PURPLE POWAHOUSE was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2018 National Yearling Sale. Previously named Winters Calling, this colt is sired by What A Winter, out of the dam Clarion Call, and was bred by Drakenstein Stud.
Name: PURPLE POWAHOUSE
Named By: Hollywoodbets Marketing Team
Sex: Bay Colt
Sire: What A Winter
Mare: Clarion Call (Kabool)
Breeder: Drakenstein Stud (As Agent)
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, April 2018
Pedigree: View here
The first dam, Clarion Call, picked up 2 career wins, earning R138,425, at the age of 2 to 4, over a distance range of 1000 – 1400m. She also placed 9 times, inc. 3rd Champagne Stakes Gr.3, Half-sister to CHANT DE NUIT (dam of African Ruler). She is a dam of 4 foals now; inc:
Cardinal Call (12 c. by Jay Peg): 3 wins, R239,450, at 3 to 4, 1000 – 1200m, placed 10 times.
War Trumpet (14 c. by What A Winter): raced twice, at 3.
Spydas Corner (17g. by What A Winter):
UPDATES – Purple Powahouse
August 31st, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 5th out of 9 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Fair run. He stayed on to finish fifth.
August 23rd, 2022
He is doing well and will declare him tomorrow to run on the 31st in a MR76 1200m at HW Greyville on the poly. Unfortunately he is drawn badly but need to run him
July 17th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Finished 8th out of 11 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Came from a long way back. He should drop a few points in the rating, which will help him to be more competitive.
May 25th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Richard Fourie said that he didn’t feel sound at the end of the race. He is better than that run.
April 28th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He pulled too hard in the early part of the race.
March 21st, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was very unlucky not to have won. He had to check twice up the straight and that cost him the race.
March 7th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the Polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel this was a flat run and I feel he is better than this run. Warren Kennedy said when he moved him to the outside for a run he gave him nothing.
February 14th, 2022
273 – He stormed home to make it a double for the Syndicate at Hollywoodbets Greyville. He was fitted with the blinkers for the first time and quickened up well to win over 1200m. Well done to Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Alyson Wright and thank you to Keagan de Melo for a confident ride. Well done to the breeders Drakenstein Stud.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He is definitely better with the blinkers on. He won impressively.
February 7th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Came from too far back and it was a good run.
January 26th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was too far back. Keagan de Melo said that the kick back on the polytrack was very bad and he would not travel through the race. Keagan also said we should try 1400m with him as he has lost his speed.
January 3rd, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: It was a good run and he is coming back to his best form.
December 12th, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: It was hard from the draw, but Keagan gave him a good ride. He struggled to make up the ground from where he was. I feel he could be a better horse on the polytrack.
November 21st, 2021
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He missed the start badly and a line must be put through the run.
November 10th, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was given a shocking ride for a horse that hadn’t run for a year.
December 14th, 2020
Purple Powahouse lands his 3rd career victory in what was a red-letter day for the Hollywood Syndicate. It took a brilliant ride by Lyle Hewitson under testing circumstances, but he pulled off a fantastic win. Well done to Alyson Wright and breeders Drakenstein Stud. See the replay here.
November 30th, 2020
It was a solid effort by this consistent son of What A Winter today. He went down a short head in 2nd, beaten by his full brother and Hollywood Syndicate owned Spydas Corner. See the replay here.
October 7th, 2020
Purple Powahouse makes it a double for the Hollywood Syndicate, when winning the 8th and final race on the programme at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon. He is certainly becoming a progressive handicapper. Well done to Lyle Hewitson for a well judged ride, Alyson Wright and breeders Drakenstein Stud. See the replay here.
August 12th, 2020
He breaks the maidens at the 6th time of asking under a commanding ride by Lyle Hewitson. Well done to the Alyson Wright stable and breeders Drakenstein Stud. By What A Winter, he looks destined to pick up a few more wins over the course of his career.
October 17th, 2019
A few unfortunate events rendered his debut run a missed opportunity and he is without doubt far better than what he displayed. Having dropped the jockey upon exiting the chute, he bolted to start riderless and that would’ve taken a lot out of him prior to the race. He was surprisingly declared fit to race and after being fractious in the stalls, he was chased up to lead and that turned out to be a regrettable decision by the rider. Predictably, he faded out over the final 150m and has since thrown a bit of a temperature. With the above in mind, it’s fair to say that he deserves a line through that run.
October 14th, 2019
D-Day has almost arrived for this son of What A Winter. He will be having his debut this Wednesday 16th October, on the Hollywoodbets Greyville Polytrack. Over the trip of 1200m, we expect him to need the run and he may show signs of greenness. With that said, it will be a great learning curve for him and on his ability alone, he should finish in the first four. See the final field here:
1200m – 13:10
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September 10th, 2019
Purple Powahouse had a grass gallop this morning, in preparation for his debut run which is imminent. Here he is seen on the far side, doing his work with another son of What A Winter – in the form of Agent Murphy.
August 30th, 2019
Given his new name by the Hollywoodbets Marketing team, it was great to have the team join us for a visit to Summerveld Training Centre this morning. The team were able to see this son of What A Winter up close and watch him work. He clearly enjoyed the attention and behaved like an absolute gentleman around the team. We are looking forward to his debut in a few weeks, where he is sure to have a big following on course.
May 10th, 2019
He has shown a lot of promise in his prep so far. He ran 2nd in his barrier trial a few weeks ago and went a little shin-sore thereafter, but shook that off within a few days. He is coming along very nicely and we expect him to progress quickly after his debut. See a replay of that Barrier Trial below.
November 29th, 2018
He has done very well during the spring and has matured into the young two year old colt we were hoping for. He had a grass gallop this morning and went about his business nice and relaxed (see clip below). He is on the grass, the horse closest to the camera.
September 7th, 2018
Another smart young What a Winter colt, he is slightly immature in comparison to Agent Murphy but what he lacks in size he makes up for in the way he moves. He won’t be small, he is just taking more time.
At this stage of his track work, he hasn’t been paired up with a companion to work alongside him as he has a very competitive nature.
He is a great mover however and once he learns to settle he will be a nice horse.