Rosedene Stud’s promising young stallion Biarritz, whose very first runner was a stakes winner, had an eye catching juvenile winner on Friday afternoon.
The Count Dubois son is the sire of Grandissimo, who produced a devastating turn of foot to mow down older rivals and score a handsome two and a half length win over 1400 metres.
Bred by the Rosedene Stud, Grandissimo races for Messrs Bortz and Van Huyssteen and he looks a smart sort who should go on and win his share of races.
The gelding, who is out of a Pole Position mare, had previously finished fourth over 1200m and clearly relished the step up in trip. Grandissimo was a bargain R25 000 buy from last year’s March Yearling Sale.
His sire Biarritz has had just four juvenile runners to date but three have either won or finished in the money. His tiny first crop has produced just 2 runners to date –with one being the Listed Irridescence Stakes winner Anglet.
Biarritz, a full brother to G3 Champagne Stakes winner Countess Corlia, shares his Zafonic sire Count Dubois with the Equus Champions Asylum Seeker and French Navy, as well as the now exported filly Madame Dubois.
A millionaire, whose seven wins included a score in Dubai, the former G2 Gauteng Guineas winning Biarritz is from the great Gone West male line, which has produced such outstanding sires as Grand Slam, Mr Greeeley, Speightstown and triple SA champion Western Winter.