12 November 2018

Not for the first time in recent weeks, Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds dominated feature race action in South Africa.

BSA graduates won two of the three feature races carded at Kenilworth on Sunday, with the unbeaten Rainbow Bridge landing Sunday’s Cape Mile (Non-Black Type) and Benjan taking out the Listed Woolavington Handicap.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, brilliant four-year-old Rainbow Bridge scored an emotional win in the R150 000 Cape Mile, with the Eric Sands trained gelding winning by a facile 1.75 length victory while sporting the colours of his late owner, Chris Gerber.

Ridden to victory by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, Rainbow Bridge has now won all five outings, with the Ideal World son having previously won all of the G3 World Sports Betting Matchem Stakes, G3 Highlands Stud Winter Classic and G3 Highlands Stud Winter Guineas.

Out of the former Sands trained G3 Prix du Cap winner Halfway To Heaven, Rainbow Bridge (a leading contender for both the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and G1 Sun Met this season) was a R300 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale.

Mauritzfontein bred Benjan, the winner of Sunday’s Woolavington Handicap.  Himself a R420 000 buy from the 2014 Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale, the six-year-old gelded son of former champion sire Fort Wood made amends for his third place in the 2017 Woolavington, when he scored a comprehensive two and a half length win in Sunday’s R150 000 feature.

The 2018 Woolavington Handicap also proved a great race for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, who saddled Benjan (who was ridden to victory by Sandile Mbhele), Ollivander and Ballad Of The Sea to fill the first three placings.

Owned by Messrs Bass, Shirtliff and Smith, Benjan has now won or placed in 16 races, with his first feature race win pushing the gelding’s earnings to R395 800.