Stronghold, the ill-fated son of Danehill who stood at Summerhill Stud a few years back, has had two winners recently with Double Clutch taking home the umThombothi Stakes (Non-Black Type) over 2000m at Greyville and Supercede taking honours in the Umzinzi Handicap (Non-Black Type) over 1800m also at Greyville.
The Paul Lafferty-trained miracle horse Double Clutch, contracted West Nile Virus about a year ago which almost saw him being put down after not being able to 'put one foot in front of the other'. This is the same disease that saw the demise of the great stallion Jet Master.
A big good-looking bay horse, Double Clutch came back to win after a 28 week rest beginning May 2014. He boasts an impressive race record with three wins, two places and has finished fifth twice. He is out of Northern Guest mare Incremental, bred by Derek Martin and owned by Ashley Williams.
Well done to Paul Lafferty on a tremendous training feat with this brave horse!
Four-year-old filly Supercede has an enviable race record - recording her sixth win in the Umzinzi Handicap for trainer Pat Lunn.
Supercede, bred by Yellow Star Stud out of Sweet Sequel by Casey Tibbs, has had 16 runs and has only been out of the money twice, once on debut and the other when finishing fifth to Same Jurisdiction in the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes.
Sold as a weanling for just R30,000, she is owned by Mr M Destombes and has earned impressive stakes of R441,525 to date.
Stronghold, out of the Mr Prospector mare Insinuate, left behind just two crops of foals before succumbing to colic and the discovery of an irreparable rupture on the operating table. He was earned the status of Leading Handicapper in Europe in 2007, taking home five wins including the Group 3 Supreme Stakes and Listed Paradise Stakes.