26 September 2017

A pair of Bloodstock South Africa graduates, both of whom were bred by last season’s Equus Outstanding Breeders Varsfontein Stud, made eye catching winning debuts over the past long weekend.

First to score, was the regally bred Var colt Valbonne, who scored first time out over 1000m at Durbanville on Saturday for trainer Brett Crawford, jockey Corne Orffer and owner Mr Chung.
Valbonne was a R900 000 purchase from last year’s National Two Year Old Sale, where the colt was the second top lot of the sale.

Not only is Valbonne is a son of one of the country’s top sires in the form of Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm resident Var, but he is out of G3 Prix Du Cap/G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Sunsational –making Valbonne a half-brother to none other than G1 SA Fillies Classic/SA Oaks heroine Juxtapose.

Second BSA graduate to impress on debut this weekend was the Dean Kannemeyer trained Hashtagyolo, with the latter storming home to score first time out at Scottsville on Sunday in the style of a horse with a very bright future ahead of her!
Ridden to victory by champion jockey Anthony Delpech, Hashtagyolo simply strolled home to register an impressive four length first out win over 1750m and she looks a filly to follow.

Owned by Messrs Bruce le Roux and Tinus Gericke, Hashtagyolo was a R1 100 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.

A daughter of leading sire Dynasty (also responsible for champion fillies Beach Beauty, Bela-Bela and Just Sensual), Hashtagyolo is out of the winning Jallad mare My Guiding Star, whose winning siblings include Varsfontein sire and G2 Premier Trophy/G2 Peninsula Handicap hero Master Of My Fate. The regally bred Hashtagyolo’s second dam is former Equus Champion and multiple G1 winner Promisefrommyheart.