Klawervlei Stud’s well performed young stallion Pomodoro was represented by his first winner when his two-year-old son Lethal Weapon made a winning debut over 1000m at the Vaal on Tuesday.
Bred, owned, and trained by Dorrie Sham (she owns him in partnership with Mark), Lethal Weapon was steered to victory by Weichong Marwing, who guided the Pomodoro colt to a comfortable hands and heels win. It was another five lengths back to third place finisher Now And Forever.
Lethal Weapon was produced by the Victory Moon mare Cashmere Mafia.
Pomodoro has made an exceptional start to his stud career, with his first three runners having all either won or finished in the money.
This is a great start for a Derby winner who himself never raced at two!
Champion trainer Sean Tarry, who trained Pomodoro himself, sent out Pomodoro first crop 2yos Royal Italian and Cirillo to finish second and third on their respective debuts and holds both colts in high regard.
Royal Italian is set to contest a big juvenile race on Sun Met, while Cirillo (described by his trainer as a classic type) could also face the starter at the 2018 Met day.
One of more than 20 G1 winners for seven times champion sire Jet Master, Pomodoro won from 1160-2450m during his illustrious career, and, like leading sire Dynasty, accounted for some of the country’s finest when victorious in the G1 Vodacom Durban July.
Produced by Broodmare Of The Year Golden Apple, Pomodoro won or placed in all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 SA Derby, G1 SA Classic, G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and G1 Champions Challenge.
Bidding to follow in the footsteps of Captain Al, Dynasty and Jet Master as top class SA bred stallions, Pomodoro has five lots on the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale –
Lot 3-this colt, out of G1 Allan Robertson Championship runner up Fairy Queen, has a granddam who is a full-sister to dual G3 Diana Stakes winner Forest Ivory
Lot 19 –this colt, a half-brother to 2 winners, is out of a four time winning own sister to a pair of G2 winners in Brazil and both his second and third dams won G1 races in Brazil
Lot 123-a half-brother to Listed Swallow Stakes winner Sting Operation, he is out of Western Winter’s G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Roxanne, from the family of Horse Of The Year and sire Legislate
Lot 134 –this colt is a half-brother to G3 Umkhomazi Stakes/KZN Yearling Sale Million hero Al Mariachi and is out of a Captain Al half-sister to G3 winner London Guest, family of champion sprinter Senor Santa (sired by Northern Guest, the damsire of Pomodoro)
Lot 175 –this colt is a half-brother to a number of winners headed by G2 Joburg Spring Challenge hero Wonderwall and his winning Silvano sired dam is a half-sister to six time stakes winner West Coast Gold, family of Arc winner Suave Dancer and outstanding broodmare sires Habitat and Northfields