6 September 2017

Bloodstock South Africa graduate Yamoto made a big impression on debut when sauntering home to a facile victory at Turffontein yesterday.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, the colt justified his 18-10 tote favourite status when running out an easy 2.1 length winner under the urgings of former champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo.

Yamoto, who is from the yard of champion trainer Sean Tarry, races for Mary Slack and Michael Javett –having cost his connections R2.2 million, when purchased by Form Bloodstock, at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.

He is yet another promising sophomore representing former National Sale purchase and Horse Of The Year Dynasty, with the latter having been named Equus Outstanding Stallion once again last season. Dynasty, whose three-year-olds this season include Equus Champion Lady In Black and G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Eyes Wide Open, is one of the best sires ever bred in South Africa and Yamoto, the third top lot sold at last year’s National Sale, promises to build on his sire’s already remarkable record.

Yamoto is a third winner for Captain Al’s daughter Townsend, whose five career wins included the G2 Odessa Fillies Championship and Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes.

The well related Townsend is a half-sister to G1 Champions Challenge winner Regal Ransom.