Klawervlei Stud’s July winning stallion Pomodoro has made a superb start with his first two-year-olds this season, and the son of Jet Master looks to have a potentially top class daughter on his hands in the form of Return Flight.
The latter, trained like her sire by Sean Tarry and like Pomodoro owned by Chris Van Niekerk, romped home to score an 8.2 length win in a juvenile plate for fillies over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday. Ridden by Lyle Hewitson, Return Flight went out to make much of the running before romping home to spreadeagle her opponents and win as she liked.
Her rider said after the breathtaking win, “She is very impressive and I think she is one for the future. I am lucky to ride this calibre of horse.”
Return Flight, who was bred by Mike Sharkey, has now won two of her only three outings, and has won her two victories by the impressive aggregate of nearly 20 lengths! Second on debut, Return Flight looks destined for feature race company!
Out of the Special Preview mare Heading Home, Return Flight was a R20 000 purchase from last year’s March Yearling Sale.
Pomodoro went close to enjoying a memorable Champions Day double on Saturday, with his talented son Cirillo going down narrowly, when finishing second in the G2 SA Nursery over 1160m.
The uber consistent Cirillo, one of two Pomodoro colts in the 2018 SA Nursery field, has now been placed in a trio of feature races, having finished second in both the G3 Protea Stakes and Kuda Sprint at his last two outings.
Currently South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire by earnings, Pomodoro has already been represented by seven first crop runners who have won or been placed, as well as barrier trial winner Opensea. His other first crop runners of note include impressive recent winner, and Storm Bird Stakes runner up Royal Italian.
The son of Jet Master is the covering sire on 25 lots at the 2018 Cape Mare Sale later this month.
The 2012 Vodacom Durban July winner will also be represented by four weanlings at the Cape Mare Sale, which takes place at the Mistico Equestrian Centre on May 24th.