Fresh off being represented by both the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner and G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes winner, Cape breeders were represented by two more notable winners this past weekend, when Tellina scored in Germany and Five Up High won in Hong Kong respectively.
Five Up High-a half-brother to Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting new sire and former Equus Champion Soft Falling Rain-scored over 1400m at Sha Tin on Sunday, to register his third Hong Kong success since relocating there.
Trained by former champion South African trainer Tony Millard, Five Up High (who raced in South Africa as My Nephew Eric) dug down deep to best runner up Money Boy in a handicap over 1400m and hopefully he can build on this success.
The son of Sail From Seattle, who had won his only South Africa prior to being exported, is out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Gardener’s Delight, who has a 100% rate to date, with all five of her runners having won.
Bred by Highlands Farm, Five Up High was a R1 000 000 buy from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
He has a Jackson half brother on offer at this month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –and this colt is bound to prove popular!
Five Up High’s half-sister, Rose Garden, also has a yearling on offer at the CPYS in the form of a Duke Of Marmalade filly and she too should find favour with buyers.
The Maine Chance Farms bred Tellina impressed all when storming home to win by 14 lengths at Neuss on Saturday. Trained by Andreas Wohler, Tellina gained his first victory on German soil when landing the Preis der Neusser Trainingzentrale conditions race on the all weather course at Neuss this evening.
Second in the German St. Leger in Dortmund back in September, Tellina proved that the drop down in distance to 1500 metres was no issue when coming home a mightily impressive 14 length winner under jockey Jozef Bojko from Belgian raider Mister Mackenzie, himself a previous course and distance winner.
After such an impressive performance, Tellina is expected to be among the favourites for his next scheduled race, the Group 2 Grosser Preis von St. Moritz on the unique frozen lake at the famous Swiss ski resort on Sunday 26th February.
A son of former champion sire Silvano, Tellina earned over R2.9 million when campaigning in South Africa, where his victories included the G2 Gauteng Guineas and G3 London News Stakes.
His sire has 19 lots on offer at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a three parts sister to G1 winner Silver Mountain (Lot 10), a brother to G1 Gold Cup hero Wavin’ Flag (Lot 68), and a three parts brother to Equus Champion and popular young sire Vercingetorix (Lot 211).