4 November 2019

Talented four-year-old, and former Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Barahin stamped himself a leading contender for the upcoming G1 Gauteng Bidvest Summer Cup when he romped to a three and a half length win in the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile at Turffontein on Saturday.

The Gimmethegreenlight colt was one of six winners on the day for trainer Mike de Kock, five winners for jockey Callan Murray and three South African winners on Saturday for owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum –who acquired Barahin (now a graded stakes winner at two, three, and four) for R2 600 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
The late withdrawal at the start of Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Divine Odyssey (7-1) failed to delay the jump and the field was sent on their way, with Approach Control leading Chijmes and Tristful early on.
Into the home run, Chijmes maintained the lead – but when Callan Murray found a gap at the 350m, it was race over.Four backhanders sent Barahin on his way and the 4yo strode out well to draw clear and beat Chijmes by 3,50 lengths in a time of 98,1 secs.
Cascapedia and Flying Winger dead-heated for third, a further 3,25 lengths back.
Barahin has won 5 of his 10 starts with 3 places for stakes of R1 823 125.

One of 20 stakes winners sired by Varsfontein Stud’s rising sire star Gimmethegreenlight, the well-bred Barahin is out of the winning Silvano mare Mocha Special, a full-sister to G2 Camellia Stakes winner Mochachino and half-sister to G3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap heroine Mocha Java. His half-sister Java House was knocked down to Azzman Racing for R375 000 at this year’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

By landing the 2019 Charity Mile, Barahin earned a cool R150 000 for the charity Animal Allies who was represented on Saturday by 7de Laan star Hildegardt Whites.

Barahin was one of four BSA graduates to win a feature race at Turffontein on Saturday, with fellow Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds Mill Queen landing the G3 HSH Princess Charlene Starling Stakes in impressive fashion, the remarkable Prince Of Kahal lifting the Listed Golden Loom Handicap for trainer Roy Magner, and Spiritofthegroove storming home to win the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup over 1400 metres.