Purchased at the 2019 National Yearling Sale, he is a colt by What A Winter out of the Kabool mare Clarion Call and bred by Rathmor Stud. Incidentally, he is also the full-brother to Purple Powahouse, purchased at the 2018 National Yearling Sale.
Name: SPYDAS CORNER
Named By: Hollywoodbets Ambassador – Brian Baloyi
Sex: Bay Colt
Sire: What A Winter
Mare: Clarion Call (Kabool)
Breeder: Rathmor Stud
Trainer: Duncan Howells
Purchased: National Yearling Sale, April 2019
Pedigree: View here
He is a full-brother to Hollywood Syndicate owned, Purple Powahouse.
UPDATES – Spydas Corner
June 26th, 2022
Raced over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack in the Non-Black Type Got The Greenlight KZN Breeders 1600. Finished 6th out of 8 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: The distance was too far for him. We will come back to sprinting distances. He’s going for a month’s break on the farm.
June 13th, 2022
Raced over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He choked up during the race. Duncan will tie his tongue down next time.
May 28th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: We will be taking the blinkers off him and trying him over a bit further. He did not disgrace himself only finishing 2.25 lengths behind.
May 1st, 2022
Raced over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville in the Listed In Full Flight Handicap. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was returning from a 14-week break and needed the run.
January 24th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Keagan de Melo said that the false start affected him. When he jumped out the starting stalls second time round, he never showed the same speed. He feels he is better than that performance.
January 9th, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: The 1000m is getting too short for him. Duncan Howells said that he is running in a 1200m race at Hollywoodbets Scottsville in 2 weeks’ time.
December 19th, 2021
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He ran a bit of a flat race. Keagan de Melo said that 1000m is too short for him now and he will be better over more ground. He also didn’t enjoy the soft ground.
October 31st, 2021
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. A very good run in a competitive field. Keagan de Melo said he wasn’t worried racing wide as the horse was comfortable and he finished his race off well. Duncan Howells mentioned that he may be aiming him at the Merchants on Summer Cup day.
July 31st, 2021
He produced another good effort, finishing second in the Listed Umngeni Handicap. He is ultra-consistent and always gives of his best. See the replay here.
June 12th, 2021
He finished third in the Non-Black Type Rising Sun Durban Dash. He raced three wide around the turn, received a bump at the 300m mark but still managed to finish his race off nicely. See the replay here.
May 23rd, 2021
He won an impressive race at Hollywoodbets Scottsville despite carrying a big mass of 60.5kgs. He has won five times from just ten starts. Well done and thank you to trainer Duncan Howells and jockey Keagan de Melo. Well done to the breeders Rathmor Stud. Spydas Corner was named by Brand Ambassador, Brian Baloyi. See the replay here.
February 21st, 2021
A narrow loser once again, he gave a solid account of himself today against some decent opposition, despite reportedly needing the run. Seen below on the right being led into the 2nd box, alongside Kings Road, followed by the replay.
January 3rd, 2021
It was an exceptionally good effort by this talented son of What A Winter today. He just needed a lead horse to pull him into the straight, but nevertheless gave the eventual winner plenty of cheek in the dying stages of the race. See the replay here.
December 18th, 2020
Spydas Corner lands his third career victory in just his 5th career start, a serious sprinter in the making. Well done to Muzi Yeni for a perfectly judged ride, trainer Duncan Howells and breeders Rathmor Stud.
November 30th, 2020
Spydas Corner picks up his second career win in just his 4th career start when beating his full brother, Purple Powahouse, in the 2nd race at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. Well done to trainer Duncan Howells, Muzi Yeni for a well calculated ride and breeders Rathmor Stud. Named by Brian Baloyi, Spydas Corner looks set for a promising career.
October 4th, 2020
Spydas Corner wins the opener at Hollywoodbets Greyville Racecourse this afternoon at a starting price of 25/2. With this being just his second career start, he looks destined for a few more visits to the winner’s enclosure. Well done to the Duncan Howells stable, jockey Luke Ferraris and Rathmor Stud for breeding him.
September 6th, 2020
It was a great experience to have Brian Baloyi on course with the team today, to shout home this horse he named Spydas Corner. We were also lucky enough to get a few snaps at stables, prior to the run. Despite being a little green on debut, he will make big improvement in his next few outings and he should find the winners enclosure soon.
February 17th, 2020
A smallish colt at the time of sale, he has really matured into a smart looking colt. He has been in full training for just over 10 weeks now and we are starting to see quite a lot of class about this son of What A Winter. We should expect to see him debut towards the end of April.
September 12th, 2019
A recent visit to Sue Peters’ spelling farm, to see this son of What A Winter and it’s great to see him progressing well. He will spend a few more weeks on the farm before joining up with Duncan Howells at Ashburton. See below, a recent photo of him on the farm.