Drakenstein Stud’s late sire Philanthropist had a day to remember at Kenilworth on Saturday when his progressive three-year-old son Golden Ducat won the G1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby (2000m) in impressive fashion.
The lightly raced gelding made it win number two from just five starts, when powering home from off the pace to land the R625 000 first prize by half a length, under an inspired ride from Craig Zackey.
Trained by Eric Sands, Golden Ducat was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, and his latest win took his earnings to R696 250.
Facing the toughest task of his five race career, the strapping gelding looks to have plenty of scope for even greater improvement and Golden Ducat looks an exciting prospect going forward.
Yet to finish out of the money, the exciting three-year-old is out of G3 Prix Du Cap winner Halfway To Heaven, South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year last season.
His G3 Queens County Handicap winning sire Philanthropist is no stranger to siring high-class gallopers, and he was North America’s Leading Sire On All Weather back in 2014.
Philanthropist’s previous notable performers include champions Pender Harbour and Phil’s Dream, G2 Investec Dingaans/Hong Kong Classic Cup hero Singapore Sling, Queen’s Plate runner up Hippolytus, and G3 Starling Stakes winner She’s A Giver.