Maine Chance Farms’ beautifully bred young stallion Erupt came up with his first winner when the latter’s two-year-old son Set To Go broke his maiden at the Vaal on Tuesday afternoon.
Trained by Paul Peter, the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm bred colt had finished second on debut and made amends for that defeat with a courageous win in a maiden juvenile plate on Tuesday.
Under Mark Khan, Set To Go, who races for Mr Visagie, fought out a thrilling finish to Tuesday’s contest with the well backed Emirate Gina, and stayed on to well to account for that filly by a neck, with Twin Strike another three-parts of a length away in third spot.
The well named Set To Go is out of the well performed Jet Master mare Jet Set Go, whose three wins included a score in the G3 Champion Juvenile Cup.
He hails from the first crop of his talented, globetrotting sire Erupt -whose five wins included triumphs in both the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (a race won previously by subsequent champion South African sire Fort Wood) and G1 Pattinson Canadian International, with Erupt also placed second in the 2016 G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
One of 48 G1 winners sired by outstanding stallion Dubawi (also responsible for successful and promising sires Night Of Thunder, New Bay, Makfi, Time Test and Zarak), Erupt hails from a truly exceptional female line.
Erupt is out of G3 Prix Vanteaux winner Mare Nostrum (herself a daughter of champion sire Caerleon), a half-sister to G1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes queen Aube Indienne.
This is also the family of leading sires Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur, Holy Roman Emperor and Night Shift, as well as current boom Australian galloper Home Affairs.
Erupt has an exceptional draft on offer at this year’s Cape Yearling Sale -including a half-brother (Lot 18) to speedy dual G3 winner True To Life, a half-sister (Lot 20) to Bloodstock South Africa Cape Yearling Sale Cup heroine Mounia, a filly (Lot 74) out of a G1 placed daughter of Silvano, and a colt (Lot 109) whose G3 placed dam is a full-sister to champion Mother Russia.