King Of Kings’ Phenomenal Racing Weekend

King Of Kings’ Phenomenal Racing Weekend
King Of Kings(IRE) Image: Candiese Marnewick

King Of Kings had an extraordinary racing weekend with strong performances from his progeny at both Turffontein and Scottsville. The son of Sadler’s Wells who led the National Two Year Old Sires list by Stakes Earned for the beginning of this year looks to be taking that title back shortly.

King's Bridge winning the fourth race at Scottsville bred Spring Valley Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick

The first to set the pace was King’s Wild in the first race of the day at Turffontein, trained by Chris Erasmus and ridden by Jockey S’Manga Khumalo, going off at closing odds of 66/1. The gelding, out of Flaming Thatch by Golden Thatch, is bred by Mr S R Rosseau of St Helier Stud. He won by half a length over 1200m. It is the three year old gelding’s second start to date. A R10 000 yearling graduate of the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale, he will be one to watch.

Sheen Queen ran second in her debut in the second race of the day at Turffontein to Jet Master filly Ferrari Dawn, ridden by Fanie Chambers and trained by Ernie Anderson. She is a R40 000 graduate, consigned by Scott Bros and sold at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old sale. She is out of Gitterati by Western Winter.

Flaming Princess kick-started the day for King Of Kings at Scottsville with a third over 1000m in the first race to another KZN-bred, Caviar. Her owner/breeder is the Late Mr LJG Werner and she is trained by Ashburton’s Des Egdes, out the mare Flaming June by Flaming Rock. She has placed eight times and her full-brother Flaming King has won twice to date.

King’s Bridge won the fourth race at Scottsville over 1400m, ridden by Anton Marcus and trained by GK Anthony. Winning the race by a convincing 2,5 lengths, the three year old chestnut colt is a full-brother to the top-priced son of King Of Kings sold at the 2012 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale this year to the Tawny Syndicate for R120 000. Both full-brothers are bred by Spring Valley Stud, out of mare Andaman Pearl by Secret Prospector. The dam is a full-sister to sire What A Prospect.

King Of Clover, bred by Clifton Stud, finished third over 1400m in the third race under Brandon Lerena, trained by Gavin Van Zyl. A R50 000 yearling graduate of the 2011 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale, it is the geldings fourth start. He is out of Sweet Madeline by West Man.

King's Wild, winning at Turffontein on Saturday. Image: JC Photos

Shahdokht was ridden to second place in the fifth race by half a length under Raymond Danielson, trained by GK Anthony. A filly that passed through the 2011 KZN Yearling Sale as unsold, bred again by Spring Valley Stud, this was her debut start over 1400m. She is out of Protique by Proclaim. Despite the slightly soft going, she ran an excellent debut at even weights of 58kg.

The last to come on the day at Scottsville was Nyoni, with King Of Kings as the broodmare sire of this filly by Second Empire. Trained by Doug Campbell, it is her second start and she finished fourth under jockey Ian Sturgeon.

Alan and Vera Sutherland are very excited about the start of the racing and breeding season for King Of Kings, quoted as saying: “He is getting some lovely mares and gaining momentum.” Vera and Alan Sutherland would like to congratulate the breeders, owners and jockey’s associated with these talented horses.

King Of Kings stands at Clifton Stud for a R20 000 live foal fee. Contact Peter Blyth on 082 456 3489 to find out more or email blyth@cliftonstud.co.za.

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