Sandown Stud’s proven sire Ashaawes, whose progeny have been races all over the country of late, enjoyed another good double at Kenilworth on Wednesday. Remarkably, Ashaawes, whose progeny have won four times over the past five days, had just three runners on the day –thus making it a 66% strike rate for the sire on the day.
First of the Ashaawes runners to score was the Collingwood Stud bred Ashfahan, who ran on smartly to break her maiden over 1600m for trainer Glen Kotzen.
The progressive looking filly, who was making just her third career start, improved nicely on her first two efforts and she should not stop here.
Ashaawes’ second win on the day came in the form of the James Armitage bred Saint Roch, who picked up the third win of his career when scoring over1800m. The consistent gelding is trained by Adam Marcus –who also handled the top class Ashaawes filly Priceless Jewel. The latter, who earned over R870 000, won a number of features during her career including the G3 Prix Du Cap and G3 Champagne Stakes.
Her sire has a number of top-class performers to his credit, including the uber durable G1 performer Sanshaawes who continues to run well in Dubai.
A son of the late, great sire Kingmambo, Ashaawes will also be represented by G1 runners on Sun Met day Saturday week. His Boland Stud bred son Asstar is a contender in the G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship, while Ashaawes’ very smart 3yo Omaha Tribe, who has won two of his last four starts, set to contest the G1 Investec Cape Derby.
Winner of the Listed Umngeni Handicap, the talented Asstar (who was earned over R500 000 thus far) was runner up last time out (to subsequent G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes runner up Tevez) in the Listed Southeaster Sprint and he has now won or placed in four features.