Salute One World – Equals Illustrious Dad’s Record

Can he reach the overall 2yo season winner record?

The Varsfontein bred Roccapina skated to an impressive victory on Tuesday at a chilly Hollywoodbets Kenilworth at just her second outing to give her sire One World the honour of equalling his Dad Captain Al’s first-season sires record of 22 juvenile winners.

Raced by the Kalmanson and Rowett family, the Candice Bass-Robinson trained Roccapina built on a narrow defeat on debut over the Hollywoodbets Kenilworth 1000m, when she provided jockey Aldo Domeyer with his easiest earned commission over the same track and trip all season.

One World daughter Roccapino (Aldo Domeyer) cruises in to win her second start 9Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Out of the Fort Wood three-time winner Scandola – herself a daughter of Western Winter’s top-class daughter Covenant, who was trained by Mike Bass – Roccapina’s Gr1 Sun Met winning sire One World is our Leading First Season Sire of 2023-2024, and is also the country’s Leading Sire of 2YO’s.

Stars of One World’s first crop include Gr3 City Of Cape Town Cape Of Good Hope Nursery/Gr3 Winter Nursery winner One Stripe and Lion Rampart and Miss World -the first two home in the Listed Somerset 1200.


Writing in his weekly Enews on Tuesday, leading stallion manager John Freeman wrote that he again wished to nag the TBA to address the issue of an award for Champion Sire Of 2yo’s again this year.

An important milestone in any young sire’s career.

Extending the old adage: “no-one ever contemplated suicide with an unraced 2yo in his stable”, I want to say: who would not want to be around when you have a new champion sire of 2yo’s.

Freeman added that One World will hopefully set his sights on the record for number of 2yo winners in a season. That record was set in the 2008/2009 season and is still held by Captain Al today: 30 winners of 40 races.

He writes that to be fair, he is gratefully reminded that Captain Al didn’t have the number nor the quality of mares that One World enjoyed right from the start of his career.

But Captain Al’s progeny had more races to contest in those days. In the 2008/2009 season there were 3,806 races for all ages run compared to last season’s 2,954 races – that’s 852 fewer races.

In the 2008/9 season 1,057 juveniles raced compared to 1,014 in the 2022/3 season – almost the same number. Less opportunity.

We note that the former Equus Champion One World has some very well-bred yearlings on offer at the BSA KZN Yearling Sale on 4 July. These include a filly (Lot 65) out of Listed Winter Oaks winner Duchess Of Bourbon, a half-sister (Lot 85) to recent Listed Milkwood Stakes winner Paris Lass, and a colt (Lot 158) bred on similar lines to the Captain Al sired Gr3 winner Cousin Liz.

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