CTS stars lead the way in Graded contests

CTS stars lead the way in Graded contests

August 21, 2019 / 29 days ago

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Got The Greenlight wins the PremierS Champion Stakes. (Gold Circle)

Runners bought at CTS Sales won some of South Africa’s most prestigious Gr1 contests in the 2018/19 racing season. Nine CTS graduates won 10 Gr1’s between them. Five were among the Equus Awards nominations in various categories and two won respective awards at the banquet.

Of the 115 Graded races contested (Gr1, 2 and 2 and 3), CTS sales yielded 33 Graded winners of 42 races, more than any of our sales competitors.

Top of the CTS list, with two Gr1 wins and an Equus Champion Sprinter Award is the game galloper Kasimir, who won the Cape Flying Championship during the Cape Summer and the Mercury Sprint in the KZN Champions Season.

Kasimir, trained by Justin Snaith, was a R1,2-million CTS Premier Yearling Sales buy who races for William Drew, Bernard Kantor, Peter and Anna Doyle, Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul Shanahan.

The Equus Award for Champion Two-Year-Old colt went to Got The Greenlight, purchased by Joey Soma for R110 000 off the 2018 CTS April Yearling Sale. He’s a magnificent colt of which Soma said: “He’s still a bit immature, we’re looking forward to the Gauteng season coming up.”

As far as major races go, CTS BUY Tilbury Fort won one of SA’s ‘big three’, the 2018 Summer Cup, with a formidable late run for Sean Tarry. The Sandown Stud bred Tilbury Fort was purchased for R110 000 at the 2015 CTS March Yearling Sale by Sean Tarry.

Samurai Warrior won the Gr1 SA Derby for trainer Weiho Marwing. He was ill-fated however, dying unexpectedly of a heart attack just a few weeks after his win.

Pacific Trader was tuned to the minute for the Computaform Sprint by trainer Brett Crawford. Tienie Maritz and Freddie van Wyk own the dark bay gelding by Sail From Seattle, a R150,00 buy who has stakes approaching R1-million.

Another Crawford-trained, Front and Centre, captured the major race for classic fillies, the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas. A R300 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 purchase, Front And Centre, a half-sister to Ridgemont Highlands Gr1 winner sire Potala Palace is a daughter of now deceased Dynasty out of the UK Gr3 placed Alzao mare, Alignment.

Sean Tarry’s Return Flight, a R20 000 CTS 2017 March Yearling Sale buy by Chris Van Niekerk’s Rainbow Beach Trading, won both the Gr1 Fillies Classic and the Gr2 SA Oaks, two legs of the Triple Crown.

Richard Fourie rode a peach of a race from the front to win the Gr1 Woolavington Stakes for Justin Snaith and connections. This was the Silvano filly’s targeted race. She went through the ring at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2017 but was wisely bought back for R100 000 by her breeder, Tony Peter.