Vercingetorix Set For A Big Day

His good form looks set to continue

Maine Chance Farms stallion Vercingetorix could well be set for a big payday at Hollywoodbets Greyville this Saturday.

Fresh off having enjoyed Hollywoodbets Greyville success with his Gr1-winning daughter Mrs Geriatrix last weekend, Vercingetorix’s good form looks set to continue in KwaZulu-Natal this weekend.

Cousin Casey – one of a trio of Vercingetorix flagbearers in Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Durban July

Cousin Casey – one of a trio of Vercingetorix flagbearers in Saturday’s Hollywoodbets Durban July (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

In Saturday’s R5 000 000 Hollywoodbets Gr1 Durban July, Vercingetorix is represented by both Oriental Charm and champion Cousin Casey, with the former having captured the Gr3 Hollywoodbets Dolphins Cup Trial last time out, and the latter finishing a close-up second last time out in the Hollywoodbets Gr1 Gold Challenge.

Another son of Vercingetorix, Hotarubi, is the second reserve runner for the big race.

However, the Vercingetorix impact is unlikely only to be felt in the July this year.

He is also responsible for two runners, Double Grand Slam and Celtic Rumours, in Saturday’s  Ridgemont Gr1 Garden Province Stakes, and his speedy daughter Golden Sickle contests Saturday’s Gr2 Post Merchants – a race won last year by Vercingetorix gelding Gladatorian and the year before that by another Vercingetorix son Val D’Orcia.

Vercingetorix gelding King Of Gauls is the first reserve runner for Saturday’s R500 000 Post Merchants with his sire seeking a hatrick of Post Merchants wins.

Sire of champion two-year-olds Cousin Casey, winner of the 2022 Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe, and Mrs Geriatrix, victorious in the 2023 Gr2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper, Vercingetorix has another strong crop of juveniles this season.

His Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Nursery winning daughter Little Ballerina has a wide draw to contend with in Saturday’s Gr2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper, with Vercingetorix also the sire of Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe hopeful Taxi To The Moon.

Vercingetorix is also broodmare sire of Golden Slipper hopeful Whistle The Tune (Captain Of All), winner of the Listed Hollywoodbets Super League Devon Air Stakes last time out.

Other feature race runners representing Vercingetorix this Saturday include Cape Eagle and Ponte Pietra (Gr3 SplashOut 2200), Nebraas (Gr3 DStv Gold Vase), and Get Impressed (Listed Compendium Insurance Brokers Handicap).

Vercingetorix’s late sire Silvano, the sire of July winners Bold Silvano, Heavy Metal, Marinaresco, Power King and Sparkling Water, could also make his mark at the Hollywoodbets Greyville showpiece this weekend.

Six times champion sire in South Africa, Silvano is the broodmare sire of Garden Province Stakes hope Bavarian Beauty (Querari), and sire of leading Garden Province contender Silver Sanctuary.

Silvano’s son Narina Trogon is a runner in Saturday’s Listed Compendium Brokers Insurance Handicap – a race for which Silvano’s son Celestial City ranks as a second reserve runner.

Silvano is also the broodmare sire of Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe hopeful Cosmic Speed (Querari) and Gr2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper runners Just Reckless (Gimmethegreenlight) and Sorceress Supreme (Erupt).

As a sire, Silvano is responsible for Gr3 SplashOut 2200 contenders Pyromaniac and Red Maple.

 

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