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Ripple Effect gives the newly established Paardeberg Stud their first winner in the Listed Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakes over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday under Raymond Danielson (Image: Wayne Marks)
Glen Kotzen views the recent establishment of Paardeberg Stud just down the road from his Woodhill Racing Estate as a boon for his business and he was thrilled to land them their first winner.
Glen revealed one of Paardeberg’s aims was going to be to breed with quality, stakes-winning mares, so it was fitting that their first ever win as owners was of a stakes race, the Listed Pongracz Olympic Duel Stakeswith the Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm & Zenzele Stud (Pty) Ltd-bred Erupt three-year-old filly Ripple Effect, who was ridden by Raymond Danielson.
Glen said, “We tipped her to run in the first three, because last time out she got left badly and I liked the way she ran on, so we said we would try and drop her out instead of letting her tear away, especially it being a 1200m race. She’s a very talented filly. We bought her at a dispersal sale, she had chips taken out of her fetlocks and we rested her for three months. We then put her into work and the fact that she is small you can bring her to hand fairly well without galloping her. Then she had two prep runs. We then prepared her for the clients coming out so everything came together, it was fantastic.”
The two clients he spoke of are British businessmen, Steve Ajax and Charles Palmer. Paardeberg Stud is a collaboration between them and renowned South African breeder Sally Bruss.
Steve and Charles are most recognised in the racing world as the creators of the ground breaking and award winning Global Team Horse Racing. This innovative concept made its debut in South Africa at the Hollywoodbets Greyville racetrack in 2022.
However, Ripple Effect was in fact Charles’ first ever winner as an owner.
“That was very exciting for him,” said Glen.
Steve Ajax, on the other hand, has had many winners around the world.
Paardeberg Stud had their first runner as breeders on the 20th of this month. This Glen Kotzen-trained two-year-old homebred Var filly Priscilla Maisey, ran an encouraging 2,45 length third in a competitive Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.
Glen was full of praise for Sally Bruss, who has been converting the farm from scratch in to a stud farm with paddocks, foilage, barns etc.
“The amount of work she has put in is amazing. It is still early days, but it is going to be a magnificent farm.”
Glen added, “Their stallion Expert Eye has arrived and I went to see him the other day and he is magnificent. He will be suitable for SA racing because he will bring loads of speed and quality. And just chatting to Steve and Charlie they are saying that the concept behind their stud is that they really want to try and breed mainly with stakes winners, so they will be buying stakes winners. That concept will give them a far better percentage chance of being successful. And if they don’t get the numbers to their stallion they will definitely get the quality to him. They are a young stud and they are going to build up a really great broodmare band, so it is going to be fantastic.”
On top of the years of experience and expertise Sally brings as a horsewoman and stud farm manager, a bonus is that she is the brother-in-law of Robin Bruss. Robin is probably the most knowledgeable thoroughbred pedigree expert in the country and likely one of the world’s leading horseracing aficionado’s.
So it is exciting times for them and also for neighbours Woodhill Racing Estate.
They also had success on Saturday with their hard-knocking three-year-old Cheveley Stud-bred Lancaster Bomber filly Rascova.
Considering, she had won the Gr 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m and finished third in the Gr 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, her price in the Gr 1 City Of Cape Town Majorca Stakes of 40/1 was fine value and Glen admitted he didn’t let the place price run loose.
She was soon in her usual front-running role.
Under the fine hands of Zackey she conserved enough energy to be able to stay on for a 3,25 length second to Equus Horse Of The Year Princess Calla.
Rascova’s next move is still under discussion.
Glen said Rascova would probably be nominated for the Gr 3 Vasco Prix du Cap and then they would see how she drew.
However, he personally thinks Rascova has done enough for the season and he would prefer to freshen her up before taking her to the Champions Season.
He said, “The Hollywoodbets Greyville short run in will suit her down to the ground. We’ve done a lot of work with her because, although she does not take a strong hold, she does not like to be touched in the mouth, so you have to have a rider who allows her to go forward and then brings her back again and I think that Greyville track will be spot on for her.”
Craig Zackey has been the jockey who best suits her to date, but he is retained by Khaya Stables, so won’t always be available and the connections would like her to have one jockey for the season.
Rascova is owned by Sandy Arundel’s Itssa It & Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
Glen said he might well have a go at the Prix du Cap with Ripple Effect, if she draws well.
Ripple Effect is noticeably small, but Glen said, “She is built like a tank, she’s strong.”
He said if she proved she stayed 1400m after being run in the same hold up style as was employed on Saturday, it would open doors for her.
He pointed out, “She is by a stallion who won a Gr 1 over 2000m and she is out of quite a stout female line, so she shouldn’t really have the speed she’s got. So if she can settle in and kick on, she will be effective and will have a lot of future options.”