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PEDIGREE PROFILE -PAGAN PRINCESS

Sarah Whitelaw

Descendants of the highly successful Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess enjoyed a profitable couple of days during the past week or so.

Not only did Pagan Princess’ G1 winning son William Longsword come up with two eye catching winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, her G1 winning daughter Real Princess is the dam of Monday’s Hollywoodbets Greyville winner Gimme A Prince.

Winner of six of his eight starts, headed by a triumph in the 2016 G1 Cape Guineas, Captain Al and Pagan Princess’ son William Longsword had a double at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday where his daughter Double Dream made a winning debut over 1200 metres and his progressive son Coin Spinner downed G1 winners Tempting Fate, Ambiorix and Battle Force when scoring over 1200 metres.

(Interestingly, when Double Dream won on Saturday she beat into second Hold My Hand-whose sire Gold Standard ran second to William Longsword in the 2016 Cape Guineas!)

Coin Spinner and Double Dream both hail from their sire’s first crop, now three-year-olds, with this crop headed by G2 Epol Umkhomazi Stakes winner Dyce, the stakes winners Bon Vivant and Hasta Manana, and G2 Prosport International Debutante runner up Remember When. Second, to Rafeef, on the Leading Second Sires List of 2021-2022, William Longsword is one of several sons of multiple champion sire Captain Al standing at stud, with others including Captain Of All, Erik The Red, One World and Ridgemont Highlands’ new recruit Malmoos.

William Longsword’s half-sister Real Princess, herself a R2 700 000 buy from the 2013 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, was also a winner at the top level, with the blue blooded daughter of Trippi winning six times including the 2016 G1 South Africa Fillies Sprint (beating champion Carry On Alice as well as Princess Royal -dam of this season’s G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla) and the same year’s G3 Poinsettia Stakes.

Real Princess’ first foal Gimme A Prince (by Gimmethegreenlight) made it two wins from just three starts when victorious at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Monday, and the regally bred colt has clearly inherited some of his dam’s own ability. It was a smart win from Gimme A Prince, who was making his first appearance since finishing sixth in last season’s G1 Gold Medallion.

Pagan Princess, a winning Fort Wood half-sister to Dubai champion Victory Moon (sired, like Captain Al, by Al Mufti) and Equus Champion Kelly, has proved to be one of her champion sire’s very best broodmare daughters, with Pagan Princess producing four black type winners -William Longsword and Real Princess being joined by Silver God (Wolf Power 1600) and Really Royal (World Sports Betting Sweet Chestnut Stakes).

Picture: Gimme A Prince by Gimmethegreenlight out of Real Princess (Trippi-Pagan Princess) makes it two wins from three starts on Monday.