KZN trainer Gavin van Zyl will be rating his SA Nursery prospects after the Bold Silvano colt Bold Eagle burst clear from his field to win the R150 000 Listed Storm Bird Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.
Bold Eagle, who had made an eyecatching winning debut when storming home to beat Running Brave on his Vaal debut in early February, made short work of his opposition to score a smart win.
After the first-timer Vardo and the fancied Oratorio gelding Van Halen had shown the way, Anthony Delpech produced the full of running Bold Eagle at the 400m and the handsome colt was always going too strong.
He beat the late-finishing maiden Royal Italian (what price next time in the maiden ranks?) by 3,50 lengths in a time of 58,4 secs.
Azzie’s Var first-timer Heavenly Risk only caught on late and he was a length further back in third. A decent debut.
Van Halen faded out to a disappointing 8 lengths off the winner, while Robbie Sage’s recent debut winner William The Silent never showed and was a length behind.
Bold Eagle started at a generous 6-1! A dead ringer for his Dad Bold Silvano, he is out of the Western Winter mare Inflorescence and was a R210 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.
A winner of 2 from 2 starts, he took his earnings to R159 375.
He will be back for the Nursery!