Triple Equus Champion What A Winter, whose eight stakes victories include a 6.75 length romp in the 2010 Sophomore Sprint, has a cracking crop of three-year-olds this season, and they include Three Two Charlie –an impressive winner of the Listed Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth on Saturday.
The Beaumont Stud bred gelding showed his class with an authorative one and a half length victory in Saturday’s 1200m sprint, winning impressively for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson and jockey Greg Cheyne.
Third in last season’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery (behind What A Winter’s unbeaten son Armando) and runner up on debut to Frankel’s son General Franco, Three Two Charlie has now won two of only five starts and he looks an exciting prospect for the Cape Summer Season.
Three Two Charlie was one of two winners at Kenilworth on Saturday for his four time G1 winning sire, with What A Winter also the sire of eye catching maiden winner What A Lover. The latter, having finished third on her only previous outing, romped home to land Saturday’s second race, a maiden plate for fillies and mares over 1000m, by one and three quarter lengths.
Trained by Piet Steyn, the Favour Stud bred What A Lover was produced by the Trippi mare Tripple Dart.
Her sire What A Winter, South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire of 2016-2017, has some very exciting representatives this season-including last season G1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes winner Clouds Unfold, as well as a stellar crop of three-year-olds.
A son of triple champion sire Western Winter, What A Winter is from the same female line as the 2019 G1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia.