Klawervlei Stud’s well performed young stallion ROYAL MO (Uncle Mo) came up with another smart looking first crop winner when his two-year-old son MO JIVE justified tote favouritism at Turffontein on Thursday.
In the process, the Stone Hill Stud bred colt became the second winner, from just a handful of first-crop runners, for Royal Mo, with the latter also sire of the very exciting ROYAL AUSSIE.
Third and second on his first two starts respectively, MO JIVE was all the rage for Thursday’s Play Soccer 6,10 and 13 Maiden Plate (1450m) and duly lived up to expectations with a fluent win. Under Denis Schwarz, the Fanie Bronkhurst trained juvenile hit the front a long way from home, before powering away to score by a length and a half. Out of the National Emblem mare ANTIGUA, Mo Jive races for owner Suzette Viljoen.
His sire Royal Mo has made a pleasing start with his first two-year-olds this season. To date, Royal Mo has been responsible for just nine runners thus far, with five having either won or finished in the money.
Winner of the G3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and third in the G1 Santa Anita Derby, Royal Mo is himself a son of outstanding sire UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) -sire of, among others, this season’s top US three-year-old, and G1 Belmont Stakes winner MO DONEGAL.