Highlands Farm’s veteran and evergreen sire Windrush had a weekend to remember when the son of Seeking The Gold was represented by no fewer than five individual winners. Windrush’s tally also included an impressive feature race winner on Saturday’s G2 Supreme Cup (sponsored by SAP) card.
The first of the Windrush winners came at Fairview’s meeting on Friday where the Alan Greeff trained Storming Home duly stormed home over 1600m to pick up his second career win.
However, the Windrush fest of winners really took place on Supreme Cup day, when no fewer than three of the ten races carded were captured by Windrush sired runners.
Windrush son Dutch Harbor, bred by the Beaumont Stud, captured the first race on Supreme Cup day, the Britehouse MR 80 handicap over 1200m. It was the colt’s second win from his last three outings for trainer Brian Wiid, with the versatile Dutch Harbor having previously scored on Greyville’s polytrack course. Out of the Northern Guest mare Arctic Game, Dutch Harbor is a full brother to Windrush’s stakes placed daughter, Lizzy Grey.
Mighty Manzi, bred by Highlands Farm, was the next son of Windrush to win. Like Supreme Cup hero Deputy Jud trained by Mike Azzie, Mighty Manzi had won his first two in a row as a juvenile, and had been thought good enough to contest the G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe two years ago. The four-year-old gelding bounced back to his better form with a gutsy victory in the Britehouse MR 90 handicap over1450m.
Windrush’s final winner on Saturday came when his talented son Doing It For Dan picked up the Listed SAP Hampton Handicap over 1000m. It was a 1-2 for trainer Louis Goosen in this R150 000 with Doing It For Dan, third in the G3 World Sports Betting August Stakes at his previous outing, running on too strongly for favourite and stable companion Trip Tease, who had previously lost just once over 1000m on the Vaal sand track. It was an emphatic two and a bit length win for the Highlands Farm bred gelding, who has now won or placed in 17 of 19 outings and who has earned over R670 000 in stakes.
The fifth and final weekend winner for Windrush came in the form of the filly Cyclone Sassy, who broke her maiden by two and a half lengths when successful at Greyville on Sunday. The consistent Glen Kotzen trained three-year-old has now won or placed in all five of her outings to date. Bred by the Gary Player Stud Farm, Cyclone Sassy is out of the Western Winter daughter Grand Duchy.
Windrush, whose best progeny include ill-fated champion Mother Russia and former G2 Emerald Cup hero In A Rush, is currently eighth on South Africa’s general sires list, above such top class stallions as Jet Master, Var, Western Winter, Elusive Fort and Black Minnaloushe.