28 January 2019

Bloodstock South Africa has enjoyed a superb start to 2019, and the year only got better for BSA when two past graduates of Bloodstock South Africa sales ran first and second in the G1 Sun Met Celebrated with G.H. Mumm at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Four-year-olds Rainbow Bridge and Do It Again, both of whom were purchased at the 2016 National Yearling Sale, fought out a thrilling finish to Saturday’s R5 000 000 Sun Met, with Rainbow Bridge getting up to prevail by three parts of a length over tote favourite, and recent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner, Do It Again back in second.

Rainbow Bridge provided trainer Eric Sands with a first Met win, while victorious jockey Anton Marcus was landing the Cape’s famous race for a third time –having got off dual Horse Of The Year, and former BSA graduate, Legal Eagle, to ride the progressive Rainbow Bridge.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein  the gelded Rainbow Bridge races in the colours of the late Chris Gerber, one of the true stalwarts of both Bloodstock South Africa and the South African turf in general.

Third at his previous outing, to Do It Again, in the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, Rainbow Bridge’s previous scores included the 2018 G3 Highlands Winter Guineas and G3 Highlands Winter Classic.

A R350 000 buy from the 2016 National Sale, Rainbow Bridge has won six of eight races with Saturday’s G1 victory taking his earnings to an impressive R3 632 000 –with the promise of more to come!
He is a second Met winner for Mauritzfontein’s increasingly successful Kingmambo sire Ideal World, with the latter also sire of 2016 G1 Met winner and subsequent Equus Champion Smart Call.
Rainbow Bridge, whose G3 Prix du Cap winning dam Halfway To Heaven was also trained by Eric Sands, is a half-brother to unbeaten 3yo and fellow Bloodstock South Africa graduate Hawwaam, who was entered for Saturday’s G2 Gauteng Guineas.
BSA thoroughbreds enjoyed a graded double on Saturday with the James Armitage bred Magnificent Seven powering home to land the G2 New Turf Carriers Stayers for trainer Justin Snaith, owner Nick Jonsson and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe in eye catching fashion.

A bargain R140 000 buy from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale, the talented four-year-old took his wins to seven, from 17 outings, with a thrilling 0.4 of a length win in Saturday’s marathon feature while picking up the first graded race of his career.

Magnificent Seven, whose previous wins included both the Listed G-Bets Algoa Cup and Listed Settlers Trophy, is a son of the legendary South African champion Horse Chestnut and Model Man mare Kartanya, a full-sister to Majorca Stakes runner up Pratique and three-parts sister to G1 SA Derby winner Kale.