5 November 2018

Bloodstock South Africa graduates dominated feature race action at Turffontein, on Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile day this past Saturday.

All of the of the G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, G3 Graham Beck Stakes, and Listed Java Handicap went the way of horses purchased off BSA auctions.

Ascot Stud have been enjoying a particularly fruitful spell of late, and the Parkers’ well established farm are responsible for breeding the 2018 Charity Mile winner Coral Fever.
Now a six-year-old, the remarkable Judpot gelding showed his class in Saturday’s win, with Coral Fever lugging 61kgs to victory in one of South Africa’s most historic 1600m events.
The pacemaking Champagne Haze and Full Mast led the charge at the 350m marker, but with a stampede the length and breadth of the track, any one of ten runners could win inside the 200m.
Just as Lyle Hewitson burst his way through a gap with Tilbury Fort and looked a winner, the current national log leader Muzi Yeni came charging down the outside with a winding left-handed crop as Coral Fever dived for the line.
A winner a stride before and a stride after the past, Tilbury Fort was relegated by a nose as Coral Fever lunged with all his heart to gain an unlikely victory in a time of 96,26 secs

Coral Fever, who races for Sylvia Vrska and Colin Bird, was a bargain R130 000 buy off the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale –he has since gone on to earn more than R4 million in prize money!
A son of the Rich Man’s Gold Man matriarch Coral Tree, Coral Fever’s seven wins now include four graded scores, with his previous big race wins including theG1 Premier’s Champions Challenge, G2 Colorado King Stakes and G3 Jubilee Handicap.

Other Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds to land feature races on Saturday were National Park and Ali Bon Dubai –winners of the G3 Graham Beck Stakes and Java Handicap respectively.

Bred by the Missing U Syndicate, the 3yo National Park outclassed his rivals to land the R250 000 feature by 5.8 lengths and take his tally to four wins from eight outings.
Clearly among the leaders of his generation, the gelded son of Gimmethegreenlight, who was winning the first graded race of his career, was a R240 000 buy from the 2017 National Sale. Out of the six time winning Camden Park mare Fancy Park, National Park races for his breeder in partnership with Bryn Ressell, Hedley McGrath and Mark Wright.

The Maine Chance Farms bred Ali Bon Dubai gave BSA a perfect start to the day when landing Saturday’s first race, the Listed Java Handicap, for owner and trainer Geoff Woodruff. A son of deceased Singspiel sire Lateral, Ali Bon Dubai landed the 2400m Listed race by a whopping 5.4 lengths, taking his number of wins to six and his earnings to over R500 000.
Owned by Messrs Pansi  & Sandhiran Govender in partnership with Noel and Robyn De Robillard, the 2018 Java Handicap winner was a R100 000 buy from the 2015 National Yearling Sale.

Out of the Count Dubois mare Zundra (a half-sister to Champions Cup hero James Jaguar), Ali Bon Dubai’s Querari half-brother Zulu Warrior fetched R80 000 at Sunday’s Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale when purchased by Team G Racing.