First winner for Warm White Night
Klawervlei Stud’s first crop sire Warm White Night made the perfect start to his stud career when his daughter Harlem Shake landed the Western Cape’s first juvenile race over 800m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Bred by Klawervlei, Harlem Shake made a fine winning debut to salute by three parts of a length from Var filly Carmina.
The juvenile, who was produced by the Snippets mare Malakeh, was a R150 000 purchase from this year’s March Yearling Sale.
Her sire Warm White Night, himself a R1.8 million yearling buy from the 2007 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was a top class performer whose seven wins included five in feature races.
Highly regarded from the outset by trainer Charles Laird, Warm White Night won his three races at two – with all three victories coming in graded races. His most significant win at two came in the Grade 1 Gold Reef Resorts Medallion, where his victims included the subsequent world class sprinter Cerise Cherry.
He trained on well to land two more major stakes races, including the 2010 Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship – a race won previously by champion sire Jet Master.
A son of South African triple champion sire Western Winter, Warm White Night was produced by Foveros mare Thousand Nights, whose eight wins included the Jubilee Handicap. She is also the dam of Equus Champion Highland Night (Badger Land), Gr2 Gold Circle Derby hero Prince Asad (Al Mufti) and the high class Grade performers Vogue (Model Man) and Night Watch (Badger Land).
Warm White Night, whose first crop proved hugely popular in the sales ring this year where fetching up to R1.1 million, has a 2014 stud fee of R15 000.