15 June 2020


The good form enjoyed by Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds of late continued at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday, when a pair of BSA thoroughbreds saluted in graded races.

Former G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Eden Roc, a R340 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, made it two wins, from as many starts, at Hollywoodbets Scottsville when he won Saturdays G2 Post Merchants for trainer Sean Tarry and owner Chris Van Niekerk.

Under jockey Stuart Randolph, the talented colt bounded clear in the closing stages of Saturdays 1200m sprint before going away to post a half length win.

Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Eden Roc took his earnings to over R1 000 000 with his Merchants win on Saturday.

A son of dual leading sire of 2yos Var, Eden Roc is out of the Captain Al sired G2 Odessa Stud Fillies Championship winner Townsend.

His sire Var has nine lots on offer at this years Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, while the beautifully bred Townsend has a Gimmethegreenlight colt, by the name of The Green Gallant, on offer at the same sale.

Promising two-year-old Vernichey, a R125 000 purchase from the 2019 KZN Yearling Sale, made it two wins from as many starts when recording an eye catching win in the G3 Strelitzia Stakes brought to you by Post Health.

Under log leading jockey Warren Kennedy, the Klawervlei Stud bred Vernichey powered home late on to get up and win going away by 1.1 lengths, with another BSA graduate, Slalom Queen, back in second spot.

Herself a daughter of former National Sale buy Vercingetorix (himself now one of the hottest young stallions in South Africa), the Gareth Van Zyl trained Vernichey came into Saturdays G3 feature off a facile 4.4 length debut win and she looks a very smart prospect in the making.

The unbeaten filly races for Kestorm Investments, and they should have a lot of fun with this filly!

Out of the 3 time winning Captain Al mare Pirate Queen, Vernichey was one of three winners for her sire at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Saturday.

The inform Vercingetorix, the latest in a growing number of South African bred stalllions to come good at stud, has 20 lots on offer at the 2020 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.