Ashaawes juveniles shine
Sandown Stud’s promising sire Ashaawes has a number of really classy juveniles representing him this season.
From a small crop, Ashaawes’ juveniles include a pair of really impressive debut winners, and a colt who ran an unlucky second first time out –behind an older horse!
The Ashaawes’ sired Peace Again made a stunning winning debut, when winning first time out at Scottsville by nearly two lengths. Aimed at the Gr2 The Debutante, Peace Again unfortunately was struck by a virus, which prevented her running in that R200 000. Nonetheless, Peace Again (bred by the Just-In Stud) is clearly a nice type in the making, and she is one to watch.
A second Ashaawes sired juvenile to make a smashing winning debut was Asstar, who scored an impressive 4.25 lengths over 1000m at Kenilworth on Sunday in the style of a horse with a very bright future.
Bred by the Boland Stud, Asstar is trained by Glen Puller to win the first race. Puller and Ashaawes very nearly made it a quick 2yo double when the Ashaawes sired Power to Please looked a desperately unlucky loser when green in running and running on strongly to finish less than half length behind the winner, and 3yo, Muskets ‘n Roses. Power to Please (who finished five lengths clear of the field) looked a winner in all but name, and should go very close next time out. Interestingly, Power to Please is out of a mare by emerging broodmare sire Goldkeeper (also the damsire of Ashaawes’ talented stakes winner Way Clear).
James Armitage, who stands Ashaawes, feels that his up and coming stallion does well when mated to Northern Guest mares (this cross has already produced the international Gr1 performer Sanshaawes and the above mentioned Asstar). He also likes the idea of Ashaawes being mated to mares carrying the blood of one of Roberto’s top sons, Lear Fan.
Potential mares for Ashaawes this season could include So Royal (dam of Priceless Jewel who is currently in foal to Dynasty), and James admits there has been plenty of interest shown in Ashaawes for the up-coming breeding season.
A $2.85 million son of Kingmambo, Ashaawes is also the sire of top Cape filly Priceless Jewel, winner (under top weight) of the recent Listed Olympic Duel Stakes at Kenilworth. Priceless Jewel, bred by the Sandown Stud, is a wonderfully versatile filly – having won or placed in races from 1200-2400m!
Ashaawes is well represented on the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale next month. He has 4 lots on sale:
Lot 80 is a filly out of a winning daughter of champion sire Southern Halo and local champion racemare, Faralmond. This well related filly is from a top Argentinian family with numerous black type performers to its credit.
Lot 135 is a half-sister to a three time winner, out of a winning daughter of stakes winner Delta Blues. This filly is out of a mare by emerging broodmare sire Goldkeeper, whose daughters have already produced such top fillies as All Is Secret and Reflective Image.
Lot 225 is a half-sister to a US based winner. Out of a daughter of champion sprinter Cadeaux Genereux, this well related filly’s relatives include unbeaten Epsom Derby hero Golden Fleece and hugely influential sire Be My Guest.
Lot 259 is a colt whose dam is a half-sister to smart stakes horse S’il Vous Plait. Like top juvenile Kingvoldt, this colt is out of a Parade Leader mare. He hails from one of the best families in the stud book, and traces back directly in female line to one of history’s greatest broodmares, Queen Of Light