Drakenstein Stud’s inform sire What A Winter has been in fine form over the past few days, and the triple Equus Champion followed up his Saturday double with another double at Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon.
His son Apollo Ace made it win number four when holding on gamely to land the fourth race at Kenilworth, while scoring by a neck for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson and jockey Greg Cheyne. The Favour Stud bred gelding, who accounted for yet another What A Winter son, Dragon Power, on Tuesday, has now won or placed in 14 of his 19 outings, with Apollo Ace having now won two in a row.
What A Winter’s second winner on Tuesday came courtesy of his Lammerskraal Stud bred and owned daughter Hildegarde.
The latter, sent off the 14-10 favourite, dug down gamely to post a three-parts of a length win over 1000m on Tuesday for recent Queen’s Plate winning trainer Adam Marcus and jockey Anton Marcus.
Closely inbred to Chilly Hostess (dam of What A Winter’s sire Western Winter), the four-year-old Hildegarde has now won four times with all her wins thus far having come over 1000m.
South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2016-2017, What A Winter has enjoyed another great season this year already, with his notable representatives including G2 Cape Merchants winner Russet Air, Memorial Mile hero Sacred Arrow, Sophomore Sprint winner Three Two Charlie and Saturday’s Swallow Stakes heroine Sarah.
The four time G1 winner has 21 lots on tomorrow’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.