Victoria’s South African connection was back in business on Saturday with New Predator in the Group 2 Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile.
Eddington-based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds has followed his progress closely since buying his dam Head Over Heels for $52,500 at last year’s Magic Millions National Sale.
New Predator, by former Darley Victoria shuttler New Approach, had won the Group 2 Drill Hall Stakes at Greyville in May and he struck again at Turffontein against a decent field that included Group 1 July winner The Conglomerate and Group 1 Gold Challenge big-hitter Mac De Lago.
Perfectly positioned in the box seat, he pinned his ears back in the straight to score rather cosily in the end by a half-length.
New Predator’s dam Head Over Heels (Fastnet Rock) was formerly owned by Patinack Farm. She is a younger half-sister to Presently who won four stakes sprints in Sydney for Bruce & Jason McLachlan.
Passed in as a foal at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale, he was sent to South Africa to join emerging trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren where he has won 4 times in 13 starts.
Head Over Heels is also the dam of 3yo filly Husson Boots (Husson) who is due to break through in Race 1 at Eagle Farm this Wednesday. She has been placed at her last three starts in town for Prime Thoroughbreds and trainer Tony Gollan.
Three Bridges sold a Fighting Sun – Head Over Heels filly foal $50,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale in May and she has an Unencumbered colt on the ground.
Three Bridges stands Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered for $13,200 (inc gst).