Highlands Farm’s veteran sire Windrush was back in the news on Saturday when his son Roman Carnival lifted the spoils in the G3 World Sports Betting August Stakes at the Vaal.
The newly turned 4yo has clearly benefitted from gelding, with his win in Saturday’s R250 000 being his third in his last four outings.
Roman Carnival, who has also struck up a good relationship with jockey Chase Maujean, swept into the lead with 300m left to go and simply swept his rivals to win by four and a quarter lengths.
It was another clean sweep for Cape bred thoroughbreds in a graded race, with the winner Roman Carnival having been bred by the Normandy Stud. Runner up Isphan was bred by Mauritzfontein, third home Doing It For Dan is a product of Highlands Farm, and fourth placed Jade Vine was bred at the Cheveley Stud.
Owned by the Miskins, Roman Carnival has now won three of just six outings and has prize money of just under R300 000 to his credit. The gelding could now take his place in the G2 Supreme Cup, a race won previously by another son of Windrush – In A Rush.
His sire, the Seeking The Gold horse Windrush, is a veteran of Cape breeding circles. The Highlands Farm resident is best known as the sire of star fillies Diana’s Choice and Mother Russia.
Now sadly deceased, the latter (like Roman Carnival bred by Normandy), was an outstanding racemare and one of the best of her generation.
Mother Russia, who was first trained by Joey Ramsden before Mike de Kock took over, won 13 races and over R5 million in stakes. The Equus Champion Older Filly/Mare of 2013 won four G1 races including the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and TBA Paddock Stakes.
Other notables sired by Windrush, who hails from the same family as star filly Lady Eli’s sire Divine Park, include G1 sprinter Rushing Wind (another bred by Normandy Stud), G3 Final Fling Stakes winners A Daughters Legacy and Sunsational, G1 SA Classic runner up Amsterdam, and ill-fated G2 Emerald Cup winner In A Rush.