Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds have been enjoying a rich vein of success this season and BSA graduates were to the fore once again at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Not only did BSA buy Russian Rock land the G1 Cape Racing Presents The Cape Guineas (1600m) but fellow BSA graduate Nexus captured the G2 Cape Racing Peninsula Handicap (1800m) on the same card.
In landing the Cape Guineas, Russian Rock provided BSA thoroughbreds with a classic double with National Sale buy Captain’s Ransom having captured the previous Saturday’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas.
Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, Russian Rock received a fine ride from veteran jockey Grant Behr, who bought his flashy mount with a powerful finish to get up late and score by a neck.
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Russian Rock races for Ian Longmore, Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff.
Now a winner of two of five starts, and runner up in the Listed Sophomore Sprint back in August, Russian Rock was a R200 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale when consigned to the sale by Riverton Stud.
The 2020 Cape Guineas winner is a son of Vodacom Durban July winner Pomodoro, and the unraced Proclamation mare Elisium.
The Rathmor Stud bred Nexus stamped his G1 Cape Met claims with a storming finish to land Saturday’s G2 Cape Racing Peninsula Handicap.
One of four winners on the day for trainer Justin Snaith, five-year-old Nexus flew up from well off the pace, under a fine ride from Piere Strydom, to land the 2020 Peninsula Handicap by half a length, while defying a big weight and wide draw.
Nexus races for Mrs Nancy Hossack & the Estate of the Late Jack Mitchell.
Now seven time winner from 18 starts, Nexus was a R1 700 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale when knocked down to John Freeman.
The son of deceased top sire Dynasty is a full-brother to former Equus Champion, and G1 Thekwini Stakes winner, Lady In Black, with Nexus produced by the Jet Master sired G3 Final Fling Stakes runner up Mystery Dame.