Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young sire Master Of My Fate received yet another boost to his impressive female line when his half brother Need To Know (Western Winter) picked up his fifth Dubai win on Thursday.
Ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, Need To Know ran on strongly from just off the pace to claim a 1600m conditions race by two lengths from former G2 Richmond Stakes winner Heavy Metal (Exceed And Excel).
Winning jockey O’Shea was quick to praise his mount after the race, saying, “This is a really tough horse. Just look at his form; he has been to Jebel Ali, China, Korea, Abu Dhabi and back to Meydan in his last five starts. He has always been a model of consistency and really appreciated the fast pace early on tonight.”
The beaten horses included last season’s dual classic winner Polar River (Congrats), who could only get within 4.25 lengths of the winner.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Need To Know was a R950 000 purchase from the 2010 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.
He is the sixth winner for former Equus Champion Promisefrommheart (Elliodor) –whose offspring include not only Master Of My Fate and Need To Know but the stakes winner Justthewayyouare (Fort Wood) –dam of G3 East Cape Derby hero Captain Splendid (Captain Al). The latter will bid to give this family more black type when he lines up in Saturday’s Listed Lanzerac Le General Kenilworth Cup.
This is the great Soho Secret family responsible for champions London News and Kings Gambit, as well as the hugely promising Australian sire and former G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero Pluck (sire of impressive recent stakes winner Aspect), and current high class local 3yo Hack Green (Gimmethegreenlight).
Master Of My Fate, a son of seven times champion sire Jet Master, was a top class racehorse, whose six wins, from just eight outings, included the G2 Premier Trophy and the G2 Peninsula Handicap.
His widely praised first crop of yearlings will sell in 2017.