Varsfontein Stud went close to enjoying a Guineas double at Turffontein on Saturday. Not only did Varsfontein breed Saturday’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas runner up Anything Goes, but the Varsfontein bred Malmoos showed tremendous heart to land Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas (1600m).
An impressive winner of his first four starts, Malmoos had disappointed last time out when only ninth in the G1 Cape Racing Presents The Cape Guineas but bounced back to claim Saturday’s race in courageous fashion.
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Longshot Bingwa (50-1) set out to make the running, with the Mike de Kock trained Malmoos beautifully positioned just off the front runner.
Luke Ferraris set Malmoos as the front runner faded, and Malmoos, sent off tote favourite, kept going well, holding off challenges from first Copper Mountain (10-1) and then a fast finishing Catch Twentytwo (3-1) before going on to win the 2021 Gauteng Guineas by a neck. Catch Twentytwo was finishing fast but had to settle for second, with Copper Mountain finishing third -just over a length off the runner up.
The once beaten Malmoos claimed Saturday’s 1600m feature in a time of 97.36.
Malmoos also provided winning rider Luke Ferraris with another big race win, with Ferraris having recent won the G1 Cape Town Met aboard Rainbow Bridge.
It was also a fitting win for Malmoos, whose owner Shadwell Stud recently announced their withdrawal from the thoroughbred industry in Australia.
A son of deceased champion sire Captain Al, Malmoos has now won five of just six starts for earnings of R587 100.
The regally bred colt, a R4 400 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, looks a potentially attractive future stud prospect.
A brother to G3 East Cape Derby winner Captain Splendid, Malmoos is out of the stakes winning Fort Wood mare Justthewayyouare, herself a half-sister to dual G2 winner, and Varsfontein’s increasingly successful resident sire, Master Of My Fate, and his granddam is former South African champion Promisefrommyheart.