Maine Chance Farm’s exceptional young sire VERCINGETORIX lay down another marker this weekend, in his relatively short career as a sire. The son of Silvano has been earmarked as his father’s “heir” and has come out the starting blocks firing.
Scottsville is the home of the annual “Festival of Speed” and the progeny of VERCINGETORIX were out in full force. It was only twelve months ago when his daughter VERNICHEY captured the Gr1 Allan Robertson, thus supplying her sire with his first grade one victory. This year’s renewal saw a domination to the finish of the colts equivalent, the Gr1 Gold Medallion, won in impressive fashion by the very talented AMBIORIX, crowning a second grade one winner for his sire. The very game GALLIC CHIEF stayed on well to claim third place, giving his sire both first and third placed finishers in the country’s premier juvenile sprint. AMBIORIX was already a stakes winner this term as he showed his raw ability when winning the Listed Summer Juvenile at Kenilworth on debut. He followed that up with a third in the Kenilworth Nursery. His stellar win of the Gold Medallion was only his third start, his first in over three months as he made his KZN winter season debut. The Vaughan Marshall trained galloper gave his trainer another grade one win this week following the win of Linebacker in the Daily News.
The SA Fillies Sprint is the championship sprint event for the fairer sex and two Vercingetorix fillies ran cracking good races to give his sire both second and third placed runners in the event. VERNICHEY, the filly who gave him his first grade one win, has trained on to be a top class sophomore and filled the second spot after the run away winner SINGFORAFA was given a very soft lead. GALLIC PRINCESS stayed on well for third, herself multiple group placed this season, another talented sprint filly by Vercingetorix.
With his biggest and best bred crops still to come, the future looks very bright for the Maine Chance based star.