Wilgerbosdrift’s blue blooded young sire Fire Away came up with a second first crop winner when his two-year-old daughter Luna Halo made a brilliant winning debut at Fairview on Friday afternoon.
The Alan Greeff trained filly was sent off favourite for Friday’s Welcome To Nelson Mandela Bay Maiden Juvenile Plate (Fillies) (1000m) and duly lived up to expectations.
Under Richard Fourie, Luna Halo was always up with the pace in Friday’s race, and when asked the question, she quickened up smartly to win going away by five and a quarter lengths.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Luna Halo is out of the Captain Al mare Sun Sentinel.
Her promising sire Fire Away got off the mark earlier this month when his two-year-old son Fire ‘N Flames romped home to break his maiden by four lengths when victorious at the Vaal racecourse.
Fire Away has made a fine start with his first runners this season and is currently among the Leading First Season Sires for 2022-2023.
He is one of 109 stakes winners sired by outstanding stallion War Front, whose progeny also include versatile Preakness Stakes winner War Of Will, champions Declaration Of War, Brave Anna and U S Navy Flag, and 2022 G1 Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes winner Annapolis.
Fire Away, himself a triple stakes winner who earned more than $600 000 in stakes, is a half-brother to G1 Belmont Derby winner Mr Speaker, himself the sire of G1 winners Speaking Scout (Hollywood Derby) and Speech (Ashland Stakes).