Klawervlei Stud’s proven sire Count Dubois was represented by his fifth individual G1 winner when his son Edict Of Nantes won Saturday’s G1 Investec Cape Derby over 2000m at Kenilworth.
Partnered by jockey legend Frankie Dettori, the Klawervlei Stud bred colt hit the front in the R1 000 000 race with 300m left to run and drew clear to post a 1.75 length win at the expense of the game front runner Zodiac Ruler.
It was another neck back to Captain Gambler, the only filly in the race, in third spot. Favourite, and former record price yearling buy, Horizon, proved bitterly disappointing back fifth.
Edict Of Nantes, a R360 000 buy from the 2015 Klawervlei Farm Sale, is the first Cape Derby winner sired by former Italian champion Count Dubois.
The latter’s previous G1 winners included the Equus Champions Asylum Seeker and French Navy, as well as Zaitoon (SA Fillies Classic) and Zeeno (Gold Medallion). Both Asylum Seeker and Zeeno were exported overseas.
To date Count Dubois, whose yearlings have fetched up to R2 000 000, has been represented by 41 stakes horses to date, with his other notable performers including Guineas winner and sire Biarritz and talented filly Fairyinthewoods. The latter reeled off six wins, from just seven outings, culminating in a victory in the G2 Southern Cross Stakes (at the expense of champion Via Africa) over 1000m.
Edict Of Nantes is bred on the same Count Dubois/Jet Master cross as the now US based G3 Three Troikas Stakes winner Madame Dubois.
His sire, a half-brother to former Irish 2000 Guineas winner Indian Haven, stood for a fee of just R10 000 in 2016.