27 August 2018

Bloodstock South Africa graduates shone at Friday night’s KZN Racing Awards ceremony, which took place at the Greyville Convention Centre.
The 2018 Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again, also claimed the Equus Award of Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding earlier this month, was named Horse of The Year at Friday night’s ceremony –a fitting honour for the newly turned four-year-old.
A R1 100 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale, Do It Again won both the G1 Vodacom Durban July and G2 Daisy Guineas last season, and, to date, has won or placed in seven of eight outings for earnings of R3 307 500.
Do It Again, who gave champion trainer Justin Snaith a third July win, was bred by the Northfields Stud and he races for Nick Jonsson, Bernard Kantor and Jack Mitchell. The Twice Over gelding’s groom, Isaac Mwalese, was also honoured on Friday as the Groom Of The Year.
Remarkably, BSA sold thoroughbreds claimed no fewer than seven KZN Racing Awards, with recently crowned Equus Champion Stayer It’s My Turn (a R400 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale) picking up the awards as Champion Older Male and Champion Stayer for the past season. The Dean Kannemeyer trained gelding, who also won the 2016 G1 Investec Cape Derby, enjoyed a remarkable graded stakes treble last season, with the Fred Crabbia owned It’s My Turn winning all of the G3 eLan Gold Cup, G3 DStv Gold Vase and G3 Track And Ball Derby.

Other BSA graduates to pick up KZN Racing Awards included Inverroche, Fiorella and the now exported Monks Hood.

The Birch Bros bred Inverroche (a R140 000 purchase from the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale) was named Champion 2YO Filly, while G2 Daisy Fillies Guineas winner Fiorella was the season’s Champion 3YO Filly and Monks Hood, winner of both the G2 Investec Dingaans and G2 Gauteng Guineas, was Champion 3YO Colt for the past season.

Fiorella, who is owned by David MacLean, was bred by the Varsfontein Stud, while the former Alistair Gordon trained Monks Hood was bred by the Botha family.

Fiorella was a R700 000 buy from the 2016 National Sale, with Monks Hood costing R375 000 at the same sale.