SHADWELL’S MALMOOS SWEEPS TO SOUTH AFRICAN TRIPLE CROWN WIN
Top-class three-year-old Malmoos scored a poignant victory when he won the G1 World Sports Betting SA Derby (2450m) at Turffontein on Saturday.
Not only did the blue blooded Captain Al colt claim the 2021 South African Triple Crown (sponsored by World Sports Betting) with his win on Saturday, Malmoos also provided his late owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum with a posthumous Derby win.
An impressive winner of the G2 World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas and G1 SA Classic, Malmoos was all the rage for the final leg of the Triple Crown, with the Mike de Kock trained colt going off a 13-18 tote favourite.
Malmoos totally outclassed his rivals, with jockey Luke Ferraris bringing his mount, midfield early on, with a sweeping late run which took Malmoos clear of his chasing rivals in a matter of strides.
Despite lugging out in the closing stages, Malmoos showed his class when storming home to score by five and a quarter lengths.
The progressive Pamushana’s Pride, winner of the Listed Derby Trial on his previous outing, was the best of the rest back in second, with G1 SA Classic runner up Second Base finishing third –a head behind Pamushana’s Pride.
Just once beaten in eight starts, the Varsfontein Stud bred Malmoos claimed his seventh victory in a time of 157.61 seconds.
Malmoos’s success was a feather in the cap of his nineteen-year-old rider, with Ferraris having also had big race success earlier this season when winning the G1 Cape Town Met aboard Rainbow Bridge.
The colt became his trainer’s second South African Triple Crown winner, with the globetrotting Mike De Kock having previously swept the three-year-old series with subsequent Horse Of The Year Horse Chestnut back in 1999.
Second top lot sold off the 2019 National Sale (he was knocked down to Shadwell South Africa for R4 400 000), Malmoos now ranks as one of the most attractive future stud prospects currently racing in this country.
A son of dual South African champion sire Captain Al (already sire of a promising sire son in the form of Captain Of All), Malmoos is a full-brother to G3 East Cape Derby/G3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup hero Captain Splendid, while his Spook Express Handicap winning dam Justthewayyouare (a daughter of Fort Wood and champion filly Promisefrommyheart) rates as a half-sister to Varsfontein’s rising sire star Master Of My Fate.
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