Stakes Victory At Turffontein For Muwaary

Australian-breds continued with their stakes success in South Africa over the weekend, winning the Group 3 Graham Beck Stakes, and finishing runner up in two more black type races. Recording two victories along with a pair of pleasing Group 1 performances from just four starts during his two-year-old season, the Mike de Kock-trained Muwaary (pictured above) resumed on Saturday to win the Group 3 Graham Beck Stakes (1400m) by two and a quarter lengths. Purchased at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud by Shadwell Stud, the Jason Abrahams bred colt is the first foal from the Listed-winning Anabaa mare Silently, herself a half-sister to Sebring’s multiple Group 1 winner Criterion, and the Group 2-winning Varena Miss, all out of the Group 3 winner Mica’s Pride. Won 12 months prior by fellow Australian-bred Harry’s Son, who rounded out his juvenile campaign as a Group 1 winner and crowned Equus Champion 2YO Colt/Gelding, Muwaary has always been highly regard by the stable, described as a ‘special horse’ by his trainer. Earlier in the day, Mella Maria, a filly by Star Witness had finished a narrow second in the Group 3 Starling Stakes, a race won 12 months prior by Redoute’s Choice filly Majmu, while the consistent Marmalady (Duke Of Marmalade) also finished second in her black type race, the Group 3 Yellowwood Handicap. While not at stakes level, the Justin Snaith-trained Lineker took out the R2,015,000 BSA Ready To Run Cup – a race only open to sale graduate of the Bloodstock South Africa sale. By Star Witness, Lineker is out of Battle Maiden, a winner of the Group 1 Garden Province Stakes in South Africa before being exported to Australia. Stakes placed when third in the Listed Catecrasher Stakes, Lineker has now had five starts for two wins and two placed performances for owner Michael Leaf, also the owner of the recently retired Wylie Hall, a dual Group 1-winning son of Redoute’s Choice graduate sold through the draft of Newhaven Park at the Magic Millions. The second race on the card also went to an Australian-bred with the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained three-year-old New Approach colt New Predator winning by a commanding six-and-a-quarter lengths. Back to Newsletter
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