BRED FOR THE WORLD indeed! GAMBUT, a tough, courageous racehorse and a grandson of the stallion SUNSTONE, who we recently introduced here on this social media platform.
He was a champion sprinter from the 1940s, winning 25 races during an impressive racing career that spanned almost a decade – 22 wins here in South Africa (trained by John “Joe” Balemenos for most of his starts in South Africa) and was a winner of 3 races in England.
GAMBUT (SAF) 1941, a chestnut horse by SUNLORD (SAF) out of ACTON (GB) by KNOCKANDO (GB), was bred by Mr. G. Wyrley-Birch at his Wretham Stud in the Colesberg district. He is on record as having just the one son stand as a stallion at stud, GAGIT (SAF) 1951, out of Demeanour by Moonlit.
He was the broodmare sire of a further two stallions at stud, PRINCE ALLEN (SAF) 1969 by Allenby out of his daughter Gamalink and CHILD’S PLAY (SAF) 1962, by Olean out of Toffee Apple. He sired his last small crop of foals in 1966 aged 25 and died in retirement at the ripe old age of 31.