Graduates of Bloodstock South Africa auctions dominated feature race action in South Africa this past weekend with BSA sold thoroughbreds capturing all of the G3 Betway Victory Moon Stakes, Listed Jonsson Workwear Algoa Cup, the Listed National Colour Stakes, Listed Woolavington Stakes and the Listed Racehorse Owners Association Stakes.
The Brett Crawford trained Zoomie kicked proceedings off for Bloodstock South Africa when he ran out a ready winner of the Listed Racehorse Owners Association Stakes (1600m) run at Fairview on Friday.
Runner up in last season’s Listed Somerset 1200, the gelded three-year-old was given a confident ride by Louis Mxothwa, which saw the pair stay on strongly to land the Racehorse Owners Association Stakes a shade cosily by a neck at the expense of fellow BSA purchase Fairy Knight.
Bred by Mr Jerrier, the gelded Zoomie, who is yet to finish out of the first four, races for Mr T Gujadhur.
Zoomie, a son of Querari and the six time winning Elusive Fort mare Seek The Summit, was consigned to the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale by Winterbach Stud, where he was knocked down to Form Bloodstock for R110 000.
It was a feature race treble for Bloodstock South Africa on Saturday, with BSA sold thoroughbreds winning all of the G3 Betway Victory Moon Stakes, Listed National Colour Stakes, and Listed Woolavington Stakes.
Progressive four-year-old Atticus Finch stamped his G1Betway Summer Cup ticket when he made all to win Saturday’s Betway Victory Moon Stakes (1800m) at Turffontein. Under a superbly judged ride from Calvin Habib, the Alec Laird trained gelding kept finding in the closing stages of the Victory Moon Stakes to claim his biggest win to date by a length and a quarter.
The Varsfontein Stud bred Atticus Finch, who races for Messrs L Clark, G A Basel, G C Cornwall & P J Gregory, has now won five of just nine starts, with the classy galloper victorious in each of his last four starts.
A R150 000 purchase from the 2021 National Yearling Sale, Atticus Finch is a son of Varsfontein’s very much inform homebred sire, and former National Sale graduate, Master Of My Fate and the Caesour sired Alexia. The latter, dam of Listed Swallow Stakes winner All At Once, also ranks as the granddam of this season’s star three-year-old, and Bloodstock South Africa graduate, Main Defender.
Varsfontein Stud are also breeders of the speedy filly Golden Sickle, who made all to land Saturday’s National Colour Stakes (1000m) in eye catching style. Under Calvin Habib, the Tony Peter trained four-year-old was simply too speedy for her rivals and ran out a two and a quarter length winner of Saturday’s Turffontein feature race. Owned by Suzette Viljoen, Golden Sickle was a R700 000 buy from the 2022 Cape Yearling Sale.
The blue blooded Golden Sickle, whose relatives include recent G3 Cape Classic runner up Snow Pilot, is a daughter of outstanding sire Vercingetorix and the Captain Al sired Listed Laisserfaire Stakes/Listed Lady’s Pendant winner Victorian Secret.
Drakenstein Stud was another top farm who enjoyed a feature race double this weekend. Not only did the Drakenstein bred Mucho Dinero romp home to win Saturday’s Listed Woolavington Stakes as he liked, the farm are also breeders of Sunday’s Listed Jonsson Workwear Algoa Cup hero Future Swing.
Both Mucho Dinero and Future Swing are trained by Justin Snaith, South Africa’s reigning champion trainer.
Classy four-year-old Mucho Dinero made it three wins on the bounce when storming home, under Yuzae Ramzan, to claim the 2023 Woolavington Stakes (2400m) by an emphatic four and a quarter lengths. Owned by Nick Jonsson, Mucho Dinero, who had contested last season’s G1 Splashout Cape Derby, has now won five of 12 starts and he looks unlikely to stop here.
A son of Twice Over, Mucho Dinero, a R1 400 000 buy from the 2021 National Yearling Sale, is a half-brother to four stakes winners headed by G2 Cape Stayers winner Snapscan.
His stablemate Future Swing claimed his biggest win to date when he was victorious in Sunday’s Listed Jonsson Workwear Algoa Cup (2000m) at Fairview. Under JP Van Der Merwe, four-year-old Future Swing hit the front 100m from home in Sunday’s feature and he powered away to win convincingly by a length and a quarter.
Owned by Drakenstein Stud, Kalinga and Mrs Pamela Isdell, Future Swing was a R600 000 purchase from the 2021 National Yearling Sale.
A son of former Horse Of The Year, and Drakenstein’s highly successful resident sire, Futura, Future Swing is out of the twice winning Trippi mare Carousel Swing. In winning the Algoa Cup, Future Swing was keeping it in the family, with Carousel Swing’s half-brother Disco Al having won the Algoa Cup twice!
Bloodstock South Africa will be hosting its final live auction of the year, the November Two Year Old Sale, at the TBA Complex in Germiston on November 26th. The catalogue for the November Sale can be viewed online at www.bsa.co.za