Two Victorian bred three-year-olds opened their account at Vaal in South Africa last Thursday with Yakeen and Huyssteen saluting.
Trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, three-year-old Teofilo (IRE) colt Yakeen scored a stylish length and a half win on debut beating older horses over 1400 metres.
A $160,000 Inglis Premier purchase from Seymour’s Yarran Thoroughbreds draft for Form Bloodstock, Yakeen is the second winner from Reine, an unraced half-sister by Royal Academy (USA) to Group I winner and sire Nadeem from dual Group I winner Candide.
Foaled at Euroa’s Larneuk Stud, Neville Murdoch was not surprised that Yakeen had gone on to race well internationally.
“He was a cracking foal, but what stood out was his lovely walk. Ripping foal, seriously nice,” Murdoch said.
“We didn’t get to see him do anything here as he went straight to South Africa, so it is good to hear that he is having success.”
The next race, another 1400 metre maiden, went the way of Huyssteen, a Hard Spun (USA) gelding from the Lucky Houdalakis stable that scored by half a length at his second start.
A $45,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase for James Goodman from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft, Huyssteen is the second winner for Redoute’s Choice mare Renaka, who comes from a United States black type family.
Maluka’s Luke Anderson prepped and sold Huyssteen for Victorian breeder Leanne Smith.
“He improved throughout his prep, and got better both mentally and physically as it went on. He had great athleticism, a rangy, scopy type of colt.” Anderson said.
Breeder Leanne Smith has been following Huyssteen with keen interest.
“He was foaled by Kylie at Fulman Park. We have been keeping an eye out for him, and are very proud of his win. He was always going to need a bit of time, but now he has matured he can hopefully step up quite quickly,” Smith said.
“Huyssteen’s dam, Renaka, has a two year old Written Tycoon filly, in training with Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig, who looks really promising. Managed by Spicer Thoroughbreds, excitingly, all reports indicate that there may be an early race for her during the spring.”