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One sign of a top sire is one who upgrades his mares and such appeared to be the case when the Paul Peter-trained Vercingetorix filly Queen Of Gaul romped home by 8,25 lengths in the first race at The Vaal today under Warren Kennedy.
 
It was not an inspiring field but her time was 0,30 seconds quicker than the next race, which was a decent Juvenile Plate event won easily by Listed runner up Magic Tycoon.
 
Furthermore, Queen Of Gaul was lugging 60kg as opposed to the 55kg Magic Tycoon had to carry. .
 
Queen Of Gaul’s Australian-bred Elusive Quality dam Touch Of Nobility had not produced much before this one.
 
Touch Of Nobility was unplaced in three starts and had produced five previous foals from which there had been only two winners and both of the latter were moderate.
 
Her first winner Armorial (Kahal) was dispatched to Fairview after two outings in KZN and despite two wins there Charles Faull’s Form Publication gave him a best merit rating of 62 (FMR).
 
Her next winner Romanesca took 14 starts to win his maiden and won once more for an FMR of 59.
 
The only thing Queen Of Gaul had going for her other than being from the Highveld’s current leading yard was her sire Vercingetorix. who is becoming something of a phenomenon.
 
The great Jet Master won the first of his seven Champion Sire titles when his first crop were just four-yeear-olds.
 
Vercingetorix is on his way to the title this year with his first crop being five-year-olds.
 
His first crop includes classic winner, Ikigai, and Gold Cup winner, Nebraas.
 
His second crop includes Grade 1-winning sprinter Vernichey as well as two top class performers from a vintage male crop i.e. Rascallion and Seeking The Stars.
 
His third crop includes Grade 1 Gold Medallion winner Anmbiorix, Grade 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette and Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby winner Pomp And Power.
 
Like his sire Silvano his statistics are improving as he goes along and he top quality broodmares must be queuing up to visit him.
 
Vercingetorix is currently about R700,000 clear of reigning National Champion Sire Gimmethegreenlight in the title race this season and about R800,000 clear of his father Silvano.
 
Picture: Vercingetorix (Maine Chance Farms).