Highlands Farm’s red hot young sire Pathfork was represented by his third first crop winner when Red Chesnut Road made a winning debut on Sunday.
The colt, who was bred by Highlands, won first time out for trainer Robbie Hill at Scottsville, with Red Chesnut Road, who was backed in from 8-1 to jump a 17-10 fancy, scorching clear to score by seven and three quarter lengths over 1200m.
Red Chesnut Road, a R250 000 buy from last year’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, continued the great start that the former Irish champion Pathfork has made to his stud career.
Pathfork’s previous juvenile winners thus far include Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery contender Corker and smart debut winner South Side, and he looks a young sire with a very bright future ahead of him.
An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two (he won the boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien National Stakes over G1 winners Casamento and Zoffany), Pathfork (by Distorted Humor) is from a red hot family.
His relatives include former Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Designs On Rome, who recently picked up his second Hong Kong Gold Cup win to take his tally of G1 wins to six.
Another close relative of Pathfork, Good Journey (whose second dam Aviance is also the third dam of Pathfork) recently made news when his daughter Griante landed the G1 The Galaxy in Australia. Now a seven time winner of just under AUS$1 000 000, Griante is one of three G1 winners for Good Journey, who is also the sire of AUS$3 000 000 plus earner Happy Trails.
The very exciting Pathfork will be represented at both the Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale and National Yearling Sale in April.
His Select Sale draft includes a filly out of a Dynasty half sister to G1 Cape Derby hero Bravura (Lot 115) and a filly out of a winning Western Winter half sister to ill-fated G1 SA Classic winner Divine Jury and to new sire and former high class sprinter Divine Jet (Lot 188).
Pathfork’s nine strong National Sale draft includes a half brother to the useful Wolf On The Fold (Lot 61), a colt whose dam is a three parts sister to champion Elusive Fort (Lot 76), and a filly (bred on the same cross as Red Chesnut Road) out of a five time stakes winning daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood (Lot 132).