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Picture: The Brett Crawford-trained Seeking The One (What A Winter) joins his Vaughan Marshall-trained half-brother Seeking The Stars (Vercingetorix) as a winner of the Ready To Run Stakes. Both horses were ridden to their respective victories by Luyolo Mxothwa. (Wayne Marks).

 

When the Brett Crawford-trained Seeking The One won the Ready To Run Stakes at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth yesterday it was the third time in succession a Klawervlei Stud-bred horse had won this race and adding to the stud’s good weekend is that they had the second highest price lot at the Cape Sales Ready To Run and 2yo Unbroken Sale on Saturday.

Cape Racing provided a good report of Saturday’s victory by Seeking The One.
 

Report Start – Seeking the One overcame draw 13, usually a very tricky gate over 1400m on the short run in.

Jockey Louis Mxothwa rode an exemplary race, jesting afterwards, “I learnt from Anton” – a reference to riding great Anton Marcus who was renowned for his ability to get horses over from bad draws and secure a stalking position. Mxothwa gave his mount the thumbs up – “Seeking the One settled beautifully and quickened up nicely.”
 
The son of What a Winter, who is now a winner of two of five starts, tracked leader Royal Aussie for much of the contest before launching his bid in deep stretch. Whilst they were duking it out, Piroshka was also surging home and the three thoroughbreds flashed towards the wire together.
 
Trainer Brett Crawford described Seeking the One’s effort as “a very gutsy win” – indeed it took bravery to repel challenges coming from both sides in a driving finish. The declared starting price was 20/1 as punters, already put off by the wide gate, perhaps also underestimated the amount of progress the lightly campaigned Seeking the One was making under Crawford’s canny handling.
 
Piroshka (by Quasillo) received loads of market support into 22/10 and was given every chance by Aldo Domeyer, positioned in midfield then finishing strongly, only to be pipped at the post.
 
Market rival, Royal Aussie (by Royal Mo) also emerged with credit. He had struggled with colic and a virus in the build up to the race so to only get narrowly beat by a neck was highly credible. He is one to watch as the summer season unfolds.
 

Fourth place fell to outsider 66/1 Johnny Dogs two lengths back – the visiting Klaasen trained longshot outrunning his odds, without troubling the principal players. – Report End 

The What A Winter colt Seeking The One is a half-brother to the Vaughan Marshall-trained Seeking The Stars, a Vaughan Marshall-trained Vercingetorix colt who won the Ready To Run in 2020.
 
Luyolo Mxothwa also rode Seeking The Stars to victory.
 
Last year the race was won by the Vaughan Marshall-trained Vercingetorix colt Fifty Fiver, who was ridden by Anton Marcus.
 
Seeking The One and Seeking The Stars are out  of Klawervlei’s Count Dubois mare Schism, who won three races from 1400m to 2200m, including the Listed Winter Oaks over 2200m.
 
John Koster spoke highly of the mare, who will be going to Rafeef this season.
 
She has a Vercingetorix yearling full-brother to Seeking The Stars on the ground and another Vercingetorix full-brother to Seeking The Stars with Vaughan Marshall.
 
Klawervlei Stud are still the 100% owners of the latter, although Koster is considering putting together a syndicate.
 
Both Seeking The Stars and Seeking The One run in the orange and blue colours of Rikesh Sewgoolam. 
 
He was also part-owner of Schism’s Marshall-trained William Longsword filly Shield Of Light, who ran one place.
 
Sewgoolam owns Seeking The Stars outright.
 
However, he owns Seeking The One in partnership with Messrs P Barrett, J Chowles, R Kieswetter, G S Knowles & Mesdames G MacGregor & B A Moody.
 
Fifty Fiver is out of a Trippi mare, Polar Trip, who currently has a William Longsword three-year-old filly racing as well as William Longsword two-year-old and yearling colts on the ground.
 
Polar Trip’s William Longsword filly is the former Paul Peter and now Brett Crawford-trained Ygritte, who has some useful maiden form. She finished a narrow second to subsequent Grade 1 Thekwini winner Canadian Summer in her second career start and in her second start in Cape Town she finished a 2,30 length fourth to her hard-knocking stablemate Red Sash (The United States) over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.