Hong Kong boost for Pathfork
Highlands Farm’s exciting young stallion Pathfork has some exceptional credentials to his credit.
One of these is a truly exceptional female line, whose members include the outstanding Australian sire Redoute’s Choice (sire of recent G1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas winner Majmu), and champion sprinter Aldebaran (sire of 2014 Gr1 Breeders Cup Turf hero Main Sequence – a leading contender for US Horse Of The Year honours).
Pathfork also shares his female line with the exceptional Hong Kong performer Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor) – the winner of Sunday’s Gr1 Hong Kong Cup. In defeating Military Attack (a son of Avontuur’s resident sire Oratorio) by the shortest of short heads in this HK $25 million race, Designs On Rome pushed his tally of wins to seven – with four of his victories coming in Gr1 races.
Hong Kong’s reigning Horse Of The Year, Designs On Rome, who had finished second in the G1 National Stakes as a 2yo, is likely to be pointed towards one of the races on Dubai World Cup night.
Pathfork and Designs On Rome trace back in female line to the magnificent Mr Busher mare Stolen Hour- the ancestress of too many Grade/Group 1 winners to mention.
Another horse from this famous family to hit the headlines this year is former G1 Criterium International winner Thewayyouare (Kingmambo) – the sire of 2014 Gr1 Breeders Cup Classic runner up Toast Of New York, as well as promising young Australian sire Manhattan Rain (by Encosta De Lago).
Ireland’s Champion 2YO Colt of 2010, Pathfork (by champion sire Distorted Humor), has a cracking first crop of yearlings on offer at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His five yearlings on offer at next month’s sale include a colt out of Gr3 Yellowwood Hcp winner Arch Mistress (Lot 98), and a half sister to speedy filly Cherry Tripper (Lot 110).