10 April 2018

Bloodstock South Africa enjoyed a massive weekend, with runners sold off BSA auctions excelling at Turffontein on Saturday, while the Bloodstock South Africa sold champion Lady In Black won the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes on Sunday.

Horses sold off Bloodstock South Africa auctions dominated proceedings at Turffontein on Saturday's Classic day.
BSA buys won all of the G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, G3 Pretty Polly Stakes, G3 Protea Stakes and G3 Caradoc Gold Cup-making it a day to remember for Bloodstock South Africa!

In total, BSA sold thoroughbreds won six races on the day, and also ran second in all of the G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes (Nother Russia), G1 SA Classic
(Surcharge) and G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Green Top).

Poster-boy for the Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, which takes place at Germiston from April 24th to 26th this year, Legal Eagle won the G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes for a third year running.
The six-year-old, unbeaten in nine outings over 1600m, was guided to a smooth, front running success by Anton Marcus, with Legal Eagle downing fellow BSA graduate Nother Russia by a neck in the R1 000 000 feature.

Legal Eagle, trained by Sean Tarry for owners William Henderson, Hedley McGrath and Braam Van Huyssteen, was a R425 000 purchase from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm bred gelding took his earnings to R11 463 375 when landing the eighth G1 win of his career (Legal Eagle having won 13 of his 23 outings in total).  South Africa's reigning Horse Of The Year, Legal Eagle is a son of former July winning champion Greys Inn (by Zabeel) out of Listed Scarlet Lady Handicap second Young Sensation.

South Africa's reigning champion trainer Sean Tarry enjoyed a graded double with Bloodstock South Africa on Saturday, with Tarry not only saddling Legal Eagle to win the Horse Chestnut Stakes, but also sending out the very promising Celtic Sea to capture the G3 Pretty Polly Stakes over 1100 metres.
The Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred two-year-old filly provided former champion jockey S'Manga Khumalo with a welcome feature race winner when romping to an eye catching 2.5 length win over impressive Ruffian Stakes winner Dagmar.

Celtic Sea, second on debut to the record priced BSA buy Ghaalla on debut, cost owner Antony Beck R325 000 when purchased from last year's National Yearling Sale. A daughter of deceased champion sire Captain Al, Celtic Sea was produced by the winning Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland -a half-sister to Brazilian G1 winner La Defense.

Celtic Sea picked up the R87 500 BSA Added Value Stakes for her win, as did the Gavin Van Zyl trained Bold Eagle, who showed plenty of courage to win Saturday's G3 Protea Stakes over 1100 metres.

Bred by the Riyo Stud, Bold Eagle made it three wins from as many outings with a cosy head win in the Protea Stakes to stamp himself a lively contender for the G2 SA Nursery next month.
The Bold Silvano colt, who had previously scored an impressive three and a half length win in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes, was a R210 000 buy from last year's National Yearling Sale.

Owned by Mr Nokkoris, Bold Eagle is a son of the Ascot Stud bred and based July winner Bold Silvano, with the colt having been produced by the stakes placed Western Winter mare Inflorescence.

Just Cruised In picked the biggest race of his career, when the Gavin Van Zyl trained gelding romped to 2.75 length win in the G3 Caradoc Gold Cup, over 2850.
Bred by the Shadwell Stud, the four-year-old was picking up the fourth win of his career, and pushed his earnings to R279 150 with his graded race triumph.

Just Cruised In, who is from the same family as Arc de Triomphe winner and breed shaping broodmare Urban Sea, races for Messrs B A & M R Bracher, and Messrs Budlender, Govender, Naidoo and Rencken.

The son of A P Indy sire Just As Well was an R80 000 buy from the 2015 National Yearling Sale.

Last season's Equus Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Lady In Black picked up her fourth win from just seven outings when running out a game winner of the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes at Greyville on Sunday.

Trained by Dennis Drier, for owners Jack Mitchell and Nancy Hossack, Lady In Black was given a confident ride by Sean Veale to hold off the late challenge from Twice As Smart and win by a head.

The Willem Engelbrecht Jnr bred filly, who had been second to Met winner Oh Susanna in the G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes at her previous outing, took her earnings to R978 594 in the process.

Lady In Black, a daughter of Highlands Stud's outstanding sire Dynasty, was a R1 100 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale.

She has a an Oratorio half-sister, named The Vow, on offer at this month's Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.