Moutonshoek’s well performed young sire Marchfield was represented by a second winner from his first South African crop of foals when his 2yo daughter Hopeful scored at Kenilworth on Sunday.
Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, the Moutonshoek bred Hopeful was duly rewarded for consistency with a 0.3 length win over favourite Merysagos.
She had previously been third at her previous two outings and has now won or placed in five of her six outings.
Hopeful, who is closely inbred to the great mare Lassie Dear, joins Spring Poetry as South African first crop winners for Marchfield.
A dual Canadian champion, and millionaire, Marchfield has now had five first crop runners win or finish in the money.
He shares his champion sire A P Indy with the prominent stallions Bernardini, Judpot, Flatter, Malibu Moon and Pulpit (sire of triple US champion sire Tapit).
Marchfield, who is from the same family as successful sires Boldnesian, Cryptoclearance, Harlan’s Holiday and Home Guard, as well as US champion Classic Empire, has 2 lots on offer at next week’s KZN Yearling Sale:
Lot 135 –a half-sister to 2 winners, including stakes placed 2yo Man From Milan, this colt (like Hopeful out of an Al Mufti mare) is from the same family as champions Kiss Of Peace and Rotterdam
Lot 254 –another out of an Al Mufti mare, this colt is a half-brother to 2 winners and is out of a winning sister to G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Marquetta, herself dam of G2 Emerald Cup winner Alimony