The Gary Player Stud Farm resident Noordhoek Flyer received yet another boost to his handsome pedigree page following the running of the G2 Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
The 1400m race was won by Invincible Spirit colt Cable Bay, who had finished second in the same race last year.
The uber tough four-year-old was given a fine ride by red hot jockey Frankie Dettori, with the pair hanging on bravely to deny Breton Rock by a neck, with last year’s G1 Dewhurst Stakes winner Belardo another half length away in third.
Cable Bay has now won or placed in ten of 20 outings and has earned more than £300 000 in stakes. His previous wins included the G3 John Of Gaunt Stakes, and he also ran second in the 2013 G1 Dewhurst Stakes.
After the race, winning trainer Charlie Hills said, “”He’s had a really long season, but he’s got such a great temperament and a very good constitution as well.
“He ran last Saturday over six furlongs at Ascot and came out of that bouncing, so we thought maybe we’d give him one more chance.
“I couldn’t be more pleased for the owners, who’ve been big supporters of ours.
“John and Jake Warren have bought the horse to go to stud now. Winning a Group Two like that is great for them and he’ll stand at Highclere Stud next year.
“He’s got every chance of making a good stallion.”
He added: “It’s nice to win this race. I’m not sure if he’ll have one more run – maybe in the USA or Hong Kong.”
Cable Bay is out of Rose De France, whose dam is champion Cherokee Rose, whose five wins included both the G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup and G1 Prix Maurice De Gheest.
The Challenge Stakes winner’s third dam is Celtic Assembly –also the third dam of dual Guineas winner and promising young Cape sire Noordhoek Flyer.
A son of world leading sire Pivotal (whose successful sire sons include G1 producers Kyllachy and Siyouni), Noordhoek Flyer was represented by his fifth first crop winner when his Riyo Stud bred son Bagger Vance won for trainer Gavin Van Zyl at Scottsville on Sunday.