eNews: Dupont

Two Graded Stakes Winners In The Past Month

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Sires Log – 2yo Racing
Dupont – Two Graded Stakes Winners In The Past Month

With three months of 2yo racing already under the belt we head into the lucrative 2yo stakes season where the face of the Sires of 2yo’s log changes every week and new names start making their way up the list. Just one stakes win can make all the difference. For any of the current leaders to remain in charge they have to have their share of the big wins. The same applies to the other sire logs – the top 4 Jet Master, Captain Al, Western Winter and Silvano are well ahead of the rest but the next 4 are in a fairly narrow band and the same applies to the 7 or 8 below that. The dynamics of how many and what depth of runners they field is a major factor in what their chances are of breaking away from their current division. It takes class AND plenty of runners to get to the top. The newer sires that have half the number of runners (some of whom have been further disadvantaged in local stats through export of their best runners) enjoyed by the top 4 can only compete with them if a star performer emerges.

I’ve reported before how we multiply earnings by whatever factor it takes to see how new or less supported sires would look with numbers equal to the top boys. They all enjoy an average of 152 runners a piece. I enjoy this exercise to see how some of our newer chaps shape up. So if I want to see how Dynasty, with just 78 runners, (and without Irish Flame and Ancestral Fore here to help him) would compare to the top boys I just double his reported earnings and see where he would sit on the current log – voila!! He jumps into the top 5. Simple. Now add consideration that, as in the case of Silvano with Bold Silvano, he had not lost local form through export of his best and he may be challenging the very top.

The same applies to any level of the sire lists – if I take Dupont’s 46 runners and multiply this by 3 to see how he’d compare – he jumps into the top 8. In January we launched an awareness campaign in support of Dupont’s career and happily reported that he looked set to make his mark. His first tiny crop born in KZN had not disgraced him and we’d had sufficiently encouraging report of his 2nd and subsequent crop sired at Normandy Stud to keep hopes alive. We have to be critical of the sires that we support and regularly study stats and form to assess the stallions in our portfolio. We decided that Dupont had done enough to warrant promotion and we did just that.

Since then he has had a superb run and before we draw your attention to some facts we should report on his most recent successes:

Dupont

Magico has won 5 of his 9 starts incl the Gr3 Tommy Hotspur – he only once went home without a cheque. Lady Magpie has won 4 of her 12 starts incl Gr3 Kings Cup – beating the colts and has only twice gone home without a cheque and she has been placed twice in stakes company. Ce Loire has had only 4 starts for a win and 3 places – all of her places were in stakes races. Monsieur Dupont has won 4 and has taken a cheque home 10 times. Depardieu won his first start by 2 lengths and trainer Dean Kannemeyer confidently reports that this one is maturing into a smart looking colt and has entered him in the Betting World Somerset Plate (L) 1200m on the 9th April.

He has 46 runners in the present season who have earned R1.1m and he had 13% stakes winners amongst his winners – this places him in the top 5 He has had only 57 runners from all crops to race – 37 of these have won or placed – 65% earners.

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John Freeman

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