A pair of Cape bred thoroughbreds have been given entries for two of Britain’s most prestigious races.
The Mauritzfontein Stud bred and owned Smart Call, who is on track for a tilt at the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly &Mare Turf at the end of the year, is one of 36 fillies and mares nominated for the G1 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, a 1600m contest set to be run at Newmarket on October 1st.
Smart Call’s potential rivals could include six time G1 winner Minding, G1 Falmouth Stakes heroine Alice Springs, G1 Juddmonte International heroine Arabian Queen, G1 Coronation Stakes heroine Qemah, French classic winner Ervedya and multiple G1 winner Esoterique.
A leading contender for the Equus Award title of Champion Older Female for last season, Smart Call (by Ideal World) has won seven of 16 outings and earned over R3.4 million. Last season, she won four of five outings, including both the G1 J&B Met (over champion Legal Eagle) and G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (over five time G1 winner Inara and potential Equus Award candidate Bela-Bela).
Another top class athlete bred in the Cape, Yorker, has an entry for the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes (on ) and has also been entered in the G2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes, to be run at Leopardstown on September 10th.
A son of former seven times champion sire Jet Master, the Carl and Amanda De Vos bred Yorker has not raced since finishing third to King Of Pain in the 2014 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
The striking gelding, now in the care of trainer William Haggas, Yorker was South Africa’s Equus Champion Older Male in 2014, and his six wins included the G1 Sansui Summer Cup, G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes and G1 Champions Challenge.