JET DARK SIBLING OFF THE MARK

Drakenstein Stud enjoyed a good start to Saturday’s local racing when the farm’s homebred pair of Rain In Holland and Night Ruler won the second race at Turffontein and first race at Kenilworth respectively.

The beautifully bred Night Ruler, a half-brother to this season’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Jet Dark, got off the mark at the fourth time of asking when running out a ready winner of the Welcome To Cape Racing Maiden Juvenile Plate (1400m).

Under Richard Fourie, Night Ruler raced mid-field for much of Saturday’s race, but responded readily when Fourie asked the question.

The two-year-old Kingsbarns (below) colt hit the front 100m from home and went away to break his maiden by a length and a half.

Vercingetorix’s well bred son Angry Warrior finished second for a second consecutive start, with the front running Sky God settling for third spot.

The winner, trained, like Jet Dark, by Justin Snaith, has now won or placed in three of four starts and he looks unlikely to stop here.

Night Ruler, who had finished third in the G3 Goals And Gallops Langerman last time out, is the fourth winner produced by the winning Jet Master mare Night Jet.

The latter, a half-sister to Thukela Handicap winner Brown Penny and G1 Mercury Sprint runner up Night Trip, is best known as the dam of the top-class Jet Dark (main image), who beat a top-class field to win the 2021 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.

The impeccably bred Night Ruler is a direct descendant of the high-class Habitat mare Petroleuse, whose numerous high-class descendants include the likes of Peintre Celebre, Planteur and Persian King.

Image: Jet Dark, Chase Liebenberg Designs