Graduates of past Bloodstock South Africa sales once again dominated local feature race action over the past weekend.
On Saturday, BSA graduates Bonika and Light Speed captured the Listed www.WSB.co.za Irridescence Stakes and G3 World Sports Betting Langerman respectively, while the following day saw the top-class Bloodstock South Africa buy Nexus win the rich KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Mile.
Both the Irridescence Stakes and Langerman were dominated by BSA sold thoroughbreds with Bloodstock South Africa graduates Bonika and Miss Marguerite finishing first and second in the Irridescence Stakes and BSA buys Light Speed and Port Louis filling the same two positions in the prestigious Langerman.
Trained and owned by Glen Kotzen, Jackson’s two-year-old daughter Bonika made it three wins from her last four starts when storming home to land the 2022 Irridescence Stakes by a short head.
Bred by Alec Foster, Bonika, a R15 000 buy from the 2020 June Online Auction, is out of the G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Petala -a daughter of Captain Al.
Trainer Justin Snaith looks to have another exciting prospect to his string in the form of Light Speed.
The latter made much of the running in Saturday’s Langerman to score by an emphatic one and three-quarter lengths, under a fine ride from the inform Grant Van Niekerk.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Light Speed, a winner of two of just three starts, races for owner Thomas Lines. A colt by Gimmethegreenlight, Light Speed was a R175 000 purchase from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
The Rathmor Stud bred Nexus provided legendary jockey Piere Strydom with an emotional win when the pair swept to victory in Sunday’s KwaZulu-Natal Breeders Mile at Greyville.
Strydom has spent the last 14 and-a-half months on the sidelines due to a semi detached retina issue, but his win on Sunday showed he is clearly no back number.
His talented mount Nexus, another trained by Justin Snaith, powered home to down fellow BSA graduate, and former G1 Golden Horse Sprint winner, Battle Force, by three-parts of a length.
Racing for Nancy Hossack, the six-year-old made it win number eight on Sunday, with Nexus’ previous scores including a triumph in the 2020 G2 Cape Racing Peninsula Handicap.
A son of Dynasty and full-brother to the G1 winning champion Lady In Black, Nexus was a R1 700 000 purchase from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.