The Red Hot Sax family has been in red-hot form in Perth and New Zealand this season.
Red Hot Sax (3f Saxon – Lonicera by Chanteclair) won the LR Burgess Queen Stakes in October and followed up with placings in the G3 Champions Fillies and G2 WA Guineas.
The Perth based filly is by Heytesbury Stud’s champion first-season sire Saxon. She is out of a sister to Climb The Vine, a G2 Karrakatta Plate winner now based in New Zealand.
Climb The Vine is the dam of Kiwi filly Jungle Pago who opened her winning account second time out at Tauherenikau on Saturday
Jungle Pago (3f Darci Brahma – Climb The Vine by Chanteclair) is prepared by Fraser Auret and he will set her for the G3 Eulogy Stakes at Awapuni on December 10. “Her work at home had been super,” Auret claimed. “I was quite confident going into Saturday.
“She’s a big-framed filly so it’s all in front of her. She’s the sort of horse that will eventually go over ground and still needs time to fully furnish.”
Jungle Pago (NZ) was bred by the late Marilyn Kent and made just $5,000 from Curraghmore Stud’s draft at the 2010 NZB Select yearling sale.
The daughter of red-hot Danehill stallion Darci Brahma was subsequently sold for twice that amount when presented at last year’s NZB South Island Sale by Esker Lodge.
Auret trains Jungle Pago for the Muollo family who race under the Explosive Breeding banner. “I’ve also nominated her for the G1 New Zealand Derby,” Auret revealed. “That may be a bit cheeky but when they show plenty of ability early on you’ve got to have some dreams.”
Climb The Vine won the 1999 Karrakatta and has criss-crossed the Tasman four times since 2003. She has a 2yo colt by Darci Brahma and yearling colt by Guillotine.