CAPE Thoroughbred Sales graduates enjoyed success in both Grade 2 Juvenile features on July day at Greyville. Purple Diamond, Ancestry , Captain and Master followed by Flying Free completed a notable quartet in the Durban Golden Horseshoe, with Desert Rhythm clinching Gold Circle’s Golden Slipper over 1400m.
Desert Rhythm bought some solid Highveld form into the two year old showdown and was well handled by “Bling” Khumalo to make an early dash for glory, then hold on. She is trained by champion conditioner, Sean Tarry for Chris van Niekerk - they signed for the Nutfield Stud bred daughter of Mambo in Seattle at CPYS 2016 for R200 000.
The Golden Horseshoe sports an impressive honours roll with raiders coming in from all around the country trying to lift the prestigious prize. In a full and competitive field of 14 entries, it’s remarkable that CTS grads filled the top four slots. The race was true run and an exciting finish ensued with Purple Diamond just edging out Ancestry on the nod, followed by a late charging Captain and Master.
Purple Diamond, also trained by Sean Tarry, was sold for R400 000 at the 2016 Joburg Ready to Run and is by Var out of Jalberry. She was bred at Summerhill Stud.
The narrowly thwarted runner up, Ancestry hails from Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm and is sired by their internationally accomplished new recruit, Oratorio out of fine race-mare, A Daughter’s Legacy.
Captain and Master made up a lot of ground in the closing stages and this Captain Al progeny out of Jet Master mare, Scorched clearly has a bright future. Flying Free (Var ex Frequent Flyer) is also laden with potential. Indeed, the quality performances of all the youngsters mentioned suggest that they are talented prospects with the natural ability to win multiple races, and provide their connections with tremendous pleasure.
Other CTS graduates to perform with distinction were Crowd Pleaser and Copper Force. The former galloped rivals into submission in the Grade 3 Betting World 2200m. Purchased for R400 000 from Normandy Stud at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling sale, this strong front-running son of Captain Al has now won four of 14 starts.
Copper Force closed off the meeting by dominating a Listed Handicap over 1600m despite being drawn out wide. This bargain buy went for just R70 000 at the Cape March Yearling Sale. Dr Ian Heyns bred the consistent and tough miler by Royal Air Force ex Eastern Copper, who has now earned close to R1.7 million after previously running second to William Longsword in the valuable CTS Mile incentive race.
Be sure to attend the next CTS Ready To Run Sale presented by Lanzerac Hotel and Spa – it’s scheduled for Friday 17 November 2017 at a revamped Durbanville racecourse. With a proven record for offering top quality thoroughbreds, this auction and upcoming CTS sales are bound to contain more star performers.
Photo: Desert Rhythm, with trainer Sean Tarry (left), Erich van Niekerk and Chris Van Niekerk. The jockey is S'Manga Khumalo.