Graduates of Bloodstock South Africa have enjoyed a tremendous run of success of late, and another former BSA sold thoroughbred came to the fore when Go Ballistic won in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
In the process, the Drakenstein Stud bred gelding provided South African rider Luke Ferraris with an emotional first success in Hong Kong
Go Ballistic, who is trained by Luke’s father David, stayed on gamely to score a half length win in Wednesday’s Heung Yip Handicap (1800m). It was a good result for South African bred horses, with Go Ballistic beating fellow South African Anonyma into third spot.
The gelding, who races for David Hui Cheung Wing, was a R240 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
Go Ballistic is a son of the Drakenstein Stud based five time G1 winner Duke Of Marmalade -also responsible for Equus Champion Rain In Holland and fellow G1 winners Big Orange, Nutan, Simple Verse, Sound Of Freedom, Star Of Seville and Temple Grafin.
Wednesday’s winner is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Buffalo Dance-a half-sister to G1 Prix de Diane/G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Bright Sky.