Graduates of CTS Sales won both the Grade 1 Classics for three-year-olds staged at Turffontein on Saturday.
Lobo’s Legend, a R400,000 purchase for trainer Joe Soma at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, delighted his new owners JJ van der Linden, Larry Nestadt, Mark Currie and Jeff Shill with a surprise win in his first run over 1800m in the Gr1 SA Classic.
Takingthepeace, bought for only R280,000 by Mike de Kock at the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale in 2016, delivered another thrilling run in the Gr1 SA Filllies Classic over 1800m and can now put the sought-after Triple Tiara behind her name when she goes for the SA Oaks on 5 May.
Soma said about Logo’s Legend, who looked an out-and-out sprinting type: “The way we saw it, Lobo’s Legend could use his pace and his box seat to get into a good position early. There were no standouts in the field over 1800m, it was all conjecture, so in theory we had a chance and we went for the jugular. It paid off!”
The team’s plan worked out to perfection and Lobo’s Legend employed his speed and draw for a handy position under the wily Muzi Yeni, who also combined with Soma to win the 2011 Gr1 Champions Challenge on Happy Landing.
Lobo’s Legend stunned them all by keeping his position and running on strongly to win by 1,50-lengths from the gallant Surcharge, who was first off the bit and driven along after having to race around runners to overcome his own wide draw.
Soma added: “Lobo’s Legend is by Trippi from a high quality mare who ran third in the Ladies Mile at Kenilworth. We can imagine now that 2000m is within his reach and a target that springs to mind next is the Gr1 Daily News 2000 during the KZN Champions Season.”
Takingthepeace stormed up again under Callan Murray to win for the partnership of Mike de Kock, Murray Makepeace and Michael Shea and Mathew de Kock said on Sunday: “On the way she runs, on the way she won the Classic, she should see out the extra.”
On pedigree, there is plenty of hope too. While Takingthepeace’s sire Visionaire has so far produced predominantly sprinter-milers, the filly’s damline is where the key lies.
Takingthepeace’s dam, Lisa Anne, won up to 1450m but was also Gr3-placed over 1800m. Damsire Rambo Dancer himself won a Gr1 over 2400m and his full-sister won the English Oaks. While he produced many top stayers including Pick 6, Bianconi, Coastal Waltz and Major Hero, Rambo Dancer as a broodmare sire significantly produced the Gr1 Derby and Gr2 Gold Vase winner Seal, who stayed all day (though he was by the stout Silvano).
Takingthepeace has already won R1,4-million in stakes with five wins from nine career starts.