Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Pathfork leapt to the head of the first crop sires list when his undefeated son Red Chesnut Road romped to victory in Sunday’s G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes over 1100m at Scottsville.
In romping home by six and a quarter lengths, the Highlands Farm bred colt stamped himself a leading contender for the upcoming G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion as well as one of the most exciting members of his generation seen out to date.
Red Chesnut Road, who had won first time out by seven and three quarter lengths, became the first stakes winner for his Group One winning sire, who has now four individual first crop winners to his credit.
Red Chesnut Road was a R250 000 buy at the 2015 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
His sire’s recent winners also include the impressive Turbo, who bolted up on Friday to score by seven and a quarter lengths over older opposition.
Inbred to Sadler’s Wells, Red Chesnut Road’s three time winning dam, Scarlet Sky, had a Philanthropist colt fetch R1 100 000 at the recent National Yearling Sale.
Pathfork, unbeaten in three starts at two, was Ireland’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2010. His wins included two of Ireland’s most important juvenile contests –the G1 boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and the G2 Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes.
A son of former champion US sire Distorted Humor (sire of classic winners Funny Cide and Drosselmeyer), Pathfork hails from the same family as leading sires El Gran Senor, Northern Guest and triple Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice.
Understandably, this exciting young sire proved popular at last week’s National Yearling Sale, where Pathfork’s progeny fetched up to R700 000!