Lammerskraal’s top class young sire Go Deputy stole the show at Kenilworth on Grand Parade Cape Guineas day.
The son of Deputy Minister, who was only represented by four runners on the day (all of whom competed in features), had a pair of eye catching graded winners in the form of Icy Trail and Royal Badge respectively.
Icy Trail, who provided trainer Candice Bass-Robinson with the first two Grade 2 win of her career since taking out her licence, stamped himself a potential big race contender with a gallant victory in the G2 Sun International Premier Trophy over 1800m.
The Lammerskraal Stud bred four-year-old, who received a great ride from jockey Grant Van Niekerk, stayed on nicely to account for a high class field in the R400 000 feature –picking up the first graded win of his career in the process.
Icy Trail, who has now won his last three races on the bounce, was originally being aimed at the G2 Peninsula Handicap.
Saturday’s graded win pushes Icy Trail’s earnings to over R500 000 –and he won’t stop here!
His paternal half brother Royal Badge, who impressed when finishing third to champion Marinaresco in last season’s G3 Winter Classic, was another son of Go Deputy to land a graded race for a first time on Saturday.
The James Armitage bred gelding stayed on very strongly to thump a smart field in the G3 Grand Parade Cape Summer Stayers –and stamp himself a contender for some of the country’s top staying events in the process. Royal Badge, who is trained by Adam Marcus, simply thrashed his rivals to score a maiden first graded win by nearly three lengths, leaving feature race winners Smart Mart, Cape Speed, Arezzo (also by Go Deputy), Arch Rival, Balance Sheet, Captain Splendid, Dynastic Power and Ultimate Dollar all in his wake.
It was a second year in a row that a son of Go Deputy had won the Cape Summer Stayers, with the stallion’s son Current Event having prevailed in 2015.
Former G1 winner, and US millionaire, Go Deputy, has a truly outstanding crop of four-year-olds representing him.
From just 25 runners (of whom 16 have won), Go Deputy’s four-year-olds number four graded winners and seven stakes horses –with this number including last season’s Triple Crown winner Abashiri, among others.
These statistics are sure to improve further in the coming months –and both Royal Badge and Icy Trail look likely to provide their sire with more graded glory in the coming months!