Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Vercingetorix came up with his 23rd stakes winner when his high-class son Rascallion won the G2 Anthonij Rupert Wyne Premier Trophy (1800m) run at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.
It was a fairy tale win for Rascallion, with the five-year-old having suffered a potentially career ending suspensory injury earlier in his career, and Rascallion was making just his third start following a layoff on Saturday.
Looking a picture in the pre-race parade, the Vaughan Marshall trained Rascallion was given a superbly judged ride by Corne Orffer to claim the 2023 Premier Trophy.
Orffer tracked the front runners early on, before hitting the front 300m from home. Despite facing a wall of challenges, Rascallion kept finding more gamely in the closing stages to claim his biggest win to date by a long neck.
One of three runners in the 2023 Premier Trophy sired by Vercingetorix, Rascallion hails from the second crop of his sire, with this crop having also produced millionaire Seeking The Stars and G1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Vernichey.
Bred by Veronique Kritzinger, Rascallion has now won four of 16 starts for earnings of R917 525.
The gelding had shown top-class form earlier in the career, with Rascallion finishing runner up in both the G1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby and G1 Daily News 2000 in 2021.
Out of the Jet Master mare Sofala, Rascallion is bred on the same Vercingetorix/Jet Master cross as fellow G1 Daily News 2000 runner up Padre Pio as well as G2 winner African Warrior.
Runner up on the South African General Sires list last season, Vercingetorix is currently second on this season’s log.