Guineas glory for Go Deputy

Lammerskraal Stud’s exciting young sire Go Deputy truly enjoyed a weekend to remember. Deputy Minister’s Grade One winning son had a hatrick of winners this past weekend, with the highlight undoubtedly being a stunning win by his brilliant son Abashiri in the G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Bred by Lammerskraal, Abashiri was backed down to favouritism for the R1 000 000 contest and the Mike Azzie trained gelding duly hit the front with 400m and never looked in danger of defeat in Saturday’s 1600m contest. Under the urgings of jockey Karl Zechner, Abashiri strolled home to post an emphatic two and a half length win over Champagne Haze and outsider Malak El Moolook.

The winner, whose previous wins included the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes, stopped the clock in a time of 97.95.



Winning jockey Karl Zechner was ecstatic following the win, saying, “I am so privileged to ride a horse like this and I appreciate the owner and trainer staying loyal to me. Abashiri gives one such a great feel. Typical of a top horse, he is so relaxed and he is the kind of athlete that can correct a jockey’s mistakes.”

Owned by Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren, Abashiri was a R400 000 buy from the 2014 National Sale.

Now a winner of four of just six outings (his previous wins having included the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes), Abashiri has (with the additional BSA Value Added Bonus) now earned in excess of R1 000 000 and looks a leading contender for this season’s Triple Crown.

Abashiri’s connections are in line to win a R2 million bonus should their star win the next two legs of Triple Crown.

His sire Go Deputy has enjoyed a sensational past few months, with his top performers including not only Abashiri but stakes winners Deputy Ryder and G3 Vasco Prix Du Cap runner up Flying Ice, as well as the promising Welsh Emperor and Gogetthesheriff. The latter adding to his sire’s tally when he picked up his ninth career win last Friday.

Go Deputy, whose previous top performers include the likes of top filly Adobe Pink and graded stakes winners Changingoftheguard and Pessoa, hails from the same family as top sires Fappiano and Quiet American (broodmare sire of Bernardini). The inform sire has two quality lots on offer at April’s National Yearling Sale:

Lot 106 – a half brother to four winners, including stakes winner Grandalea, this colt is out of a four time winning half sister to broodmare of the year Akinfeet (the dam of champion and sire Capetown Noir). His second dam, by champion sire and broodmare sire Northern Guest, is Cape Fillies Guineas winner Dance Every Dance.

Lot 178 – out of a winning full sister to ill-fated G2 winner Buran and G1 filly Ice Belle, this colt’s second dam is top class Majorca Stakes winner Trojan Belle. The latter is a half sister to Cape Guineas winning filly Little Ballerina.

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