Varsfonstein Stud’s resident sire Judpot was in the news this past weekend, when his offspring dominated the feature races at the Vaal.
Judpot’s son Deputy Jud, surely one of the most versatile performers around, won Africa’s richest race on sand, the R1 million Gr2 Supreme Cup (Sponsored by SAP), while his paternal half sister Little Genie added further to her burgeoning reputation by lifting the Listed Banyana Handicap.
Deputy Jud, a R450 000 purchase from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, provided trainer Michael Azzie and jockey JP Van Der Merwe with one of three winners on the day. The Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren owned gelding, who had finished second in the G1 SA Derby last season, was making just his second start on the sand, having broken his maiden on the surface. In the Supreme Cup, it was no race, with Deputy Jud simply waltzing home to record a two and a quarter length win over Uncle Tommy (who had been second in the race a year ago), with Ultimate Dollar more than five lengths away in third place.
Bred by Jaco and Carolyn Erasmus, Deputy Jud has now won three times and over R1.3 million in stakes.
His paternal half sister Little Genie is a filly who is clearly destined for bigger and better things. The four-year-old filly made it four wins on the bounce when landing the Listed Banyana Handicap for trainer Dominic Zaki.
Bred by Danika Stud, Little Genie had won her previous three outings by an accumulated margin of over 18 lengths. Her win on Saturday was all the more meritorious as her connections felt the filly did not enjoy the sand. No doubt, Little Genie will be one to follow when she returns to the turf!
Her sire Judpot, an A P Indy half brother to the breed shaping sire Kingmambo, made a superb start to his stud career. Judpot’s first crop produced eight individual black type performers, including Equus Champion and dual G1 winner Along Came Polly and G1 Golden Horseshoe winner Forest Indigo.
His second crop has also done well, with Judpot’s next crop including the likes of Deputy Jud and Little Genie, as well as the G3 Diana Stakes winning Double Whammy, who has earned more than R500 000 in prize money.