Star sprinter Twilight Son, who hails from the same family as Drakenstein Stud’s hugely popular young sire What A Winter, picked up the second G1 win of his career when he won Saturday’s G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The colt, who had suffered cracked heels in the lead up to Saturday’s £600 000 race, prevailed by a neck over Hong Kong galloper Gold-Fun in the 1200m contest, with Signs Of Blessing a short head away in third.
It was a second G1 win for the talented Twilight Son, who had previously won the G1 Betfred Sprint Cup last year.
Winning jockey Ryan Moore (who rode a treble on Saturday’s card), said after the win, “I always felt when I was going to ask him he would go and win. He travelled very strongly. When I rode him here last year (second to Muhaarar) he felt like a very good horse.
“He has obviously taken a while to come to hand this year, but Mr Candy was very confident about him. He’s done very little wrong – he’s only been beaten a a couple of times – and he’s proved he’s a high-class horse.”
Twilight Son (by Kyllachy) has now won six of eight outings and has amassed £725 150. He is likely to run next in the G1 July Cup, with Twilight Son destined to stand at stud at Cheveley Park Stud eventually.
Saturday’s G1 winner, a half brother to G3 Hackwood Stakes winner and sire Music Master, traces back directly in female line to Tudor Melody mare Hayloft –herself the third dam of South African champion What A Winter. (Hayloft is also dam of Irish 2000 Guineas winner Wassl).
A triple Equus Champion, who earned more than R3 000 000, the four time G1 winning What A Winter has nine lots on offer at the Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale at the end of the month:
Lot 37 –a half sister to 3 winners, this filly is bred on a similar cross to Equus Champion and young sire Capetown Noir. Her Fort Wood sired dam is out of an Oaks winner and this is the mighty La Troienne family, with major members of this immediate branch including French Derby winner and champion sire Caerleon
Lot 48 –this filly is out of a half sister to G2 winner Grey Cossack, and this is the same family as outstanding US galloper Faireno and high class group winner Celestial Dancer
Lot 70 –a half sister to 4 winners, this filly (bred on the reverse cross as Met winner Past Master) is from the immediate family of Oaks winner Danseuse Classique and champion and dual G1 winner Aslan
Lot 81 –a half sister to 2 winners (one of whom won six), this filly is out of a G3 placed winner of four. Bred on the hugely successful Gone West/Sadler’s Wells cross, she is from the family of Queensland Oaks winner Aspalita,
Lot 149 –a half sister to 2 winners, this filly is out of a four time winning Jet Master half sister to 2 stakes horses, and her second and third dams were runner up in the G1 Oaks and G1 SA Oaks respectively
Lot 161 –out of a National Emblem to the smart stakes winning filly Sunset Tripp, this colt’s second dam is an own sister to a Winter Oaks winner and third dam is Champion and Met winner Imperious Sue, whose 6 winners include G1 winner Imperious Star (dam of this season’s very smart 2yo Double Appeal)
Lot 163 –a half brother to a four time winner, this colt is out of an own sister to G3 winner Pacific Charm, and his dam is also a half sister to G2 winner Pacific Warrior and current high class performer Stonehenge. The family of Australian G1 winner Dashing Eagle
Lot 176 – inbred to legendary sire Mr Prospector, this filly is out of a half sister to G3 performer and nine time winner S’il Vous Plait and is from the great Queen of Light family, responsible for the likes of Royal Palace, Fairy Footsteps, Greinton, Desert Prince, Esoterique, and Light Cavalry
Lot 228 –a half sister to a winner, this filly is out of a Sportsworld half sister to G1 filly Joshua’s Mistress (dam of current useful galloper Mr Bond). The family of Equus Champion and July hero Heavy Metal as well as G1 winning 2yo For The Lads