Klawervlei Stud is home to the regally bred broodmare Magnolia Lane, a daughter of legendary stallion Sadler’s Wells.
The latter got a handsome update to her pedigree page when her talented son Torcedor won the G3 Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.
A six-year-old gelded son of Fastnet Rock, Torcedor set a steady pace before kicking on a long way from home. Mark Johnston’s Time To Study gave chase in vain, while nothing else could get anywhere near as Torcedor ran out a five-length winner.
Winning rider Colm O’Donoghue said of the 9-4 favourite: “He was the class horse in the race and if he was to run to three-quarters of his best he should have beaten them today. He had the class form coming into the race.
“It was just unfortunate what happened in Dubai, but you are learning all the time. You travel that far and they lose weight and they either recover or don’t, but he has come back in great shape.”
Trained by Jessica Harrington, Torcedor, who also holds an entry in the G2 Yorkshire Cup, is now likely to be aimed at the Gold Cup
The gelding has now won five of 18 outings, with his previous victories including the G3 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes last year. He also ran second in both the G1 Corner Group International Irish St Leger and G2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.
Torcedor’s dam, Magnolia Lane, is a full-sister to legendary racehorse Yeats, the only horse ever to win the Gold Cup on four occasions.
Magnolia Lane, also a half-sister to former KZN sire Solskjaer, was herself placed over 2000m and her other winners include a pair of multiple winners in King Bountiful (Danehill Dancer) and Vigil (Dansili) respectively.
The regally bred mare, who is bred on the same Sadler’s Wells/Top Ville cross as exceptional racehorse and sire Montjeu, has a magnificent Silvano colt foal at foot and is currently in foal to Gimmethegreenlight.