Moutonshoek’s promising young sire Mambo In Seattle was represented by a “smart” looking feature race winner at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Mambo’s son Smart Mart, runner up in the G3 SABC Vase last season, prevailed in Saturday’s Listed Lanzerac Le General Kenilworth Cup, to pick up the first feature race win of his career.
Well ridden by last season’s Equus Champion Apprentice Callan Murray, Smart Mart tracked My World before taking on a last challenge from Three Balloons. In a tight finish, Smart Mart showed his merit with a gutsy neck victory over Three Balloons, with the frontrunner, My World, another three parts of a length away in third.
Trained by Mike de Kock, and bred by Moutonshoek, Smart Mart pushed his earnings to over R500 000 with his Kenilworth Cup win.
The gelding, who is out of a mare by Almushtarak, has now won five times and is yet another fine advert for his sire Mambo In Seattle.
Smart Mart (named for Dr Martin Schulman –one of his part-owners) is now likely to be aimed at the G3 Cape Summer Stayers and G3 Chairman’s Cup.
He is one of eight first crop stakes horses for Mambo In Seattle, whose other first crop representatives include dual G1 winner and millionaire Same Jurisdiction, G3 winner Fortune Fella, and the top class Saratoga Dancer. Runner up last time out in the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, Saratoga Dancer is a leading contender for Saturday’s G1 Sansui Summer Cup.
Mambo In Seattle also has a really smart looking three-year-old representing him this season in the form of I Travel Light. The latter, who has won or placed in four of his five outings, was second to subsequent G2 Selangor Cup hero Gold Standard in the Listed Racing Association Stakes last time out –where I Travel Light went down by just a neck.