Thoroughbreds purchased at CTS Sales landed two of three Grand Series races staged at Turffontein’s Inside track on Saturday.
Tsitsikamma Dance (8-1) ran out the winner of the WSB Grand Series Leg 2 (R500,000) over 1475m. He prevailed in a tight finish for owner Jumat Cola, trainer Ashley Fortune and jockey Ryan Munger.
Bred by Bernard Kantor, Tsitsikamma Dance is a son of Captain Al (Al Mufti) out of the one-time winner, Dans With Sally (Dansilli). The winner was a R175 000 buy for Cola off the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Fortune told the Sporting Post that Mr Cola selects and buys all his own horses. “Just shows you – some guys have an eye for value and quality and to get a Captain Al for that price is something else,” she said.
Fortune and Munger were back in the winner’s enclosure with Big Mistake, who fought a similarly close finish and kept his head in front gamely to win the Grand Series Consolation over 1475m, worth R250,000.
A R425 000 CTS Ready To Run graduate in 2016, Big Mistake has won 3 races with 6 places from 14 starts for stakes of R376 300. He has improved dramatically with gelding and a change of scenery.
The winner was bred by Normandy Stud and is by Querari (Oasis Dream) out of the one-time winning Hard Up mare, Marry For Money. His half-brother (by Jackson), also from Normandy Stud, will be on offer at the CTS Ready To Run Sale on 23 November.
Originally with the Candice Bass-Robinson yard, Big Mistake races for Durban-based Chad Bushnell, who leases him from Bryn Ressell.