An impressive debut from the well related Salimah highlighted a Sunday double for Wilgerbosdrift, bred in partnership with Mauritzfontein, bred horses at Scottsville.
One of five winners on the card for trainer Dennis Drier (who was celebrating his birthday on Sunday), Salimah impressed when bolting up by 3.75 lengths to score first time out for owners Hartley SA (Pty) Ltd, nominee Mr Peter Gibson.
Ridden to victory by jockey Sean Veale, Salimah was backed down to start a 13-10 tote favourite and looks a promising sort in the making.
A full-sister to G1 SA Nursery runner up Ziparana and half-sister to G3 UAE 2000 Guineas second Zanzamar, Salimah was a R450 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
Her dam, the unplaced Doyoun mare Zanakiya, is half-sister to Listed Prix Casimir Delamarre winner Zanadiyka, the dam of French 1000 Guineas winner Zalaiyka (by Royal Academy).
Salimah’s half-brother Zanaki (by Byword) fetched R110 000 from the 2017 National Two Year Old Sale.
Second Wilgerbosdrift winner on Sunday came in the form of One Man Show, with the son of Tiger Ridge scoring a three-parts of a length win over 2400m for trainer Dean Kannemeyer and owners Mesdames Dickerson and Rudden and Mr Holland.
One Man Show, a R160 000 buy from the 2015 Val De Vie Yearling Sale, has now won his last two in a row, and has four wins to his credit in total.
One Man Show is out of the unraced Sadler’s Wells mare Solo Performance, whose dam is 1984 G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Royal Heroine.