Lammerskraal Stud’s inform sire Go Deputy has been firing on all cylinders of late, and the magnificent son of Deputy Minister had another impressive double at the Vaal on Thursday. Interestingly, Go Deputy runners won the first and last races respectively, to bookend the nine race meeting.
First of the Go Deputy runners to score was Kellie Firth, who won for the Geoff Woodruff stable over 2000m.
Bred by Lammerskraal, the filly was rewarded for consistency having finished in the money in two of her previous three outings.
Second of the Go Deputy winners to score was the colt Penteliko, who relished a step up in trip when running out a facile winner for the Marwing family. A full brother to the useful performer Alula Borealis as well as Listed Settlers Trophy hero Arezzo, Penteliko looks sure to win his share of races when stepped up in trip.
Just one day previously, another Go Deputy daughter, Esperanza Fire, ran second over 1200m (on just her second start) and she looks likely to give her sire yet another winner before too long!
Go Deputy has had yet another good season, with his winners including G3 winner Current Event as well as the above mentioned Arezzo.
His season could well improve still further, as the former millionaire and G1 winner is strongly represented in some notable up-coming feature races.
Go Deputy’s G1 son Abashiri, a good third to subsequent Guineas winner Noah From Goa in the recent G2 Investec Dingaans, looks a big runner in this weekend’s Listed Sea Cottage Stakes, and is also set to take part in next weekend’s G1 Investec Cape Derby. Abashiri is one of two runners in the great Cape classic for his sire, with Go Deputy runner Royal Badge another interesting runner.
On the same day, Go Deputy’s Listed Queen Palm Stakes winning daughter Deputy Ryder takes her chances in the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes where she jumps from pole position of one.
Go Deputy has a fine strike rate with his 3yos this year including not only the above mentioned Abashiri and Royal Badge, but also Listed Devon Air Stakes winner Flying Ice, the stakes placed Rap Attack and the hugely promising Welsh Emperor, a winner of two of his three starts to date.
With Go Deputy himself only improving with age, one can but wonder what his final stats for this cracking crop of sophomores will be!