7 May 2018

Bloodstock South Africa graduates dominated Saturday’s G1 The Premier’s Champions Challenge, with BSA runners filling the first four placings in the R4 000 000 feature!

The Champions Challenge went the way of Coral Fever, who beat Triple Crown winner Abashiri by a neck, with Silvan Star running on strongly for third, four lengths off the winner –just ahead of recent G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Nother Russia. The latter, a R550 000 National Sale buy, may have made her swansong in Saturday’s G1 feature.

The 2018 Premier’s Champions Challenge was also a great result for Rose and Ashley Parker’s Ascot Stud, breeders of both Coral Fever and third place finisher Silvan Star.
Remarkably, the first four home in the 2000m contest were all bought off the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale!

Coral Fever, who was ridden to victory by Muzi Yeni, has now won six of his 20 outings, with Saturday’s win the first G1 triumph of his career.
The five-year-old Robbie Sage trained gelding was a first G1 winner for part-owner Colin Bird, who races Coral Fever in partnership with Ms Sylvia Vrska.

Winner of the G2 Colorado King Stakes at his previous outing, Coral Fever has now banked R3 443 025 –a fine return on his R130 000 purchase price.

A fourth G1 winner for Varsfontein Stud’s successful stallion Judpot, the 2018 Champions Challenge winner is the first stakes winner produced by the winning Rich Man’s Gold mare Coral Tree.

Winning trainer Robbie Sage, who also captured the G2 SA Nursery on Saturday with BSA buy William The Silent, said after the win, ““Coral Fever has had some bad luck along the way but he ran a decent race in the Summer Cup and his prep has gone well since coming back from the Cape. He has a heart and is a trier.”