Klawervlei’s beautifully bred broodmare The Cat Returns received a handsome update to her pedigree page when her half brother Boban (by Bernardini) won the $400 000 G1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on Saturday.
It was a fifth G1 win for the brilliant Boban, who was partnered to victory by South African born rider Glyn Schofield. After settling his mount midfield, Schofield bought Boban with a late rattle to snag the prize with Entirely Platinum back in second ahead of Stratum.
After the race, the winning rider commented, “He settled a little bit closer in the run that I thought I’d be but I didn’t have to ask him to be there and he travelled really sweetly,” Schofield said.
“I must say I didn’t quite think that I was going to get there having to make my run along the fence but I had a chat to connections before the race and I said there was no point trying to push out around horses in the straight and the fence didn’t look like it was too bad.
“He won the race in the last 100 metres when he saw the winning post and really lifted late.”
Boban is now likely to head back to Sydney for a tilt at the G1 George Main Stakes.
Saturday’s win was Boban’s 11th and the gelding has now won over AUS$2.788 million in stakes. His previous top line wins include the G1 Epsom Handicap, G1 VRC Emirates Stakes, G1 Chipping Norton Stakes and G1 BRC Doomben 10,000.
Boban and The Cat Returns (by emerging broodmare sire Tale Of The Cat) are out of the classic winning Kenmare matron Kenbelle, whose three wins included the G1 AJC Australian Oaks.
Boban’s half sister had a Warm White Night filly, Ninefold (who fetched R800 000 at the 2014 March Yearling Sale), while the latter’s full brother is currently in training with Dennis Drier.
The Cat Returns has a cracking Seventh Rock yearling colt this season and is currently in foal to Jay Peg. She is booked to return to the red hot Seventh Rock in 2015.