5 March 2018

Former Bloodstock South Africa purchase Monks Hood stamped himself the male leader of his generation when romping home to a five and a half length win in Saturday’s G2 Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein.
The gelding, who made it three wins on the bounce with his facile win on Saturday, simply outclassed his 15 rivals to win as he liked –and stamped himself as the newest star in South Africa’s racing firmament.
Monks Hood’s trainer Alistair Gordon, who was recently appointed by BSA as their Vendor Liaison Officer, said after the impressive victory, “The soft ground in the Dingaans didn’t suit his action and he showed that in the better going today. He has also matured. I am also grateful for Mary (Slack) for giving me the horse”

The gelding was ridden to victory by reigning South African champion jockey Anthony Delpech.
Owned by Wilgerbosdrift, the Botha family bred Monks Hood has yet to finish out of the money in eight outings, with his four wins including the G2 Investec Dingaans. He became South Africa’s latest equine millionaire with his devastating win in the Guineas.
The 2018 G2 Gauteng Guineas was a total triumph for BSA, with the first four finishers (Monks Hood, Surcharge,Royal Crusade and Noble Secret) all purchased off previous Bloodstock South Africa auctions. The winner was purchased by Form Bloodstock for R375 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.
Monks Hood is a gelded son of Maine Chance Farms’ G1 winning sire Querari and he was produced by the stakes placed Camden Park mare Amber Bouquet.
Excitingly, Benmarne Stud will offer a full-brother to Monks Hood, in the form of Veratrum (Lot 87), at next month’s Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Monks Hood was one of two graded winners to represent Bloodstock South Africa on Saturday, with the eye catching G3 Acacia Handicap winner Simply Royal being the other.
Bred by Ascot Stud, the Sean Tarry trained four-year-old filly picked up her first feature race win when landing the Acacia by half a length lengths.  A daughter of Silvano and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner Royal Fantasy, Simply Royal was a R2.7 million purchase from the 2015 National Yearling Sale. Owned by Al Adaayit South Africa, the lightly raced filly has now won four of just seven outings and must rate a hugely attractive future stud prospect!

She too has a sibling on the 2018 National Sale, with Ascot Stud offering a full sister to both Simply Royal and Royal Crusade in the form of Pure Fantasy (Lot 16).
The catalogue for the 2018 National Sale can be viewed online at