Klawervlei Stud’s exciting young stallion Twice Over has made a sensational start to his stud career and the European champion was represented by a fourth first crop winner when his son Rock My Soul got off the mark at Scottsville on Wednesday.
Trained by Joey Ramsden, and owned by Bernard Kantor, Rock My Soul duly justified 7-20 favouritism by running on powerfully to record a one and three quarter length win over 1400m.
The gelding, a R220 000 buy from last year’s CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale, had previously run with credit behind the likes of Tap O’ Noth and Al Mariachi and he looks sure to build on this first victory.
Rock My Soul, now a winner and placed in four times from just six outings, was bred by the Ascot Stud.
Twice Over, whose first crop includes unbeaten G1 winner Sand And Sea (a leading contender for the Equus Champion 2YO Colt title), has been in huge demand throughout the year in 2017, with his yearlings proving popular throughout the country. Responsible for the sales topping colt at the recent KZN Yearling Sale, Twice Over’s offspring have fetched up to R2.1 million this year.
His relatives have kept Twice Over’s name in lights, with Twice Over family members including recent US G1 winner Antonoe as well as G2 Woody Stephens Stakes hero American Anthem.
A four time G1 winner, who banked over £2 million in prize money, Twice Over will be represented by eight lots at next month’s National Two-Year-Old Sale.