Highlands Farm’s beautifully bred young stallion Pathfork received yet another boost to his already stellar female line when the William Haggas trained Ajaya landed the spoils in Saturday’s G2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York.
Ridden by Graham Gibbons, Ajaya (a son of Invincible Spirit) burst clear to beat Ribchester and stable companion Raucous in a race which has previously been won by such superstars as Mill Reef, Rock Of Gibraltar, Star Kingdom and Bahram.
The winner has now won or placed in four of his five outings and a tilt at the G1 Middle Park Stakes looks to be on the cards for the 2015 Gimcrack winner.
Ajaya, who was second last time out in the G2 Prix Robert Papin, is certainly bred to be good.
His dam Nessina, a daughter of Hennessy, is out of the Nashwan mare Didina, winner of the G2 Dahlia Handicap. Didina, in turn, is the second dam of G1 Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape as well as the latter’s top class sprinting half brother Bated Breath, who currently stands alongside the likes of Dansili, Frankel and Oasis Dream at Banstead Manor.
This is the famed Best In Show family, responsible for such outstanding stallions as El Gran Senor, Northern Guest, Try My Best and Australian superstar Redoute’s Choice.
Another top class individual hailing from this family, is former Irish Champion 2YO Pathfork (Distorted Humor), whose first crop yearlings include sales toppers at both the Klawervlei Farm Sale and CTS August 2-Y-O Sale this year.
Winner of the 2010 G1 National Stakes, Pathfork stands for a 2015 stud fee of R20 000.