06/10/2013 6:48PM

Group 2 winner Await the Dawn to stand in South Africa


Await the Dawn, a Group 2-winning son of leading sire Giant’s Causeway, will begin his stallion career at Summerhill Stud in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The 6-year-old horse, bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms, won six of 13 career starts, earning $656,096. Racing for Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier, Await the Dawn won three consecutive group stakes from 2010 to 2011, taking the Group 3 Kilternan Stakes, the Group 3 Huxley Stakes, and the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes. The latter win came at the famed Royal Ascot meeting.

Await the Dawn finished seventh in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf, and was purchased by a group led by trainer Mike de Kock in early 2012. He finished his career with four starts in the United Arab Emirates, winning once and running second in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold. In his final start, Await the Dawn finished fifth in the Dubai Sheema Classic on March 30.

“Summerhill has been associated with some great stallions over the years, but I can’t remember being more enthusiastic about any of them than I am about this fellow,” Summerhill CEO Mick Goss said. “He is the whole package: a big, masculine individual of the highest racing class, bred from the best blood of two of the world’s most celebrated stud farms. All he needs is a normal dose of luck to make a great stallion.”

Await the Dawn is out of the stakes-placed winning Dixieland Band mare Valentine Band. He is a half-brother to Group 1-placed stakes winner Putney Bridge and to Card Shop, the dam of Group 2 winner Ollie Olga. Valentine Band is a half-sister to Group 3 winners Multiplex and Memorise. Await the Dawn’s second dam, stakes-placed winner Shirley Valentine, by Shirley Heights, is a full sister to Irish classic-placed Deploy and half-sister to four other top-flight horses - European champion and classic winner Commander In Chief; Group 1 winner and English heighweight Warning; Grade 1 winner Yasmak; and Group 2 winner and leading Chilean sire Dushyantor.