Highlands Farm’s exciting young sire Pathfork received yet another boost to his stellar female line when Takedown (by Stratum) won Saturday’s G1 Crown Perth-WInterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Australia.
Takedown, who will now bid to add to his recent G1 success when he lines up in the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint in December, picked up the sixth stakes success of his career when landing Saturday’s AUS $1 000 000 contest.
Now a seven time winner, who has banked over AUS$1.4 million Takedown dug down deep to defeat Sheidel by a long head in the 1200m sprint, with Rock Magic back in third. His previous wins included the G2 ATC The Shorts, the G2 ATC Premiere Stakes and the G3 Black Opal Stakes.
Takedown, who was picking up the first G1 success of his career, is out of the stakes placed Zafonic mare Apamea.
The latter is descended from the great mare Best In Show –also ancestress of such great racehorses/sires as El Gran Senor, Redoute’s Choice, Rags To Riches, Spinning World, and Peeping Fawn –among many others.
Best In Show is also the ancestress of former undefeated Irish champion 2yo, and G1 National Stakes winner, Pathfork.
A son of champion US sire Distorted Humor, Pathfork got off to a smart start with his first crop of runners including G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Red Chesnut Road, stakes performer Turbo and Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes third Elusive Path.