Klawervlei Stud’s European champion and increasingly successful resident stallion Twice Over proved the star sire at the recent two day L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate meeting.
The four time G1 winner and sire sensation was responsible for a trio of winners at the 2019 LQP festival on Friday and Saturday, with Twice Over’s three winners headed by a pair of very impressive graded stakes winners –namely Do It Again and Doublemint, with the former winning the 2019 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the latter taking the G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap.
Last season’s Equus Champion, and 2018 G1 Vodacom Durban July winner, Do It Again proved once again that he is a true champion by taking the spoils in the Queen’s Plate (South Africa’s premier mile race) by accounting for one of the strongest fields ever assembled for the Kenilworth showpiece. Under Richard Fourie, the champion stormed home to win the R1.5 million race for trainer Justin Snaith, and owners Bernard Kantor, Nick Jonsson and Jack Mitchell. In accounting for the standout performers Soqrat, Rainbow Bridge, Legal Eagle, Undercover Agent and Snowdance, Do It Again took his earnings to R4 285 000.
In the process, the Northfields Stud bred Do It Again, one of a pair of G1 winners produced in his sire’s impressive first crop, claimed a berth in the 2019 G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. The gelding, now the leading contender for the 2019 G1 Sun Met, has now a trio of graded wins to his name, with Do It Again’s previous wins also including the G2 Daisy Guineas last season.
His sire Twice Over could be doubly represented in the 2019 G1 Sun Met, with his talented Justin Snaith trained son Doublemint powering home to collar the front running Kampala Campari when he won the G2 Peninsula Handicap over 1800m on Saturday. Owned by Alec and Gillian Foster, the four-year-old Doublemint, who has won or placed in ten of his 12 starts, has now a trio of feature race wins to his name, with the Alec Foster bred colt having previously triumphed in both the G3 Highlands Stud Winter Derby and G3 BMW Politician Stakes last season.
Twice Over, whose multiple G1 winning relative Yoshida is a likely contender for the upcoming $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, was also responsible for Friday’s winner Steffi’s Graft who stormed home to win over 1000m at Kenilworth for trainer Tobie Spies, jockey JP Van Der Merwe and breeder The Alchemy.
Now firmly established as one of the most exciting stallions in South Africa, Twice Over has six yearlings on offer at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.