Fresh off dominating the recent Equus Awards ceremony, Bloodstock South Africa graduates were once again to the fore at Sunday night’s Cape Breeders Awards.
BSA sold thoroughbreds claimed no fewer than eight awards at Sunday night’s virtual ceremony, with the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Rainbow Bridge picking up three awards, including the award for Horse Of The Year.
Already crowned South Africa’s Horse Of The Year for 2020-2021, Rainbow Bridge was also named Cape Bred Champion Older Male and Champion Middle Distance Horse on Sunday evening.
The now seven-year-old son of Ideal World, and R300 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale, had a superb season in 2020-2021, with Rainbow Bridge capturing all of the G1 Cape Town Met Presented By Cape Racing, G2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes and G1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge, and also finishing second in both the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes.
Rainbow Bridge, whose dam Halfway To Heaven was named the Cape’s Broodmare Of The Year for 2020-2021, races for Mike and Norma Rattray and is a great credit to his trainer Eric Sands.
Other horses offered for sale at past BSA sales to garner a Cape Breeders Award on Sunday included Good Traveller (Champion 2YO Colt), Jet Dark (Champion 3YO Colt), Captain’s Ransom (Champion 3YO Filly), and Malmoos (Champion Stayer).
Now standing at stud in Australia, the Varsfontein Stud bred Yulong Prince (a R200 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale) was named the Cape bred International Horse Of The Year following his victory in the 2020 G1 Kennedy Cantala in Australia.
South Africa’s champion breeders of 2020-2021, Klawervlei Stud, were crowned the Cape’s Breeder Of The Year on Sunday, while Oldlands Stud were recognised as the Cape’s Outstanding Breeder following their fantastic season in 2020-2021.
Bloodstock South Africa would like to congratulate all the winners on Sunday night, and wish them all the best for the new season.