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The cold winter months have not affected owners who bought runners from various Cape Thoroughbred Sales. They’re enjoying a sizzling run of success!

CTS graduates have won no fewer than nine Graded races in the period 7 April to 9 June 2018, including eight Grade 1 events.

Our excellent stretch of form started on 7 April, Classic Day at Turffontein, when R400,000 Cape Premier Sale (CPYS) purchase Lobo’s Legend scored a surprise win in the Gr1 SA Classic over 1800m. He has since been sold on to Hong Kong for an undisclosed amount.

Takingthepeace won the Gr1 SA Fillies Classic with another stunning late run. A R280,000 purchase for enthusiastic new owners, she would go on to run fourth in the SA Oaks, just missing the Triple Tiara but earning over R1-million in stakes. She is not done yet!

On 5 May, Derby Day at Turffontein, another CTS outsider landed the spoils in the topliner when Hero’s Honour, a R300,000 buy from the CTS Ready To Run (R2R) Sale, showed his worth to give owner Laurence Wernars his first Gr1 win.

Attenborough, a R2-million CPYS purchase, rallied away from a good field to win the Gr1 Computaform Sprint over 1000m for Joey Ramsden and connections.

CTS buys won two of the four Gr1 sprints at the Scottsville Sprint Festival on 26 May, including the prestigious Tsogo Sun Sprint with Bold Respect (R2R) and the Gr1 Gold Medallion with R100,000 CPYS buy, Van Halen.

Bold Respect’s trainer Brett Crawford went on the win the Gr1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge with three-year-old Undercover Agent, who’d also won the CTS $500,000 Mile on Sun Met Day and has banked a phenomenal R4,1-,million for Braam van Huyssteen and partners. He is also now the top-rated thoroughbred in South Africa, not too shabby for a R325,000 CPYS graduate.

Last, but not least, African Night Sky (CPYS) won the Gr3 Cup Trial with a blinding run from the back, He has been priced up a firm favourite for the Durban July.