Bloodstock South Africa graduates made a big impression in a number of two-year-old feature races over the past weekend.
The Charleston and Outlaw King both looked like huge promising juveniles when they won the Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (Fillies) and Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C&G) at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday, while the following day saw BSA graduates Mrs Geriatrix and American Graffiti land the Listed Ruffian Stakes and Listed Storm Bird Stakes respectively.
Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson saddled the first two home in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (Fillies) with the Grant Van Niekerk ridden The Charleston storming home, from well off the pace, to score going away by a length and a half from stablemate Kyalami Girl.
The Boland Stud bred The Charleston, who has now won twice from just four starts, races for Team Valor International and Brian Riley.
Saturday’s winner, a daughter of boom sire The United States, was a R140 000 buy from the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale, and The Charleston has already earned more than twice her purchase price, with the promise of plenty more to come.
The filly is out of the Oratorio mare Swift Dancer, a winning half-sister to multiple G1 winning champion Via Africa.
Trainer Dean Kannemeyer looks to have a smashing sort on his hands in the form of Outlaw King. The latter made it two wins from two starts when romping home to a brilliant, three and three-quarter length win in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C&G), with Outlaw King barely having to be ridden out to score.
Bred by James Armitage, and owned by the DK Racing Syndicate, Outlaw King was a R300 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
A son of Ridgemont Highlands’ sensational sire Rafeef, Outlaw King is out of the four time winning Greys Inn mare Way Of Escape.
Sean Tarry saddled two unbeaten BSA graduates to win at Turffontein on Sunday, with the trainer’s charge Mrs Geriatrix winning the Ruffian Stakes and her stablemate American Graffiti victorious over males in the Storm Bird Stakes.
The Clifton Stud bred Mrs Geriatrix provided her owners the Magical Lady Syndicate with much joy when she ran out a convincing, three-parts of a length winner of the Ruffian Stakes under a confident ride from Richard Fourie.
A R200 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale, Mrs Geriatrix is a daughter of outstanding sire Vercingetorix and the Kahal mare Velvet Glove, with Velvet Glove herself being a full-sister to G2 winning millionaire Prince Of Kahal.
Her stablemate American Graffiti also made it two wins from two starts when she won the Storm Bird Stakes on Sunday for Wilgerbosdrift. Under Keagan De Melo, the daughter of Silvano stayed on gamely to claim her first Listed race by half a length.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, American Graffiti was a R525 000 buy from the 2022 National Yearling Sale.
She is out of the Al Mufti mare Arabian Empress and is a full-sister to G2 The Debutante runner up Arissa and Listed Somerset 1200 second place finisher Arabian Air.