Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Pathfork was represented by his fifth individual first crop winner when his son Starflash won impressively at Kenilworth on Sunday.
The Connemara Stud bred Starflash, outclassed some well bred juveniles to break his maiden by two and a half lengths over 1000m and he looks a smart sort in the making.
Starflash, who is out of the Jallad mare Star Safari, was a R250 000 buy from last year’s March Yearling Sale.
His sire, former Irish Champion 2YO Pathfork, has made an exceptional start to his stud career and is currently South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire by individual winners and by prize money.
Pathfork, himself an unbeaten Group One winner at two, has a number of really talented juveniles batting for him this season including undefeated G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Red Chesnut Road and impressive debut winner South Side.
One of 17 Group/Grade One winners for former US champion sire Distorted Humor, Pathfork is out of a stakes winning Sadler’s Wells half sister to G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and successful sire Spinning World.
Remarkably, Pathfork’s first three dams are all stakes winners, with his third dam being G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Aviance. The latter was an equally outstanding broodmare with her offspring including such G1 winners as Chimes Of Freedom (Coronation Stakes, Moyglare Stud Stakes) and Denon (Hollywood Derby, Turf Classic, Manhattan Handicap, Charles Whittingham Handicap).
This is also the family of triple Australian Champion sire Redoute’s Choice, who was represented by his 29th individual Group One winner when daughter Abbey Marie won Saturday’s Australasian Oaks.
To date, Redoute’s Choice has 132 stakes winners to his credit, with this tally including the highly successful sires Snitzel, Stratum, Not A Single Doubt and Beneteau –among others.
This is also the family of successful sires El Gran Senor and Try My Best as well as former champion South African sire and broodmare sire Northern Guest.