Varsfontein Stud’s blue blooded sire Judpot received yet another boost to his already magnificent female line when the Japanese runner Real Steel defeated an outstanding field to win Saturday’s $6 000 000 Dubai Turf at Meydan on World Cup night.
One of two winners on the card for Japan, Real Steel (by Deep Impact) ran down leader and eventual sixth place finisher Very Special to land the G1 contest by half a length –despite jumping from a wide barrier of 14. The four-year-old colt, who was capturing the first G1 race of his career, had previously finished second in the G1 Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) and G1 Kikua Sho (Japanese St Leger) and had won the G3 Kyodo News Service Hai.
Real Steel, who defeated former G1 Beverly D Stakes winner Euro Charline by half a length, stopped the clock for the 1800m trip in a time of 107.13. The colt has now won more than £3.6 million in stakes.
Winning jockey Ryan Moore was impressed with the blue blooded colt, saying after the race, “”He’s a beautiful horse, he’s got lots of quality. It was a big effort from the horse, he had a tough trip and was out wide but has toughed it out. He never runs a bad race. He’s a very brave horse and has had to do it the hard way.”
Real Steel’s dam, the unraced Loves Me Only, is a daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Storm Cat. She is also a half sister to champion and G1 producer Rumplestiltskin (dam of G1 Yorkshire Oaks winner Tapestry), with Loves Me Only’s second dam being none other than the great champion Miesque (dam of Judpot, as well as French classic winners East Of The Moon and Kingmambo).
This is also the family of G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Karakontie (by Bernstein) and Six Perfections (by Celtic Swing), as well as former G1 Thekwini Stakes heroine Amanee (by Pivotal).
Judpot (by A P Indy), whose recent winners include Listed Lady’s Pendant heroine Double Whammy and unbeaten filly The Smell Of Rain, is a proven high class sire, whose stock includes Equus Champion Along Came Polly, G1 winning 2yo Forest Indigo and millionaire Deputy Jud.
He has five lots on offer at April’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, with his draft including a filly out of a stakes winning daughter of champion sire Jallad (from the family of Judpot champion Along Came Polly) (Lot 24) a colt out of a stakes winning sister to G1 winner Fallon (Lot 137), and a filly out of a Silvano half sister to G1 winner August Rush (Lot 155).
Judpot has an excellent draft of 22 yearlings for April’s National Yearling Sale, with his yearlings on sale including a filly whose G2 winning dam is a half sister to a champion (Lot 59), a half brother to recent stakes winner Mambonick (Lot131), a colt whose stakes winning dam is a half sister to G2 winner and popular young sire Master Of My Fate (Lot171), a half sister to the talented Bull Valley (Lot 348), and a filly from Judpot’s own family (Lot 440).