BSA GRADUATES DOMINATE VODACOM DURBAN JULY
7 July 2019

Following a record breaking KZN Yearling Sale last week, Bloodstock South Africa was once again in the news at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday - where BSA sold thoroughbreds not only captured four graded races on the card but also finished first and second in the G1 Vodacom Durban July.


The Northfields Stud bred champion Do It Again was the star of the BSA show when he made history when he carried 60kgs to score a repeat win in Saturday's R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July. A four-year-old son of Twice Over, the Justin Snaith trained gelding stormed home under Richard Fourie to win the July for a second time in a row in front of a cheering crowd. Owned by Nick Jonsson, Bernard Kantor and the Estate of the late Jack Mitchell, Do It Again accounted for fellow BSA graduate, and the 2019 G1 Sun Met hero, Rainbow Bridge to provide Bloodstock South Africa with a clean sweep of the country's most famous horse-race.


Do It Again, whose historic win on Saturday took his earnings to over R8 000 000, was a R1 100 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale and his seven wins from only 13 starts include not only back to back wins in the G1 Vodacom Durban July, but also the 2019 G1 L'Ormarins Queen's Plate and G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.


Last season's Equus Champion 3YO Gelding, Do It Again now looks a leading contender for the title of Horse Of The Year.


Yet another BSA graduate to pick up a G1 race on Saturday was the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred 3yo filly Celtic Sea who downed an outstanding field of fillies to win the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes in the style of a top-class filly.


One of three graded feature race winners on the day for trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Lyle Hewitson, the Beck owned Celtic Sea powered home to down Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna by just under a length, with multiple G1 winner, and fellow BSA graduate, Snowdance, back in third spot.


A daughter of Captain Al and the Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland, recent G1 South African Fillies Sprint winner Celtic Sea was a R325 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, and her win on Saturday took the filly's earnings to over R2 000 000.


Celtic Sea's stablemate, the brilliant G1 winning 2yo Eden Roc, was another BSA graduate to impress on Saturday when he captured the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe for owner Chris Van Niekerk and breeders Varsfontein Stud, while the Tobie Spies trained G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper winner Cockney Pride (bred by the Ambiance Stud) was a R150 000 buy from last year's National 2-Y-O Sale.


An impressive winner of the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion last time out, Eden Roc (Var-Townsend) was a R340 000 buy from last year's National Yearling Sale, while Querari filly Cockney Pride races for owners Messrs Pawson, Englezakis, Jolly, MacNab and Spies.