Bloodstock South Africa graduates’ great run in graded races continued at Turffontein on Tuesday night, when BSA alumni, Safe Passage and Gallic Princess, captured the G2 World Sports Betting Gauteng Guineas (1600m) and G3 WSB Live Blackjack Tommy Hotspur Stakes (1000m) respectively.
The Mike de Kock trained Safe Passage, who went through the ring at the 2020 National Yearling Sale, made it five wins on the bounce, and back to back graded wins, when running out an impressive winner of Tuesday night’s Gauteng Guineas.
Under S’Manga Khumalo, the gelded three-year-old sliced through his rivals with a smart turn of foot before powering away to win by a length and a half.
The 2022 Gauteng Guineas was another triumph for Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds, with BSA responsible not only for the winner but also runner up Pyromaniac and fourth place finisher Aragosta.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud (also the owner-breeders of Tuesday’s G2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas victress Rain In Holland), Safe Passage has now won five of just seven starts, having captured the G2 World Sports Betting Dingaans last time out.
A son of deceased champion sire Silvano, Safe Passage is out of G2 The Debutante winner My Sanctuary, a daughter of Antonius Pius.
Runner up in the G3 Lebelo Sprint last time out, the Candice Dawson trained Gallic Princess picked up her first graded victory when she landed Tuesday’s G3 Tommy Hotspur Stakes.
Under Keagan De Melo, the five-year-old daughter of Vercingetorix pulled clear in the closing stages of the Turffontein sprint to score by two and a quarter lengths.
Bred by The Alchemy, Gallic Princess (who races for Larry Nestadt, Mr Player and Ralphs Racing) was a R70 000 buy from the 2018 National Yearling Sale.
The mare, who has now won six times for earnings of R656 375, is out of the Jallad mare Julliard -a half-sister to Aslan, the Equus Champion Stayer of 2011.