Master Of My Fate, Pomodoro and Crusade are off the mark with their first winners and Stakes Winners.


Varsfontein Stud’s well performed young stallion Master Of My Fate was represented by his first winner when his son Twist Of Fate made a winning debut on the first day of the 2018 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate festival on Friday and has since produced another.

Bred by the Favour Stud, and trained by Joey Ramsden, Twist Of Fate showed good pace before quickening up nicely and staying on to break his maiden by one and a half lengths, over well bred first-timer Cash Call.

It was another 4.75 lengths back to third place finisher Rivonia Boulevard.

In his wake, came two-year-olds by the likes of Snitzel, Var, What A Winter and Gimmethegreenlight.

Twist Of Fate was produced by the Counter Action mare Crescent Lily, whose wins included the Listed Breeders Guineas.

His sire Master Of My Fate was the top colt sold from the 2011 National Yearling Sale, where he fetched R3 000 000.

The strapping bay won six of just eight outings, including both the G2 Premier Trophy and G2 Peninsula Handicap, with Master Of My Fate winning from 1200-1800 metres.

He is a son of seven times champion sire and Horse Of The Year Jet Master, also sire of champions Pocket Power, Yorker, J J The Jet Plane and In The Fast Lane.

Master Of My Fate is one of two stakes winners produced by former Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart, whose daughter Justthewayyouare (Listed Spook Express Handicap) is dam of multiple G3 winner Captain Splendid.

Promisefrommheart is also second dam of the brilliant, unbeaten filly Hashtagyolo, winner of the recent G3 Flamboyant Stakes.

This is also the family of champion Kings Gambit and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck. The latter’s G3 winning half-sister Three Hearts recently fetched $650 000 when sold at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

A big strapping individual, Master Of My Fate has made a smart start to his stud career, with three of his first four runners winning or finishing in the money.


Klawervlei Stud’s well performed young stallion Pomodoro was represented by his first winner when his two-year-old son Lethal Weapon made a winning debut over 1000m at the Vaal on Tuesday.

Bred, owned, and trained by Dorrie Sham (she owns him in partnership with Mark), Lethal Weapon was steered to victory by Weichong Marwing, who guided the Pomodoro colt to a comfortable hands and heels win. It was another five lengths back to third place finisher Now And Forever.

Lethal Weapon was produced by the Victory Moon mare Cashmere Mafia.

Pomodoro has made an exceptional start to his stud career, with his first three runners having all either won or finished in the money.

This is a great start for a Derby winner who himself never raced at two!

Champion trainer Sean Tarry, who trained Pomodoro himself, sent out Pomodoro first crop 2yos Royal Italian and Cirillo to finish second and third on their respective debuts and holds both colts in high regard.
Royal Italian is set to contest a big juvenile race on Sun Met, while Cirillo (described by his trainer as a classic type) could also face the starter at the 2018 Met day.

One of more than 20 G1 winners for seven times champion sire Jet Master, Pomodoro won from 1160-2450m during his illustrious career, and, like leading sire Dynasty, accounted for some of the country’s finest when victorious in the G1 Vodacom Durban July.

Produced by Broodmare Of The Year Golden Apple, Pomodoro won or placed in all of the G1 Vodacom Durban July, G1 SA Derby, G1 SA Classic, G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and G1 Champions Challenge.


The Scott Bros’ well performed young stallion Crusade was represented by his first stakes winner when his progressive daughter Covered In Snow captured the Listed Swallow Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.

Bred by the Clifton Stud, and owned by Peter White, the Dianne Stenger trained three-year-old made it three wins from just four outings when victorious in the Swallow Stakes, defeating a host of high class fillies in the process.
Covered In Snow, who was ridden to victory by Muzi Yeni, has now won her last three races in a row.

Her sire Crusade won the G1 Middle Park Stakes, one of the most prestigious 2yo races in Britain, and a race won previously by sire greats Oasis Dream, Diesis, Petingo, Djebel and Sharpen Up.

Crusade is one of more than 60 stakes winners sired by Gone West’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner up Mr Greeley.
The latter is also responsible for star fillies Finsceal Beo and Saoirse Ab, G1 Sussex Stakes winner Reel Buddy and G1 winner and successful sire El Corredor.

Crusade is out of the brilliant Johannesburg mare La Traviata, who won the G3 Victory Ride Stakes by nine and a quarter lengths.

La Traviata is also the dam of G1 Irish/Yorkshire Oaks winner Seventh Heaven, the earner of more than £1.6 million in prize money, as well as last season’s high class Irish 2yo Coat Of Arms. The latter, runner up in the G2 Futurity Stakes last year, holds an entry for the 2018 G1 Investec Derby.

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