29 January 2018

Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds dominated feature race action this weekend in South Africa.
BSA graduates mopped up four of the weekend’s features on offer, and finished  1-2-3 in the G1 Cape Derby.
The Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont bred Eyes Wide Open made it a graded race double when he downed a top class field to land the G1 Investec Cape Derby on Sun Met day at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Owned by Chrigor Stud, and trained by Glen Kotzen, Eyes Wide Open became a third Cape Derby winner for in-form rider Richard Fourie, as the pair drew clear to post a one and three-quarter length win over G2 Selangor Cup third Do It Again and Listed Racing Association Stakes hero Pack Leader.

Eyes Wide Open, who had previously won both the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes at two and G2 Cartier Peninsula Handicap at his penultimate outing, was a R850 000 purchase from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale.

The colt, who has surely ensured a berth at stud for himself following this win, picked up the R154 000 Bloodstock SA Bonus with his classic win on Saturday. Eyes Wide Open, second top lot at the 2016 KZN Sale, is a fourth Cape Derby winner for outstanding Highlands Stud sire Dynasty and he is out of the winning Jallad mare Live Your Dreams –a half-sister to dual G3 Lebelo Handicap winner National Flame. Eyes Wide Open has now won four of eight starts and banked more than R1.4 million in stakes.

Second BSA graduate to land a major Grade One feature on Saturday was the brilliant Cheveley Stud bred filly Snowdance. The exceptional three-year-old, who races for Drakenstein Stud and Jack Mitchell, made it four wins from just five outings when justifying 1-4 favouritism –at the expense of fellow Bloodstock South Africa purchase Star Express by a length and a half.

Snowdance, a R2 000 000 buy from the  was one of three G1 winners on the day for log leading trainer Justin Snaith. The daughter of Captain Al, who is out of champions Bela-Bela and Rabiya’s G3 winning half-sister Spring Lilac, has now won graded features in each of her last outings, having previously landed the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship and G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas –beating Sun Met winner Oh Susanna on each occasion.

BSA graduates also won both feature races at Scottsville on Sunday. The Mark Dixon trained London Call, a real course specialist, won the Lester Piggott Marula Sprint for owners Messrs Larsson, Cumming and Samuelson, while the Duncan Howells trained Wild Wicket lifted his first stakes win when victorious in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap on the same day.
Bred by Mr and Mrs Bruce le Roux, London Call, who was winning the Marula Sprint for a second year running, was a R120 000 buy from the 2012 National Yearling Sale, while Wild Wicket cost owner Dave MacLean  R2 000 000 when bought off the 2015 National Sale.

The durable London Call, who has now won  11 races and over R800 000, is a son of Kahal and the outstanding broodmare Fancy Fantasy (dam also of G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Indiscreet Fantasy), while Wild Wicket is bred on the same Dynasty/Jallad cross as Saturday’s Derby winner Eyes Wide Open.

Bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jr, Wild Wicket, who has won or placed in 12 of 15 outings, is out of Jallad mare Firstnightbliss, who won four times and who ran third in the G1 SA Fillies Classic.

Next Bloodstock South Africa yearling sale to take place is the Cape Yearling Sale, which is set to get underway at the Mistico Equestrian Centre on Feb 25th.  The full catalogue can be viewed online at