27 May 2019

Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds notched up a memorable trio of G1 victories at Scottsville on Saturday, with all of Eden Roc, Celtic Sea and Chimichuri Run scoring top level wins.

The Varsfontein Stud bred Eden Roc, a R340 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, made it two wins from as many starts when the two-year-old son of Var downed a high class field to win the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion on Saturday.
One of three G1 winners on the day for trainer Sean Tarry, the Chris Van Niekerk owned colt ran on strongly down the inside, under jockey Lyle Hewitson, to procure a 0.6 of a length score at the expense of the New Zealand bred SA Nursery winner Frosted Gold.

A facile winner on debut, Eden Roc was produced by the Captain Al mare Townsend, a half-sister to the Tarry trained G1 winner Regal Ransom.

Classy 3yo filly Celtic Sea relished the drop back to 1200m on Saturday when she romped home to beat fellow BSA graduate, and dual G1 winner Snowdrop, by 1.7 lengths in the G1 South African Fillies Sprint. Like Eden Roc, the filly was steered to victory by champion jockey Lyle Hewitson.
Owned by Antony and Angela Beck, the Sean Tarry trained sophomore has now won five, with Celtic Sea’s previous scores including both the 2018 G2 Golden Slipper and 2018 G3 Pretty Polly Stakes.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the triple graded stakes winning Celtic Sea was a R325 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.

A daughter of deceased champion sire Captain Al (also sire of Snowdance), Celtic Sea was produced by dual winning Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland, herself a half-sister to Brazilian G1 winner La Defense.

Chimichuri Run, another trained by Sean Tarry, picked up the first G1 win of his career when downing stable mates Trip To Heaven and Africa Rising to land the G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint by 0.7 and 0.95 of a length respectively.
Ridden by Raymond Danielson, the Chris Van Niekerk owned colt (third in the G1 Computaform Sprint previously) has now won or placed in 12 of only 14 starts, with the Drakenstein Stud bred 3yo now having earned R1 514 875, with his wins including a trio of graded stakes scores.

The Tsogo Sun Sprint was also a great result for Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi, whose sons Chimichuri Run and Trip To Heaven ran first and second respectively.
The regally bred Chimichuri Run was a R1 600 000 purchase from the 2018 Super Sale.