29 May 2017

Bloodstock South Africa graduate Bull Valley showed his class when accounting for 15 of South Africa’s top sprinters in the G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint at Scottsville on Saturday.
One of two G1 winners on the day for champion trainer Sean Tarry, Bull Valley picked up the first Grade One win of his career when landing Saturday’s R1  000 000 sprint by one and a half lengths, going away.

He was steered to victory by champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo, who earlier in the day had ridden the great racemare Carry On Alice to lift the spoils in the G1 SA Fillies Sprint. Tucked four lengths off the leaders early on, Bull Valley defied his 15 draw to score an emphatic win in one of South Africa’s top sprints.

Asked for his effort with 500m left to run, the Ambiance Stud bred Bull Valley showed a breathtaking turn of foot to tear into the lead. From there, the gelding went on to post a one and a half length win over former Merchants  winner Search Party, with Barbosa filling the third sport, just ahead of former G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship winner Gulf Storm.

 Owned by PCS (Pty) Ltd and Messrs Blank, Nassif, Nichas and Sarkis, Bull Valley was a R180 000 purchase from the 2014 National Yearling Sale.South Africa’s latest equine millionaire, Bull Valley’s win on Saturday pushed his tally to five victories from just nine outings, with his previous wins including a score in the 2016 G3 Man O’War Sprint.

He is the second G1 winner for Bush Hill Stud’s resident sire Toreador, whose other notable offspring include Equus Champion Link Man and the now Irish based Misty Birnam.

Bull Valley is the first stakes winner for the Saumarez mare Star Of Liberty, who won twice and who finished second in the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes.