29 June 2020


Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds had a day to remember at Turffontein on Saturday, with BSA graduates winning all of the G1 World Sports Betting Premiers Champions Challenge (2000m), G2 Pospack SA Fillies Nursery (1160m) and G3 Bidvest Gold Bowl (3200m).

Last seasons Equus Champion 3YO Colt, Hawwaam, showed his class when he won the G1 Premiers Champions Challenge for a second year in a row for trainer Mike de Kock and owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.
Destined for an international campaign, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred four-year-old simply outclassed his rivals, under a confident ride from Callan Murray, to land the 2020 Worlds Sports Betting Premiers Champions Challenge by three and a half lengths from stablemate, and fellow champion, Soqrat.

A R1 000 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale, Hawwaam has now won 10 of just 13 starts (including five G1 wins), and his win on Saturday took the champions earnings to R6 769 775.

One of two graded stakes winners on the day for Maine Chance Farms outstanding stallion Silvano, Hawwaam is one of three grade one winners produced by the Jet Master sired Halfway To Heaven. The latter, South Africas Broodmare Of The Year for 2018-2019, has a Silvano full-brother to Hawwaam on offer at this years Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale in the form of Celestial City (Lot 185), and he no doubt rates as a hugely exciting prospect!

Promising two-year-old Springs Of Carmel stamped herself as a filly with a bright future when recording a comfortable win in Saturdays G2 SA Fillies Nursery. The Paul Peter trained daughter of Captain Of All made it three wins from just four starts when she recorded a three-parts of a length win over stablemate Miracle Flight in the Pospack SA Fillies Nursery, with Springs Of Carmel having previously triumphed in the Listed The Citizen Ruffian Stakes.
Owned by Johnny Peter, and bred by Klawervlei Stud, Springs Of Carmel was an R80 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Yearling Sale.

Imperial Ruby, bred, like Hawwaam, by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, ended Saturday on a high for Bloodstock South Africa when he won the marathon G3 Gold Bowl for trainer Corne Spies, and owners Messrs A Pawson, X Spies & Mrs S Viljoen & Corne Spies Racing (Pty) Ltd.

One of four winners on the day for jockey Piere Strydom, the progressive three-year-old flew up late to deny favorite, and fellow BSA graduate, Factor Fifty victory by a head in Saturdays Bidvest Gold Bowl.

Now a winner of four of his 15 starts (he had been third in the G3 Sea Cottage Stakes previously), the gelded Imperial Ruby was a R50 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale.

A son of champion sire Silvano, Imperial Ruby is out of the Sadlers Wells mare Ruby Necklace, herself a daughter of Irish champion, and G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine, Necklace.