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Black Type For Freshman Sire Just As Well

Yet to be out of the money from four starts and knocking on the door for a win, Just As Well's two year old colt, Just As I Said, ran third to Isca in the Storm Bird Listed for trainer David Niewenhuizen and owner Mr JM Cola. Ridden by Anthony Delpech at Turffontein over 1000m in very soft going, this colt is certainly one to be watched.

Just As I Said is out of I Said Hey by Alami. This is her second runner, with the first Lock Him Up by Fort Beluga a winner who has placed twice. Just As I Said sold for R80 000 at the 2014 KZN Yearling Sale.

Formerly the leader of the Juvenile KZN Breeders Series Log, Just As I Said shares a damline with Sarabande and Chesalon, De Kock, Island Retreat, Refer To Daddy, Next Edition and Dance Every Dance.

From just five runners to date, six horses have placed over three different tracks over 1000m. Another two year old colt, Just Africa, placed second at Turffontein recently on debut for trainer Paul Peter.

Just As Well [pictured below] is represented by seven well-bred yearlings at the upcoming National Yearling Sale in April consigned by various farms. They include Lot 288, an unnamed filly out of Modraj by Machiavellian - a half-sister to Dubai-placed Alareef. The second dam is a half-sister to Urban Sea, the dam of sire sensation Galileo and Sea The Stars.

Another is Lot 329, from Roski Stud, named Goeastmyson - this chestnut colt is a half-brother to recent three time winner Leven Point - Pointing East's (by Jallad) first foal.

Just As Well has a top pedigree, race record and athletic looks to match, he is by A.P Indy out of Nureyev Gr1 winning mare No Matter What, from the immediate damline of sires' Raven's Pass and E Dubai.

His half-sister Rainbow View is a Gr1 winner, whilst his half-brother Utley recently took home a Gr2.

Just As Well raced over four seasons and travelled extensively to race in the USA, Japan and Canada. He had four wins and 11 places, amassing $859,582 in stakes won.

His winning races included the Gr1 Northern Dancer Breeders Cup over 2400m, however he was put back into second place after a court ruled six months later for interference.

Just As Well also took home the Gr3 Arlington Handicap over 2000m as well placing second in this race previously.

His places include the Gr2 Dixie Stakes over 1800m and the Gr1 Arlington Million, the Gr1 Gulfstream Park Breeders Cup Handicap over 1800m.

Just As Well has been Equinome Speed Gene tested, returning as a C:T; meaning his progeny should specialise as Sprinter-milers. Owned by Roski Stud and Anton Procter, Just As Well stands at Spring Valley Farm.

Just As Well pictured at Spring Valley Stud. Image: Candiese Marnewick