Maine Chance Farms’ red hot sire Vercingetorix has made a scintillating start to his stud career, and the former Equus Champion’s success continued at Turffontein on Wednesday, when Ikigai (a member of Vercingetorix’s first crop) ran out an impressive winner of the G2 Gauteng Guineas (1600m).
Bred by Klawervlei Stud (who also bred Vercingetorix himself), three-year-old Ikigai had too many guns for his ten rivals and he powered clear to register a 1.75 length win in Wednesday’s R1 000 000 classic.
Trained by Sean Tarry, and ridden to victory by Luke Ferraris, Ikigai has now won four of just six starts, with his previous wins including an impressive, four and a half length win in the G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes.
Out of the Al Mufti mare Al Shiba, Ikigai has now earned R854 375 in prize money.
Ikigai was one of two winners for Vercingetorix at Turffontein on Wednesday night, with the G1 Jebel Hatta winning sire also responsible for Gallic Princess –an off the pace winner of Wednesday’s third race. Bred by The Alchemy, three-year-old Gallic Princess ran on strongly in the closing stages to record her second career win at the expense of G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge runner up Gin Fizz.
Vercingetorix, whose first crop’s tally of black type horses currently stands at seven, has a single lot on offer at this month’s Cape Yearling Sale.