Maine Chance Farms weekend excellence!

It was a stellar weekend for the Robertson based stud farm who delivered a headlining “Clean Sweep” of the majors at Kenilworth on Saturday. The remarkable feat started off in the Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes, a Grade Two event over 1200m which saw promising juvenile COSMIC HIGHWAY collect his first stakes win as a sophomore. The son of Gimmethegreenlight was stepped up in trip in pursuit of the Cape Guineas, certainly not disgracing himself when running second to fellow MCF bred POMP AND POWER in the Concorde Cup plus also collecting a podium position in the actual Cape Guineas himself but it was a return down in trip to a sprint which saw him replicate his absolute best form. He powered home after looking threatening throughout to defeat fellow sophomore TRIP OF FORTUNE and put any ideas of a weaker three-year old crop of colts out in the cold where they belong. COSMIC HIGHWAY was a R400 000 purchase by Form Bloodstock for client and owner Lady Laidlaw, a graduate of the CTS Premier Yearling Sale.

COSMIC HIGHWAY wins the Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes (Gr2)
Photo: Cape Racing
Led in by owner Lady Christine Laidlaw and Dean Kannemeyer
Photo: Cape Racing
COSMIC HIGHWAY at Maine Chance pictured as a yearling

The very next event on the card saw yet another MCF bred sophomore earn his crowning moment of the season, after a few gallant attempts at the top level already. POMP AND POWER, by Vercingetorix, who is fast becoming nothing short of a phenom as a sire, managed to down a talented field in the Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby, Grade One. Applying different tactics to the front running style of his past races, the chestnut half brother to PUNTA ARENAS was no match for his opposition in the final furlong where his stamina truly kicked in, no mean feat considering these included last start stakes winner UNIVERSAL and the super talented and WSB MET placed DOUBLE SUPERLATIVE. POMP AND POWER was a graduate of the BSA National Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to owner Greg Bortz for a mere R250 000. His partners Marsh Shirtliff and Etienne Braun soon followed suit into the horse and have formed a lucky partnership! Earlier in the day, the MCF owned full sister named PUCULLPA ran an eye catching third on debut in the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery, a family which is really flourishing!

POMP AND POWER wins the Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby (Gr1)
Photo: Cape Racing
Being led in by owners Etienne Braun, Marsh Shirtliff and Greg Bortz
Photo: Cape Racing
POMP AND POWER at Maine Chance pictured as a yearling

With two “Majors” in the bag, the truly classy PRINCESS CALLA stepped up as a strong favourite in the PRIX DU CAP where she duly obliged in a race she turned into a mere training gallop. She has competed with the very best, with distinction, probably the best filly in training yet to have won a “Grade One” race and she chalked off a well deserved win after a busy season. The talented filly is now heading to Johannesburg to have a crack at the Empress Club Stakes in order to try and achieve her win at the top level. PRINCESS CALLA is the first foal of the top level performer PRINCESS ROYAL, herself a half sister to champion PRINCESS VICTORIA. She was sold to owner Mario Ferreira for R600 000 at the CTS Premier Yearling Sale.

PRINCESS CALLA wins the Prix Du Cap (Gr3)
Photo: Cape Racing
Being led in by trainer Adam Marcus
Photo: Cape Racing
PRINCESS CALLA at Maine Chance pictured as a yearling

With stellar performances from Maine Chance bred horses on Saturday at Kenilworth, it was to be a good Sunday for the Maine Chance based sires in the juvenile stakes races at Turffontein. First up, the Ruffian Stakes for fillies. Another dominant performance by RIVER QUERARESS, the aptly named daughter of leading juvenile sire QUERARI. She had already managed to reel off two successive wins this term for Arun Chadha’s ASSM Racing, which is winning races up and down the country with regularity. QUERARI who has already been crowned a champion juvenile sire of South Africa, has a firm grip on the juvenile standings in the early juvenile campaign and is clearly a leading candidate amongst the sire ranks of the country for speed and precocity.

Being led in by Tony Peter and Arun Chadha
Arun Chadha lifting the Ruffian Stakes trophy

But the big moment of the day came next in the Storm Bird Stakes where KARANGETANG blew away his rivals to win on his racecourse debut in what turned out to be a training gallop. He always travelled exceptionally well and took very little encouragement from jockey Keagan De Melo when putting the race to bed in a matter of strides. KARANGETANG of course is from the very first crop of ERUPT. ERUPT is an international group one winning son of super sire DUBAWI, who campaigned over longer trips, winning the Gran Prix De Paris over 2400m being the highlight of his career. It was expected that ERUPT’s progeny would take time and need ground but anybody familiar with DUBAWI knows that he sires top horses over all distances and is very capable as a sire of juveniles, something which has certainly passed onto his top class sire sons like NIGHT OF THUNDER and NEW BAY. It is therefore of little surprise to see ERUPT represented by two juvenile winners already this term, including this very talented looking stakes winner. KARANGETANG was purchased as a yearling by Vermaak Equine for R300 000 at the BSA National Yearling Sales where he was on the draft of breeder Mauritzfontein Stud. He is owned by Laurence and Jarryd Wernars in partnership with Varun Kewal, Wilfried Pirzl and Lance and Natalie Evered Hall.

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KARANGETANG being led in by Laurence Wernars and Anthony Joannides
KARANGETANG as yearling at Mauritzfontein Stud

The latest South African sire logs make for interesting reading and reflect the strength of the current Maine Chance sires. As per attached tables below, quite remarkably, Vercingetorix and his late father Silvano, lead the overall standings. Vercingetorix despite having less runners than his counterparts, due to fewer crops, is leading by individual stakes winners and comfortably by actual stakes wins. With his best bred crops still to follow, the sky is the limit for this exciting sire as he looks set to take over the mantel from his late father. Looking at the standings below for sires of 3yos, all three MCF stallions (Including the late Silvano) with active runners in this category, are placed in the top four positions. It is still early days in the juvenile standings, but as usual it is no surprise to see QUERARI out in front. ERUPT is into the top five after the weekend, a nice dual with CANFORD CLIFFS could emerge for the leading freshman sire in the coming months, both of the mark with stakes winners already.

Latest SAF overall sire standings
Latest SAF sires of 3yos
Latest SAF sires of 2yos

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