Outstanding juvenile colt Delago Deluxe extended his unbeaten run to three when he scored an impressive win in the Group Two R500,000 SA Nursery (1160m) at Turffontein last night.
In confirming himself as the most exciting youngster in South Africa, Delago Deluxe showed great fight to come back and win strongly after being headed by eventual runner-up Midnight Serenade.
Sent out the favourite after a pair of impressive performances, Delago Deluxe is trained by champion horseman Charles Laird for major stable clients Ingrid and Markus Jooste.
A stunning looker and exceptionally bred galloper, Delago Deluxe was one of the most admired lots at the 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Laird had to bid to $550,000 to secure the Baramul Stud bred son of Encosta de Lago.
Delago Deluxe is the first named foal for the three time Brisbane winning Flying Spur mare Succeeding – she a daughter of the former top class race mare and grand producer Staging.
A winner of 10 races and over $1.13 million, Staging is now best known as the dam of group winners Duporth, Excites and Tickets.
Succeeding currently has a yearling filly by Hussonet and weanling filly by More Than Ready and was served late last spring by Encosta de Lago.
Delago Deluxe completed a stakes double for Baramul Stud’s Gerry Harvey following the Group Three win at Morphettville of Kittens.
Prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mark Kavanagh, Kittens will now head to the Group One South Australian Derby after her impressive come from behind success.
Winner: Delago Deluxe (Encosta de Lago-Succeeding)
Race: Turffontein SA Nursery G2 (1160m)
Sold for: $550,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Baramul Stud
Buyer: Charles Laird
Owner(s): Mrs I & Mrs MJ Jooste
Trainer: Charles Laird