Two-year-olds sold off Bloodstock South Africa auctions dominated graded race action at Turffontein on Saturday.
Not only did BSA graduate Karangetang lead home fellow Bloodstock South Africa buys River Queraress and Magic Tattoo when victorious in Saturday’s G3 Protea Stakes, but the same day’s G3 Pretty Polly Stakes saw BSA alumni Galla Vanting, Blindedbythelights and Show Time run 1-2-3 respectively.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, exciting two-year-old Karangetang provided Maine Chance Farms’ promising Dubawi horse Erupt with his first graded stakes winner when he ran out a convincing winner of the 2022 Protea Stakes.
One of three winners at Turffontein on Saturday for trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren, Karangetang powered home, under Keagan De Melo, to hold off a late charge from recent Listed Ruffian Stakes victress River Queraress and win a good race by half a length. It was another eight more lengths back to third place finisher Magic Tattoo.
Racing for Messrs J F & L M F Wernars, Varun Kewal, W Pirzl & Mr L W & Mrs N J Evered-Hall, Karangetang was knocked down to Vermaak Equine for R300 000 at last year’s National Yearling Sale.
Winner of the Listed Storm Bird Stakes on his only previous start, the well related Karangetang is out of the twice winning Var mare La Revere -a G2 placed half-sister to G3 Flamboyant Stakes heroine Hashtagyolo.
Another BSA graduate to remain unbeaten on Saturday was the Lucky Houdalakis trained filly Galla Vanting.
A smart winner on debut, the Maine Chance Farms bred two-year-old stayed on resolutely, under Craig Zackey, to land Saturday’s Pretty Polly Stakes by a length and a quarter.
Galla Vanting, who looks a natural contender for some of the bigger two-year-old races later in the season, races for Messrs G J Geyer & K Jansen.
A daughter of Maine Chance’s prolific stallion Querari, Galla Vanting was a R150 000 buy from last year’s August Two Year Old Sale.