7 October 2019

Bloodstock South Africa thoroughbreds enjoyed a tremendous afternoon at Turffontein on Saturday when victorious in both the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge and G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge.

Progressive four-year-old Vistula claimed the first graded victory of her career when powering home down the inside to land Saturday’s R350 000 feature by a neck, while vanquishing the promising Gin Fizz into second place.

Trained by Paul Peter, the Riethuiskraal Stud bred filly was ridden to victory by Warren Kennedy.

Vistula, offered for sale at the 2017 National Yearling Sale, races for the Hyperpaint Syndicate in partnership with breeder Altus Joubert.
Now a winner of six of only 12 starts (the filly has won five of her last six races with her only loss recently coming to BSA graduate Celtic Sea when finishing fifth in the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes), Vistula took her earnings to R669 101 with her first feature race win on Saturday.

She is a 22nd stakes winner for Mauritzfontein’s successful sire Ideal World, and was produced by the winning Second Empire mare Venus Rising.

The diminutive and courageous Clifton Stud bred Prince Of Kahal made it three wins in a row, and back to back feature race victories, when he flew home to score a courageous head score in 2019 G1 Joburg Spring Challenge at Turffontein on Saturday.
Owned by Robert Chung, Prince Of Kahal had dead-heated for first in the G3 Spring Spree Stakes previously, but was a clear-cut winner, when downing Zouaves in Saturday’s 1450m feature. Long-time pacemaker Chijmes ran third with Infamous Fox in fourth.
An objection was lodged by the Stipes on behalf of the Candice Dawson-trained Infamous Fox against the second-placed Zouaves on the grounds of interference.
The objection was upheld with Chijmes promoted to second, Infamous Fox moved to third, with Zouaves dropped to fourth.
Apprentice Dennis Schwarz, unbeaten in four starts on the Kahal gelding said after the race, “Prince Of Kahal was fighting me in the beginning, but I managed to settle him. But once he got a clear run, he turned it on. We were a bit unlucky dead-heating last time, but he’s a wonderful horse and I love him. He makes my day every time I work him.”

Trained by Roy Magner, the five-year-old was a R120 000 buy from the 2016 Sibaya KZN Yearling Sale, and Saturday’s victory (his eighth overall) pushed Prince Of Kahal’s earnings to R1 073 788.

A half-brother to graded winners Fort Vogue and What A Lady, Prince Of Kahal is one of five winners produced by Model Man mare Vogue –a five time winner up to 1200m who was runner up in the G1 South African Fillies Sprint.