Highlands Farm’s popular young sire Pathfork got off the mark with a first crop winner on Saturday when his daughter Corker won a maiden juvenile plate for fillies over 1000m.
Making just her second career outing, the filly was too strong for race favourite Rebel’s Burst and ran on to register her maiden victory by three parts of a length.
Bred by Hallmark Thoroughbreds, Corker was a R480 000 purchase from the 2015 National Yearling Sale.
To date, three of Pathfork’s first runners have won or finished in the money – a pleasing start for this blue blooded Group One winner.
Unbeaten at two, Pathfork was Ireland’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2010, when his wins included both the G1 National Stakes and G2 Futurity Stakes, two races either won previously by such sire greats as Roberto, Sir Ivor, El Prado, Dubawi, and Danehill Dancer.
One of 17 G1 winners sired by former US Champion Distorted Humor (whose sire sons include the G1 stallions Any Given Saturday and Flower Alley), Pathfork is a half brother to ill-fated Birdstone Stakes winner Tacticus (by A P Indy)
Bred on the same Distorted Humor/Sadler’s Wells cross as G1 winners Aesop’s Fables (Prix Jean Prat) and Cursory Glance (Moyglare Stud Stakes), Pathfork’s dam, Visions Of Clarity is a stakes winning half sister to G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile/Irish 2000 Guineas winner Spinning World –the sire of ill-fated champion sire Thorn Park. The latter’s daughter Suavito is currently among the leading performers in Australia with her recent wins including the G1 C F Orr Stakes.
Pathfork’s fifth dam is the legendary broodmare Best In Show, and his relatives include the US classic winning siblings Jazil and Rags To Riches, champion filly Peeping Fawn, and champion sires El Gran Senor, Redoute’s Choice, Northern Guest and Try My Best. The latter is the sire of breed shaping sire and broodmare sire Last Tycoon, whose offspring and descendants have enjoyed marked success in South Africa.
This is also the family of Hong Kong champion Designs On Rome (by Holy Roman Emperor), who picked up his second Hong Kong Gold Cup win on Sunday.It was a tenth win for the former Horse Of The Year, who has now six G1 triumphs to his name.
The promising and well performed Pathfork has four lots on sale at the upcoming March Yearling Sale and nine yearlings on offer at April’s National Yearling Sale.