Varsfontein Stud’s A.P. Indy stallion Judpot enjoyed the rare distinction of a winner from his first runner, when the beautiful chestnut filly Lady Morgana spreadeagled her field to win the first Gauteng juvenile race of the new season at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.
In a terrific advertisement for the Ready To Run concept, and racehorse ownership generally, the winner was sold as recently as last month.
But it gets better! The winner’s stake cheque of R46 875 covered her purchase price and a month or so worth of keep!
The beautifully-bred Judpot was trained by Sir Henry Cecil but never raced due to an injury.
He is by USA Champion 3yo Colt and Horse of the Year, A.P.Indy, who won the Gr1 Belmont Stakes and the Gr1 Breeder’s Cup Classic in a great track career. He was a leading sire in North America, Europe and Japan. The sire of sires retired in 2011.
Lady Morgana’s dam Grand Duchy (by Western Winter), an unraced daughter of Gr1 winner Duchess Daba, was shrewdly bought in foal by Gary Player from Varsfontein, at the Cape Mare Sale in 2010, for R110 000.
The Gr1 November Handicap winner Duchess Daba who raced in the Kalmanson silks for Geoff Woodruff, won 8 races, including the SA Fillies Guineas.
Grand Duchy was her first offspring..
The resultant foal, a chestnut filly now called Lady Morgana was purchased at the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale last month for R40 000 by Equisure Bloodstock (Racing Manager).
Showing plenty of pace in the 1000m Maiden Juvenile Plate, she went on smartly to beat Miss Seattle by 3 lengths in a time of 60,27secs. She was bred by Gary Player Stud in Colesberg.
Her three-part sister (Judpot x Duchess Daba) was sold at the 2012 National Yearling Sale for R140 000.
Leading veteran Cape trainer Mike Bass, an acknowledged astute judge of horseflesh, recently went on record saying that he was looking forward to seeing the first Judpot 2yo’s on the track. Bass, who purchased a filly for R800 000, said that Judpot produced a well balanced individual.
Judpot stands for a fee of R20 000 at Varsfontein Stud in Paarl