7 January 2019

Bloodstock South Africa’s excellent weekend continued at Turffontein on Sunday, when a pair of former BSA graduates landed the G3 Three Troikas Stakes and G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes respectively.
Both horses are trained by Mike de Kock and both were ridden to victory by former champion jockey Gavin Lerena.

Progressive filly Storm Destiny, a R500 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, stamped her classic claims when the three-year-old daughter of Dynasty won Sunday’s G3 Three Troikas Stakes for owners Mary Slack and Michael Javett.

Flying up late, Storm Destiny ran on strongly to win the first feature race of her career by a head over a game Running Brave, third place finisher Perfect Tigress and the promising Vistula.

Remarkably, the first four home are all former BSA graduates, with runner up Running Brave (R30 000) and Perfect Tigress (R20 000) bought at the 2017 National 2YO Sale, and Vistula making R100 000 at the 2017 National Sale.

Bred by the Ascot Stud, Storm Destiny has now won three of just six starts, with Sunday’s G3 victory taking her earnings to R311 188.

One of more than 60 stakes winners sired by outstanding stallion, and former National Sale graduate, Dynasty, Storm Destiny is the fourth stakes winner produced by Ascot’s wonderful producer, and former East Cape champion, Stormy Appeal.

Storm Destiny’s brilliant stable mate Hawwaam made it three wins from as many outings when he won the G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes for de Kock, Lerena and owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Sunday.

The half-brother to Saturday’s G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate third Rainbow Bridge dug down deep to post his second consecutive graded win (Hawwaam having won the G2 Dingaans at his previous start) by a neck over Inexhaustible, Vontreo and Golden Slipper winner Celtic Sea.

Hawwaam, Vontreo and Celtic Sea are all former BSA graduates, with Vontreo making R260 000 at the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale, and Celtic Sea fetching R325 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale.

Hawwaam, a son of Maine Chance Farms’ multiple champion sire Silvano, was knocked down to Shadwell South Africa for R1 000 000 at the 2017 National Yearling Sale.  A colt who looks destined for bigger and better things, Hawwaam has now earned R528 125 –with the promise of plenty more to come!