Maine Chance Farms’sensational stallion, and former Equus Champion, Vercingetorix came up with his seventh G1 winner when his brilliant two-year-old son Cousin Casey ran out a facile winner of Saturday’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
Trained by Glen Kotzen, Cousin Casey had reeled off three wins in a row prior to Saturday’s race, and came into the Premiers Champion Stakes off a smart win in the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe.
Under Grant Van Niekerk, Cousin Casey raced well off the pace early, before powering home down the outside of the course to hit the front 100m from home.
From there, Cousin Casey, the 7-2 tote favourite, turned the contest into a one horse race, with the Vercingetorix colt powering home to score decisively by over two lengths.
Bred by Riyo Stud, Cousin Casey has now won four of just six starts, including both the aforementioned Golden Horseshoe and Listed Cell C Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes.
Out of the Casey Tibbs mare Bretton Woods, Cousin Casey was a R375 000 buy from the 2021 National Yearling Sale.
The colt is one of 21 stakes winners for Vercingetorix thus far, with Vercingetorix also responsible for this season’s fellow G1 winners Alesian Chief, Astrix, Chansonette and Pomp And Power.
Vercingetorix, whose progeny made up to R3 000 000 at this year’s National Yearling Sale, has 19 lots on offer at the 2022 August Two Year Old Sale.