It happened at Kenilworth in the second on the card, when Singh’s Morning Catch obliterated a much-vaunted assembly of high-priced juveniles, coming away in peerless style at odds verging on 10/1. A graduate of the Summerhill draft at last year’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale, you’d have to ask yourself how the son of Await The Dawn got away on such generous terms. The answer, surely, must rest in the fact that his father never ran at two, that he was at his world-class best at distances of 2000m to 2400m, and that yesterday’s contest was programmed for the swift and the precocious: 1200m up the Kenilworth straight.
On the eve of this year’s renewal of the same sale, it’s worth noting that this colt from the Jet Master mare Catch The Wind, was knocked down to Stephanie Grentell’s Heywood Bloodstock for the sum of R200,000, fairly modest compared to the prices some have ventured in recent times, notably the $355,000 (+-R3.5million) average at last week’s Sydney Easter Sale in Australia. He went to post yesterday in the colours of Anant and Vanashree Singh, Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators and Miss Grentell herself. It follows that he’s in the excellent care of Joey Ramsden.
While they’ve had their champion juveniles over the years, notably the likes of Spook and Diesel, Imperial Despatch, Carnadore and Rebel King, you’d not associate the nation’s champion breeding nursery with early two-year-olds. It’s usually a case of them beginning to strut their stuff around this time of the year, the best evidence of that being Elegant General’s first-up victory for Robbie Hill and the Tmen Syndicate at Greyville on Wednesday. Expect both this son of Brave Tin Soldier and Morning Catch to be prime contenders for the big juvenile prizes on offer during KZN’s Champions’ Season.
Before departing the subject, you might have noticed another son of Await The Dawn lining-up in open company at Turffontein on Saturday as well as the money that came in for him in the half hour before the off. Big Bear by name, he wobbled his way into the money up the Turffontein straight in the fashion of one that had much to learn about racing, and is likely to be on his way to Durban as well. Champion trainer Sean Tarry is known to hold him in high regard.