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Vermaak Equine June Update

Dubawi, a household name in the stallion world, was once again a highlight performer over the last few weeks when the Godolphin-raced Ghaiyyath achieved his second G1 victory, defeating last season’s Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck in the Coronation Stakes, with the third-placed Stradivarius going on to capture his third success G1 Ascot Gold Cup at his next start.

Speaking of Royal Ascot, Dubawi was once again in the news when his son Lord North captured the Gr.1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes with utter ease. After settling in last position, the John Gosden-trained 4yo exploded through the pack to run down dual Australian G1 winner Addeybb by three and three-quarter lengths with G1 winners Barney Boy and Japan back in third and fourth.

Fresh from victory in the G3 Brigadier Stakes at Haydock on June 7, the stunning G1 victory was his sixth win from just nine starts for the gelding who became the 42nd individual elite level winner for his sire.

Another of those elite level winners is the exciting Night Of Thunder, a dual G1 winner whose first runners have been a revelation, recording 12 black type winners from his first northern hemisphere crop which includes Molatham, a winner of the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot for Roger Varian and Sheikh Hamdan, well known in South Africa as the owner of Silvano’s multiple G1 winner Hawwaam.

Locally, Dubawi’s 100% winners to runners is led by dual G1 winner Happy Archer, and the G1 South African Nursery Plate winner Willow Magic, while Maine Chance Farms’ imported ERUPT (above), an exciting winner of the G1 Longchamp Grand Prix de Paris and G1 Woodbine Canadian International Stakes, retired to stud in 2018 with his first foal receiving rave reviews when foaled last season.

Out of G3 Prix Vanteaux winner and G1 Prix Saint Alary runner up, Mare Nostrum – herself a daughter of French Derby winner and champion sire Caerleon, Erupt has plenty going for himself, also being from the family of Champion Sires Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur and Holy Roman Emperor.

Set to cover his third book of mares this season, Vermaak Equine is available to discuss breeding opportunities as we head into the season.


With a little under six weeks until the end of the season, Champion Sire SILVANO is looking set for another title off the back of a recent run of black type success.

Mauritzfontein’s highly-talented G1-winning filly Summer Pudding maintained her unbeaten record by capturing the G2 SA Oaks a few weeks back at Turffontein for trainer Paul Peter and in the process became just the third filly to land the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara (Gauteng Fillies Guineas, SA Fillies Classic, SA Oaks) following the likes of Igugu (2011) and Cherry On The Top (2013).

The outstanding Hawwaam took his record to nine wins from just 12 starts, for earnings of R6 514 775 with victory in the following race on the card, the G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes. The second feature race winner on the day for multiple champion sire Silvano, Hawwaam’s tally of feature race wins now stands at seven including scores in all of the G1 SA Classic, G1 Premier’s Champions Challenge and G1 Daily News 2000.

Snaith Racing’s consistent mare Miyabi Gold kicked off her KZN season in fine style, winning the Listed East Coast Cup at Greyville by just shy of three lengths. Holding an entry to the G1 Vodacom Durban July, connections will make a decision as to where the mare heads next.


Maine Chance Farm’s reigning Champion 2YO Sire QUERARI has continued to have another exceptional season with his juvenile crop, leading the way with 12 individual winners so far this season via his recent success stories including Glen Kotzen-trained trio of Caya Coco, My Bestie and Thomas Henry (below), a private purchase for Vermaak Equine.

Stakes performers Slalom Queen and Herrin were joined by Johan Janse Van Vuuren’s impressive two length Turffontein winner Action Packed, another Vermaak Equine yearling purchase.

Debut wins for Hyde Park, Invincabelle and La Quinta at Kenilworth continue to highlight the son of Champion 2YO Oasis Dream as a high class source of 2yo class who is sure to once again prove popular once the breeding seasons commences.


Led on prizemoney by Mike de Kock’s Vaseem, a two time winner and narrow third in the lucrative CTS 1200, VERCINGETORIX’s current 3YO Crop sees the Equus Champion 3YO Colt, who was the leading Freshman sire in his debut season, continue his stellar stallion career to currently headline the 3YO Log.

Dual graded stakes winner Ikigai, a winner of Turffontein’s Gauteng Guineas and Tony Ruffel Stakes holds an nomination to this coming Sunday’s G1 Gold Challenge at Greyville, while narrow last start G2 World Sports Betting Guineas runner-up Padre Pio looks a leading contender in the G1 Daily News against his on age on the same card.


Scottsville’s recent Post Merchant Stakes day kicked off in spectacular fashion for Green Street Bloodstock yearling purchases with Jay Peg 2yo gelding LIGHT THAT LOOSE impressing with a six plus length win at his second time of asking, while ASHFORD CASTLE, a son of Avontuur’s Champion 2YO Sire Var, scored by over two and a half lengths on debut in the very next race on the card.

Both trained by Woodhill Racing’s Glen Kotzen, Light That Loose (above) was purchased by Vermaak Equine for R110 000 as a yearling at the KZN Sale and will head towards the KZN Million on July Day, while Ashford Castle (below) was bought by Glen Kotzen with both juveniles look to have bright futures for their connections with numerous options for further success throughout the remained of the KZN Season.

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