Trainer Glen Kotzen and part-owners Green Street Bloodstock dominated the first two races at Hollywood Scottsville on Saturday, with Kotzen sending out the Green Street part owned Light That Loose to win Saturday’s first race, and the same combination teaming up to win the second race with the impressive debutant Ashford Castle.
The latter, who also races for Messrs J Buckler,W D Mealing, G C Swartz, P C Wareley& Eric Wong, Estate Late Mr B A Schwegmann & Mr H F Schwegmann, and Miss Natasha C Pretorius, made a big impression when winning impressively at the first time of asking.
Dispatched a 15-4 shot, the Khanya Sakayi ridden Ashford Castle powered clear in the final stages of Saturday’s Post Subscribers Maiden Juvenile Plate (1200m) by 2.6 lengths, with the well backed favourite, and fellow first-timer, Gainsford,a well beaten second.
The regally bred Lion’s Head (a Dynasty half-brother to champion Gabor) put up a pleasing debut back in third, albeit 3.6 lengths off the winner.
Bred by the Gold Star Stud, Ashford Castle claimed his first win in a time of 68.86.
The colt was a R325 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
He is a son of the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm based Var, South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2YOs in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
The well related Ashford Castle is the first foal produced by the Dylan Thomas sired Spook Express Handicap winner Wild Ash.
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