Prix Du Cap winner for Ashaawes
Sandown Stud’s resident stallion, Ashaawes, has enjoyed a fine spell with his runners of late.
The sire of impressive Dubai Carnival winner Sanshaawes, Ashaawes once again made news when his daughter, Priceless Jewel, won Saturday’s Gr3 Two Oceans Racing Prix Du Cap.
In winning this R250 000 contest, the 4yo filly took her tally to six wins from 15 outings.
Third in the recent Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, Priceless Jewel has now earned over R500 000 and is unlikely to stop here.
An extremely versatile filly, Priceless Jewel has won from 1200m and was placed third in last season’s Gr2 Betting World Oaks over 2400m.
Owned by James and Joy Armitage, in partnership with Basil Marcus, Priceless Jewel is out of the stakes placed Kahir Almaydan mare, So Royal. Winner of seven races, So Royal is also the dam of the five time stakes winner, Royal Extravaganza.
Priceless Jewel was one of two winners over the weekend for Ashaawes, whose daughter, Teepee, won her third consecutive race at Fairview on Friday.
Teepee, who is out of the Vettori mare Navajo Angel, has now won four races, and she has won or placed in six of her last nine outings.
Priceless Jewel is one of five stakes horses from Ashaawes’ first small crop, which included just 28 runners. Apart from Sanshaawes, this crop also produced the high-class stakes winners Scented Ash and Way Clear.
A son of world leading sire Kingmambo, Ashaawes won three of his first four outings. Out of the Seattle Slew mare Crown Of Crimson, Ashaawes is a full-brother to the record breaking Meydan City – who fetched $11.7 million as a yearling at the 2006 Keeneland September Sale.
The well bred Ashaawes has four yearlings on offer at the 2014 March Yearling Sale are:
Lot 3 is a filly, out of a winning full-sister to G1 performer, Monsieur Dominic. Her second dam, in turn, is a sister to the top-class stakes winner, Molly Mandy.
Lot 40 is a nicely bred filly, whose dam is the top-class racemare Amazon Fighter. The latter won five races including the Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes, and she is from the same family as Cape Derby winner Western Rocket.
Lot 141 is a half-brother to two winners – out of a Goldkeeper full-sister to two stakes winners. This colt’s dam is also a three parts-sister to the top-class sprinter Gold Site – winner of the Gr3 Lebelo Handicap.
Lot 214 is a colt whose dam is a full-sister to Golden Horseshoe winner Port of London – who was also a top-class performer in Hong Kong. This is the family of champion Port Pegasus.