Always The Master!

What a weekend!

Jet Master’s influence as a broodmare sire and sire of sires is becoming ever more conspicuous.

That much was evident this past weekend when the seven-time champion sire dominated as the broodmare sire of no less than five Graded stakes winners, four of which at Gr1 level.

Jet Master

Jet Master – influence grows

First up was Rivarine, who succeeded in his quest for Gr1 glory at the age of six when he outgunned his rivals in the Computaform Sprint at Turffontein. He is the first foal of Jet Master’s outstanding daughter River Jetez, an own sister to the legendary triple Horse of the Year Pocket Power, whom she defeated in her signature victory, the 2010 Gr1 J&B Met.

Rivarine is by Var, as is the juvenile filly Miracle Flight. Out of a Jet Master own sister to champion sprinter Mythical Flight, she was bred to fly and found only stable companion Springs Of Carmel too good in the Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery.

Ronnie’s Candy next stepped into the spotlight with a deserved first Gr1 success in the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes.

Ronnie’s Candy wins the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes on Saturday (Pic – JC Photos)

St John Gray’s homebred proved a cut above her rivals, coming from last to win the mile race in style. A daughter of deceased King Of Kings, her dam is the Gr3-placed Jet Master mare Bennie Andthe Jets.

The Gr1 Premier’s Champion Challenge proved a walk in the park for star colt Hawwaam. One of three Gr1 winners out of Jet Master’s celebrated daughter Halfway To Heaven, the champion successfully defended his crown with a runaway victory in what was his final South African start.

On Sunday, Hawwaam’s Gr1 winning siblings Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World) and Golden Ducat (Philanthropist) both stepped out at Hollywoodbets Greyville. The former added another top level success to his résumé with a bold, front-running score in the Gr1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge. The race was a coup for Jet Master, as he also sired the dam of runner-up Vardy, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner and like Rivarine, sired by Var.

Cape Derby winner Golden Ducat, trained like Rainbow Bridge by Eric Sands, carried the Rattray silks for the first time when he took his chances in the Gr1 Daily News 2000. Victory went to champion Got The Greenlight, while the next three across the line, Padre Pio, Golden Ducat and Shango, are all out of Jet Master mares!

Hawwaam is bred on the Silvano x Jet Master cross, as is the four-year-old filly Silvano’s Pride.

She captured last-season’s Gr1 Woolavington 2000 in front running style and made a triumphant return to the Durban track on Saturday. Under similar tactics, she never saw a rival and easily accounted for the Gr2 Tibouchina Stakes, run over 1400m, a distance short of her best.


Jet Master son Pomodoro wins the 2012 Durban July

Jet Master also reinforced his growing reputation as a sire of sires when his SA Derby and Durban July winner Pomodoro weighed in with a brace of new stakes winners. A return to sprinting brought out the best in three-year-old daughter Golden Belle, who broke through at stakes level with a commanding four-length success in the Gr3 Camellia Stakes. Significantly, third placed Dancing Queen has Jet Master as her damsire!

Twenty four hours later, juvenile daughter Caralluma completed the double at Holllywoodbets Greyville when she powered home by a similar margin in the Listed Devon Air Stakes.

Another up-and-coming son of Jet Master, the imposing Master Of My Fate, featured as the sire of unlucky three-year-old Driving Miss Daisy.

Runner-up in both the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas and Paddock Stakes, she finished an excellent second to unbeaten Summer Pudding in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000. Her day will come.

Four-year-old daughter Master Keys had caught the eye when a fast-finishing second in the Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes and she again ran with merit to finish third behind Silvano’s Pride in the Tibouchina.

Another who has stakes winner stamped all over him is Tierra Del Fuego, who picked up his first Gr1 black type when third behind Hawwaam on Saturday. Previously runner-up in the Gr2 Hawaii Stakes, the four-year-old is by Jet Master’s less prominent son Skitt Skizzle, whose handful of runners also includes the Listed Secretariat Stakes heroine Cordillera.

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