5 February 2018

A pair of former Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds shone in feature races run at Turffontein this past Saturday.
Wicklow Stud are the breeders of Arctica, who picked up a well deserved first black type victory when landing the Listed Wolf Power Handicap over a mile this weekend.
Well ridden by Craig Zackey, Arctica did well to overcome a wide draw with Zackey quick to bounce his mount into a rail position early in the race.

Tracking the front running Tandava, Arctica kept galloping resolutely to post a half length win in the Wolf Power –having been fifth in the same race 12 months earlier.

One of more than 80 stakes winners sired by deceased champion sire Captain Al, Arctica was one of three winners on the day for trainers Mike and Adam Azzie.

Arctica, now a five time winner with earnings of R557 150, was a R225 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Out of the regally bred Indian Ridge mare Little Grey Wolf, Arctica races for Messrs van Laun, Fouche, Gullan in partnership with the Missing U Syndicate (nominee Rob Knuppe).

The very next race saw former National Sale gradate Surcharge pick up his second feature win in a row when he stormed home late to claim the G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes over 1400m under a powerful ride from Piere “Striker” Strydom. The Varsfontein Stud bred colt looks a big runner for next month’s G2 Gauteng Guineas and is clearly a top class sort in his own right.

Winner of five of seven outings, including the Listed Secretariat Stakes at his penultimate outing, the Stuart Pettigrew trained colt has now earned  R429 625 in stakes for owner Ian Van Schalkwyk.

The 2018 Tony Ruffel Stakes was a tremendous triumph for BSA, who sold the 1-2-4 finishers in the race (Listed KZN Guineas Trial winner Sir David Baird and the promising Pietro Mascagni running second and fourth in the contest respectively).

Surcharge, who was sold for R200 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale, is a son of Varsfontein Stud’s hugely promising young stallion, and former Champion First Crop Sire, Gimmethegreenlight.

The latter, a son of world leading sire More Than Ready, has three eye catching lots on offer at this month’s Cape Yearling Sale -

Lot 26 –a filly out of a G3 placed daughter of G1 2yo Rock Concert, from the family of recent Maktoum Challenge winner Heavy Metal

Lot 65 –a filly out of a stakes placed daughter of outstanding broodmare sire Royal Academy-damsire of champions Bela-Bela, Rabiya, Finsceal Beo and outstanding sire Fastnet Rock

Lot 90 –a half-brother to 5 winners, this colt’s relatives include champions Kimberley Mine and Lucky Lilac- a leading classic hope for 2018 in Japan