Arrowfield stallion Hussonet has sired 75 stakes winners worldwide and his sole South African black-type galloper returned to winning form at Vaal on Thursday.
Sky Link won the Computaform Express MR 90 Hcp (1600m) by more than two lengths and trainer Mike de Kock will be tempted to send him south for another suitable stakes race during the Cape’s summer carnival.
Hussonet (USA) is the most dominant active sire-son of Mr. Prospector with 535 individual winners around the globe at a truly amazing 80% winning strike-rate.
Sky Link (3g Hussonet – Nimphidia by Nijinsky) has won three and been placed four times in nine start career highlighted by a Listed victory in the Somerset Stakes at Kenilworth.
The Australian bred gelding is from Sheikh Mohammed’s Newmarket winner Nimphidi (USA). She is a three-quarter sister to successful sire Dancing Dissident (Nureyev) and arrived in Australia in 2002.
Darley sold her for $40,000 at the 2006 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale and all her foals since then have been exported to South Africa by prominent owner-breeder Larry Nestadt.
Noverre gelding Chequer was the first and he has won three races over there to date. Sky Link was the second and he has been followed by 2yo filly Bluroute (Dubai Destination) and a yearling filly by Shamardal.
Nimphidi latest foal is a filly from the first crop of Baerami Thoroughbreds sire Where’s That Tiger (Storm Cat).
Nestadt also raced promising stayer Perana with De Kock. The Australian bred Rock Of Gibraltar colt is one of the hottest prospects in South Africa after winning the G2 Victory Moon Stakes at Turffontein last month.