Ascot Stud’s late, lamented sire Sail From Seattle has really been enjoying a purple patch of late with his 2yos.
Over the past few days the stakes winning son of the great Gone West has been represented by three more juvenile winners, with Puget Sound, Autumn In Seattle and Gone Not Forgotten all making winning debuts.
The Wilgerbosdrift/Mauritzfontein bred Puget Sound kicked off this patch by making a winning debut over 1000m at Turffontein on Saturday.
The Mike de Kock trained colt, who is owned by the Onamission Syndicate, fought back gamely to win first time out in courageous fashion. Out of the Trempolino mare La Bella Donna, Puget Sound was a R25 000 buy from the 2016 CTS August Two-Year-Old Sale.
Second of the Sail From Seattle two-year-olds to score was the Danika Stud bred Autumn In Seattle, who himself made a winning debut just one day after Puget Sound won. The 2yo gelding stayed on nicely to score first time out at Scottsville on Sunday for trainer Pat Lunn.
Remarkably, following Autumn In Seattle’s debut score, yet another 2yo by Sail From Seattle came out to win, with Gone Not Forgotten making a winning debut at Fairview on Monday. The Alan Greeff trained colt, who is out of the Whitechapel mare Look Who’s Talkin, produced a fine turn of foot to mow down his opponents and score first time out by a neck going away.
Sail From Seattle is now the Leading 2YO Sire in South Africa for the season (both by prize money and individual winners), having now been represented by six individual juvenile winners.
From the same family as triple G1 winner Jackson (who will be represented by his first yearlings this year) and dual US champion sire Smart Strike, Sail From Seattle more than left his mark on the South African turf prior to his death, with his offspring including such G1 winners as Elusive Gold and Gulf Storm, as well as G2 Emerald Cup winner and millionaire Tommy Gun.
He has three lots on offer at the weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, including a full sister to exported G1 Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold (Lot 18) and a colt out of G2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Hawaiian Wahoo (Lot 81).