Western Cape stud Wilgerbosdrift dominated the finish to Saturday’s G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas. The farm bred both the winner Noah From Goa as well as third placed finisher Nassa –a truly remarkable achievement.
Remarkably, the Piketberg based stud also bred Horse Of The Year and former Cape Guineas runner up Dynasty, the sire of Nassa as well as last year’s Cape Guineas winner Act Of War. The home also stood Tiger Ridge, sire of the 2015 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner, until his untimely death in 2014.
Now a five time winner from just six outings, Tiger Ridge’s son Noah From Goa had previously won the G2 Investec Dingaans and has now won from 1000-1600m and just over R1 000 000.
Out of Fort Wood’s Listed Allez France Handicap winning daughter Limerick, Noah From Goa was a R325 000 buy from last year’s Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.
Third place finisher Nassa, who ran extremely well considering he had to jump from a wide draw of 16, has now won or placed in all four of his starts this season, and was third at his previous outing in the G2 Selangor Cup.
A Dynasty colt, the R800 000 buy from last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Nassa is out of the unplaced Rich Man’s Gold mare Cosima Liszt, and numbers former G1 Summer Cup winner Wagner (by Tiger Ridge) as a half brother.
Wilgerbosdrift has some excellent three-year-olds representing them this season, having also produced the impressive recent G3 Joshua Doore/Russells Fillies Mile winner Negroamaro (by Fort Wood) and the very promising Silvano colt Nebula.