Summerhill Stud’s exciting young sire Act Of War came up with his first winner on Friday, when his two-year-old son, and Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Daichi made a winning debut at Fairview in impressive fashion.

Bred by the Piemonte Stud, the Gavin Smith trained Daichi jumped away smartly and went up to make all in the 1000m maiden juvenile plate.

Under jockey Marco Van Rensburg, the Act Of War colt kept going gamely to record a half length win on debut .

A R70 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, Daichi is out of the two time winning Captain Al mare Darrie. His connections picked up a R60 000 Bloodstock SA Value Added Bonus for Daichi’s impressive win.

Act Of War, whose first crop are two-year-olds this season, was one of the very best sons of Horse Of The Year, and former Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Dynasty.

Act Of War won eight of only 12 starts, with Act Of War’s six graded victories including a triumph in the 2014 G1 Cape Guineas, as well as scores in all of the G2 Selangor Cup, G3 Kuda Matchem Stakes, G3 Langerman and G3 Cape Classic.

Unplaced just once from 12 starts, Act Of War earned R1 820 500.

Act Of War, who won graded races at two, three and four, is one of seven winners produced by the stakes placed Cordoba mare Si Senorita. The latter, also dam of G3 Langerman winner Subastador and Listed Off To Stud Handicap winner Luna De Victoria, was South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2014-2015.

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