Kenyan Juvenile Champion For Just As Well


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As Paragon pictured in the National 2YO Sales ring in 2015. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Spring Valley Stud’s sire Just As Well, who has been consistent and at one point had an impressive runners to winners percentage of 53%, has produced a champion juvenile colt in Kenya – a horse bred by Jill Fox of The Fort Stud in partnership with Out Of Africa Stud.

The good looking bay colt named As Aragon is currently unbeaten from three starts, winning with ease. He won his maiden over 1400m, and a month later took the Nakuru Champion Stakes over 1400m – a two year old classic race. The next month saw him have his third start, winning the Sir Ali Bin Salim stakes over 1600m, also regarded as a two year old classic race. He has been nominated as favourite in the Kenya Guineas to be run in January 2017.

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Just As Well. Image: Candiese Marnewick

As Paragon sold for R40 000 at the 2015 National 2YO Sale, and is out of a Jet Master mare named Jet To Paradise. She has produced three foals, two of them unraced. Her third dam is Gazelle, the dam of Durban July winner, Gondolier. This damline includes Ernie and Stormy Kestrel, as well as Qatar multiple winner Classic Oasis.

Just As Well has excelled from small opportunities, having produced the likes of Well In Flight and Just As I Said, as well as Gr1 performer Just Africa. From his first crop he only had 12 registered foals and three went to Gr1 performances. He ended the 2015/2016 season on a winners to runners percentage of 41%, above the average of most stallions.

By supreme sire AP Indy,  his dam No Matter What is a Gr1 winner (by Nureyev, same cross as Judpot), and Just As Well himself crossed the line first in a Canadian Gr1 race which was sadly lost in the courtroom several months later. He is a half-brother to Gr1 Rainbow View and descends from the immediate family of Raven’s Pass and E Dubai.

 

Just As Well stands for just R10 000 this season.


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