Vaal double for Minnaloushe
Maine Chance Farms’ veteran sire Black Minnaloushe enjoyed a smart double at the Vaal on Tuesday afternoon, with his twosome headed by an impressive juvenile winner.
The Black Minnaloushe sired Slinky Jack stamped himself as a 2yo to watch when making a facile winning debut over 1200 metres for trainer Alec Laird.
The Moutonshoek bred gelding bolted up to win in impressive fashion, putting a three length margin between himself and favourite Kemal Kavur in the process.
Slinky Jack, who is out of former Gr3 Diana Stakes winner Slinky Malinky, was a R200 000 purchase from last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
His sire is no stranger to siring high class juveniles, with Black MInnaloushe’s former star 2yos including the champions Hollinger, Jokers Wild and Kochka.
Second Black Minnaloushe son to score on Tuesday was Woza Madoda, who produced a late burst of speed to score a last gasp win in race six, a MR 74 handicap. The Maine Chance Farms bred gelding, who is out of the Fort Wood mare Wooden Doll, took his career tally to three when flying up late to win over 1400m.
Former Irish 2000 Guineas winner Black Minnaloushe has enjoyed plenty of success in South Africa over the past two seasons, with his offspring winning all of the Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup, Gr1 SA Classic, Gr1 SA Oaks, and Gr1 SA Derby.
To date, offspring of the Storm Cat son have earned over $27 million and include 33 stakes winners.
Black Minnaloushe, whose offspring also include the Breeders Cup Sprint winner Dancing In Silks, has three lots on sale at the March Yearling Sale – a colt out of a half sister to Gr3 winner Royal Charm (Lot 54), a half sister to the stakes placed six time winner Tiger Play (Lot 97), and a filly from the family of legendary French filly Allez France (Lot 110).