Summa Cum Laude (SAF)

Vercingetorix - First Arrival (Northern Guest) bay, 2017 - height 16.1hh

  • Hadlow Stud - KZN
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Race Record

Unraced due to a nasal injury as a yearling

Sire Line

VERCINGETORIX – R1.4m yearling; 7 wins, 1600-2000m, 2x Gr1/2x Gr2 in SA, Dubai & Hong Kong, 2x Gr1 placed; Champion 3yo Colt in SA; rated Timeform 124;

Sire of Gr1 winners of both sexes.

Notable progeny includes Vernichy (17f – Captain Al, Giant’s Causeway) – Gr1 winner at 2; 2nd highest rated filly at 3; Ambiorix (18c – Indigo Magic, Dominion Royale) – Gr1 winner at 2; Rascallion (17c – Jet Master, Al Mufti); 3x Gr1 2nd & 3rd at 3; Padre Pio (16c – Jet Master, Western Winter); Gr1 2nd at 3; Gallic Princess (16f – Jallad, Elliodor); Gr1 3rd at 4; Gallic Chief (18 – Western Winter, Citidancer); Ikigai (16c – Al Mufti, Bletchley Park); Seeking The Stars (17c – Count duBois, Wolf Power); African Warrior (16c – Jet Master, Al Mufti); Nebraas (16c – Archipenko, Domedriver); Champion Stayer ; Pomp And Power (18c – Candy Stripes, Country Doctor); Wisteria Walk (16f – Fort Wood, Dancing Champ); Astrix (16c – Victory Moon, Fort Wood); Nartjie (17c – Galileo, Seeking The Gold); Fearless Warrior (16c – Captain Al, Rock Of Gibraltar); Vaseem (16c – Giant’s Causeway, Slip Anchor); Viking Moon (16c – Untouchable, Mighty Avalanche); Battle Of Alesia (16c – Fort Wood, Goldkeeper); Seehaam (16f – Al Mufti, Fort Wood); Joyful Noise (17f – Jallad, National Assembly); Forever Mine (17c – Spectrum, Bletchley Park); Hooves Of Troy (16c – Mogok, Jet Master); Marshall (16c – Not For Sale, Pine Bluff); Mount Anderson (16c – Al Mufti, Dancing Champ); Celtic Voyager (16c – Black Minnaloushe, Western Winter); etc.

KIN-BREEDING: with Timeform 124 the highest rated son of Champion Sire Silvano.
A large proportion of Silvano’s best runners show kin-links with descendants of Buckpasser (and his female line).
Buckpasser is notable in Al Mufti (and sons Captain Al, Victory Moon), National Assembly (damsire of Vercingetorix; sire of National Emblem, who is close kin to the dam of Vercingetorix), Complete Warrior (with Al Mufti in Captain Al), etc. – a trend also notable in Vercingetorix’ best runners.

The female line of Vercingetorix has an exceptional record with lines of Persian Wonder and Lords, suggesting an affinity with Court Martial/Fair Trial-clan members, which are widespread, and include Elliodor, Dominion Royale, Field Master, Drum Beat, etc. 



LomitasNiniski - Nijinsky
la Colorada - Surumu
Spirit of EaglesBeau's Eagle - Golden Eagle Ii
Big Spirit - Big Spruce
National Vixen
National AssemblyDanzig - Northern Dancer
Renounce - Buckpasser
Royal VixenPeacetime - Nijinsky
Scarteen - Sweet Song
First Arrival
Northern Guest
Northern DancerNearctic - Nearco
Natalma - Native Dancer
Sex AppealBuckpasser - Tom Fool
Best in Show - Traffic Judge
First Debutante
ElliodorLyphard - Northern Dancer
Ellida - Crepello
First PartyDouble First - Double Jump
Party Time - Filipepi


Vercingetorix’ best runners show a similar affinity as his sire Silvano: to Buckpasser and his female line, or to elements of Fair Trial, which are widespread in the SA mare population.

The black type offspring of Summa Cum Laude’s dam First Arrival fit the same bill. First Arrival herself is by Northern Guest (dam is by Buckpasser) out of a mare by Elliodor (Court Martial/Fair Trial), with subsequent broodmare sires Double First, Filipepi and Sun Compass providing more building blocks.

The sires of First Arrival’s notable offspring are Muhtafal (dam kin to dam of Northern Guest, with Buckpasser’s sire Tom Fool and Traffic Judge), Jet Master (female line has strong Fair Trial & kin through Drum Beat, Fair Judgement, etc), Western Winter (key female line ancestor Golden Feast kin links to First Arrival’s female line), Silvano, Philanthropist (grandson of Roberto, who is kin to Buckpasser).

Suitable Lines

SUITABLE LINES for Summa Cum Laude could include those that provide the same affinities as shown by his sire and dam.

From the Buckpasser camp
- Al Mufti (Captain Al, Victory Moon, and other sons and daughters) and others with Lassie Dear (AP Indy, Wolfhound, Tiger Ridge, Duke Of Marmalade, etc),
- Plugged Nickle (dam by Buckpasser is 3-part sister to Lassie Dear),
- National Assembly (National Emblem, who is close kin to dam of Vercingetorix, with sons Announce & Sarge, both with double Buckpasser, plus Roberto),
- Complete Warrior, Caesour, etc.

From the Fair Trial camp the options are endless
- Blue Peter (Dominion Royale, Elliodor),
- Court Martial (Elliodor, Model Man, etc. – widespread), Abernant (Golden Thatch/ Goldmark, etc. - widespread),
- Tudor Mel­ody (Welsh Harmony, National Emblem, etc. - widespread),
- Welsh Pageant, Drum Beat, Mexico/Harry Hotspur, New South Wales, Persian Wonder, Preamble, Aver­of/Foveros, Mixed Marriage (Gone West/ Western Winter, etc.),
- Derring Do/Roland Gardens, Petition (Danzig - widespread), Regent Street, etc.

The stallions with whom First Arrival has been successful deserve special attention (Western Winter, Jet Master, Muhtafal, Philanthropist), as do elements from female lines of Vercingetorix’ Gr1 performers (Captain Al, Dominion Royale, Jet Master, Western Winter, Elliodor, Al Mufti).

First Arrival is from the Party Time family, where notable sire lines include (among others) Dancing Champ, Elliodor, Goldmark, Over The Air.

(posted August 2021)

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