History-Making Yearling Wins At Scottsville

Nathan Kotzen has his charge in fine fettle

Varsfontein Stud’s Master Of My Fate was represented by a third first crop winner on Wednesday when his daughter Master Keys made a winning debut at Scottsville.

Lyle Hewitson steers Master Keys to a facile debut win (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

Trained by Nathan Kotzen, the Nothemba Mlonzi bred filly made a massive first impression, as she stormed home under Champion Apprentice Lyle Hewitson – now just two winners short of his apprentice winner history mark – to post a 1.75 length debut win in a juvenile plate over 1200m.

The filly is a first winner for businesswoman Nothemba Mlonzi, who consigned Master Keys under Mwetwood Stud at the 2017 National Yearling Sale, where she was a R100 000 buy by Nathan Kotzen. Master Keys made history as the first yearling to be bred and sold by a black female.

Out of the Tiger Ridge mare On A Wing, Master Keys is from the immediate damline of the brilliant 5-time Gr1 winning Hong Kong star, Able Friend

Now South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire by winners, Master Of My Fate’s previous winners were debut winner Twist Of Fate and Lucky Dancer.

Nathan Kotzen and happy customers at the sale (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

A son of champions Jet Master and Promisefrommyheart, Master Of My Fate was a top class racehorse whose six wins, from eight starts, included the G2 Premier Trophy and G2 Peninsula Handicap.

His numerous high class relatives include unbeaten Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes winner Hashtagyolo and Gr2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winning sire Pluck. The latter made headlines on Sunday when his daughter Life On The Wire won the Gr3 Vamos Stakes at Launceston. Life On The Wire was winning her fifth race in a row.

Pluck has now been represented by graded stakes winners Aspect, Life On The Wire and Mongolian Wolf.

Master Of My Fate has 25 yearlings on the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in April.

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