|KZN-Breds Make Their Presence Felt At Turffontein Again|
Two KZN-Breds walked away with victory at Turffontein today, with a daughter of Mogok winning the Listed Oaks Trial over 2000 metres and Extra Zero winning the Grade 3 Sycamore Sprint over 1160 metres.
The first is Markofdistinction, bred by Scott Bros out of the mare Markanawa(NZ) by Maroof, and owned by Mr Winston Chow who must be a fan of Mogok after having significant success with another of his progeny, multiple Grade 1 winner The Apache – now destined for a career overseas under the care of Mike de Kock.
Sold at the Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale for just R40 000, the filly is trained by Ormond Ferraris and was ridden to victory by Gavin Lerena, winning fairly comfortably by 1.25 lengths from Geoff Woodruff’s Alessandria, followed by Demanding Lady.
Markofdistinction is now a 3-time winner and has placed once. Her dam is a full sister to Toccata(NZ) who was voted Equus Champion Three Year Old Female Sprinter in 1999. Interestingly the third dam produced another Equus winner, this time Champion Male Stayer in 2007, Long Dollar.
Extra Zero, KZN Breeders Award Outstanding Two Year Old Filly winner of 2011, won the R165 000 Sycamore Sprint Grade 3 by a length from Fair Rosalind with Larussa following in third. The Summerhill-bred filly by Way West out of Haifaa by Doyoun is trained by Sean Tarry, with jockey Tshwaro Appie steering her to victory.
The filly sold for R240 000 at the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale in 2010, she has completely justified her price tag with stakes of almost R800 000 earned. She has now had three wins and seven places from 13 starts. In 2011 she ran a close second in the Three Troikas Stakes Grade 3.
Congratulations to the breeders and connections of these two fillies.