First stakes winner for Thomas Crown
Wilgerbosdrift’s former teaser Thomas Crown was represented by his first stakes winner when his son Charles Lytton won Friday’s Listed Ibhayi Stakes at Fairview. Owned by Fieldspring Racing and his breeder Wilgerbosdrift, Charles Lytton took his tally to five wins from just eight outings with gutsy victory in Friday’s R150 000 contest.
Success in the Ibhayi Stakes pushed the gelding’s earnings to over R280 000 and Charles Lytton looks sure to bring more glory to his previously unheralded sire in the season to come.
Trained by Justin Snaith, Charles Lytton is one of just two registered foals in his sire’s small first crop. Thomas Crown’s other registered foal is the filly Nina, who has finished in the money, giving her sire a 100% strike rate of winners/placed horses to runners.
Thomas Crown failed to win in four outings but he did ran third over 1200m at Durbanville. However, while he may lack a substantial race record, Thomas Crown certainly lacks nothing for pedigree.
He is a son of the Forty Niner horse Rich Man’s Gold, a smart performer who ran third in the Gr3 (now Gr2) Rebel Stakes and who won or placed in five of his seven career outings.
Retired to stud Chile, Rich Man’s Gold made a huge impression with his first runners making him Champion First Crop Sire. His small Chilean crops unleashed a flood of stakes winners including Lido Palace – who went onto win three Gr1 races in North America, and Isola Piu Bella – both of whom went on to be named Chilean Horse Of The Year.
RMG spent just five seasons at Wilgerbosdrift before his untimely death, but during that time he came up with a number of top class performers including Equus Champion 2YO, and successful young KZN sire, Kildonan, Gr1 Cape Derby second Money Bags, Dubai winner Lucky Find, and Gr2 UAE Derby second and Gr2 winner Royal Vintage, to name a few.
Rich Man’s Gold has also since become an outstanding broodmare sire, with his daughters producing such Gr1 winners as Athina (SA Fillies Classic), Wagner (Summer Cup) and SASCOC Triple Crown winner Louis The King.
Thomas Crown is out of the winning Commodore Blake mare, Blake’s Affair, dam of three stakes horses and six other winners.
Blake’s Affair’s notable winners include Gr2 Gold Vase hero Sequoia and Hong Kong winner Lutyens, but she will long be best remembered as the dam of Dynasty.
One of the greatest racehorses bred in South Africa in the past few decades, the Fort Wood son won nine of 12 races and was named Horse Of The Year for the 2002-2003 racing season. Dynasty’s principal victories included the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July, Gr1 SA Guineas, Gr1 Cape Derby and Gr1 Daily News 2000.
Retired to Highlands, Dynasty has become one of the best stallions in South Africa. Named Equus Outstanding Stallion for 2014-2015, Dynasty also set a new record in this country when a colt by him was sold for R5.2 million at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Dynasty’s long line of stars include champion mare Beach Beauty and Irish Flame and Legislate – both of whom were named Horse Of The Year.
Currently South Africa’s leading sire by stakes, Dynasty is also the sire of this season’s Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Act Of War and the brilliant Futura, who was victorious in both the 2015 Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and Gr1 J&B Met.