Maine Chance Farms’ top class young sire Querari has a cracking crop of three-year-olds this season, which include four black type performers, three of whom have won at least one stakes race.
Querari’s 28 individual winners from this crop include the brilliant Monks Hood, who impressed when scoring over 1400m at Scottsville on Sunday.
Bred by the Botha family, Monks Hood made it two wins on the bounce when coming from last time to win comfortably by three parts of a length, beating two-year-old older, and former G3 Protea Stakes winner, Redcarpet Captain in the process.
Winning trainer Alastair Gordon said after the win, “I don’t think he was quite suited to the soft going in the Dingaans. I think he will be a much better horse on good ground because it will suit his action. He’s always looked like a nice horse, but I think he has matured now, and I think he’s getting better. Today’s he wasn’t 100% and he should come on from this run”
The gelding, a R375 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale, has now won three of his seven outings, with his previous win coming in the G2 Investec Dingaans.
He will line up next in the G2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas, for which Monks Hood has pulled a draw of seven.
Monks Hood, who has now banked over R500 000 in prize money, is one of two potential Gauteng Guineas runners for Querari, whose G2Joburg Spring Challenge winning son Wonderwall is another likely starter in the R1 000 000 classic.
Winner of the G1 Premio Presidente Repubblica, Querari has also made a bright start with his 2yos this season. Querari juveniles in 2017-2018 include the eye catching debut winners River Rafting and The Highway Man, and, with plenty more well bred 2yos yet to face the starter, he looks on course for another exciting season.
Querari, South Africa’s Leading Season Sire in 2016, stood for a fee of R45 000 in 2017.