Vercingetorix –A true triumph for Co-Op!
The great Dubai win of Vercingetorix represents a great triumph for many South Africans. Trainer Mike de Kock, breeder Klawervlei Stud and the whole de Kock team are all huge factors in producing this champion to win.
In winning the Ford Taurus Trophy (an 1800m handicap) on his Dubai debut, Vercingetorix stamped himself as a potential contender for the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free. This $5 000 000 event will be run on Dubai World Cup night at the end of March.
It should also be remembered that the unbeaten Vercingetorix also represents an important milestone and triumph for the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op. His overseas victory also represents an important success for the Thoroughbred Industry Transformation Programme, who does such important, and often unheralded, work for the South African horse-racing community.
Vercingetorix was the first weanling ever pin hooked by the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op, who raised the Silvano colt at Riverton Stud, where the Chairman and three members of the co-op currently work.
Sent to the 2011 Emperors Palace National Sale, Vercingetorix was knocked down for R1.4 million – where he was the fourth top priced colt sold that year.
Unraced at two, Vercingetorix was unbeaten in four outings in South Africa for owner, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. After winning both the Gr1 Daily News 2000 and Gr2 KRA Guineas, Vercingetorix was duly named South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Colt of 2012-2013.
The Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op currently have an unnamed Rebel King filly on offer at the March Yearling Sale next month. Catalogued as lot 25, the chestnut filly is a half-sister to a winner, from a wonderful family. Her dam is a half-sister to former Champion 2YO Bluffing, and this is also the family of those great fillies, Tecla Bluff and Tamia Bluff, as well as J&B Met winner, Zebra Crossing.
The same team also offer a lovely Seventh Rock colt for the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale. The colt, whose sire currently is South Africa’s leading first crop sire after making a sensational start to his stud career, is catalogued as lot 128. His dam is a half-sister to dual G1 winner Thunder Dance, and is out of Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner, Shadow Dancing (by champion sire Fort Wood). Shadow Dancing, in turn, is a half-sister to champion sire, Captain Al.
Victory Dance, dam of the National Sales bound colt, is currently in foal to L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner, Gimmethegreenlight (whom the Co-op has a share in).
Adrian Todd, who is the liaisons officer between Department of Trade And Industry and the Thoroughbred Industry Transformation Programme, was delighted by Vercingetorix’s overseas victory. He commented after the race,” We are exceptionally happy with the success that this horse has enjoyed. On behalf of the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op, I would like to wish Vercingetorix’s connections all the best for the future. He looks a true champion, and I am very proud of the Co-Op’s involvement with this wonderful horse.”
Well done to all involved with the Riverside Grooms Thoroughbred Co-Op. Hopefully, Vercingetorix can continue his winning ways in Dubai – and underline the class of horse that the Co-Op is capable of being involved with.