3 July 2017

Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbreds dominated proceedings in both of the G1 feature races run at Greyville on July day last Saturday, with last year’s runner up Marinaresco going one better to land the G1 Vodacom Durban July, and champion filly Bela-Bela showing her class in an impressive victory in the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes over a mile.

Bred by Mauritzfontein, Marinaresco made history when defying top-weight of 60kgs to land the Vodacom Durban July on Saturday. The four-year-old, a neck second to The Conglomerate in the 2016 July, is the first horse trained by a female trainer (Candice Bass-Robinson) to capture South Africa’s best known horse.

He was a second July winner for jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, previously successful (in a dead-heat) in the same colours aboard Pocket Power in 2008.

Owned by his former trainer Mike Bass in partnership with Fred Green, Byrn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff, Marinaresco took his earnings to over R5 000 000 with a fast finishing win over G1 SA Derby winner Al Sahem and dual G1 winning 3yo Edict Of Nantes, and won his sixth career outing by a head over a game Al Sahem.

  credit, with his previous triumphs including the G1 Mike And Carol Bass Champions Cup in 2016.

The 2017 Vodacom Durban July was also a great triumph for Maine Chance Farms’ outstanding sire Silvano –sire of the winner, runner up Al Sahem and fifth place finisher Nightingale. (Sixth place finisher Horizon, a stable mate to the winner and Nightingale is out of a full-sister to Silvano).

Out of the stakes placed Fort Wood mare Gay Fortuna, Marinaresco was a R1 300 000 buy from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

His victory continued the great run of form enjoyed by BSA graduates in the July –with BSA sold horses having won the Greyville showpiece in five of the last six years!

Bela-Bela, another Equus Champion of last season, stamped herself a leading contender for more Equus glory when romping to a facile 3.75 length win, as 21-20 favourite, in the R1 000 000 Garden Province Stakes for owners Varsfontein Stud and breeders Cheveley Stud.

The flashy grey daughter of July winner and BSA graduate Dynasty outclassed a high-class field to record her third G1 victory, having previously tasted success in both the G1 Woolavington 2000 and G1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes.

Bela-Bela, a R1 400 000 purchase from the 2014 Emperors Palace National Two Year Old Sale, has now won seven of just 13 outings (and earned R2 580 625) , and is another magnificent advert for the quality of thoroughbred which can be found on offer at Bloodstock South Africa auctions.