The Gary Player Stud Farm resident sire Noordhoek Flyer was represented by his second first crop winner when the Birch Bros bred Northern Corner scored at Kenilworth on Tuesday.
Ridden by champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo, Northern Corner made all to land a maiden juvenile plate over 1200m by two and a quarter lengths.
The chestnut, who looked a picture in the pre-race parade, was making his fourth career outing and has now won or been placed in three of his four outings.
The colt, who was a R50 000 bargain buy at last year’s Emperors Palace National Two-Year-Old Sale, was produced by the Fine Edge mare Fine Hope.
Northern Corner is the second winner for his sire, also responsible for Shap Shap, successful over 1000m at Greyville. Shap Shap, who was bred by David Southey, has been nominated for the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville later this month.
A R2.5 million buy from the 2008 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Noordhoek Flyer was a top class miler, whose four victories included both the G1 Cape Guineas and G2 KRA Guineas – a double subsequently also completed by dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club.
Noordhoek Flyer is a son of top sprinter and world leading sire Pivotal, whose son Siyouni sired Sunday’s French 1000 Guineas winner Ervedya in his first crop. Pivotal, sire of more than 100 stakes winners, has 24 individual Group/Grade One winners to his credit, including Noordhoek Flyer’s three parts brother, and Dubai World Cup winner, African Story.
Like leading sires Invincible Spirit and Kodiac, Noordhoek Flyer is out of a mare by champion miler and sire Kris.