Highlands Stud’s well performed sire Pathfork had a memorable Saturday when the Irish champion was represented by a trio of eye catching winners.
Pathfork’s daughter My Friend Lee made it career win number five when she won Saturday’s Heritage 1200 Fillies & Mares at the Vaal.
Trained by Lucky Houdalakis, and bred by Highlands Stud, My Friend Lee stayed on gamely to lift the 1200m contest by 0.4 of a length from the smart Old Em.
The four-year-old, a member of her sire’s very first crop, has now won or placed in 11 of 15 outings with Saturday’s win pushing My Friend Lee’s earnings to just shy of R400 000.
Out of the West Man mare Sister Sheila, My Friend Lee was a R300 000 purchase from the 2015 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
Himself winner of the G1 National Stakes as a two-year-old, Pathfork was also responsible for Saturday’s eye catching debut winner Promise, who provided Grand Heritage winning trainer Paul Peter with another win at the Vaal. Bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jr, Promise ran on smartly to score a long neck win first time out on Saturday –defeating some well bred individuals, including G1 winner Al Sahem’s half-sister Hafla, in the process.
Pathfork’s third win on Saturday came in the form of Bobby Dazzler, one of three winners on the day for trainer Brett Crawford. Bred by Ridgemont Stud, the lightly raced Bobby Dazzler made it win number two with a fast finishing score over 1200m at Durbanville.
Like Pathfork’s G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes winning son Red Chesnut Road, Bobby Dazzler is closely inbred to the great sire Sadler’s Wells (a pattern also found in Arc winner Enable’s pedigree).
A son of champion sire Distorted Humor, Pathfork is from the same family as champion sires Redoute’s Choice, Northern Guest and Try My Best, with the latter the male line ancestor of top sires Dark Angel, Acclamation and Marju.