The Wilgerbosdrift owned Monks Hood stamped himself as a colt with a very bright future when making a winning debut for trainer Alistair Gordon at Scottsville on Saturday.

Monks Hood, a two-year-old son of Querari, romped home by seven and a half lengths, over 1400m, first time out on Saturday and he looks well above average.Bred by the Botha family, the colt was a R375 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.

Monks Hood is out of Camden Park mare Amber Bouquet, a three time winner who ran third in the Listed Lady’s Slipper Stakes and this is the family of the once beaten champion filly Star Effort.

Wilgerbosdrift are also the breeders of Nebula, who had his odds for the 2017 G1 Vodacom Durban July slashed when he was victorious in a pinnacle stakes over a mile at Greyville on Friday night.
Winner of the 2016 G3 Algoa Cup, the Brett Crawford trained four-year-old’s ten beaten rivals included 2016 G1 Vodacom Durban July winner, The Conglomerate.

His trainer plans to aim Nebula at the G3 Cup Trial before a possible tilt at this year’s Vodacom Durban July.

A full-brother to G1 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle, Nebula (Silvano-Seeking The Wind) has now won or placed in ten of his 15 outings for owner Mr Edmond Siu.

Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein were also responsible for breeding the first two winners on Greyville’s Friday night meeting, with Luna Child (Ideal World –Cast A Spell) landing the spoils in race one, and Meryl (Tiger Ridge –Rose Lipped Maiden) successful in race two.

Another bred Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein, Mangrove, impressed when victorious over 2700m at Kenilworth on Sunday.