A pair of Bloodstock South Africa sold two-year-olds shone at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday afternoon. Unbeaten filly Mrs Geriatrix, a R200 000 purchase from the 2022 National Yearling Sale, made it four wins from four starts when victorious in Saturday’s G1 Allan Robertson Championship, while the very next race saw another unbeaten two-year-old Lucky Lad, an R850 000 buy from the same sale, romp home to a brilliant win in the G1 Gold Medallion.
Both Mrs Geriatrix and Lucky Lad are trained by Sean Tarry and both two-year-olds were ridden to victory by Richard Fourie.
Winner of her first three starts, the Clifton Stud bred Mrs Geriatrix came into Saturday’s race off a courageous win in the G2 World Sports Betting SA Nursery, which saw her go off as one of the more fancied contenders for the 2023 Allan Robertson Championship. The filly turned the race into a one horse affair, with Mrs Geriatrix sauntering home to win as she liked by just over two and a quarter lengths.
Mrs Geriatrix, who had also won the Listed Ruffian Stakes earlier in the season, continued the fairy story start to racing enjoyed by her owners, the Magical Lady Syndicate. A daughter of Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire, and fellow National Sale graduate, Vercingetorix, Mrs Geriatrix is out of the Kahal mare Velvet Glove, who is a full-sister to G2 Joburg Spring Challenge and G3 Spring Spree Stakes winner Prince Of Kahal.
Her stablemate Lucky Lad stamped himself as an exceptional two-year-old when outclassing his field to win Saturday’s G1 Gold Medallion in devasting fashion. The son of champion sire Gimmethegreenlight made it four wins from four starts when trouncing some promising two-year-olds to claim his biggest win to date by over five and a quarter lengths.
The 2023 Gold Medallion was yet another triumph for BSA with Bloodstock South Africa alumni Lucky Lad, Outlaw King, Guy Gibson and Egyptian Mau filling the first four placings.
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Lucky Lad was landing his third graded win in a row, with the colt having previously won the G3 Protea Stakes and G2 World Sports Betting SA Nursery, and he looks a hugely exciting prospect.
A full-brother to G3 Fillies Mile winner Follow Me, Lucky Lad is out of the Caesour mare Imperial State, a daughter of G1 Gosforth Park Fillies Guineas winner State Treasure who finished second in both the G3 Final Fling Stakes and Listed Ladies Mile.