VEGAS GOLD was purchased by the Hollywood Syndicate at the 2020 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Bred by Lammerskraal Stud, he is a colt by Var, out of the Western Winter mare Bichette.
Name: VEGAS GOLD
Named By: Lammerskraal Stud
Sex: Bay Colt
Damsire: Western Winter (USA)
Breeder: Lammerskraal Stud
Trainer: Gavin Smith
Previous Trainer: Alyson Wright
Purchased: 2020 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale
Pedigree: View Here
He is a very well bred second foal, out of the multiple black type winning mare, BICHETTE. The mother herself is the half-sister to VIVA MARIA, PILOU, Warriors Rest and Blizzard Belle. He will be sent to Paarl Diamante’s spelling facility until just after the winter, before he joins up with the Alyson Wright stable in KZN.
Updates – Vegas Gold
March 31st, 2023
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the polytrack. Finished 7th out of 10 runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He needs to drop a few points in the ratings to be competitive again.
March 3rd, 2023
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the turf. Finished 9th out of nine runners.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: I feel the company was too strong for him. He may need to drop a few points in the ratings to be competitive.
January 20th, 2023
390 – VEGAS GOLD returns to winning ways in Race 6 over 1000m at Fairview Racecourse this afternoon. He is now a five-time winner and was ridden to victory by Winning Form-sponsored jockey Keagan de Melo. He is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Gavin Smith and is bred Lammerskraal Stud.
September 30th, 2022
350 – VEGAS GOLD brings up the Hollywood Syndicate’s 350th career victory. He showed good speed under Craig Bantam and never looked back over 1000m on the Fairview polytrack. He has won three races in a row and there should be more to come. The son of Var is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gavin Smith and is bred by Lammerskraal Stud. Well Done to Anthony Delpech and Team on this fantastic achievement.
August 12th, 2022
326 – VEGAS GOLD wins Race 5 at Fairview this afternoon. He was given a confident ride by jockey Luyolo Mxothwa as he managed to hold all challengers at bay to win in fine style. He was brought to the course in perfect condition by Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Gavin Smith. A big well done to the breeders Lammerskraal Stud.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good win. He has done well since he has moved to the Eastern Cape.
321 – VEGAS GOLD wins the lucky last race at Fairview Racecourse on the polytrack. He was ridden to victory by Warren Kennedy and is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Gavin Smith. This victory brings up the Syndicate’s 98th winner for the season.
Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good gusty win from the front.
June 10th, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Fairview on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Good first run in the Eastern Cape. He is a better horse with cover.
May 22nd, 2022
A decision was made to move Vegas Gold to the Eastern Cape. He will now be trained by Gavin Smith.
May 2nd, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was too far back and Warren never got a run up the straight. He stopped riding him in the last 100m and he pulled up fine after the race.
March 21st, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Much improved run. Keagan de Melo feels that 1200m could be better for him.
March 2nd, 2022
Raced over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the Polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: He was given a poor ride. From draw three and being so far back after a good start. I will forgive the horse for the poor run.
February 14th, 2022
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the Polytrack. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: Jockey Warren Kennedy felt something amiss and eased him out of the race at the 300m mark. He was reported to be blowing in the stipes report.
February 1st, 2022
Had a gallop this morning and did very well, but stable are struggling to get a good draw. He will be entered on Friday for a race.
252 – VEGAS GOLD wins the first race over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon. He showed good speed, quickened up well and won with authority. He is trained by Hollywoodbets-sponsored Alyson Wright and was ridden with confidence by Warren Kennedy.
November 7th, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. Anthony Delpech post-race comment: It was a much better run from him. Warren Kennedy said that he was interfered with up the straight and that he looks to try and get out of it when pressured.
October 31st, 2021
Raced over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on the turf. He jumped out well, raced handy but was racing three wide. Raymond Danielson said that he came out the gates quick and being a 1200m for the first time, he over raced and couldn’t settle him.
September 29th, 2021
The son of Var raced over 1000m on the polytrack at Hollywoodbets Greyville. He stumbled badly at the start, but was disappointing when asked the question up the straight. He shows a lot of potential at work in the mornings, but needs to bring that to the course. See the replay here.
September 8th, 2021
He was returning from a 22-week break over 1000m on the polytrack at Hollywoodbets Greyville. He moved up to challenge, but showed signs of needing the outing as he lacked a finish in the closing stages. He will come on with the run under his belt and he will strip a lot fitter next time. See the replay here.
April 4th, 2021
He was disappointing in his effort this afternoon. He is much better than the run suggests and still has a lot of scope to improve.
March 14th, 2021
It was a decent debut by this son of Var today. He will learn a lot from the experience and should come on a lot for his next outing. See the replay here.
February 11th, 2021
Vegas Gold jumping on the far side and showing that he shouldn’t have any issues with jumping on terms, when he steps out for his debut soon.
February 8th, 2021
Vegas Gold, on the far side, working alongside his stable companion, Bedazzled Joker. He appears to handling every test well and should be ready for his debut soon.
February 4th, 2021
Vegas Gold going through his paces well. Here he is on the far side, moving very nicely this morning. He will be one of our first two-year-old’s to debut and he appears to be an above average son of Var.
January 19th, 2021
Just over a year since we purchased him, he has since joined up with the Alyson Wright stable and seems to be coming to hand quite quickly now. It shouldn’t be long before he lines up at the start in his debut.
January 20, 2020
He has arrived safely at Paarl Diamante, where he will be spelled and broken in. We look forward to watching this beautifully balanced colt mature over the coming months.