Drakenstein Stud’s exciting resident sire Philanthropist made international news once again this weekend, with his daughter Generous Touch landing the Ruling Angel Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday.
A versatile filly, the three-year-old Generous Touch made it stakes win number three from the current Woodbine meet with a gutsy neck victory over Cactus Copy, with longshot Sweet Crimson back in third position.
Trained by Sid Attard, Generous Touch broke awkwardly but quickly made up ground to get into contention. Beginning a rally from fifth position, the Philanthropist daughter caught eventual runner up Cactus Copy at the eighth pole to win by a neck. Favourite Moms Choice could only manage fourth.
Winning jockey Eurico Da Silva, said after the win, “I broke, and she wanted to be a little sharper. But I saw the speed was very strong from the outside, so I just decided to take her back. I had a lot of horse. I was behind a wall. I was very glad that I had room to split horses. She did it so easy. When she turned for home, she was a killer.”
The consistent Generous Touch, who has won or placed in eight of her 11 career outings, had previously enjoyed feature race success in the Passing Mood and Eternal Search Stakes.
Her sire Philanthropist, a former Leading Sire in North America, has made a strong start to his South African stud career, with his first crop including G1 filly Sail, and eye catching debut winners Good To Give, Party Crasher, Rockefeller and Tipping Point. Another son, Singapore Sling, recently stamped himself as a potential future star when he romped home first time out by nearly six lengths.
A truly blue blooded son of Kris S, Philanthropist (whose close relative Gone Astray is sire of current US 2yo sensation Three Rules) has two daughters nominated for the upcoming G2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship (Party Crasher, Sail), while his sons Kenny Trix and The Slade have both been nominated for the G3 Cape Classic on the same day.