When Golden Ducat powered home to land the G1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby on Saturday, he became the third G1 winner, from as many foals, produced by Wilgerbosdrift’s remarkable broodmare Halfway To Heaven.
South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2018-2019, the G3 Prix Du Cap/Off To Stud Handicap winning Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master –Pas De Basque) had previously struck success with her first two foals Rainbow Bridge (Sun Met, WSB Champions Cup), and Hawwaam (The Premier’s Champions Challenge, SA Classic, Daily News 2000) both already multiple G1 winners.
Halfway To Heaven is one of just eight mares, since 1940, to have bred three G1 winners in South Africa, with no mare having bred more in that period. Tellingly, five of the eight mares to have bred 3 G1 winners in this country won stakes races, with just one failing to win.
Other mares to have thrown 3 G1 winners in South Africa since 1940 lies below:
AVE MARIA (Stakes winner)
Israfeel –SA Oaks
Jelal Shah-Sa Guineas
FIRST LISA (Stakes winner)
Divine Fashion-Garden Provionce
Counter Action-Champions Cup
Perfect Order-Paddock St
JULIE ANDREWS (Gr1 winner)
Principal Boy –July
Col Pickering-Hawaii St
Grease Paint- Sa Oaks
LOYAL LINDA (placed)
Gold Flier- Smirnoff
Successful Bidder- Gold Challenge
Trust Antonia- Allan Robertson
MARITIME (3 wins)
Top Gallant- SA Guineas, Cape Derby
Sea Cottage-7 Gr1 wins
Naval Escort- July
REACTION (Stakes winner)
Nervous Tension- Cape Guineas
TECLA FIELDS (winner)
Circle Of Life-Garden Province
African Lion- Champions Cup
Zebra Crossing- Met
Halfway To Heaven is clearly in elite company –and she could outperform the mares above with her still to race foals!
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