Maine Chance Farms’ successful sire Querari made it two debut winners from his last two juvenile runners when his daughter River Rafting won at the Vaal on Thursday.
Bred by the Oldlands Stud, the two-year-old filly defied greenness when storming home late to claim a 0.9 of a length score over 1000 metres. It was another 4.1 lengths back to third place finisher Mercer Girl.
River Rafting, from the stable of Lucky Houdalakis, was a R220 000 purchase from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
The second juvenile winner for Querari in less than a week, River Rafting is out of the unplaced One Cool Cat mare Keep Icy Calm.
Querari’s previous 2yo winner was The Highway Man, who made a winning debut over 1000m last Friday.
A G1 winning half-brother to the high class performers Quasillo and Quidura, Querari has made a blistering start to his stud career, with graded stakes winners in each of his first three crops to date, including G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Querari Falcon and this season’s high class three-year-olds Monks Hood (G2 Investec Dingaans) and Wonderwall (G2 Joburg Spring Challenge). The latter, third in the recent G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes, has earned over R824 000 in stakes.