30 July 2018

Bloodstock South Africa enjoyed a truly Super Saturday at Greyville this past weekend, with BSA graduates winning three major races on the last big race meeting of the 2017-2018 South African racing season.

Remarkably, BSA sold thoroughbreds also filled the first three placings in Saturday’s main feature –the R1.25 million eLan Gold Cup!

Charismatic galloper Captain America, a R400 000 buy from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, bought the house down when making much of the running to land the G1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup, over 1800m, on Saturday.

The rising eight-year-old was given a superb ride by regular rider Corne Orffer, who allowed the Varsfontein Stud bred gelding a breather early in the running before allowing Captain America to stride clear.

At the top of the straight, the writing was on the wall for his rivals, and Captain America romped home to post a two length win over stable mate, and G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge winner, Undercover Agent, with fellow BSA graduate, and G1 Investec Cape Derby winner, Eyes Wide Open, back in third.

He gave both trainer Brett Crawford and sire Captain Al a 1-2 finish in the 2018 Champions Cup, with the pair also responsible for runner up Undercover Agent. Runner up in the 2017 Champions Cup,  the hugely popular Captain America has now won ten races and earned R6 026 675 in stakes. The son of deceased champion sire Captain Al and the stakes placed Fort Wood mare Requista has a trio of G1 victories to his name, with his past top level triumphs including the 2017 G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and 2015 G1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes.

Captain America is owned by Mesdames Gurney, Nagle and Sherrell.

Another BSA graduate to impress on Saturday was It’s My Turn, who stamped himself the leading contender for Equus Champion Stayer with an authorative victory in the G3 eLan Gold Cup –South Africa’s top staying contest.

Trained by Dean Kannemeyer for owner Fred Crabbia, It’s My Turn made it three graded wins on the trot when romping to a clear cut two and a quarter length win in Saturday’s R1.25 million contest. Ridden by 2018 Vodacom Durban July winning jockey Anton Marcus, It’s My Turn powered home down the outside to score an impressive Gold Cup win, over fellow BSA graduate, and last year’s Gold Cup winner Hermoso Mundo, with yet another Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Wild Wicket, back in third spot.

Bred by Willem Engelbrecht Jr, five-year-old It’s My Turn was coming into the Gold Cup off impressive wins in both the G3 Track And Ball Derby and G3 DStv Gold Vase. Winner of the 2016 G1 Investec Cape Derby, It’s My Turn, a R400 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, has now won five times and earned R2 801 275 in stakes.

South Africa’s latest staying sensation is a son of Highlands Stud part of Ridgemont’s top sire Dynasty and the winning Jallad mare Jallad’s Queen.
Kissable ended Saturday on a high note for Bloodstock South Africa, when that Moutonshoek bred filly won Greyville’s 12th and final race, the Listed Umngeni Handicap over 1000 metres.
Trained by Paul Matchett, and ridden by Marco Van Rensburg, the 3yo daughter of Antonius Pius stayed on to down the Australian bred favourite Traces by half a length and claim her sixth career win for owner Fanie Bronkhurst.

Out of the Jallad sired G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship second Kiss For Kate, Kissable was a R120 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale.