AT this time last year owner Ian van Schalkwyk and trainer Stuart Pettigrew were prominent in Gauteng with public favourite Surcharge (now Yulong Prince), the wonderful exported thoroughbred missed by racing fans in South Africa.

Gottalottaluv (Diego De Gouveia) sported the familiar Van Schalkwyk silks at Turffontein on Saturday to win the Allez France Stakes over 2400m by 3.5-lengths from Parisienne Chic.

Gottalottaluv, like Yulong Prince, was bred at Varsfontein Stud and Pettigrew commented: “We like to buy from Carl and Amanda de Vos because they produce good horses from good bloodlines. Ian bought Gottalotaluv with an eye on a future career as a broodmare. She is by VAR and a half-sister to Gold Standard, the Gr2 winner and now a stallion.”

While her blood and this minor feature win already guarantees that Van Schalkwyk will get a decent return on Gottalottaluv’s foals, Pettigrew is looking for black type for which will double her paddock value. He said: “There are races left to achieve this in Gauteng, the Spook Express and the Sun Chariot, races I won with a filly called Salutation, who ended up a nine-time winner. Gottalotaluv is in the same class, so we’ll be aiming her at the same.”

Pettigrew is especially successful with stayers because, he says, he leaves his runners to grow into themselves and develop over time. He noted: “Gottalotaluv is a tall, leggy filly. We left her to fill up and strengthen and she’s rewarding us now, she’s getting better.”

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