A half-brother to champion juvenile sire Querari, Quasillo (Sea The Stars) found himself in the news at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday when his daughter Ameena returned from a 16 week break following her debut victory, to capture the R175 000 Gr3 Strelitzia Stakes.
In the process, the little speedball set up a possible berth in the Allan Robertson Championship next month.
The Maine Chance-based Quasillo has clearly had his fertility issues. But with just nine foals in his second crop he has managed a stakes winner in the shape of the speedy Ameena, who cruised to an easy victory for Glen Kotzen, to make it two-from-two.
Bred by Al Khayl Breeders, the winner is out of the three-time winning Dynasty mare, Sabaha.
An astute horseman, Glen Kotzen bought her privately for R5000. On Sunday she took her stakes tally to R158 125, and while winning pilot Richard Fourie was reticent to hype up a horse he doesn’t know well, the slightly built filly can clearly run.
She beat Sabatini (16-1) by 1,90 lengths in a time of 63,9 secs, with Eau De Vie (20-1) a game third.
The fancied Princess Ozma failed to raise a challenge and ran five lengths off.
The only son of legendary racehorse and sire Sea The Stars – whose progeny include the exciting British sire Sea The Moon – at stud in South Africa, Quasillo was a a champion 3yo in Germany in 2015 and is one of four stakes winners produced by the stakes placed Acatenango mare Quetena.
The latter is also dam of German champion, and now leading South African sire, Querari, Gr2 Ballston Spa Stakes victress Quidura, and Doncaster Mile winner Sharjah Bridge.
|1st||2||AMEENA||R Fourie||G S Kotzen||—-||13/2|
|2nd||8||SABATINI||S Moodley||M D Miller||1.90||1.90||16/1|
|3rd||6||EAU DE VIE||S Khumalo||S Hewitson||0.40||2.30||20/1|
|4th||1||RED ROSES TOO||K de Melo||D R Drier||1.05||3.35||5/1|
|5th||9||BAUBLES AND BEADS||S Veale||D R Drier||0.05||3.40||9/4|
|Time of Race : 63.90s|
|Tote Favourite: PRINCESS OZMA||Distance : 5.00 Betting : 2/1|