Maine Chance Farms’ resident sires dominated feature race action in Gauteng this past Saturday, with Silvano’s daughter Bella Sonata lifting the G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge and Querari son Wonderwall landing the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m at Turffontein.
To cap it off, Wonderwall is out of a mare by Silvano –and is thus bred on the same Querari/Silvano as stakes winners Cosmic Light (G2 The Debutante) and Joking (Dahlia Plate).
Trained by Sean Tarry, Wonderwall was given a superb front running ride by last season’s Equus Champion Apprentice Lyle Hewitson who timed his ride to perfection and kept his mount galloping on strongly to beat his stable mate Finchatton by two and a quarter lengths. Recent G3 Spring Spree Stakes winner Will Pays was back in third, ahead of favourite and former G2 Charity Mile hero New Predator.
Three-year-old Wonderwall, who was making his seasonal debut and his first outing since finishing third to Equus Champion Mustaaqeem in the G1 SA Nursery, was bred by Maine Chance Farms and was a R320 000 buy from the 2016 CTS Ready To Run Sale.
It was a first stakes win for Wonderwall, who has now won or placed in all five of his career outings and has banked R624 375 to date. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him.
His G1 winning sire Querari, a half-brother to Klipdrif’s new sire Quasillo and Breeders’ Cup hope Quidura, has been represented by stakes winners in each of his first three crops to race.
Other promising 3yos representing Oasis Dream son Querari this season include G3 Strelitzia Stakes runner up Made In Hollywood, the smart looking Procal Harum, and last season’s G1 performer Monks Hood.
Querari has three lots on offer at the 2017 CTS Ready To Run Sale.