29 June 2020


Fresh off recording a treble of feature race wins at Turffontein on Saturday, Bloodstock South Africa graduates were back in the headlines at Hollywoodbets Greyville the following day, when Rainbow Bridge landed the G1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge and Caralluma lifted the Listed Devon Air Stakes brought to you by Daily News Milkfund.

The Eric Sands trained Rainbow Bridge showed his class when making the running to land Sundays G1 Gold Challenge (1600m) in handsome style.

Under a finely timed ride from jockey Warren Kennedy, the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred gelding kept going in the closing stages to hold off G1 LOrmarins Queens Plate winner Vardy and dual Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again and win by just under a length.

Rainbow Bridge, who races, like his Derby winning half-brother Golden Ducat, for owners Mike and Norma Rattray. A son of Mauritzfonteins increasingly successful resident sire Ideal World, Rainbow Bridge was a R300 000 buy from the 2016 National Sale.

Sundays win was Rainbow Bridges eighth from 16 starts (he also owns wins in both the G1 Sun Met and G1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup), and took his earnings to R6 042 500.

His G3 Prix du Cap winning dam, and South Africas Broodmare Of The Year in 2018-2019, Halfway To Heaven has a Silvano half-brother to Rainbow Bridge on offer at this years Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Unbeaten two-year-old Caralluma showed her class when thrashing some very smart two-year-old fillies to win Sundays Devon Air Stakes by an easy four lengths.

Trained by Sean Tarry for owner Chris Van Niekerk (the pair having campaigned Carallumas sire Pomodoro to great success), Caralluma was ridden to victory by Bernard FaydHerbe.

Now unbeaten in two starts, Caralluma was bred Klawervlei Stud.

The filly, a R150 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Yearling Sale, is out of the two winning Kahal mare Kalanchoe and her granddam is G2 Gerald Rosenberg Stakes victress Spring Garland.