Moutonshoek’s beautifully bred Kingmambo stallion Mambo In Seattle broke the ice on Monday when Corne Spies’ 2yo colt Motivate Mambo shed his maiden over 1000m at his third start.
Backed into a well supported and popular favourite, the Wicklow Stud product showed good speed on the Flamingo Park sand to win going away by 4,50 lengths in good time in the hands of Fanie Chambers.
He is out of the four time winning Lecture mare, Motivation.
Mambo In Seattle was one of the best 3yo’s of his year in the USA. He was given a timeform rating of 121.
He won 4 times from 1400m to 1800m and peaked with a nose second in the Gr1 Travers Stakes, the top 3yo prize outside of the Triple Crown.
Mambo In Seattle’s first crop are racing this season and have attracted plenty of interest.
Twenty six of his first crop yearlings sold for a top notch of R400 000 and averaged R128 000.
Not only is Mambo in Seattle a son of one of Mr Prospector’s very best sons, but his second dam (Weekend Surprise) and third dam (Lassie Dear) are two of the finest broodmares in the stud book.
Discreet Dancer, recent winner of the Gr2 Gulfstream Park Handicap and a potential leading handicapper in North America, numbers the well bred Lassie’s Lady as his third dam. Lassie’s Lady, in turn, is a half-sister to the great broodmare Weekend Surprise – second dam of Mambo in Seattle.
Another member of this prolific family is the talented Sky Kingdom, who is set to compete in one of North America’s oldest, and most prestigious turf events this weekend – the San Juan Capistrano Handicap.
Formerly a Gr1 contest, the San Juan Capistrano has been won by such champions as Kotashaan (Horse of the Year), Lemhi Gold (Champion Older Male), and John Henry (multiple Horse of the Year).
Sky Kingdom, a previous winner of the Gr3 Tokyo City Cup, is out of a full sister to Mambo In Seattle.
The recently deceased Tiger Ridge was also related to this very talented family.
Mambo In Seattle stands at Moutonshoek for a fee of R25 000.
He has two lots on this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Avontuur offer lot 34, a bay colt out of a five time winning Captain Al mare, who was trained by Vaughan Marshall.
Nutfield Stud send the well named Mama Loves Mambo as lot 154. This colt is out of a seven time winning Fort Wood mare.