Wilgerbosdrift’s exciting young stallion Fire Away made news at Turffontein on Saturday when his classy daughter Egyptian Mau won the G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes in eye catching fashion.
Runner up in the G1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini Stakes last season, three-year-old Egyptian Mau claimed her biggest win to date when she captured Saturday’s 1400m feature for three-year-old fillies.
Under Craig Zackey, the Lucky Houdalakis trained filly hit the front someway from home, and fended off runner up White Pearl to win the 2023 Starling Stakes by just under half a length.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Egyptian Mau has now won twice from just five starts, with the filly having also finished third in last season’s G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper.
Egyptian Mau, who is out of the Fort Wood mare Savannah Cat, was a R425 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale.
She was one of two winners at Turffontein for her inform sire Fire Away. The latter is also sire of lightly raced filly Grape Shot, who broke her maiden at just the second time of asking when she won Saturday’s Betway Summer Cup 25 November Maiden Plate (F&M) in eye catching fashion.
Fire Away is also sire of Fire ‘N Flames, who ran fifth in Saturday’s G3 Betway Graham Beck Stakes.
A son of outstanding sire War Front, Fire Away has a single lot on offer at the 2023 November Two Year Old Sale.