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Black-Type Weekend For KZN-Breds: A.P. Arrow Off To Cracking Start

Black-Type Weekend For KZN-Breds: A.P. Arrow Off To Cracking Start
A.P. Arrow at Summerhill Stud with Greg Muir, at the recent Summer Ready-To-Run Sale. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Fairview on Friday saw the running of the East Cape Fillies Nursery Listed which included the second runner for young sire A.P. Arrow – Free Flight – finish in third place behind Winter Fantasy and Bursary.

American Gr 1 winner A.P. Arrow is a three-quarter brother to top American sire Pulpit who died last year – bred on the successful A.P. Indy/Mr Prospector cross. A large, beautifully balanced and an athletic chestnut stallion with enormous presence, A.P. Arrow earned a Time Form Rating of 125 and US$1, 479 000 in stakes. Standing at Summerhill Stud, his fee for 2012 was R20 000.

Bred by Stuart and Lola Crawford of Greenhill Farm, Free Flight is out of Any Dream by Muhtafal and owned by Lee Scribante (Piemonte Stud). It was the two year old filly’s second start at Fairview over 1200m. After passing through the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale ring un-sold, she was sold at the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale for R80 000.

Besides qualifying as a KZN-bred which entitles Free Flight to enter the KZN Breeders Race Day, consisting of the Million Mile and seven races for a stake of R200 000 each – as a graduate of the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, Free Flight also qualifies for the inaugural KZN Breeders/TBA R1-million race to be run on Vodacom Durban July day for two year olds – for any horse that passed through the auction ring at the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale. She also qualifies for the Ready-To-Run Cup having been sold at the Emperors Palace Ready-To-Run Sale last year.

Free Flight, passing through the 2012 KZN Yearling Sale ring. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The Turffontein racemeeting on Saturday, Putney Flyer by Miesque’s Approval ran on for second place in the the Drum Star Listed Handicap to General Sherman over 1800m – General Sherman carrying 54kgs and Putney Flyer 59kgs. Owned by Mr Hassan Adams and trained by Weiho Marwing, Putney Flyer has been a highly consistent horse – winning three races and placing 12 times from 18 starts.

His places included races such as the Gr 3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap, the Gr 2 J&B Jet Stayers as well as the Woolavington and Settlers Listed races. Out of a Fort Wood mare, he was bred by Mr J F van Streepen. Putney Flyer was a R100 000 National Yearling Sales graduate and he has won almost R250 000 in stakes to date.

At the controversial racemeeting that took place at Clairwood on Sunday, young exciting KZN-bred two year old’s are making themselves seen and heard.

King’s Bay by King Of Kings out of Rose Bay by Russian Revival, took home the Sentinel Stakes – making this the bay colt’s third win in a row from just four starts. In his debut run, he finished second to Mighty Var over 800m – and then went on to defeat Mighty Var over 1000m in his second to last start, by half a length at even weights.

Bred by Sugar Hill Stud and Bruce Campbell, King’s Bay is owned by Messrs K Moodley, Douglas Campbell, D J Hawkins and K Ramanah.

King's Bay winning the Sentinel Stakes, with Acapulco finishing second. Image: Gold Circle

King’s Bay has a yearling half-sister by A.P. Answer named Dark Rose and descends from an Argentine family including Gr 2 winner Ilimitado, Revolution Land and Loseyourheart.

King Of Kings who stands at Clifton Stud continues to bring in the winners and currently stands fourth on the National Log, as one of the leading sires of Two Year Olds by Stakes Earned.

The horse that finished second was Acapulco, having an impressive debut run to finish a close second by a quarter length, running on for a strong finish.

A R200 000 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale graduate, the very good-looking dark bay colt is by the deceased sire Stronghold, out of Jumeirah Beach by Jallad – the dam is a full-sister to J&B Met winner Zebra Crossing.

Bred by Rathmor Stud, Acapulco is owned by Vanessa Harrison and trained by Dennis Drier. Acapulco has a half-sister on offer at the upcoming Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale as Lot 480 named Soda Fountain, by Mambo In Seattle.

Emperor Niarchos by Miesque’s Approval finished in fourth position, bred by Riverton Stud.

Sunday at Ngong in Kenya saw Yellow Star Stud’s proven son of Bezrin, Westonian, book his entry into the Kenyan Derby for next month.

Westonian winning on Sunday at Ngong. Image: Michele Jenner

The-star.co.ke reports that “Westonian continued to show his true character as he took his sixth consecutive win in the Derby Trials at the Ngong Race Course. A gelding who bears a striking resemblance in looks and markings to his sire Bezrin, Westonian won the Kenyan Guineas at the end of January at Ngong.

“He did not just win the Soprani Challenge Cup for trainer Patsy Sercome, but also booked direct entry in the Kenya Derby. Shipshape and Chamonix finished second and third respectively.” Congraulations to the Sercombes and owner Mim Haynes.

Bezrin stands at Rathmor Stud and continues to be back in the news again – recently with Storm Bird Listed winner Jimmi Choo.

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