Narrow Creek Stud-bred Catch Twentytwo, a Paul Peter trained son of Elusive Fort, won the Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes over 1400m for owners Mr A and Mrs R Chadha, Mr I Levitan and Mr and Mrs W V Rippon – following on from his Gr2 win in the World Sports Betting Dingaans.
The three year old has now met MK’s Pride (Willows Magic) on two occasions and beat him once today by two lengths. Catch Twentytwo is a half-brother to the Paul Peter trained What A Winter filly Fly Away, a three time winner. Catch Twentytwo’s full sister sold for R300 000 at the BSA National 2YO Sale in 2020. This is the dam line of Ramblin Jac Elliot and Maybe Yes.
John and Renee Everett of Narrow Creek are knocking it out of the park this season – currently on smashing winners to runners percentage of 44% and their progeny earning almost R1,4-million in stakes for the current season.
WAR OF ATHENA
Summerhill Stud-bred filly War Of Athena once again met up with her rival Anything Goes, and this time took home the victory in the Gr3 Three Troikas – whilst the courageous Running Brave added yet another Group victory to her record – beating the boys to take home the Gr3 London News Stakes.
War Of Athena has been close to the previously five-time unbeaten filly and this time her race fitness proved the advantage, to win by almost two full lengths. The filly is out of a Requiem / Coastal mare, and shares a female line with the smart Rossi-Bred Captain Tatters, trained by Justin Snaith.
Summerhill Equestrian are pleased to report that her Dynasty sire, Act Of War, had found great support in his 3rd season and covered almost 80 mares in the 2020 season.
Act Of War is currently on 31% winners to runners and his 29 runners for the season have earned over R800 000 in stakes so far taking into consideration the current reduced stakes.
Proving that horses don’t know their sales prices – both War Of Athena and Running Brave were knocked down to Paul Matchett respectively for R30 000 at the 2019 Ready To Run Sale and the 2017 National 2YO Sale.
Running Brave, who had her first Group win for her owner turned trainer Fanie Bronkhorst, certainly lives up to her name and beat the boys to take the Gr3 London News Stakes. She defeated a field that included the likes of Gr1 Summer Cup winner Zillzaal, Barahin, Divine Odyssey and Green Haze.
The daughter of Brave Tin Soldier carries a superb race record and has an excellent rapport with her jockey Muzi Yeni. She has given Bronkhorst a superb return for his sales outlay, earned over R1,700 000 – winning 8 races with 12 places from 30 starts. This is the family of Silver Flyer, Jet Jamboree, Love Is In The Air and O Tamara.
Brave Tin Soldier resides at Jill Fox’s The Fort Stud, and from limited numbers has produced excellent Group winning stats which include his son at Spring Valley Stud – Rabada – as well as export Brave Mary.