A stallion who has always struggled to gain support, Just As Well produced a double yesterday at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and had a second with King Julian. The bay stallion with an immaculate Gr1 winning record, pedigree and siblings stands at Spring Valley Stud.
Nathan Kotzen produced a smart with with Justfortheepenny (part of a double for Nathan), bred by Anton Procter. The colt out of a Captain Al mare has now won his second start, owned by Alderman R F Haswell. Bred by his good friend Anton Procter, it was a sentimental win for Haswell as the colt was named in honour of his late wife Penny who was a pillar of ‘Maritzburg society and well known for her philanthropic work. A strapping son of Just As Well, Justfortheepenny won with authority, showing a sharp turn of foot which bodes well for his future.
Carmella, owned by PM Racing Syndicate, broke her maiden under Serino Moodley. Out of Devonella, the 2yo filly has been close in two previous occasions but finally broke the duck, bred by Spring Valley Syndicate and trained by Michael Miller. Carmella was a shrewd purpose, only a R40 000 off the 2018 KZN Yearling Sale. Serino Moodley made his trip to Scottsville for one ride count as he steered Carmella home for Mike Miller in the fifth. The filly was saddled by Craig Eudey. Eudey handed in his trainer’s brief earlier this year but has now signed up with Miller in partnership, the two having known each other for over 40 years.
Both winners were over 1600m.
King Julian, bred by the Late Greg Royden-Turner out of Princess Julietta, placed a smart 2nd on race debut at 36/1 and is definitely one to watch.
Just As Well currently has a winners to runners percentage of 33% and has produced 1 Black Type winner for the season with the smart Just Chaos. His Gr3 Caradoc Gold Vase winner, Just Cruised In, from the female line of Galileo, will be running in the weekend’s eLan Gold Cup. He is a 4-time winner and has earned R548,400 to date.
Overall, KZN horses and horses by KZN sires accounted for 6 wins of the 9 race card.
Well done to all concerned.