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Sarah Whitelaw

When consistent four-year-old Full Velocity won Sunday’s Listed KwaZulu-Natal Stakes, she stamped herself as a very attractive future stud prospect. (Interestingly, the first three past the post in Sunday’s sprint feature all have attractive pedigrees, with runner up Favorita a Gimmethegreenlight filly out of a daughter of champion Promisefrommyheart, and third placed finisher Varvacious a Var daughter of former G2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Go Indigo).

A daughter of Philanthropist, Full Velocity hails from a very much in vogue family. She is out of the twice winning mare Circle Of Speed, the latter a daughter of More Than Ready’s G1 Golden Slipper winning son Sebring. The latter, despite dying young, is one of his sire’s best sire sons, with Sebring’s 70 plus stakes winners headed by Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident, four time G1 winner Criterion, and this season’s Australian G1 winners Superstorm (Kennedy Cantala) and Fangirl (Vinery Stud Stakes).

The well bred Circle Of Speed, in turn is a half-sister to both the now Chilean based Equus Champion, and G1 SA Nursery winner Mustaaqeem, as well as G1 Computaform Sprint/G2 Hawaii Stakes winning sire sensation Rafeef. (Both Mustaaqeem and Rafeef were sired by legendary Australian sire Redoute’s Choice).

Rafeef himself made headlines at Turffontein on Saturday where his son Aragosta won the G1 World Sports Betting SA Derby (providing his sire with his first G1 winner in the process) and fellow sons Master Archie and Cleaver Greene finishing first and second respectively in the G3 WSB Man O’War Sprint.

Circle Of Speed is out former Joint South African Horse Of The Year, and Equus Champion 3YO Female Sprinter, National Colour.

A daughter of top-class South African sire National Assembly, National Colour showed top-class form in both South Africa and overseas, with her local form headed by wins in all of the G1 Computaform Sprint, G1 SA Fillies Sprint and G1 Mercury Sprint. Sent overseas, the flashy grey won over five furlongs in Dubai before going on to defeat top sprinters Kingsgate Native, Equiano, Benbaun and Sakhee’s Secret when runner up in the 2008 G1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

Through Rafeef and possibly Mustaaqeem, National Colour’s name looks set to be around for years to come.

Full Velocity and Rafeef, however, are not the only members of this family keeping it in the news. Speedy grey Anna Capri (by Var), who is out of National Colour’s Daylami half-sister Zemfira, added further black type to the family when she won the G3 Lebelo Sprint earlier this season.

While the deceased Philanthropist (Kris S) was best in known in South Africa as the sire of G1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby/G1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup winner Golden Ducat and Canadian champions Phil’s Dream and Pender Harbour, he has also come up with a number of above average daughters. They include G3 Starling Stakes winner She’s A Giver, G3 Champagne Stakes heroine Phil’s Dancer, G3 Acacia Handicap runner up Virginia, G3 Graham Beck Stakes runner up Magic School, the aforementioned Full Velocity and G2 Choice Carriers Fillies Championship second Sail.

Full Velocity is inbred to legendary US broodmare Grey Flight (dam of nine stakes winners including dual champion US sire What A Pleasure), with Grey Flight third dam of National Colour’s sire National Assembly, and fourth dam of Philanthropist.

Picture: Candiese Lenferna