Drakenstein Stud and Wilgerbosdrift both own mares who received major international G1 updates to their respective pedigrees this past weekend.
Drakenstein Stud own the well performed Sharp Susan, whose G1 Las Virgenes winning half-sister Sharp Lisa is the dam of Saturday’s G1 The Metropolitan winner Foundry (by Galileo). The latter, whose own brother Housesofparliament ran third in last year’s G1 St Leger, picked up the first G1 of his career when lifting Saturday’s $750 000 contest by half a length.
Sharp Susan, whose daughter Oh Susanna takes on Cape champion Magical Wonderland in a progress plate at Durbanville this weekend, was a top class racemare, with the daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold winning six times in North America including the G2 Lake Placid Stakes and G3 Herecomesthebride Stakes.
Sharp Susan, who is in foal to the world’s premier sire Galileo, and Sharp Lisa, who earned over $650 000 in stakes, share their Dynaformer sired dam Winter’s Gone with G1 Donn Handicap winning sire Spring At Last.
The Wilgerbosdrift based mare Saint Mary was another boosted by the running of a major international feature this weekend –her half-brother Mubtaahij lifted the G1 Awesome Again Stakes for new trainer Bob Baffert on Saturday.
Now likely to be aimed at the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Mubtaahij was picking up the first G1 victory of his career, but had previously won the G2 UAE Derby and also ran second in last year’s G1 Dubawi World Cup. One of two G1 winners on the weekend for sire Dubawi, Mubtaahij’s maiden G1 win pushed the five year-old’s earnings to over $4.5 million.
A daughter of Holy Roman Emperor, who won over 1200m in South Africa, Saint Mary’s other notable siblings include G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Lily Of The Valley, with their dam being Pennekamp matron Pennegale.