Lammerskraal Stud’s exciting resident sire, Go Deputy, looks to have a strong Triple Crown contender on his hands in the form of the Mike Azzie trained Abashiri.
The latter, who was bred by Lammerskraal, made it five wins from just seven outings when he romped home to land Saturday’s G1 SA Classic at Turffontein, and has now won two legs of the elusive Triple Crown.
Racing for Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren, Abashiri (who picked up a R152 500 BSA added value bonus for Saturday’s win) simply streaked clear to post an effortless and emphatic 3.75 length win over G1 Cape Guineas/Derby runner up Brazuca, with the Australian Samurai Blade back in third.
Abashiri, who stopped the clock in a time of 108.94, will now bid to win the final leg of the Triple Crown when he lines up in the G1 SA Derby at the end of April.
The handsome gelding, who has already banked over R2 000 000, had previously won the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes by one and a half lengths, before romping home with the G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas by two and a half lengths over R1.6 million earner Champagne Haze.
The impressive victory was a true tribute to the brilliance of Abashiri, whose trainer told of his pre-race problems in the winning post-race interview. “Adriaan (Van Vuuren) nearly wanted to bite my head off and asked how these things happen. But we tubbed and poulticed him and went back to the drawing board. He was a fit horse and they don’t lose that. So we gave him eight day’s box rest which only left him ten day’s work into the race.It worked out well,” said a patently relieved Mike Azzie.
Abashiri is inline for a R2 000 000 bonus should he clinch the final leg of the Triple Crown.
He was one of two stakes 3yos for sire Go Deputy this past weekend, with the latter’s son Welsh Emperor running a creditable third in Friday’s Listed East Cape Guineas.
Winner of the G1 Sword Dancer Invitational (like leading US sire Theatrical and champion Main Sequence), Go Deputy won or placed in eight graded races during his illustrious career, which saw the blue blooded bay earn over $1 000 000 in stakes.
He shares his dual champion sire Deputy Minister with leading sires Awesome Again (sire of champion and top sire Ghostzapper), Silver Deputy, Dehere, Salt Lake and Touch Gold, and Deputy Minister is also broodmare sire of hot US sire Curlin.
Go Deputy, who descends directly in female line from the great mare Plucky Liege, is from the same family as mega sire Fappiano –the male line ancestor of another Triple Crown winner in American Pharoah.
He has 2 blue blooded lots on offer at the National Yearling Sale this month:
Lot 106 – a half or full brother to 4 winners, including the stakes winner Grandalea, this colt is out of a four time winning Western Winter half sister to broodmare of the Year Akinfeet –whose offspring include the Western Winter sired champion and young sire Capetown Noir. Second dam is Cape Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance –a daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Northern Guest
Lot 178 – this chestnut colt is out of a winning full sister to ill-fated G2 2yo Buran and to G1 filly Ice Belle. From the family of Cape Guineas winner Little Ballerina, this colt’s second dam is top class racemare Trojan Belle, whose seven wins included the Majorca Stakes (now a G1 race)