Maine Chance Farms’ red hot young sire Vercingetorix has made a great start to his stud career, and the former Equus Champion enjoyed more success at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Wednesday when his two-year-old daughter Sofia Erin made an official winning debut for owner Suzette Viljoen.
Bred by Ridgemont Highlands, Sofia Erin justified some sold betting support when she powered clear under Serino Moodley to score by 1.6 lengths over 1000m at the first time of asking.
Trained by Lezeanne Forbes, the two-year-old had been second in her only previous barrier trial.
Out of the Elusive Quality mare Salsabeel, Sofia Erin was a R210 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
She is the second two-year-old winner, from as many runners, for her G1 Jebel Hatta winning sire Vercingetorix, whose first crop son Ikigai is a leading contender for Saturday’s G2 Gauteng Guineas.
One of the very best sons of South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano, Vercingetorix has a single filly (Lot 176) on offer at the upcoming Cape Yearling Sale.
A big supporter of racing in South Africa, owner Suzette Viljoen has over 80 horses in training and 12 winners so far for the season.