BRAZILIAN-breds seem to have an affinity for the sand track at the Vaal, evident once more in the runaway win posted by three-year-old Olympic Bolt in a Maiden Plate over 1800m on Tuesday afternoon.
Olympic Bolt, sand suits. (JC Photos).
Bred by Fazenda Mondesir, this colt likes racing in blinkers, too, and truly ‘bolted’ home under jockey JP van der Merwe in an official winning distance of 9.50-lengths, interestingly the very same margin recorded by his sire, Asiatic Boy, when he won the 2007 Gr2 UAE Derby, the second leg of his Triple Crown success.
For the notebook, Olympic Bolt’s winning time was significantly faster than the time clocked by the winner of a MR80 handicap over the same trip later in the day.
Asiatic Boy needs no introduction, of course. He also raced for Mike de Kock and owner Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and competed successfully around the world. Asiatic Boy stands at Haras Abolengo in Argentina.