Klawervlei Stud’s exciting sire Twice Over gained further gloss to his already impressive female line when his half-brother Breath Caught won on Thursday evening at Kempton Park.
The lightly raced three-year-old Bated Breath colt made much of the running to land Thursday’s 32Red Casino Handicap, under rider Harry Bentley, by a convincing one and a quarter length win at the expense of Spanish Archer.
A progressive sort in his own right, Breath Caught has now won three of just eight starts, and has been out of the money just once thus far.
Trained by Ralph Beckett, Breath Caught is out of the Caerleon sired Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Double Crossed, who is best known as the dam of European champion and rising South African sire star Twice Over.
Double Crossed, herself a daughter of the Blushing Groom sired stakes winner Quandary, is a half-sister to outstanding broodmare Clepsydra, dam of the G1 winning fillies Passage Of Time (dam of young National Stud sire Time Test) and Timepiece. Quandary is also second dam of this season’s smart performers Crossed Baton and Viadera.
This is also the family of 2018 multiple G1 winner Yoshida, and Patch –a runner in Saturday’s G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Twice Over, whose four G1 successes included back to back scores in the Emirates Airlines Champion Stakes, has quickly stamped himself as a sire to be reckoned with in South Africa.
The European champion made a massive impression with his first crop including such as the G1 Vodacom Durban July winning champion Do It Again, G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion hero Sand And Sea, and exciting G3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby victor Doublemint.
Twice Over’s second crop also looks very exciting –as it includes the impressive filly Second Request, a winner of two of just three starts to date as well as the classy stakes performer On The Double.