25 June 2018

Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds dominated Saturday’s Oaks and Derby at Scottsville this past weekend, with Witchcraft landing the G3 Track And Ball Oaks and It’s My Turn scoring a fluent win in the G3 Track And Ball Derby.

Witchcraft bagged her second Track And Ball Oaks when making much of the running to land Saturday’s Oaks, under a superb ride from log leading jockey Lyle Hewitson. The pair skipped clear at the top of the straight, with Witchcraft going on to score a dominant three and three quarter length victory.

The Kahal sired five-year-old, trained by Sean Tarry for owners Chris Van Niekerk, Bruce Gardner and Ken Truter, had previously won the Oaks back in 2016 and was fourth to Zante in last year’s race.

Bred by Summerhill Stud, and a R200 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Witchcraft has now won six times and with Saturday’s feature win pushing the chestnut’s earnings to R838 925.

Former G1 Investec Cape Derby hero It’s My Turn picked up another Derby victory when scoring a convincing two and a quarter length win in Saturday’s R300 000 Track And Ball Derby.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, the Fred Crabbia owned downed stable mate, and last year’s winner, Mr Winsome, to score the third victory of his career under the urgings of jockey Anton Marcus.

Bred by Willem Engelbrecht JR, It’s My Turn was a R400 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, and his win on Saturday pushed the Dynasty gelding’s earnings to R1 707 525.