Lammerskraal’s inform sire Go Deputy had an impressive feature race winner this past Saturday when his son Abashiri streaked clear to register an emphatic two and a half length win in the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes at Turffontein.
It was a first black type win for the three-year-old gelding, who has now won or placed in all four of his outings to date and who was third, last time out, in the G2 Investec Dingaans behind subsequent G1 Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa.
Bred by Lammerskraal Stud and owned by Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren, Abashiri was a R400 000 purchase from the 2014 National Sale.
He stopped the clock in a time of 110.75 for the 1800m trip of Saturday’s race, with his win made all the more impressive by the fact Abashiri drifted badly over the closing stages, which could have cost him dear.
Trainer Mike Azzie, who has elected to skip a run in next week’s Investec Cape Derby with the gelding, described Abashiri as the best he had trained since ill-fated sprint star National Currency, and potential Triple Crown candidate Abashiri clearly looks a very smart performer in the making.
His G1 Sword Dancer Handicap winning sire Go Deputy, also responsible for another Saturday winner in the form of Go Direct, has been enjoying a splendid run of success with his recent winners including feature race winners Arrezzo and Current Event, as well as promising 3yos Abashiri, Rap Attack and Welsh Emperor.
Go Deputy is from the same female line as the late, great US sire Fappiano -whose great great grandson American Pharoah was named Horse Of The Year in North America this past weekend.