Irish Champion Pathfork, who hails from the same family as Saturday’s unbeaten Gr1 William Hill St Leger winner Logician, enjoyed another good weekend, with a trio of winners.
The now Sandown Stud-based Pathfork had double success on Saturday, with his son Viking Trail winning in Mauritius, and daughter Promise winning at Turffontein.
One of five winners on the day for trainer Paul Peter, the five-year-old Promise made much of the running to claim victory in a FM 83 handicap by a length, with regally bred Exceed And Excel daughter Queen Supreme a beaten favourite back in third and Met winner River Jetez’s daughter Jetorio back in fourth spot.
Bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jnr, Promise has now won four of her last five starts, and has won or placed in 11 of 16 outings.
Her Gr1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winning sire Pathfork also enjoyed success at Hollywoodbets Scottsville the following day, when the stallion’s son Marchingontogether landed a Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m impressively.
The Pathfork gelding, third in last season’s G1 SA Derby, has now won four times and has already earned in excess of R500 000.
Bred by Jagessar Limited, Marchingontogether was named Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding for 2018-2019 at the recent KZN Racing Awards ceremony.
Pathfork, whose previous notable performers include graded stakes winners as Mighty High, Red Chesnut Road and My Friend Lee, is from one of the hottest families in the stud book – with Pathfork being a half-brother to 2019 Gr1 Preakness Stakes winner War Of Will, and from the same family as 2019 Gr1 winners Romanised, Siskin and Almond Eye, as well as red-hot sire Bated Breath.
Pathfork stands for a fee of R10 000.