Maine Chance Farms’ resident sire Querari has been enjoying a fantastic season in 2019-2020 thus far, and the former G1 Premio Presidente della Repubblica winner was at it again over the weekend, with Querari supplying doubles at both Hollywoodbets Greyville and Kenilworth.
Two of the Querari winners hail from the yard of Glen Kotzen, with Kotzen sending out Thomas Henry to win at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, and Mountain Ridge at Kenilworth the following day.
While the Rex Stud-bred two-year-old Thomas Henry (below) caught the eye when winning comfortably in open company over 1400m, his year-older stablemate Mountain Ridge emulated her stablemate with a strong win over a similar trip at Kenilworth on Sunday.
Bred by the Narrow Creek Stud, and out of the Fort Wood mare Social Climber, Mountain Ridge ran on strongly under jockey Greg Cheyne to record a two-length maiden win.
She was one of two winners for Querari at Kenilworth on Sunday, with the son of Oasis Dream also supplying an impressive debut winner in the form of La Quinta.
The latter, a 2yo filly bred by Maine Chance Farms, powered home to post a 1.25 length win, at the first time of asking when victorious over 1100m on Sunday. Trained by Justin Snaith, La Quinta was booted home by MJ Byleveld.
Owner: Messrs Bryn Ressell & N M Shirtliff
Trainer: Justin Snaith @SnaithRacing
Breeder: @MaineChanceFarm Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd
Breeding: Querari x La Calisto pic.twitter.com/V9kFkcCbCM
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Out of the Silvano mare La Callisto, La Quinta was a R250 000 buy from last year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Querari, whose exciting half-brother Quasillo has his first South African yearlings on sale this year, also enjoyed success at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday with his son Wonderwall claiming the day’s tenth and final race for trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Craig Zackey. Also bred by Maine Chance, five-year-old gelding Wonderwall (below) stayed on to register a three-parts of a length win when claiming the COVID-19 National Crisis Helpline 0800 029 999 Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m. Winner of the 2017 G2 Joburg Spring Challenge, Wonderwall has now won six times for earnings in excess of R1.1 million.
South Africa’s Leading Sire of 2YOs for 2018-2019, Querari is having another excellent season with his two-year-olds this year and his two-year-olds have already banked in excess of R560 000.
Already responsible for 11 two-year-old winners, Querari’s two-year-olds include such impressive winners as Hyde Park, Invincabelle, My Bestie, Caya Coco, and La Quinta as well as G3 Strelitzia Stakes runner up Slalom Queen.
Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography