Son Of Africa provided Equiano with his third winner at Windsor’s Monday evening meeting and leading trainer Henry Candy with his first juvenile winner of the year.
With stable jockey Dane O’Neill aboard, Son Of Africa pressed the leaders and then took over in the straight. Shaken up at the furlong, he won by three-quarters of a length from Lady Moscou.
Qatar Bloodstock’s highly-rated even-money favourite War Alert was over a length away third. The market and breeding suggested there were one or two useful youngsters among the beaten division and the race should hold up as a decent form-line.
Son Of Africa (2c Equiano – Generously Gifted by Sakhee) gave Candy a quick return after selling for 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,5065) at the Ascot 2YO Sale in April. “I liked his action and attitude and his size and strength,” Candy said after outbidding Bobby O’Ryan. “He will definitely be a two-year-old and hopefully will go the same way as Treaty Of Paris who I bought last year.”
Both colts were catalogued by Co Tipperary based Mocklershill Stud and race for the One Too Many Partners syndicate.
Treaty Of Paris won his maiden at Pontefract in July 2013 and went on to win the G3 Acomb Stakes at York. Runner-up The Gray Gatsby returned to capture the G1 French Derby last week.
Equiano (Fr) will be back at Swettenham Stud for his third southern book this year at a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.
He topped the first-season leader-board at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March with 15 yearlings averaging $105,200. Top price was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy that was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a freshman sire in Victoria.