30 November 2020



Graduates of Bloodstock South Africa auctions came to the fore at Turffontein on Saturday, when BSA sold horses claimed four feature races on the day.


In addition, Running Brave, a R30 000 buy from the 2017 National 2YO Sale, and Tree Tumbo, bought for R500 000 at the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, ran second and third respectively in Saturday's G1 World Sports Betting Summer Cup on Saturday. 


Speedy filly Winter Smoke got the day rolling for Bloodstock South Africa when that Ashley Fortune trained three-year-old made much of the running to win G3 World Sports Betting Magnolia Handicap (1160m) in good style. Under Calvin Habib, Winter Smoke stayed on gamely to claim the Magnolia Handicap by three-parts of a length, with fellow BSA graduates Gallic Princess and Double 'O' Eight taking second and third placings respectively.


Bred by Mr Fitzgerald, Winter Smoke, who races for Messrs F Vahab, Deon Anthony, A C Fortune, M Pandaram & M E Wilken , was a R150 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.


Winter Smoke is a daughter of multiple Equus Champion What A Winter and the winning Cataloochee mare Chatanooga Chuchu.


The second Bloodstock South Africa sold horse to land a feature race at Turffontein on Saturday was the Narrow Creek Stud bred Catch Twentytwo, who showed his class when victorious in the G2 World Sports Betting Dingaans (1600m) while defeating some of South Africa's more promising three-year-olds.


Under Gavin Lerena, the Paul Peter trained Catch Twentytwo pulled clear in the closing stages to land the 2020 Dingaans by two and a quarter lengths for Mr A & Mrs R Chadha, Mr I Levitan & Mr & Mrs W V Rippon, while landing his second race from just six starts.


A son of Equus Champion Elusive Fort and the winning Argonaut mare Ignition Lady, Catch Twentytwo was a R120 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.


Top-class filly War Of Athena, a R30 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, became the third BSA graduate to land a graded race on Saturday when she romped home to a facile win in the G2 World Sports Betting Ipi Tombe Challenge. Trained by Paul Matchett for owners Mr R S Wentzel & Dr R E Waterman-Wentzel, the Summerhill Stud bred three-year-old became the first graded stakes winner for former Cape Guineas winner Act Of War with her one and three quarter length win in the 2020 Ipi Tombe Challenge.


Runner up to champion Anything Goes in the G1 Thekwini Stakes earlier this year, War Of Athena looks a really exciting prospect in her own right.


Jockey Muzi Yeni followed up his Ipi Tombe Challenge win on War Of Athena when he scored a facile win on BSA graduate African Adventure in Saturday's Listed World Sports Betting Racing Association Handicap.


Trained by Joe Soma, the John & Liz Slade bred African Adventure hacked up to a facile seven and a quarter length win in Saturday's 3200m race, with African Adventure pulling clear in the final stages to win as he liked.


Runner up in the Listed Citizen Java Handicap on his previous start, African Adventure was a bargain R40 000 buy from the 2017 National 2YO Sale.


A gelding by Varsfontein Stud's impressive Master Of My Fate, African Adventure was produced by the Fort Wood mare African Badger, a full-sister to the globetrotting stakes winner Mr Brock.