Klawervlei bred superstar shines in Dubai
The Klawervlei Stud bred Vercingetorix confirmed his status as a world class thoroughbred with a superb win in the Gr2 Al Rashidiya at Meydan on Thursday night.
The handsome bay, who was making his first outing in nine months, outclassed his opponents to win the $200 000 contest by an effortless two lengths from the highly regarded Godolphin runner True Story.
One of two feature winners on the night for champion jockey Christophe Soumillon, Vercingetorix was providing his jockey and trainer Mike de Kock with their fourth consecutive win in the Al Rashidiya.
His jockey was enthused after Vercingetorix’s win, commenting, “He was a really good horse last year but he felt better tonight. He is exciting.”
South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Colt of 2013, Vercingetorix has now won seven of his nine outings. His sole two defeats saw the colt ran second in the 2014 Gr1 Dubai Duty Free and third in the G1 QE II Cup of the same year.
Winner of last year’s Gr1 Jebel Hatta, Vercingetorix is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He is on track to defend his Jebel Hatta title, before a possible tilt at the Gr1 Dubai Turf, formerly known as the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free.
A son of leading sire Silvano, Vercingetorix is out of the Gr2 placed National Assembly mare National Vixen.
This magnificent champion, owned by Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, has now won three major Graded races and looks unlikely to stop here.
It should also be remembered that the unbeaten Vercingetorix also represents an important milestone and triumph for the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op. His overseas victory also represents an important success for the Thoroughbred Industry Transformation Programme, who does such important, and often unheralded, work for the South African horse-racing community.
Vercingetorix was the first weanling ever pin hooked by the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op, who raised the Silvano colt at Riverton Stud, where the Chairman and three members of the co-op currently work.
Sent to the 2011 Emperors Palace National Sale, Vercingetorix was knocked down for R1.4 million – where he was the fourth top priced colt sold that year.