Kildonan’s daughter Beach Goddess won the R150 000 Listed Laisserfaire Stakes yesterday at Kenilworth for trainer Brett Crawford.
Crawford stable rider Corne Offer knows Beach Goddess well and he allowed her to come forward just behind the pace at the 600m, as Our Destiny went for broke a length ahead.
The super consistent Beach Goddess stalked the leaders and always looked too strong as she grabbed the game Our Destiny at the 100m and went on smartly to win convincingly by 0,75 lengths in a time of 65,52 secs.
“Beach Goddess started picking it up at the 800m and I just left her in the open at the 600m and rode her with the hands. There was a stage I thought we may have gone a touch early, but she is classy and ran all the way to the line,” Corne said.
Trainer Brett Crawford enjoyed a great day at the office. He said that Beach Goddess had ‘a heart as big as herself’.
“Things didn’t really go for her in the Diana Stakes at Durbanville. The course was running quickly and she just never got into it. But she is very effective down this track and we will keep her to the fillies sprints for the time being,” said Crawford.
Raced – and technically bred by Ian Longmore – Beach Goddess is from the second crop of former Equus Champion Sprinter Kildonan, who stands at Yellow Star Stud after commencing his career at Wilgerbosdrift.
A dual stakes winner, Beach Goddess took her stakes tally to R412 175 with her 4 wins and 5 places from 10 starts. She is likely to line up next in the Sceptre Stakes in December.
Kildonan is also the sire of Gr2 winner Rosier, trained by Glen Kotzen.
A racehorse with a deeply competitive spirit and obvious ‘big match temperament’ to achieve what he did which can be seen in his impressive debut at Scottsville.
In the 2007 Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint Kildonan set a track record at Scottsville that international speedster JJ The Jet Plane couldn’t better, and was broken earlier this year by another KZN-bred, Humidor.
Kildonan set a record time of 67.00, with JJ The Jet Plane winning the same race in 2008 in a time of 67.62.
Trained by Mike de Kock, Kildonan was unbeaten in his first three starts at age 2, and went on to win five races in total.
Kildonan raced in top company from distances of 1200 – 1600 metres from age 2 to 3, and he earned R878 994 in stakes, with a merit rating of 115. His wins include the Graham Beck Stakes Grade 3, and placing second in his last career start in South Africa, the Champions Cup Grade 1 by just 0.75 of a length behind African Appeal.
Kildonan placed third in the Gold Challenge Gr1 to Successful Bidder and was voted Equus Champion Two Year old colt of his year.
Mike de Kock obviously didn’t take Kildonan’s talent for granted and sent him to Dubai, however Kildonan injured himself in training and never got to compete where he would have no doubt been a strong contender. He was sent back home to his birthplace, Wilgerbosdrift to begin his breeding career in 2009 and relocated to Yellow Star Stud in 2012.
Earlier this year an outstanding Kildonan colt sold for R250 000 at the National Yearling Sale consigned by Clifton Stud as Highland Hero, his dam a half-sister to Captain America.
Kildonan stands at Yellow Star Stud.
– extract sportingpost.co.za