Cape sire relatives shine at Ascot

A number of Cape based stallions had relatives put up impressive performances at Royal Ascot last week.


Varsfontein Stud’s successful sire Judpot, whose runners this season included feature race winners Polyphonic (G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes) and Coral Fever (G3 Jubilee Handicap), is closely related to the very smart 3yo Permian.

A son of Teofilo from the same family as champion Miesque (dam of Judpot and classic winners East Of The Moon and Kingmambo), Permian showed plenty of courage in landing the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

The three-year-old, who also holds entries in the G1 Coral-Eclipse and G1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, dug down deep to win Friday’s G2 contest by half a length from multiple stakes winner Khalidi.

Permian had previously won the G2 Betfred Dante Stakes and Listed Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes and has now banked more than £290 000 in prize money.

Highlands Stud is home to Irish champion and G1 winner Pathfork, who is from the same family as Saturday’s very impressive Listed Chesham Stakes winner September.

A daughter of Deep Impact and champion Peeping Fawn, 2yo September made it two wins from as many outings when landing Saturday’s 1400m contest by two and a quarter lengths and looks destined for bigger and better things.

The filly, who is entered in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes, is a direct descendant of the great mare Best In Show –also ancestress of G1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winner Pathfork.

Moutonshoek’s well performed young sire The United States was another boosted by Royal Ascot, with the Galileo son’s own sister, Hydrangea, finishing third in the G1 Coronation Stakes on Friday.


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