Drakenstein Stud’s in-form sire Philanthropist once again made headlines at the Vaal racetrack on Thursday.
This time it was Philanthropist sired two-year-old filly Heaven’s Reward who made news, with the Moutonshoek bred juvenile making a winning debut over 1200 metres.
Heaven’s Reward was well ridden by Craig Zackey to post a 0.9 of a length-giving trainer Lucky Houdalakis a double on the card, with Houdalakis also saddling the winner of Thursday’s first race.
Out of the Way West mare Waywest Goddess, Heaven’s Reward was a R150 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
She is the second Philanthropist sired 2yo filly to have made a winning debut this season, with Sharak Alhubb scoring first time out by four and a quarter lengths.
Heaven’s Reward’s Gr3 Queens County Handicap winning sire Philanthropist has been in the news of late thanks to his star son Singapore Sling.
The latter, bred by Drakenstein Stud, has been one of the stars of the Hong Kong turf this season, with Singapore Sling winning the recent Hong Kong Classic Cup and filling the runner up berth in both the BMW Hong Kong Derby and Hong Kong Classic Mile.
The sire of champions Phil’s Dream and Pender Harbour, as well as the likes of Singapore Sling, She’s A Giver, Sail, The Slade and Pack Leader, Philanthropist has 14 lots on the 2018 April Yearling Sale and a further 13 lots on the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.