Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds totally dominated feature race action at Turffontein on Saturday, with BSA horses capturing all of the G3 Three Troikas Stakes, G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes and G3 London News Stakes.
The Summerhill Stud bred 3yo filly War Of Athena once again underlined her class when she won Saturday’s G3 Three Troikas Stakes (1400m), while accounting for some of South Africa’s most promising three-year-old fillies.
Trained by Paul Matchett, War Of Athena made it win number five from just 11 starts when accounting for Equus Champion, and fellow BSA buy, Anything Goes by a length and three-quarters in the 2021 Three Troikas Stakes.
Ridden to victory by Muzi Yeni, the Mr Wentzel and Dr Waterman-Wentzel owned War Of Athena was making it back to back graded wins with the Act Of War daughter having downed older fillies and mares in the G2 World Sports Betting Ipi Tombe Challenge last time out.
Out of the Requiem mare Qaphela, War Of Athena was a R30 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
Muzi Yeni also guided fellow Summerhill Stud bred Running Brave to a graded stakes win when the pair teamed up to land Saturday’s G3 London News Stakes (1800m) in courageous fashion.
Trained and owned by Fanie Bronkhurst, five-year-old Running Brave had finished runner up, to champion Summer Pudding, in the G1 World Sports Betting Gauteng Summer Cup last time out, and was rewarded for that effort with a bold showing in the 2021 London News Stakes.
Under a well-timed ride from Yeni, Running Brave stayed on to score by three-parts of a length, while taking her tally of wins to eight and her prize money to R1 764 701. A daughter of Brave Tin Soldier and the Jet Master mare Movingandgrooving, Running Brave was a R30 000 purchase from the 2017 National 2YO Sale.
Recent G2 World Sports Betting Dingaans winner Catch Twentytwo made it back to back graded wins when that Narrow Creek Stud bred gelding won Saturday’s G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes at Turffontein.
His trainer Paul Peter also sent out Mk’s Pride to finish second, with Catch Twentytwo and Mk’s Pride having previously filled the first two placings in the Dingaans late last year.
Now a winner of three of just seven starts, Catch Twentytwo races for Mr & Mrs Chadha, Ian Levitan & Mr and Mrs Rippon.
A gelded son of Elusive Fort and the winning Argonaut mare Ignition Lady, Catch Twentytwo was a R120 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.