Next up in our impressions of the Ready to Run horses, comes the views of Dean Macaskill, son of former South African Champion jockey, Freddy Macaskill, who is best remembered for his association with Rothmans July Handicap winner, Beau Art. Dean is a likeable young fellow, and like his father, a natural rider, so his impressions may be of value.
His pick of the colts is a son of one of the world’s best milers of 2002, Dubai Destination, a dual Group One winning son of Kingmambo, and conqueror of no less a horse than the legendary Rock of Gibraltar in the Champagne Stakes (Gr2) at Doncaster as a juvenile. This colt is a half brother to an Australian Group winner, and is a lovely big, athletic fellow with a great action.
Dean’s pick of the fillies is a daughter of Danehill’s Group Two winning son, Requiem (this is his first crop), and she comes from Agency Girl, a daughter of top broodmare sire, Model Man. A “smacker” of a filly, consigned on behalf of the Mondi Old Boys Club, Derrick Minnie, Rob Stewart et al.
Among our riders this year is the Keeneland Association’s Scholarship scholar, “Lexy” Brackney, a gifted horsewoman, who was selected from any number of international applicants for this scholarship. Her pedigree includes a stint working with horses in Argentina, yet what she did in the United States which most prepared her for her current vocation, was with top French and now-converted-to top American trainer, Patrick Biancone, one of the panel of trainers who “does” horses for the Coolmore group.
Like Michael Booysen, Lexy’s pick of the colts is the Malhub out of the Candy Stripes mare, East Africa. He seems to pop up on a couple of people’s lists, and is another reason for buyers to keep their eyes open for opportunities to buy into the first crop of this outstanding son of Kingmambo.
Lexy is obviously influenced by what she knows of Kingmambo as one of the most influential sires in the world right now, as her choice of the fillies is the Malhub daughter of Coastal Relative, a half-sister to the East Cape Horse of the Year, Coastal Waltz. This family is renowned for its ease of movement, and this filly is no exception.