Klawervlei Stud’s exciting young stallion Twice Over, set to be represented by runners in both the G2 Daisy Guineas and G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas, gained yet another boost to his stellar female line this week.
His close relative Crossed Baton stamped himself a potential contender for the G1 Investec Derby when he won the Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom on Wednesday. Remarkably, trainer John Gosden was winning the newly upgraded race for a fourth year running!
The colt, who was steered to victory by Frankie Dettori, has now won three of his only four outings and connections are hopeful for more to come from Crossed Baton.
A son of pensioned sire Dansili (sire of Twice Over’s G1 winning relative Passage Of Time), Crossed Baton, who was landing the first feature race of this career, has now won three of four outings, and is the latest black type winner to have emerged from this remarkable family.
The likely Derby contender is out of the Beat Hollow mare Sacred Shield, a daughter of the stakes winning Blushing Groom mare Quandary.
The latter is grandam of European champion and four time G1 winner Twice Over.
Twice Over, who won or placed in 12 G1 raeces, has made an exceptional start to his stud career, with his first crop producing not only classic contenders Do It Again and Twice As Smart, G1 winner Sand And Sea, and Saturday’s G3 Winter Guineas hope Doublemint.
The sire, whose progeny fetched up to R1 000 000 at the recent Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, was also responsible for Friday’s winner Suzi Woo who romped to a four length win over 1200m for trainer Shane Humby and jockey Anton Marcus.