Klawervlei Stud’s sire sensation Twice Over made it two major feature race winners in eight days when his exciting son Doublemint romped to a facile victory in the G3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby at Kenilworth on Saturday.
The previous Saturday had seen another runner from Twice Over’s first crop, Do It Again, score an emotive victory in South Africa’s flagship horse, the G1 Vodacom Durban July.
Bred by Alec Foster, and owned by Alec and the Honourable Gillian Foster, Doublemint made it win number four from just ten outings when running out a facile three and a quarter length winner of Saturday’s R250 000 Winter Derby.
The flashy chestnut Doublemint, one of two Winter Derby runners in the race for his sire, was capturing the second graded feature of his career, with the colt having previously triumphed in the G3 BMW Politician Stakes. Placed in the first two legs of the Winter Series, Doublemint pushed his earnings to R482 750 with his win on Saturday.
He looks destined for bigger and better things!
His sire, former European Champion Twice Over, is now firmly established as one of South Africa’s best young stallions, has made a truly exceptional start to his stud career.
The four time G1 winner has been represented the winners of all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion, G2 Daisy Guineas, G3 Winter Derby, and G3 Politician Stakes in his first crop –a fine beginning for a fine champion!
The former European champion very nearly received yet another boost to his impressive pedigree page when close relative Crossed Baton was a close second in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.
Twice Over, whose numerous high class relatives include such G1 winners as Antonoe, All At Sea, Mutual Trust, and 2018 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes hero Yoshida, has already had more than 30 winners, and six black type performers, emerge from what is rapidly turning out to be, a record breaking first crop.
The dual Champion Stakes winner has 10 juveniles on offer at August’s National Two Year Old Sale.