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Picture: Mucho Dinero winning at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday (Wayne Marks)


Sarah Whitelaw

There were few thoroughbreds at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday with a more current pedigree than Mucho Dinero.

One of two winners on the Durbanville card for his sire Twice Over, Mucho Dinero is the fifth winner produced by the increasingly successful Cash Register.

Herself a high-class racemare, Cash Register won four times, scoring from 1200m to 1800m, with the highlights of her 19 race career coming in a two length triumph in the 2012 G3 Final Fling Stakes (runner up in that Final Fling Stakes was none other than Mystery Dame, who herself would go on to find fame at stud while fifth home was Respectable Lady -subsequently dam of G1 Tsogo Sprint runner Bold Respect and the classy Super Silvano).

Prior to her Final Fling win, Cash Register had picked up her first black type win when she won the Listed Ladies Mile, where her beaten opponents also included Mystery Dame.

A daughter of Sadler’s Wells’ impeccably bred son Casey Tibbs (whose broodmare daughters have made a considerable impression in South Africa), Cash Register retired to stud as a G3 winning own sister to ill-fated champion, and 2009 G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Big City Life. While the latter died before reaching stud, his own sister has enjoyed considerable success. To date, Cash Register has produced four stakes winners -sired by three different stallions.

To the cover of Var, Cash Register threw G1 Computaform Sprint third, and Listed Southeaster Sprint winner, Speedpoint as well as Listed Ibhayi Stakes queen Point Of Sale, while Cash Register’s Duke Of Marmalade daughter Chat Ching ran third, to last season’s Horse Of The Year Captain’s Ransom, in the 2020 G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas before capturing the Listed Lady’s Bracelet.

Cash Register also produced the classy Snapscan to Oratorio -like Duke Of Marmalade, a son of Oratorio. In contrast to Speedpoint, Snapscan (who won from 1200m to 2800m) relished a step up in trip, with her wins including the 2019 G3 Victress Stakes and 2020 G2 New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers. 

Cash Register is not, however, the only sister to Big City Life to excel at stud. Another sister Bretton Woods, who is the dam of last season’s Equus Champion, and G1 Premiers Champion Stakes/G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner, Cousin Casey as well as the stakes placed Klever Kathy.

Both Cousin Casey and Klever Kathy were sired by sons of Silvano with Cousin Casey a son of Vercingetorix and Klever Kathy a daughter of Bold Silvano.

Cash Register’s twice winning dam Dollar Crisis has clearly become a notable force in recent top SA gallopers and her descendants look likely to continue to add to her burgeoning dynasty.

Mucho Dinero and his famous relatives are directly descended in female line from Epsom Oaks winner Regalia. The latter’s half-sister Latakia is ancestress of a lengthy string of stars including US Triple Crown winner Omaha and more recent US champions Gun Runner and Saint Liam, to name but a few.