Sandown Stud’s successful resident sire Ashaawes was represented by a smart looking stakes winner at Greyville on Super Sunday.
Ashaawes’ latest feature race win came courtesy of the Boland Stud bred Asstar, who ran on strongly to capture the Listed Umngeni Handicap.
Asstar, who accounted for a high class field of sprinters including Listed Storm Bird Stakes winner Isca (2nd), Sophomore Sprint hero Ernie (3rd), G1 sprinter Barbosa (4th) and G2 Umhkomazi Stakes hero Harry Lime, has now won six times in a 19 race career.
Saturday’s win pushed the gelding’s earnings to over R500 000, and Asstar does not look like stopping here.
A proven high class performer, Asstar’s previously notable performances include a third last time out in the G2 Durban Merchants.
Out of the Northern Guest mare Stunning Star, Asstar was an R80 000 bargain buy from the 2013 Sun Coast Casino KZN Yearling Sale.
He is a son of the Kingmambo sire Ashaawes, also sire of graded winners Priceless Jewel and Reim as well as high class G1 performer Sanshaawes.
Ashaawes has two lots on offer at this month’s National Two Year Old Sale:
Lot 147 – a half sister to a winner, this well bred filly is out of a half sister to G2 winner La Deportista (dam of East Cape champion Juan Pablo). La Deportista is also second dam of current high class performer Saratoga Dancer, who ran well in both the G1 Vodacom Durban July and G1 Mike And Carol Bass Champions Cup. Like Ashaawes, Saratoga Dancer’s sire is a son of Kingmambo, which makes this filly very closely related indeed to Saratoga Dancer
Lot 264 – this colt, a half brother to 3 winners –one of whom won seven, is from an excellent family with his relatives including notable Equus Champions Jay Peg and Kochka, as well as G1 sprinter National Title, among others