Irish Champion Pathfork, who will stand at Sandown Stud in 2018, has been enjoying a wonderful run of form of late, and the G1 winning son of Distorted Humor was at it again at Greyville on Wednesday when represented by a pair of winners.
Pathfork has now been represented by five winners since last Saturday, with his tally including unbeaten G1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Mighty High –a leading contender for Equus Award honours.
Promising 2yo Desolate Road, who had been third in a barrier trial on his first racetrack appearance, dug down deep to break his maiden by a neck over 1000m for trainer Tony Rivalland jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
Bred by Haras Del Carmo, Desolate Road, out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Dark Journey, was a R170 000 buy from last year’s KZN Yearling Sale.
Desolate Road is the eighth juvenile winner for Pathfork this season, with others including Mighty High and East Cape Nursery winner Madame Speaker.
The sire’s second winner on Tuesday came when the Alyson Wright trained Gorgeous Guest picked up her second career win when victorious over 1200 metres.
Winner of the 2010 boylesports.com Vincent O’Brien G1 National Stakes, Pathfork has now been responsible for stakes winners in each of his first three crops to race, with other notable performers by the sire including the graded stakes winners My Friend Lee and Red Chesnut Road.
The stallion, whose relatives include the 2018 G1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised, has seven yearlings on offer at the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale.