Scott Bros’ Matador Man ran a phenomenal third in the Gr1 Champions Cup, after not jumping out the stalls on terms and trailing by four or five lengths. His Crusade half-brother Subtropical also caused a stir when the handsome colt won the second race of the day with First Crusade placing fourth – giving Gr1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade his seventh winner of the season (six in South Africa).
“In his penultimate start Pagoda was reminiscent of one of the best Mogok’s, The Apache, in that he crept up steadily in the straight until the 300m mark and then when Lerena pressed the button he kicked impressively and went away from the field to win by 3,3 lengths.”
“He’s a horse that doesn’t take a lot of work,” said De Beer. He knows what to do and he does it, he conditions himself.” This time he won’t be ‘barefoot’.
National Yearling Sales news, Gr1 2nd place For Talktothestars and Pagoda, Gr2 Win For Crusade sister Seventh Heaven.
Crusade had this third winner whilst Eightfold Path collected his second cheque earner in a week, Pennington Sands secured her 6th win and Pagoda has been entered for the Vodacom Durban July.
Ever consistent sire Mogok added yet another Stakes winner to his list with Varsfontein-bred Pagoda taking the Derby Trial, whilst Crusade’s half sister Seventh Heaven finished a smashing second after coming from last, in the Gr1 Dubai Sheema on the weekend.
Rated 119, the dual Gr1 winning four year old filly will be ridden by Seamie Heffernan over the 2410m stretch for traine Aiden O’Brien. Seventh Heaven has a 6th draw and defeated Arc winner Found in the Gr1 Yorkshire Oaks. Seventh Heaven also won the Gr1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh and placed fourth in the Gr1 Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf.