Petty Officer wins for Royal Air Force
Sorrento Stud’s Royal Air Force has made a pleasing start to his stud career. The huge son of Jet Master, represented by just a handful of foals in his first crop, has had three winners from just eight runners.
Royal Air Force’s first eight runners include five horses who have either won or placed – a most creditable effort for a sire who deserved more support.
The Maine Chance Farms bred Petty Officer kept her sire in the headlines when recording a smart win at Kenilworth on Premier’s Trophy day last Saturday.
Petty Officer, who is trained by Greg Ennion, took her tally to two wins from four outings for owners Braam Van Huyssteen and Howard Rubinstein. Despite having a wide trip, Petty Officer showed her class by running out a 1.25 length winner in a fillies and mares handicap over 1400m.
Royal Air Force is a son of Jet Master, who is currently well clear on the SA general sires log in pursuit of his seventh general sires title. Jet Master’s progeny have dominated local racing this season and include Yorker and Master Sabina, 1-2 in the Gr1 Sansui Summer Cup, Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas, as well as Master Of My Fate and Jet Aglow – who gave their sire a feature race double at Kenilworth this past Saturday.
The stallion, whose four wins came over 1000-2000m, is best known for his victory in the Gr2 Astrapak 1900, where he beat the likes of Gr1 winners Our Giant, Equal Image, and Major Bluff.
A half-brother to Equus Champion, and Gr1 J&B Met winner, Imperious Sue, Royal Air Force is from the family of numerous high-class performers, including this season’s very talented 3yo filly, Highly Decorated.
Royal Air Force stands for a 2013 fee of R10 000.