CTS graduates reward owners on Classic Day

CTS graduates reward owners on Classic Day

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THE very talented juvenile and CTS 2016 Ready To Run graduate, Barrack Street dominated the Grade 3 Protea Stakes at Turffontein on Classic Day. Sold by Normandy Stud for R500 000, this son of Dynasty ex Laptop Lady has now won three of four starts with forceful, pace-pressing displays. On Saturday, he proved too swift for Laurent Du Var (Antonius Pius ex Varsity Belle). The runner up was shrewdly purchased at the CTS March Yearling Sale for just R45 000 from Winterbach Stud, and has already grossed double that amount after only three race track appearances.

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Man ‘O War Sprint winner, Exquisite Touch was a canny acquisition for R350 000 at the CTS 2015 Johannesburg Yearling Sale. She shot clear of a full field of rivals to record a fluent victory, building on the promise shown as a juvenile and confirming her Bauhinia Stakes romp. By Var out of the Elliodor mare, Lavender Sky, this bay filly has now won four of seven starts and is bound to boost current earnings of R429 000 in upcoming feature sprints. Her sibling, nominated as Lot 143 for the Johannesburg Select Yearling Sale, will generate serious interest.

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Young filly, Green Plains added to the burgeoning reputation of freshman sire Gimmethegreenlight when proving best in the Pretty Polly Stakes (Grade 3) over 1100m. She won on debut when heavily punted in an 800m scurry, then ran second at her following start, before Saturday’s success. Green Plains, a R350 000 buy, was chased home by another CTS graduate, Celestina. The runner up is by Kahal out of Sully’s Landing and was sold for R145 000 at the 2016 Johannesburg RTR Sale.

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Five year-old gelding, French Navy remains one of South Africa’s top thoroughbreds. He yet again put forth a valiant effort when finishing second to the champ, Legal Eagle in the Grade 1 Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m. Bought for only R100 000 at CTS RTR in 2013, the son of Count Dubois has amassed career earnings of R4.7 million, and still has it in him to pick up another big win.

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Safe Harbour was just edged out in a life and death finish to the SA Fillies Classic by Orchid Island, after suffering similarly tough-beat seconds in the Cape Fillies Guineas and Paddock Stakes. This daughter of Elusive Fort is consistent and dependable at the top level, garnering stakes of over R2.36 million from a succession of sterling efforts. She represents excellent equine value, having been sold for R180 000 at the CTS RTR Sale back in 2015. Sharp buyers will note that Safe Harbour has a sibling from Highlands Stud nominated as Lot 31 at the upcoming Johannesburg Select Yearling Sale.

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Bargain buy, the durable five year old mare Pennington Sands has done her owner Paulo Do Carmo proud. This CTS graduate sold for a mere R30 000 at the 2013 RTR Sale - despite sluggish starting tendencies the daughter of Mogok keeps on earning. She produced a typically gutsy try on Saturday at her 40th outing to be second in the Listed Jacaranda Handicap and stretch career prize money income to R550 000.

Photo: Green Plains (JC Photos)