Darley Stud’s 2000 Guineas winning sire Dawn Approach, whose son Madhmoon rates a leading contender for Saturday’s G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, has not been represented by many runners in South Africa, but he had a visually impressive winner in this country when his well bred son Zabarjad romped home to an easy maiden win on Thursday.

Trained by Paul Peter, the Shadwell Stud Australasia bred 3yo Zabarjad got off the mark at the fifth time of asking when he bolted up to win the All To Come Workriders Maiden Plate over 1600m at the Vaal racecourse by four and a quarter lengths.

Originally raced by his breeder, and trained by Mike de Kock, Zabarjad was later re-sold to his current trainer for R60 000 at the 2018 Johannesburg Mixed Sale.

His classic winning sire Dawn Approach has only been represented by five runners in South Africa, but they include G1 Premiers Champion Stakes runner up Alyaasaat and three other winners.

Zabarjad is the latest winner produced by Jeune matron Alharir, whose previous foals include short-lived G1 Investec Cape Derby winner Ertijaal (by Hard Spun), fellow Mike de Kock trainee Mushreq (by Flying Spur) who won the G2 Al Fahdi Fort, and Malaysia stakes winner Thimaar (by Zabeel).

Alharir, a half-sister to the stakes placed dam of G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rewaaya, herself won three times and was second in the Listed SAJC Dequetteville Stakes.

The regally bred Alharir’s own dam Asawir, is a stakes winning Last Tycoon half-sister to G1 winner and high-class sire Snippets and to the dam of Arrowfield Stud’s consistently successful stallion Not A Single Doubt.

This is also the family of G1 winners Oohood and Sense Of Occasion.

Image: JC Photographics