Varsfontein Stud’s successful sire Judpot had a smart debut winner at Turffontein on Saturday when his daughter The Smell Of Rain won first time out.
Backed down to start a 7-2 chance, the 3yo ran on strongly to defeat Goldkeeper first timer Shine Brightly by a length and a half.
Out of a daughter of Up And At’Em, The Smell Of Rain looks well above average judged on her easy first out success over 1160m, and she looks on track for a bright future.
The Smell Of Rain is just one of several promising sophomores representing Judpot this season, with others including Fillies’ Mile third Juxtapose (a nominee for the upcoming G3 Three Troikas Stakes) and the very talented Rocketball, a winner or placed in nine of 11 outings and a good third in the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes.
To date, Judpot’s current 3yo crop has yield 19 winners and three stakes horses.
An A P Indy half brother to recently deceased sire sensation Kingmambo, Judpot made an excellent start to his stud career, with his first crop producing no fewer than eight stakes horses, and two G1 winners.
The son of Miesque has seven yearlings on offer at the upcoming Val De Vie Yearling Sale –
Lot 5 – this well bred colt is a half brother to 4 winners including the stakes winners Miss Mischief and White Mischief. His Elliodor sired dam is a half sister to 2 stakes winners namely Hail To Rule and Magic Coast.
Lot 28 – a half sister to a winner, this filly (inbred to the great mare Special) has a second dam whose full sister produced G1 Cape Guineas winner Pointing North. The Judpot/Model Man cross has already produced one star in champion filly Along Came Polly and this filly could be another.
Lot 52 – inbred to the mighty Secretariat through A P Indy and Gone West, this filly is out of the top class stakes winner Lady Perez, who won or placed in seven black type features.
Lot 53 – closely inbred to Nureyev (as is the dam of champion Golden Horn), this colt is a half brother to the very useful filly Olive Leaf. This is a top class family of such notable performers as champion Aslan and Oaks winner Danseuse Classique.
Lot 93 – another out of mare by leading broodmare sire Caesour, this filly is a half or full sister to two winners. From the family of recent G1 winner Captain America, she traces directly in female line to 1000 Guineas winner Picture Play.
Lot 105 – closely inbred to Broodmare Of The Year Weekend Surprise (dam of both A P Indy and Tiger Ridge), this nicely bred colt is out of a half sister to the classy stakes winner Pure Power (the latter sired by Captain Al whose sire Al Mufti is closely related to A P Indy and Tiger Ridge).
Lot 110 – another inbred to great matron Special, she is half sister to a winner and out of a half sister to Zimbabwean star Casey’s Dance. The family of champion filly Fov’s Dance and recent Hong Kong winner Potent Power.
Lot 114 – bred on the same cross as G1 winning 2yo Forest Indigo, this colt’s dam is an own sister to Big Bad John and a half sister to top filly Disco Queen, as well as the dam of Equus Champion French Navy.