“THE last time I saw a horse draw away from his field like Abashiri had done was Horse Chestnut,” said Mike Azzie after his brilliant gelding Abashiri had doddled Saturday’s Gr1 SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein. “But I am not saying that he is that good – yet! He has plenty to prove still.”
The Lammerskraal-bred took his next step to joining the illustrious lights of Horse Chestnut and Louis The King as our likely third Triple Crown winner, with a stunning turn of foot.
The Azzman mentioned his charge in the early days already as a galloper of the same ilk as his ill-fated sprint champion National Currency. And if we didn’t believe him previously, Abashiri is quickly convincing us as his veteran trainer has allowed him to do his own talking – on the track.
Taking off with 400m to run in the R2 million Gr1 SA Classic, the odds-on Abashiri simply toyed with his opposition to give regular pilot Karl Zechner and passionate owners Adriaan and Rika Van Vuuren, who boosted the on-course attendance with their own supporter’s party, a memorable first Gr1 winner.
Abashiri was bred by Lammerskraal Stud and is a son of Go Deputy out of the seven time winning Elliodor mare, Donya, who won from 1200m to a mile.
Abashiri cost R400 000 on the National Yearling Sale and with his fifth win and 2 places from just 7 starts took his earnings to R2,19-million.
Now he has to go 650m further in three weeks’ time in the SA Derby on Champions Day. That shouldn’t stop him.
-extracts from www.sportingpost.co.za