Wild One Sweeps Home To Take Gr3 Lonsdale

Wild One Sweeps Home To Take Gr3 Lonsdale
Mogok's Wild One defeats a quality field to take home the Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup. Image: Gold Circle

A heartstopping awkward final few strides failed to stop the impressive late burst of the Scott Bros’ bred Wild One as he made a winning debut for his new trainer Mike De Kock at Greyville on Saturday. His narrow victory over the flying Gothic to win the R250 000 Gr3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup may have given him a backdoor shout for the Vodacom Durban July.

The former Jeff Freedman trained Wild One scored a shock win on his debut and placed in the 2013 Gr1 SA Derby.

Gavin Van Zyl’s Shogunnar (by Solksjaer) led Bush Hill-bred King Neptune and Wavin’ Flag into the straight as they fanned out for the charge to the line.

Wild One had been five lengths off the leaders and in touch for most of the trip and Delpech took him to the inside rail for what looked a winning charge as Shogunnar continued to plug away with Gothic storming down the middle.

Mogok. Image: Candiese Marnewick

At the 200m marker Wild One appeared to start hanging under pressure with Delpech changing whip hands as his mount appeared to momentarily lose his momentum and falter.

In a drive to the line Wild One’s hesitation almost cost him victory but he had done enough to win by a nose in a time of 152,73 secs.

Wild One is a son of Mogok out of the twice winning Sapieha mare, Endangered Species.

Her daughter Wild Encounter recently sold at the National Yearling Sale for R150 000, a daughter of Miesque’s Approval. Endangered Species is also the dam of 7-time winner Extinct (by Spaceship), who placed in the Gr1 Mercury Sprint. This the is the family of Lunch Club and fourth dam being First Swallow(IRE), a winner of the Gr1 Computaform Sprint.

Mogok, the most successful son of Storm Cat to stand in South Africa and a half-brother to Champion sire Machiavellian, is one of the few stallions in South Africa to have achieved international Group winning acclaim with Rathmor-bred American Gr1 winner Gypsy’s Warning and muliple Group winning The Apache, who achieved in Dubai, England and America.

Wild One sold for R95 000 on the 2011 KZN Suncoast Yearling Sale, where his former trainer signed for him.

Wild One has now won three races with six places from 14 starts, taking his stakes earnings to R459 125.

– extract sportingpost.co.za

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