Equiano (Fr) has kept pace alongside Europe’s leading young sires with a winning treble in England this week.

He heads a log-jam at the top of the British second-season winners table with 17 individual winners.  Fellow shuttlers Zebedee, Makfi and Showcasing are right behind him on 16.

Equiano’s three year-olds continue to grow in stature this season – Son Of Africa (Newmarket) and Sydney Ruffdiamond (Redcar) both won again on Saturday and Free To Love (Bath) made all the pace to break her maiden by two lengths on Wednesday.

Trainer Henry Candy labelled Son Of Africa (pictured) a progressive sort late last year after buying him for 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,505) at the Ascot 2YO Sale in April.  Equiano has upgraded the bottom of his pedigree which includes hurdle winners in England and flat winners on the Continent.

Australian trainers with his two year-olds kept bidding with confidence at the yearling sales this year knowing what’s under the bonnet back home and what’s been happening in Europe.

“He had 12 at the Melbourne Premier and only one was passed-in,” Swettenham’s Sam McMillan said.  “They averaged over $65,000 and breeders are booking back to Equiano on the strength of all those leads.”

Equiano will shuttle to Swettenham Stud for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.

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