RUNNERS bought at Cape Thoroughbred Sales won five of the weekend’s six stakes races held at Scottsville and Kenilworth.
Brave Mary (Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship); Sand and Sea (Gr1 Gold Medallion), Carry On Alice (Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint) reigned at Scottsville, while Magical Wonderland (Kenilworth Fillies Nursery) and Dutch Philip (Cape Of Good Hope Nursery), took the main honours at Kenilworth.
Brave Mary was originally bought for just 40K by Green Street Bloodstock (CTS Ready To Run, Jhb 2016), proof yet again that you don't need huge bucks to luck into quality thoroughbreds. Sand and Sea was mightily impressive, coming from far back to win convincingly, maintaining the stranglehold that trainer Dennis Drier has on this valuable juvenile event.
Klawervlei Stud’s well performed young sire Twice Over has made an exceptional start to his stud career and he was represented by a first crop Grade One winner when his son Sand And Sea landed the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville on Saturday.
Bred by the Drakenstein Stud, and a R1 000 000 buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Sand And Sea provided trainer Dennis Drier with a remarkable seventh win in the Gold Medallion by accounting for some of South Africa’s most promising two-year-olds in emphatic fashion in Saturday’s R750 000 contest. Carry on Alice has provided her connections with infinite pleasure, running big figures of up to 113 throughout a highly productive career. She has been tough and durable, trucking around the country and winning multiple races at the highest level. She is slated to go off to stud now in Oz - where her progeny could fetch serious money if the Aussies like what they see, taken together with her proven track record.
Three weeks ago Magical Wonderland and Dutch Philip won the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint and Somerset 1200 respectively for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, jockey Aldo Domeyer and the owners’ partnership of Mayfair Speculators, Marsh Shirtliff and Bryn Ressell - both runners sired by What A Winter. The Cape’s hottest team repeated the feat with the same two-year-olds on Saturday, winning the Listed Kenilworth Fillies Nursery and the Gr3 Cape Of Good Hope Stakes.
Photo: Brave Mary, 40k steal!