Graduates of Bloodstock South Africa sales enjoyed a feature race clean sweep on Saturday, with Zapatillas landing the Listed #Womeninracing Sophomore Sprint at Kenilworth and Big Burn and Vaseem winning the The Lady’s Stakes and Listed Spring Spree Stakes respectively at Turffontein.
Trainer Brett Crawford looks to have a smart prospect on his hands in the form of Zapatillas. The latter, a colt bred by Varsfontein Stud, made it two wins from as many starts when scoring a last gasp win in Saturday’s Sophomore Sprint -a traditional curtain raiser to the Cape Summer Season.
Under Louis Mxothwa, Zapatillas stormed home to claim his first feature race success by scoring a long neck victory in Saturday’s 1200m contest.
Racing for Drakenstein Stud and partners Mrs Pamela Isdell and Mr Ravi Naidoo, Zapatillas was a R260 000 buy, when knocked down to John Freeman, at the 2020 National Yearling Sale.
A colt by Varsfontein’s rising star sire Master Of My Fate, Zapatillas is out of the smart racemare Moggytwoshoes -a five time winner who ran third in the Listed Syringa Handicap.
Consistent gelding Vaseem, a R90 000 buy from the 2021 February Online Auction, claimed his first Listed success when running out a convincing winner of Saturday’s Listed Spring Spree Stakes (1200m).
Under Muzi Yeni, the now Roy Magner trained Vaseem came with a strong late rattle which took him clear to record a near three-parts of a length.
The five-year-old, who races for Andre and Teegan van Bassen, has now won his last three in a row and five of 15 starts overall.
Bred by the Klawervlei Stud, Vaseem is a son of Equus Champion, and former National Sale graduate, Vercingetorix and the twice winning Giant’s Causeway mare Giant’s Bounty.
Narrow Creek Stud have bred a really smart filly in the form of Big Burn, who made it three wins from just four starts when making all to win Saturday’s The Lady’s Stakes (Non-Black Type) over 1200 metres.
Under Warren Kennedy, the Paul Peter trained three-year-old kept going gamely to score by a neck.
Owned by the ASSM Racing Syndicate in partnership with Ian Levitan, Big Burn had won the Bloodstock SA Sales Cup last time out.
Big Burn, a R300 000 buy from the 2020 National Yearling Sale, is a daughter of Elusive Fort and the winning Argonaut mare Ignition Lady -which makes the filly a full-sister to the top-class galloper Catch Twentytwo.