The stable saddled a hat-trick at the Vaal on Tuesday, with promising two-year-old colt William Robertson (headline photo, Ryan Munger) breaking the ice on his second attempt, and the fillies Big City Girl and Impressive Duchess producing their best for good wins.
William Robertson, by Rafeef from a Trippi mare, was unlucky in a Juvenile Plate first time out – inexperience cost him – but he was far more sensible this time and ran on well when challenged by Dyce over the last 200m.
“William Robertson is smart, he’s a big and imposing horse who still has to grow into his frame. He will go further than 1200m, looks a classic type and we expect him to go on from here,” said Corne.
William Robertson was bred by Corrado Passarini and raised at Ridgemont/Highlands.
Corrado said: “We bred her from my own mare, Massachusetts, who has also given us another promising sort in Mount Greylock, in training with Dennis Drier.
“The good thing is that we sent Massachusetts to Rafeef three more times. William Robertson has a full-brother going to the two-year-old sale, a full-sister on the ground, and the mare is in foal with a fourth offspring by Rafeef. We are excited!”
The partners in William Robertson are Spies Racing, Xander Spies, Jannie de Lange’s Waste Glass Recovery and GG Gaming boss, Gary Lentin.
Jockey Hennie Greyling rode the two other winners Big City Girl (owned by Jurie Snyman) and Impressive Duchess (owned by Xander Spies).
“Hennie puts in the hours at the stable, riding a lot of work and I am pleased that he could put a double on the board today,” Corne said.
“It looks like Xander’s luck continued, it carried over from Singforafa’s big win on Sunday,” he quipped.