Who would have thought? When ERUPT arrived at Maine Chance Farms one did not have to lean too far to hear adjectives like “stout” and “stamina” when being used to describe the stallion and his prospects, not that this would be a bad thing, no horse wins the July or Met without stamina and who gets involved in race horse ownership or breeding to win a juvenile sales race sprint in February ?
Not that those words are far off the mark, he arrived here a Gr1 winner of the Grand Prix De Paris over 2400m, the very same race won by Fort Wood. But anyone who knows Dubawi, knows that he sires them over all distances and from juveniles, to ripe old staying pensioners, he does it all. The ability of Dubawi to pass on precocity and speed is something that he has most certainly passed onto his sire sons. Through the achievements of top young sire Night Of Thunder and more recently Time Test and New Bay launching themselves as top level freshman sires, Dubawi sons are all over the juvenile standings.
It comes as no surprise then to see ERUPT start off so well, from few runners he has already two multiple winning juveniles. His first winner, SET TO GO, followed up his first win with a smart second win at his next start. But it is his second individual winner that has launched the career of ERUPT in such good fashion. KARANGETANG was a scintillating winner of the Storm Bird Stakes (Listed) on debut, a race he turned into an exercise gallop. His second start came this weekend in the Gr3 Protea Stakes where he met top class filly River Queraress (Querari) managing to dispose of her after showing exceptional cruising speed, having his rivals off the bit some way out. The words of the connections bode very well. His pilot Keagan De Melo reported in his post race interview that the horse was not quite at his best and a bit over the top, causing him to race too keenly, a sentiment echoed by his trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren who explained he had been battling with small shin issues with the winner and he was unable to get the work needed into him, in fact, a touch and go decision made a few days before as to whether he would run or not. A bright future for this colt indeed. A tilt at the SA Nursery looks likely next.
KARANGETANG was bred by the current leading breeders of SAF the exceptional Wilgebosdrift and Mauritzfontein. He was purchased off the BSA National Sales draft for R300 000 by Vermaak Equine, a strong group of fifteen Erupts will be at the next edition of the sale to be held at the end of April.
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