
Our pedigree expert and mating advisor Eppie Nelson and our brother Neville, selected the stallion OLIGARCHY, the only sire representing the Alibhai line of Hyperion for our mare OFA by RIBOT.
The result was POLITICIAN a product of the ALIBHAI – RIBOT cross bred on identical lines to GRAUSTARK and HIS MAJESTY. POLITICIAN sold for R5,250 as a yearling.
He was to become the greatest horse to grace the South African turf. Never before has the ratio of sales value to ability been so exposed.
POLITICIAN, awarded Champion Colt and Horse of the Year 3 times (1976-1980), won 14 Graded Stakes races, 11 at Gr1 level. He won the Gr1 Queens Plate (twice), Gr1 J&B Met (twice) and the Gr1 Rothmans July carrying top weight. As a 3YO, he won three classic races The Cape Guineas, The Cape Derby and the SA Guineas in Durban
“Everyone will remember that he was one of the greatest,” – Syd Laird
“He was ridden in every one of his 18 victories by that ice cool big race rider Bertie Hayden who partnered the big chestnut with the same acuity and perfect judgement that he displayed time and again in his successful associations with MAZARIN, YATAGHAN and ARCHANGEL.” – Jehan Malherbe
“No one can forget the sight of him straining every sinew in his body to win the 1979 J&B Metropolitan Stakes after being hemmed in and only getting a clear run when the result already looked a forgone conclusion for FESTIVE SEASON. Who could ever forget that breath taking finishing burst under the welter burden of 59kg.”
“POLITICIAN was the most masculine horse I ever trained. He had terrific strength and took a tremendous amount of work and gave everything he had to the task about him POLITICIAN combined this strength with a great action and terrific fighting spirit to be a truly outstanding race horse.”