Hard on the heels of Bold Ellinore’s career best performance in last Saturday’s Tibouchina Stakes (Gr.2), two more from Kahal’s second crop of Sophomore colts stepped up to the plate this weekend, ringing some big bells for the year ahead.
The run of the weekend belonged undoubtedly to Khebraat, who, on only his fourth start, dropped the colours of the Gomma Gomma hero, Pick Six in the R250 000 KZN Breeders 1600m. Granted, he was in receipt of 4kgs from the Champion, who may even have needed his first run back since scooting off with the big cheque in Africa’s richest horserace, but we mustn’t forget, Khebraat was just a novice going into this one, and this was notice, for sure, that Emperor Napoleon and Evening Attire are not their sire’s only Three Year Old pony tricks.
Bred at Summerhill for Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Stud, Khebraat is closely inbred to Mr. Prospector through a daughter of Breeders Cup Sprint Champion, Gulch, though his dam Khazima also has Nureyev close up, thus repeating the cross (with Northern Dancer) that gave Kahal the likes of “The Emperor”, Guineas victoress, Bold Ellinore, Evening Attire and Bhekinkosi, all Stakes winners in a season in which Kahal now ranks clear second (ahead of Muhtafal) by Stakes winners.
The Rulers of Dubai were also responsible for the second of Kahal’s standouts this weekend, as yet another three year old, Desert Links, came to the party with an especially impressive double at Greyville Friday evening. He was bred at the farm by Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud, out of the Home Guard mare Selborne Park. Basil Marcus has always maintained that this horse was somewhere in the vicinity of dual Classic winner Jay Peg’s class, and while he still has much to prove, the manner of his victory had his conditioner talking about a tilt at the J&B Met (Gr.1) come January time. Just imagine a J&B Met featuring three top class sons of Kahal, all in a single field.