Ascot Stud Strike Gold On Champions Day

4Racing Listed Caradoc Gold Cup 2024

Breeding top horses is as much about blood, sweat and tears, as it is good timing, and veteran Eastern Cape breeder Dr Ashley Parker proudly waved a National Yearling Sale flag for his longstanding home of champions, Ascot Stud, with a 1-3 finish in the final feature at Turffontein on Champions Day.

The leading farm’s dual graded stakes winning Galileo sire Global View, sire of the top-class Dave The King, has enjoyed an outstanding run recently, and produced the magic again when the Alec Laird-trained 5yo Rule Book stayed on strongly from a wide gate under Kaidan Brewer to win the R300 000 Listed 4Racing Caradoc Gold Cup at Turffontein on Saturday.

Global View’s Ascot Stud-bred son Rule Book is too strong as he stays on to win the Caradoc Gold Cup (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

In another booin for Global View, his multimillonaire soldier Dave The King ran another cracker to place in the World Pool Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge.

Registering a time of 189,03 secs for the 2850m of the Caradoc Gold Cup, the 7-1 Rule Book beat Rafeef son Positive Attitude (6-1) by 0,20 lengths, with the progressive staying filly United Council (40-1) staying on for third.

Bred by Ascot Stud, the winner was a R190 000 National Yearling Sale purchase of his year and made it 7 wins with 7 places from 22 starts, for stakes in excess of R630 000. He is out of the well related unraced Medicean mare Reputable, a half sister to US Gr1 winner Jovial (Northern Jove). Reputable also produced a UK 1800m winner by Pivotal.

His sire Global View, South Africa’s Leading First Season Sire of 2019-2020, is also the sire of this season’s smart three-year-old Fairy Knight, winner of his last four on the trot, including the Listed Ibhayi Stakes and East Cape Guineas in his two most recent starts.

As already noted, Ascot Stud celebrated third place in the Caradoc Gold Cup, when Robbie Sage’s smart 4yo United Council showed her mettle with a good finish to be the first fairer sex galloper home.

The daughter of The United States is raced by Colin Bird and has now won 4 of 13 starts. She is out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Unconditional.

Dr Ashley Parker was particularly pleased as Ascot Stud offers United Council’s good -looking Global View half-brother Conditionally (lot 3), at the National Yearling Sale to be held at the TBA Sales Complex in Johannesburg on 18 and 19 April.

The versatile Global View has three other lots on offer at the 2024 National Yearling Sale, including an Ascot Stud-bred half-sister (lot 97) to Gr1 Premier’s Champions Challenge winner Coral Fever. The latter was coincidentally also raced by Colin Bird.

The Ascot Stud draft can be viewed in block B.

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