17 July 2017

Bloodstock South Africa graduate Bull Valley stamped himself a strong contender for the title of Equus Champion Sprinter when he downed a star-studded field to land the G1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville on Saturday.

Bred by Ambiance Stud, and owned by PCS (Pty) Ltd, in partnership with Messrs Blank, Nassif and Sarkis, Bull Valley was given a fine ride by jockey Karl Zechner, who steered the lightly raced four-year-old to a one length success over fellow BSA graduate Search Party. It was Zechner's only ride on the day, making the win all the memorable for that jockey.

Another Bloodstock South Africa sold thoroughbred, London Call, finished fourth –to make the 2017 Mercury Sprint a clean sweep for BSA!

Bull Valley, who is from the yard of champion trainer Sean Tarry, has now won six of just ten outings, with Saturday’s G1 win pushing his earnings to R1 611 125 –and he won’t stop here. It was a smart win from the four-year-old Bull Valley, who accounted for 10 graded winners in the Mercury, who had had to an interrupted prep to win the KZN sprint.

A R180 000 purchase from the 2014 National Yearling Sale, Bull Valley was landing his second consecutive Grade One win, having won the G1 Tsogo Sun Sprint at his previous outing.

Bull Valley’s in-form sire Toreador (also responsible for recent KZN Breeders Million Mile winner Matador Man) will be represented at next month’s National Two Year Old Sale, with the son of Danehill responsible for four lots including:

Lot 68 –a filly from the same family as graded winners Hundred Acre Wood and Syon

Lot 95 – a colt out of a half-sister to four time stakes winner American Emblem

Lot 237 –a colt whose granddam is out of a full-sister to July Cup winner and breedshaping sire Green Desert

Lot 401 –a colt (bred on the same cross as G3 winner Rikitikitana) whose dam is a half-sister to G1 winner Exhilaration