WEALTHY WINS MICHAEL ROBERTS HANDICAP
21 January 2019


When Wealthy scored a surprise win in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap on Sunday, he became the seventh Bloodstock South Africa graduate to win a black type feature this month thus far.
Other BSA sold thoroughbreds to have won notable local features in 2019 include Do It Again (G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate), Hawwaam (G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes), Storm Destiny (G3 Three Troikas Stakes), Gimme One Night (G3 Heineken Chairman’s Cup), Platinum Class (Lady’s Bracelet), and All At Once (Swallow Stakes).

Trained by Dennis Drier, the six-year-old gelded Wealthy defied a wide barrier of 10 to storm home and score a three-parts of a length win in the R150 000 feature.
Ridden to victory by Sean Veale, Wealthy took his earnings to R589 050 when he claimed the first listed race of his career.

Wealthy, who was scoring for a sixth time in his 28 start career, is owned by Messrs Dickinson, Gibson, Hayman, Nel and Singleton and Mrs Gill Drier,–and he was one of three winners on the day for his in-form trainer.
The KL Thomas bred gelding was a R180 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, where Wealthy was the very first lot to come into the ring!

The 2019 Michael Roberts Handicap winner is one of 86 black type winners sired by Maine Chance Farms’ multiple champion sire Silvano, who will, once again, be strongly represented at various Bloodstock South Africa sales this year.

Wealthy was produced by the Badger Land mare Wealth, who won five and who was third in the G3 The Debutante.

This is the family of SA Oaks winner Idle Fancy, and such notable international stars as Union Rags, Declaration Of War, Dreams Gallore, Colonial Affair, Ball Dancing, and Irish 2000 Guineas winner Prince Of Birds.