Lammerskraal Stud’s resident sire,Go Deputy’s magnificent son Abashiri made history at Turffontein on Saturday, when the Mike Azzie trained three-year-old captured the G1 SA Derby.
In the process, Abashiri joined the greats in becoming a Triple Crown winner –having previously captured the G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas and G1 SA Classic.
Bred by Lammerskraal Stud, and raced by Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren, Abashiri dug down deep to withstand a wall of challenges from Rocketball and Samurai Blade to win the 2450m classic by a neck and 0.9 lengths respectively. The 1-6 favourite stopped the clock in a time of 154.02 and stamped himself as a true champion in the process.
Abashiri, who picked up a R2 000 000 bonus for winning the Triple Crown, is now the leading contender for Equus glory as this season’s top three-year-old. The handsome bay gelding has now won six of just eight starts and has earnings over R5 000 000 to date. His tally of wins include four stakes wins (in just eight starts).
Out of the ill-fated Elliodor mare Donya, Abashiri was a R400 000 purchase from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. His red-hot sire, Go Deputy, proved very popular at this year’s sale, with his only two lots on offer grossing R950 000 and averaged R475 000.
Remarkably, Abashiri is not the only son of Go Deputy capable of winning a Triple Crown series this year.
Go Deputy’s durable East Cape Champion Gogetthesheriff has won the first two legs of the WSB East Cape Poly Challenge and is on the verge of a handsome payout should he win the finale on May 13th.
To date, the former East Cape Poly Horse of The Year has won ten races and R636 800 in stakes.
A Grade One winning son of the dual US champion sire Deputy Minister, Go Deputy hails from the immediate family of top class US sires Fappiano and Quiet America, and shares his broodmare sire, Triple Crown winner Secretariat, with outstanding stallions A P Indy, Gone West (sire of Western Winter) and Storm Cat.
He currently ranks above such top class sires as Fort Wood, Visionaire, and Querari on South Africa’s general sires list.