Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Philanthropist looks to have a really smart sort on his hands in the form of Sail.
This 2yo filly, a member of her sire’s first South African crop, made it two wins from just three outings when she landed the spoils in a juvenile plate for fillies over 1400m at Greyville on Friday night.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, Sail dug down deep to hold off a late challenge from the promising Dawn Calling and went on to win by a neck.
Sent off as favourite for Friday’s race, Sail had previously won her maiden by an effortless 4.75 lengths after finishing second on debut.
Her sire, Philanthropist, has made a terrific start to his stud career, with his other runners including smart winners Good To Give and Flash Fire, as well as the stakes placed Kenny Trix.
Understandably, the strapping son of Kris S has also proved most popular in the sales ring. Philanthropist was the fifth leading sire (ahead of the likes of Trippi, Fort Wood, and Western Winter), by aggregate, at the recently concluded National Yearling Sale, where his 21 lots to sell grossed R7 550 000. Philanthropist’s NYS draft averaged over R350 000, with his top lot, a colt out of Scarlet Sky, fetching R1 100 000.
The versatile and charismatic Philanthropist, a former Leading Sire On Synthetics in the USA, has four lots on offer at the up-coming Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale:
Lot 17 –this colt, a half brother to four winners, is out of an Al Mufti half sister to a Canadian champion and is a direct descendant of the great mare Grey Flight –also ancestress of Philanthropist himself. Not only is he inbred to Grey Flight, but he is also inbred to Derby winner and great sire Roberto
Lot 82 – this colt, whose damsire National Assembly is from the same family as Philanthropist, is another inbred to Grey Flight. He is out of a half sister to top class sprinter Tiger Territory, and is closely related to the Philanthropist sired winner Good To Give and hails from the family of champion Scented Royal
Lot 242 –this beautifully bred filly is out of a half sister to a stakes performer and is from the family of French Oaks winner Rafha, top sires Invincible Spirit and Kodiac, and G1 Blue Diamond Stakes hero Pride Of Dubai, now standing at Coolmore in Australia
Lot 280 – another inbred to the great stallion Roberto, he is out of a winning half sister to stakes winner West Coast Gold. His third dam was a champion and this is the same family as Arc winner Suave Dancer and influential sires Habitat and Northfields