Lammerskraal’s red hot sire Go Deputy enjoyed an excellent run of winners last week. Remarkably, the former Grade One winning millionaire at one stage had five winners from six runners –an impressive achievement in anyone’s book.
Go Deputy’s son Pioneer Spirit began the run, when making all to win his third race at Scottsville on Sunday a week ago. His impressive, two and three quarter length win was followed by Pioneer Spirit’s paternal half sister Scarlet Rivera breaking her maiden in stylish fashion at Greyville a few days later.
Scarlet Rivera, who was making just her second racetrack appearance, clearly relished the step up to 1600m and won a good race by nearly two lengths for trainer Kum Naidoo.
Arguably Go Deputy’s best son to date, recent Listed Sea Cottage Stakes hero Abashiri, showed his class in no uncertain terms when picking up his third win from just five outings when outclassing his rivals in a graduation plate over 1700m at the Vaal last week. The Lammerskraal bred gelding, who has been nominated for the G2 Gauteng Guineas in two weeks time, looks a classic star in the making and Abashiri, a R400 000 buy from the 2014 National Sale, remains one of the most exciting horses of his generation seen out thus far.
Fourth of the Go Deputys to win recently was the talented Listed Settlers Trophy hero Arezzo. The strapping chestnut romped home by nearly six lengths when landing a graduation plate over 1800m and looks likely to win again soon. The remarkably consistent Arezzo, who was won or placed in 14 of 17 outings, looks destined to contest some decent feature races this season.
Fifth and final of the Go Deputys to score was talented filly Kileigh, who had shown so much promise as a three-year-old. The four-year-old, who like Pioneer Spirit races for Brian Burnard, had been rated enough good enough to compete in both the G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas and G1 SA Oaks as a 3yo, and she bounced back at Greyville on Friday night with a comprehensive one and three quarter length defeat of red hot favourite Little Chapel to record her fourth career victory.
Go Deputy, whose first crop included the talented stakes winners Adobe Pink, Changingoftheguard, and Pessoa, has a high class crop of 3yos this season, including the above mentioned Abshiri, as well as stakes winning G1 contender Flying Ice and KZN Guineas Trial placed Rap Attack. Other talented sophomores sired by Go Deputy include Icy Trail, Derby contender Royal Badger (a winner of three of six outings) and Welsh Emperor, a winner or placed in all four starts to date.
Watch this space!