Cape thoroughbreds shine in Dubai
Thursday was a night to remember for Cape breeders. Three Cape bred horses won in Dubai on UAE 2000 Guineas night – with dual Horse Of The Year Variety Club making a sparkling debut in the Gr3 Firebreak Stakes, Vercingetorix maintaining his unbeaten record, and Sanshaawes winning at just his second attempt in Dubai.
The night kicked off with a smart win by Oldlands Stud bred Sanshaawes. The 4YO gelding had run a creditable fourth when making his Dubai debut last month, and looked a good proposition in the US$110 000 Ford F-150 Raptor Trophy.
One of two winners on the night for French champion jockey Christophe Soumillon, Sanshaawes was sent for home early in the straight of the 2000m contest.
He stayed on well, never looking in danger of defeat, to register a 1.5 length win over Storm Belt, with Energia Davos back in third.
Sanshaawes has now won or placed in eight of his 14 outings to date, and hopefully can build on this initial success.
A R30 000 buy at the 2011 Cape Regional Yearling Sale, Sanshaawes is owned by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.
Third in the 2013 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby (to L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate hero Capetown Noir), Sanshaawes is one of five black type performers produced in sire Ashaawes’ small first crop.
A half-brother to 6 winners, Sanshaawes’ dam, Vicario, is an unplaced own sister to J&B Met winner Angus.
Klawervlei are the breeders of the magnificent Vercingetorix, who took his record to five wins from as many starts with a classy win on Thursday.
Making his Dubai debut, and first start in eight months, Vercingetorix drew clear to win the $175 000 Ford Taurus Trophy over 1800m.
In touch with the leaders at the top of the straight, Vercingetorix drew clear nicely with 350m left to run, and held on for a good win, despite tiring slightly at the end of the race.
Expected to need this first outing, Vercingetorix impressed in victory – as he not only had to overcome a decent field, but also had travelled badly in Dubai, and taken time to come to hand.
The 4yo colt impressed winning jockey Christophe Soumillon, who believes Vercingetorix could be a big runner in the $5 000 000 Dubai Duty Free at the end of March. The undefeated champion had scored wins in KZN’s top 3yo races last year – winning both the Gr1 Daily News 2000 and Gr2 KRA Guineas at the expense of multiple Gr1 winner, Capetown Noir.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Vercingetorix was a R1.4 million buy at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
One of 13 Gr1 winners for 2012-2013 Champion South African Sire Silvano, Vercingetorix is out of the stakes placed mare, National Vixen (by National Assembly).
Variety Club, Horse of the Year in South Africa for the past two seasons, made an impressive Dubai debut when scoring a emphatic win in the Gr3 Firebreak Stakes.
Partnered by regular rider Anton Marcus, Variety Club (who was also making his synthetic track debut) made it nine wins on the trot when running out a two length victor over Haatheq, with third place finisher Empire Storm another three lengths away in third.
Had it not been for the race being hand time, Variety Club would have broken the course record!
Bred by the Beaumont Stud, Variety Club (who has won no fewer than six Equus awards) has now won 15 of his 20 outings, and looks a leading contender for big race honours come Dubai World Cup night at the end of March.
His 11 stakes victories include four at Gr1 level – and this tally looks likely to rise in the not too distant future.
One of 18 stakes winners for former G1 Prix de L’Abbaye winner Var, Variety Club is one of 8 winners produced by the winning Secret Prospector mare, La Massine.
He is a true superstar!
Beaumont, Klawervlei and Oldlands all have representatives on the March Yearling Sale next month.
Beaumont Stud’s draft of six includes a colt by exciting young sire Judpot out of a half-sister to the G1 winners Priceless Asset and State Treasure, as well as a son of proven sire Count Dubois out of an Al Mufti half-sister to Derby winner Ultrasound.
The remainder of the Beaumont draft consist of two Horse Chestnut fillies, an Elusive Fort colt and a Horse Chestnut colt.
Klawervlei have a large draft of 38 yearlings on sale, and also offer 15 yearlings for sale as agent.
Among the Klawervlei string is a daughter of fashionable young sire Seventh Rock and stakes winner Warrior Maid, a Trippi filly out of G1 winner Captain’s Gal, and a Trippi half-sister to top stayer, Predestination. The farm’s draft also includes yearlings by sires such as Captain Al, Oracy, King’s Apostle, Warm White Night, and the late, great National Emblem.
The Klawervlei string as agent includes a Var colt out of a four time winning Bernstein mare, a Captain Al colt out of Fillies Guineas winner Rei Rei and a Captain Al filly out of the good racemare Start Me Up (by champion sire Jet Master).
As agent, Klawervlei are also consigning yearlings by Horse Chestnut, King’s Apostle, Rebel King, Seventh Rock and Warm White Night.
Oldlands Stud has just two entered on the March Sale – a Dupont filly from the family of leading British sire Niniski, and a Caesour filly from the family of top filly Poetic.