Protea Stakes Boost For Malmoos

Ridgemont Highlands’ exciting Triple Crown winning stallion Malmoos gained several handsome updates on Saturday.

Not only did Second Base, who finished second to Malmoos in the 2021 G1 World Sports Betting SA Classic, capture Saturday’s G2 Colorado King Stakes, but unbeaten two-year-old Karangetang, an impressive winner of Saturday’s G3 Protea Stakes, hails from the immediate family of Malmoos himself.

A brilliant winner of the Listed Storm Bird Stakes on debut, the Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained Karangetang made it two wins from as many starts with a fluent display in Saturday’s Protea Stakes.

Under Keagan De Melo, the colt from the first crop of Erupt was always up with the pace in Saturday’s 1100m with Karangetang finding more in the closing stages to score a shade cosily by half a length over classy filly River Queraress.

Karangetang is out of the G2 placed Var mare La Revere – a granddaughter of Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart.

The latter also rates as the granddam of Malmoos – whose five graded wins included all three legs of South Africa’s Triple Crown in 2021.

This is also the family of prominent Cape sire Master Of My Fate, whose G1 Premiers Champion Stakes winning daughter Sentbydestiny beat fellow G1 winning Master Of My Fate filly Zarina into third place when victorious at Turffontein on Saturday.

Malmoos is one of the very best sons of multiple champion sire Captain Al – who sired more than 100 stakes winners including current star filly Captain’s Ransom.