Brigtnumberten gave his sire Eightfold Path his first winner comfortably this afternoon at Turffontein over 1000m under Gavin Lerena for trainer Roy Magner.
Bred by BIT Thoroughbreds’ Mr Guo and owned by Hartley SA (PTY) Ltd (nom: Peter Gibson), the three year old colt was looking for the victory after placing in his prior two starts – his last run second over the same course and distance.
Eightfold Path, a French Gr3 and Listed winner by Giant’s Causeway is impeccably-bred out of the 5-time Gr1 winner Divine Proportions, stands at Scott Bros’ Highdown Stud. From his eight runners this season, four have placed. The previous season saw nine of his 10 runners place.
The first foal of Divine Proportions, Eightfold Path bears a remarkable resemblance to his brilliant mother who hails from a sire producing female line, the likes of Shirley Heights and Pentire Champion Sires in their own right – with Konigstiger and Whipper also featuring prominently in sires lists in Europe.
On the racetrack, Eightfold Path showed early brilliance for leading French trainer, Pascal Bary, winning on debut and then following up with a third placed effort behind subsequent Group One performers, Buzzword and Siyouni, in the Group Three Prix La Rochette over 1400m. Eightfold Path closed off his two year old campaign with a stylish victory in the Group Three Prix Eclipse over 1200m.
Racing in the famous Niarchos colours, Eightfold Path was one of Bary’s leading hopes for the 2010 Classic season, but plans had to be shelved when he sustained an injury during the build up to the French 2000 Guineas.
On his return at four years, he won another two races including a Listed mile event at Deauville.
Brigtnumberten is out of Summer Dew by Joshua Dancer; this is the first runner for the dam who has produced twice more to Eightfold Path.
The only son of Giant’s Causeway standing at stud currently in South Africa, Eightfold Path’s top priced yearling to date sold for R325 000 at the National Yearling Sale.
He stands for a fee of R10 000 this season.