Cape breds strike in Dubai
Following on from a remarkable hatrick (Sanshaawes, Vercingetorix, Variety Club) a few weeks ago, Cape bred thoroughbreds once again made the headlines at Meydan last Saturday.
The Wilgerbosdrift bred gelding Kavanagh scored the eighth win of his career when he landed a handicap over 1200m on Saturday.
In getting the better of Dux Scholar by a neck, Kavanagh was winning for the first time in nearly a year.
He owed much of his success to the vigorous ride from jockey Christophe Soumillon, who got Kavanagh home late to score a good win in the $175 000 District One Sprint. Soumillon, who has partnered Kavanagh five times for two wins, was delighted by the victory, and said in a post race interview, “It is nice to see him back in form, and he clearly likes this straight track.
Trained by Champion conditioner Mike de Kock, Kavanagh is bred and owned by Wilgerbosdrift. He is likely to return to the Piketberg farm of his birth once his racing days are over.
Runner up in the Gr3 Al Shindagha Sprint last year, Kavanagh is one of 29 stakes winners sired by the now deceased Tiger Ridge. A Storm Cat half-brother to Champion US sire A P Indy, Tiger Ridge was champion first crop sire in both South Africa and Florida. His best offspring included Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup winner Wagner and Equus Champion 3YO Filly Cherry On The Top. Tiger Ridge is also sire of As You Like – third in Saturday’s Gr2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas.
Tiger Ridge has three yearlings on offer at the March Yearling Sale, and 12 lots on offer at the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. Tiger’s March contingent includes a colt from the family of champion Dancewiththedevil, while his National draft includes fillies out of champion racemares Laverna and Mother Russia.
Kavanagh lacks nothing in female lines. His dam, Qaestio, is a full-sister to stakes winner, and leading sire Mutakddim, and a half-sister to Takesmybreathaway (dam of G1 Suburban Handicap winner Frost Giant).
His third dam is Gr1 winner Dance Number – herself dam of Champion 2YO and Gr1 Breeders Cup winner Rhythm, as well as leading US sire Not For Love. In turn, Dance Number is a half-sister to outstanding sire Private Account – sire of unbeaten US legend, Personal Ensign. This is the famous La Troienne family.
Kavanagh was one of two Cape bred winners on the evening for Mike de Kock and Christophe Soumillon, who also teamed up to win the District One Phase III handicap with Oldlands Stud bred gelding, Sanshaawes.
The 4yo gelding quickened up well with 400m to go, and drew clear to win by three parts of a length.
Owned by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Sanshaawes has now won two of his three Dubai outings. He was also fourth when making his Dubai debut, and looks unlikely to stop here.
A son of Sandown Stud’s resident Kingmambo sire Ashaawes, Sanshaawes was a bargain buy at the 2011 Cape Regional Summer Yearling Sale – where he was bought for just R30 000.
Out of the unplaced Northern Guest mare Vicario, Sanshaawes, placed in all of the Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, Gr2 Selangor Cup and Gr3 Cape Classic, has now won or placed in nine of his 15 starts.
His sire, Ashaawes, is strongly represented on both the March and National Sales.
Ashaawes’ four March Sale bound yearlings include a filly out of top-class Gr3 winning mare Amazon Fighter, as well as a colt out of a winning sister to champion Bold Bidder.
His National Sale draft includes a half-sister to recent Gr3 Politician Stakes winner Blaze Of Noon, as well as a colt out of a stakes winning half-sister to Gr1 winner, Love Struck.