THREE-year-old gelding Calladdi, who had shown promise before his rest and won his recent barrier trial, broke his Maiden in impressive fashion at Scottsville on Sunday.
Calladdi (2-1), trained by Gavin van Zyl and ridden by Warren Kennedy, won a 1000m contest in a fast 56,24s and his winning margin of 1.50-lengths flattered the runner-up.
Calladdi is by up-and-coming KZN stallion Crusade, who has sired the winners of 28 races so far and is a boost to SA breeders’ ranks.
GSB’s Justin Vermaak’s parents, Corrie and Alison, own a share of Calladdi along with Team G Racing and were over the moon with this win by their first ever racehorse.
Justin commented: “This was a special moment for my parents, their commitment to driving me to Summerveld at ungodly hours in my teen years is the reason I am here today, that and massive sacrifices other people will never understand, I’m glad they are getting to enjoy a smart colt as their first horse.
“This game is full of blessings, second to none, and this is a good example. This horse is my thank you to my parents!”