Group One Winner Sold by Widden
A $75,000 Magic Millions purchase for Star Thoroughbreds from the Widden Stud draft, Fastnet Rock mare Driefontein provided her connections with another huge thrill when taking out the Group I SAJC Robert Sangster Classic at Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday.
The Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner in 2012, the Gai Waterhouse prepared mare has trained on in admirable fashion as a four year-old and put the writing on the wall with a last start win over dual Group I winner Platelet in the Group III SAJC Irwin Stakes at the same venue.
Set alight early from a wide gate by Vlad Duric, Driefontein sped across to lead and ran her rivals ragged, dashing away in the straight to beat Platelet again in taking the 1200 metre sprint by a length and a quarter.
“She races well like that and that and relaxed in the run,” said stable representative Roger Elliott, who added she was likely to be back in two weeks time for the Group I SAJC Goodwood Handicap.
It was the first win at the elite level for Driefontein, who has the overall record now eight wins and five placings from 24 starts with prizemoney topping $2.1 million.
SAJC club doctor Dr Terry Hodgson is a part-owner and was one of a crowd of purple and white starred owners in attendance.
“One of the best days of my life!” he declared.
Driefontein was bred by Bylong Park Thoroughbreds and is one of five winners for slick stakes-winner Follow Gold, a sister to another speedy juvenile stakes-winner in Export Gold.