12 June 2017

Former Bloodstock South Africa graduate Captain America once again showed his class at the highest level when downing a star studded field in the G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville on Saturday.

The strapping six-year-old, given a superb ride by Corne Orffer, was always well positioned in the 1600m contest, with dual Guineas winner Janoobi going out to make the running. Turning for home, Captain America quickly hit the front and galloped on strongly to register a one and a half length win at the expense of the slow starting Trip To Heaven, who was taking the runner up berth for a second year in a row.

Champion filly Bela-Bela, a R1.4 million buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale, did her Vodacom Durban July claims no harm by running on strongly from well off the pace to claim the third spot.

The 2017 Gold Challenge proved a great result for trainer Brett Crawford, who also saddled the fourth place getter Sail South.

Bred by the Varsfontein Stud, Captain America was a R400 000 purchase from the 2012 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The big bay son of Captain Al was claiming the second G1 victory of his career, with Captain America having previously landed the 2015 G1 H F Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes.

He has earned owners Mesdames Gurney, Nagle and Sherrell more than R4.8 million and is unlikely to stop here.

Remarkably, the gelding has won or placed in no fewer 15 Graded races!

Captain America’s sire Captain Al has a single lot on offer at this month’s KZN Yearling Sale –a colt out of a winning ½ sister to G2 SA Fillies Nursery winner Hidden Beauty and from the same family as the Captain Al sired G1 winning sire prospect William Longsword (Lot 251).

Captain America’s impressive win continued the great run of form enjoyed by Bloodstock South Africa graduates in recent Grade One contests, with BSA buys Deo Juvente and Bull Valley having lifted the recent G1 Premier’s Champions Challenge and G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint respectively as well.