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Jubilee glory for gutsy Yakeen

Posted 11 June 2018 at 09:56

JUBILEE HANDICAP (GRADE 3) - R250,000 - 1800m - Turffontein

1st R156,250, 2nd R50,000, 3rd R25,000 - June 10


The Mike de Kock stable was in lethal form, winning five races on the card including the day's Gr.3 feature, where talented three-year-old Yakeen defeated a field of proven stakes performers.

Racing in midfield as Social Order (Count Dubois) took them along at a decent clip, the Al Adiyaat colour bearer slipped through on the inside rail at the top of the straight to hit the front in mid-stretch. Favourite Tilbury Fort (Horse Chestnut) became his main danger with a sustained challenge up the centre and in a thrilling finish, Yakeen showed great heart to hold on by a shorthead. The pair finished over a length clear of Arctica (Captain Al), who rallied for third.

Bred in Australia, Yakeen has a potential stallion pedigree. By Galileo's champion son Teofilo, he is out of the Royal Academy mare Reine, an unraced half-sister to Gr.1 Blue Diamond hero and successful Australian sire Nadeem (Redoute's Choice) and to the Hong Gr.1 winner Billion (Coronation Day).

Yakeen's grandam, the New Zealand-bred Candide (Sound Reason), was the top rated three-year-old filly of her generation. In a star-studded career on both sides of the Tasman, she completed a classic treble in the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks, New Zealand One Thousand Guineas and Gr.2 Great Northern Oaks and was runner-up in both the Gr.1 AJC Oaks and Gr.1 Caulfield Stakes.

In addition to Yakeen, Candide is the grandam of Gr.1 Australian Oaks heroine Marju Snip (Marju), Gr.2 winner Do Ra Mi (Savabeel) and Gr.3 winner Felicienne (Al Maher). - AvdB
(Picture: JC Photos)

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