11 June 2019

Bloodstock South Africa graduates enjoyed a truly magnificent weekend this past week, with BSA sold thoroughbreds winning a trio of graded races on Saturday and also picking up the G3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein on Sunday.

The BSA treble included an impressive score in Saturday’s G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge from last season’s Equus Champion Do It Again, who downed a top class field to take his earnings to over R5 900 000.
One of four winners on the day for trainer Justin Snaith, the four-year-old Do It Again received a superb ride from Richard Fourie who bought his mount with a strong late challenge to go and win Saturday’s R1 000 000 feature by a half a length, with fellow BSA graduate, and 2019 G1 Sun Met winner, Rainbow Bridge, finishing third after a troubled passage.

Bred by the Northfields Stud, and owned by Nick Jonsson, Bernard Kantor and the estate of the late Jack Mitchell, Do It Again was knocked down to John Freeman for R1 100 000 at the 2016 National Yearling Sale.

Now a winner of six races (notably the 2019 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and 2018 G1 Vodacom Durban July) from just 12 outings, Do It Again was sired by European champion and Klawervlei Stud resident Twice Over and is out of triple graded stakes winner Sweet Virginia.

Bloodstock South Africa also sold the hugely promising two-year-olds Armando and Cousin Liz for R650 000 and R2 900 000 respectively at last year’s National Sale, and that pair both shone on Saturday when landing the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery respectively.

Trained by Brett Crawford for owner Mr Ng, Armando made it three wins from as many starts when downing front runner Fearless Warrior to land the 2019 Cape Nursery by half a length. A smart winner of the Listed Somerset 1200 last time out, the Lammerskraal Stud bred Armando is a two-year-old son of Drakenstein Stud’s red hot What A Winter and the Yes It’s True mare Big Mona.

Riverton Stud bred the very classy looking Cousin Liz, who impressed with a fluent one length win in Saturday’s G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson and owner Mario Ferreira. One of five winners on the day for jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, Cousin Liz (the top priced filly sold at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale) is now unbeaten in two starts and looks a very smart sort indeed.
One of more than 90 stakes winners sired by the late champion sire Captain Al, Cousin Liz was produced by the Parade Leader mare Fiesta Queen and numbers dual G3 winner Gimme One Night as a half-brother.

Final BSA graduate to land a South African feature race this weekend was the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum owned Barahin –who downed some talented older rivals to land Sunday’s G3 Jubilee Handicap in fine style.

The Mike de Kock trained Gimmethegreenlight colt defied a wide draw of 11 to land his fourth race from just seven starts, with Barahin having finished second to star stablemate Hawwaam in the G1 SA Classic at his previous start. Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the 3yo Barahin (who is now likely to contest the 2019 G1 Vodacom Durban July) was a R2 600 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale when knocked down to Shadwell South Africa.