STUART Pettigrew has been going about his business in his usual quiet, professional way, but now, with the recognition he deserves, has got some buying power at Bloodstock SA’s 2020 National Yearling Sale
Pettigrew, who saddled a treble at Turffontein on Saturday, said he’ll be looking for a decent yearling for Princes Charlene of Monaco this week. He toldTurf Talk: “Princess Charlene is not after glory and winning big races and all that stuff. She likes the fun
part of racing, the excitement.
“But yes, she and her father Mike Wittstock love and enjoy horses and wouldn’t it be nice if I can find her a champion? She’s had two fair horses so far, including Bella Rosa, who has won two of eight races but is not a star.”
Pettigrew reckons he has a special filly in his stable at present, not owned by Princess Charlene but certainly the type he’d like to train for her one day. She is Anything Goes, who won her third race from as many starts in a 1600m Juvenile Plate on
“This is a proper filly, the best filly I’ve trained,” said Pettigrew who, having handled the likes of Summer Cup winner Tyson and Daily News winner Surcharge (Yulong Prince), knows the difference between a good horse and a moderate one.
Anything Goes is a 2019 BSA Ready To Run Sales graduate by VAR from Dance Domain, a
half-sister by Parade Leader to Summerhill’s stallion, Capetown Noir.
Pettigrew told: “Anything Goes works with anything in my yard, she plays with the moderate ones, lifts her game and plays with the good horses too. She hasn’t won her races by big margins, but she’s had to carry to weight and if you look at her form carefully, you’ll see how good it is. In her penultimate win, she beat Paul Matchett’s filly War Of Athena by more than two lengths, no fuss. That filly was narrowly beaten in the Gr1 Allan Robertson right after that run.”
Pettigrew said he’ll be nominating Anything Goes for the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes on Gold Cup day and also for the colt’s equivalent, the Premiers Championship.
“She’s good enough, we’ll look at the draws she gets and make a decision,” he added.
Anything Goes is owned in partnership by Pettigrew’s long-time patron Ian van Schalkwyk and Anton Marx. Another long-time supporter is Terry Kung, whose five-year-old, Soldier On, won his seventh race from 22 starts on Saturday.
A mile specialist, Soldier On (Brave Tin Soldier) was placed in the right race and Pettigrew commented: “It wasn’t a strong field, but it was a good race for him to win. Apprentice Philasande Mxoli rode a good race on him, I was impressed. As for Terry Kung, we go back a long way. I rode a winner for him in Zimbabwe when he was quite a big owner back in 1978.”
Pettigrew has Derby hopes for Master Of My Fate’s son Imperial Master, owned by Ivan Snyman and Ryan Pettigrew. He said: “He’s a nice horse, we’ve gelded him, well give some time off, and start working with him again in the summer.”
Pic: Anything Goes, three in a row. (JC Photos).