Orchid Island shows her class

THE Listed Sea Cottage Stakes for three-year-olds over 1800m at Turffontein  is traditionally a race contested by colts and geldings and Mary Slack’s filly Orchid Island was going to be up against it from the word go on Saturday

She showed, however, that she is well above average by giving her male rivals a galloping lesson under Anthony Delpech, who was quickly off the mark this weekend with a few winners after his injury-enforced layoff.

Orchid Island won by four lengths. (JC Photos)

Mathew de Kock commented: “Orchid Island is a granddaughter of Ilha Da Vitoria and she’s a very small filly like the rest of the family, but she can run like them too. In 2015 we won this race with Ertijaal prior to his win in the Cape Derby and last year Mike Azzie won it with Abashiri who went on to the Triple Crown, so it’s a good pointer to ability.”

Orchid Island stamped herself as a classic prospect for the season, with the Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift Fillies Guineas in February her first aim. She’s a daughter of Silvano from Ilha Grande, from Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

The stable was also active in Dubai, where Mike kept his tally ticking with Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Baroot (GB), who handled his return to turf remarkably well after a long spell on dirt.

Baroot made his bottom weight count for Pat Cosgrave and galloped on well in a competitive handicap to win by a length.

Baroot (GB), good win back on turf. (Andrew Watkins)

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Save The Dates 3/4/5 May ’17

SOUTH Africa’s premier yearling sale, the Bloodstock SA National Yearling Sale, has drawn another outstanding catalogue of the country’s best bred yearlings.

The three day sale, which is scheduled to take place on May 3rd – 5th at the Bloodstock South Africa sales complex in Germiston, will feature yearlings by all of South Africa’s leading sires:

Captain Al (Al Mufti)
Dynasty (Fort Wood)
Judpot (A P Indy)
Silvano (Lomitas)
Trippi (End Sweep)
Var (Forest Wildcat)


Legal Eagle, BSA NYS Graduate.

Exciting stallions represented by their first local crops at the BSA National Sale include:

Top sprinter Ato (Royal Academy)
Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill)
Triple G1 winner Jackson (Dynasty)
Master Of My Fate (Jet Master)
Versatile July winner Pomodoro (Jet Master)
G1 winning 2yo Potala Palace (Singspiel)
Breeders’ Cup runner up Noble Tune (Unbridled’s Song)
G1 2yo The Assayer (Galileo)
Equus Champion The Apache (Mogok)
Promising ex Australian based Where’s That Tiger (Storm Cat)

Last season’s Champion freshman sire Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) has a particularly strong draft at the 2017 BSA National Yearling Sale – and buyers should pay close attention to the stock of this exciting young stallion.

The sale will also offer buyers the chance to acquire yearlings by top class International sires, including Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem), the blue blooded G1 winner Maxios (Monsun) and outstanding sire Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill).

Real quality is always to be found at Bloodstock South Africa’s National Yearling Sale.

Graduates of the BSA National Yearling Sale continue to dominate the races that count – the current Roll of Honour includes:

Current Equus Champion Marinaresco (BSA NYS Graduate)
Current Triple Crown winner Abashiri (BSA NYS Graduate)
G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes winner Captain America (BSA NYS Graduate)
G1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic winner Juxtapose (BSA NYS Graduate)
G1 Investec Cape Derby winner It’s My Turn (BSA NYS Graduate)

With export  protocols soon to be relaxed, there has never been a better time to buy a BSA Sales Yearling.

BSA Sales Graduates who have excelled on the International stage include:

2016 Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle

2015 Horse Of The Year Futura

2014 Horse Of The Year Legislate

J J The Jet Plane – World’s 2nd top rated sprinter (behind Black Caviar) in 2010. Cost R70 000 earned over R22 million.

Shea Shea – won G1 Al Quoz Sprint, 2nd G1 King’s Stand Stakes

Vercingetorix  – won G1 Jebel Hatta, 2nd Dubai Duty Free

Gypsy’s Warning – won G1 Matriarch Stakes, cost $13k earned over $500,000

The Apache -1st past the post in G1 Arlington Million, won G2 Al Rashidiya. Cost R80 000 earned R17 000 000

River Jetez – won G2 Balanchine Stakes in Dubai, earned over $2 000 000

Lizarre  – Champion Older Male in Singapore

Ato  – Won G1 Krisflyer Sprint

Soft Falling Rain – Won G2 Godolphin Mile, G3 Joel Stakes, G3 UAE 2000 Guineas

Click here  for a sample of the quality on offer at the 2017 BSA National Yearling Sale.

For further information,  or help with your travel arrangements,  contact Ashley de Klerk (bsa@equine.co.za) or +27 (0) 31 303 1017.