Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Pathfork had a weekend to remember when he had a trio of winners on Saturday –and had an impressive update to his female line.
The former G1 National Stakes winner’s first winner on Saturday came in the form of Choir Of Angels, who broke his maiden in smart style over 1400m. The Highlands Farm bred Choir Of Angels looked to have a tough task on his hands when the front runner Trojan Quest pinched a big lead but ran on smartly to win going away by 1.25 lengths.
Out of the A P Indy mare Super Singer, Choir Of Angels was a R200 000 buy from the 2015 Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale.
Pathfork’s second winner on Saturday came in the form of the promising Bobby Dazzler. The gelding, who had been third on his only previous outing, justified strong betting support (he eventually jumped an 18-10 favourite), to score by three parts of a length at just the second time of asking. Bobby Dazzler, who was bred by the Ridgemont Stud, is inbred to Sadler’s Wells –as is his sire’s top class performer Red Chesnut Road.
The son of Distorted Humor’s third and final winner on the day came at Turffontein when daughter Lucky Lulu got up to break her maiden over 1400m.
Pathfork’s stellar female line also gained yet another boost with talented 3yo filly Lockdown (a full sister to US champion and multiple G1 winner Close Hatches) landing the Busanda Stakes impressively on Sunday.
Lockdown, who has now won two of just three outings, is now likely to be pointed towards the G1 Kentucky Oaks.
Lockdown, like former champion 2yo Pathfork, is a direct descendant of the great mare Best In Show –one of the most prolific blue hen mares in the modern day stud book. Pathfork and Close Hatches apart, other champions descended in female line from Best In Show include El Gran Senor, Redoute’s Choice, Try My Best, Rags To Riches, Peeping Fawn, Aldebaran, Xaar (damsire of the 2016 G1 Investec Derby winner Harzand) and Spinning World –to name but a few.
The exceptionally well bred Pathfork, whose first crop include the G3 winning Red Chesnut Road and the exciting 3yo Elusive Path among others, has 12 lots on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, with his draft including a colt from the same family as current US star and dual G1 winner Dortmund (Lot 2), a filly out of a stakes winning daughter of outstanding sire Dynaformer (Lot 34), a half sister to millionaire and star sprinter Trip Tease (Lot 73), a filly out of a G3 winning daughter of former top Australian sire Commands (Lot 159), and a half sister to dual G1 winner Russian Sage and recent G3 Fillies Mile winner Smiling Blue Eyes (Lot 176).