Moutonshoek’s resident sire Marchfield, whose first South African crop sell as yearlings in 2016, had a notable update to his pedigree on Thursday.
His three parts brother Downey Gap (by A P Indy’s son Bernardini) picked up a third career win when landing an optional claimer at Woodbine on Wednesday.
Downey Gap, who, like his famed brother, was bred by Eugene Melynyk, showed considerable courage after racing wide made most of the running to win by a head-defying a slew of late running challenges in the process.
Downey Gap (who has now won or placed in ten of 22 outings) and Marchfield are out of top class racemare and outstanding broodmare Pico Teneriffe –herself a daughter of the great breed shaping sire Red Ransom. Pico Teneriffe, whose six wins included three graded scores, was Canada’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2009, with her foals including not only Marchfield, but the high class stakes performers Congor Bay and Westmoreland.
Marchfield, a dual Canadian Champion, has made a smart start to his overseas stud career. From a small first crop of runners, the son of legendary sire A P Indy has already been represented by 20 individual winners, with his tally including the smart stakes performers Bear At Last, Field Of Courage and Miss Sea.
From the same family as the outstanding but ill-fated sire Harlan’s Holiday, Marchfield was a superb classic winning racehorse who earned more than $1 million in prize money during a career which saw him competitive in black type races from two to five.
Marchfield has 14 lots entered for next year’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale. The champion’s draft includes a colt out of a daughter of champion Donatella (Lot 33), a filly from the family of G1 winning females On Her Toes and Savannah Queen (Lot 35), a colt from the family of G1 winner Captain America (Lot 66), and a filly out of a half sister to G1 Summer Cup hero Ingleside (Lot 75).