Champion Filly Gabor Has Been Retired
The Gavin van Zyl-trained Gabor, who was last season’s Equus Champion two-year-old filly, has been retired and will stand at her owners’ and breeders’ Drakenstein Stud farm.
She put in her final fast work for Saturday’s Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes yesterday and once again disappointed.
Van Zyl said due to one or two niggles she had not been able to find the form of her two-year-old season and it had thus been decided to retire her rather than to squeeze more out of an already champion filly.
The champion status she achieved was remarkable considering her first racecourse appearance was on May 12 last year in a Barrier Trial.
She won her debut over 1000m on the poly 17 days later and followed that with a running on third from a wide draw in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m.
In her next start, she won the Thekwini Stakes over 1600m in fine style from a good draw and thus provided jockey Warren Kennedy with his first-ever Grade 1 winner.
She also provided her late sire Kingsbarns with his first Graded Stakes winner.
She only raced once this season, finishing unplaced in the Grade 2 Tibouchina, and so retires having earned R594,375.
She is out of the twice winning Trippi mare Se Agabor.
Copy: David Thiselton, Gold Circle. Image: Candiese Lenferna Photography