Former Breeders’ Cup winner Pluck, a close relative of Varsfontein Stud’s popular young stallion Master Of My Fate, has made a bright start to his stud career.
The son of More Than Ready (sire of another Varsfontein sire in Gimmethegreenlight) was recently represented by a smart looking first crop winner when Gasoline won a smart race at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.
Beaten on debut when runner up at Te Rapa, Gasoline made no mistakes next time out and bounded clear to register a two and a quarter length win over 1100 metres.
The first winner for his sire, Gasoline is now likely to be aimed at the G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes later in the season.
Pluck is currently New Zealand’s third Leading First Crop sire and looks on track for a successful stud career.
A brilliant two-year-old, Pluck won both the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and G3 Summer Stakes in 2010 and he currently resides at Vinery in Australia.
He is out of the G1 placed Fort Wood mare Secret Heart, sadly now deceased, who is also dam of the very talented Hatrick filly Three Hearts, whose three wins included the G3 Red Carpet Handicap. Three Hearts won or placed in no fewer than seven stakes races.
Secret Heart, the first South African bred mare to produce a Breeders’ Cup winner, is a half sister to G1 Majorca Stakes winner Covenant as well as ill-fated Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart.
The latter, dam of two stakes winners thus far, won 6 times from 1200-2000m with her victories including both the G1 Triple Tiara and G1 SA Fillies Guineas –and she is the dam of Jet Master’s brilliant son Master Of My Fate.
Lightly raced, Master Of My Fate won six of eight races including both the G2 Premier Trophy and G2 Peninsula Handicap. Master Of My Fate, whose first foals arrived in 2015 to rapturous reviews, stood for a fee of R15 000 in 2015.