Bloodstock South Africa graduates have had a wonderful season in 2021-2022 thus far, and their great run continued when the Boland Stud bred Royal Agility scored for a second time in Hong Kong on Friday.
Six-year-old Royal Agility made it two wins from his last three starts when he captured the Riding High Together 1200m Handicap at Sha Tin on Friday.
Ridden by former champion South African jockey Lyle Hewitson, the Mambo In Seattle gelding stormed home to thrash War Front gelding Smart Folks by four and three-quarter lengths.
Royal Agility, who races for the Rotary Club of Sha Tin Syndicate, has now two wins and a second placing from his last four Hong Kong outings.
Raced in South Africa as Vontreo, he won in his native country and also finished third in the G3 Tony Ruffel Stakes
Out of the Captain Al mare Captain’s Lullaby, Royal Agility was a R260 000 buy from the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale.
Royal Agility was not the only graduate of a past BSA sale to impress over the weekend -top-class two-year-old Cousin Casey stamped himself a likely classic contender for next season when he ran out a clear cut winner of the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe run at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.
A convincing winner of the Listed Cell C Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes last time out, the Glen Kotzen trained colt powered away to claim Saturday’s G2 prize by nearly a length.
Bred by Riyo Stud, Cousin Casey, now a three time winner from just five starts, is owned by Ravi Naidoo.
Yet another exciting prospect for outstanding sire, and former National Sale graduate, Vercingetorix, Cousin Casey was a R375 000 purchase from the 2021 National Yearling Sale.
A half-brother to the stakes placed Klever Kathy, Cousin Casey is out of the Casey Tibbs mare Bretton Woods, a full-sister to ill-fated champion, and G1 Vodacom Durban July winner, Big City Life.