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Uncle Mo Filly Romps Home At The Vaal

Ashford Stud’s inform sire Uncle Mo enjoyed success in South Africa on Thursday, when his three-year-old daughter Tobefair justified tote favouritism with a fluent win at the Vaal racecourse.

Sent off 21-20 favourite, Tobefair lived up to expectations in Thursday’s All To Come Maiden Plate over 1800m with a strong win under a superb ride from log-leading jockey Warren Kennedy.

Kennedy kept his mount going, as Tobefair appeared beaten 300m out, but the Australian bred filly fought back and went on to run out a convincing 2.25 length winner of the Vaal’s second race.

Trained by Paul Peter, Tobefair was making her just fourth career start, with the filly having finished second over 1600m last time out.

Bred by Gerry Harvey, Tobefair was a $25 000 buy from the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale by James Goodman’s Kilimanjaro Bloodstock.

The filly was produced by the unraced Encosta De Lago mare Voice Of An Angel –whose Gibraltar Diva (by Rock Of Gibraltar) is a three-parts sister to Golden Slipper winning sire Catbird, Pago Pago Stakes winner Danbird and to G3 MRC Norman Robinson Stakes hero Pillar Of Hercules.

Further back, this is the family of G1 winners Ike’s Dream, Half Hennessy, and the champion Donatello II.

A half-sister to Tobefair, by Fastnet Rock’s Listed-winning son El Roca will be offered at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale as Lot 950 as part of the Westbury Stud consignment.

As the only son of Champion Sire Uncle Mo available to breeders in South Africa, the G3 Robert B Lewis S (1700m) and G1 Santa Anita Derby (1800m) third placed performer Royal Mo stands at Klawervlei Stud.