Ascot Stud’s July winning home-bred sire Bold Silvano celebrated his first Gr1 winner on an afternoon of milestones at Scottsville on Saturday.
His 3yo son Bold Respect went all the way to win the R1 million Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint in fine style.
A perfect prep run with a win in the In Full Flight Handicap at the same venue a month earlier saw the smart gelding primed and ready to score the biggest win of his short career, in the process maintaining the solid strike-rate of 3yo’s in this great race.
Bold Respect’s regular pilot Corne Orffer had no hesitation in allowing Bold Respect to bowl along out front with London Call in close attendance down his inside.
At the 350m marker it was clear that nothing was going better and the bay changed legs before drawing clear.
The 6-1 shot brought some respect to the exotic results and kept galloping powerfully to beat the fast improving and consistent Pinnacle Peak by 1,75 lengths in a time of 67,20 secs – the fastest 1200m of the day.
Dorrie Sham’s Pinnacle Peak continues to defy his modest beginnings and proved that he is not all blitz and speed, by staying on best of the balance from two lengths off the pace.
The winner’s stablemate Sunset Eyes was the first of the older horses home in third, in front of the Candice Dawson galloper Rocky Valley, who improved on his Computaform Sprint effort.
This was Corne Orffer’s fourth Gr1 winner for Brett Crawford – interestingly all achieved for the Sherrell family.
Bold Respect was bred by Ascot Stud and is a son of Bold Silvano (Silvano) out of the versatile three time winning Kabool mare, Respectable Lady – who was bred by Lance Sherrell’s Dad.
Bold Silvano won seven times including the Vodacom Durban July, and Dubai’s Gr3 Maktoum Challenge,
Bold Respect cost R200 000 at the CTS Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale and took his earnings to R1 967 500 with a consistent form profile of 4 wins and 5 places from his 11 starts.
His win confirmed something of a balancing of the Scottsville draw bias – the Gr1 winners carded at 14,15, 4 and 11 on a very tough afternoon for punters.
Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint (SAf-Gr1)
Scottsville, South Africa, May 26, R1 million, 1200m, turf, good, 1.07.02
1 – BOLD RESPECT (SAF), 55.5, b g 3, Bold Silvano (SAF) – Respectable Lady (SAF) by Kabool (GB). Owner Mrs D J Sherrell; Breeder Ascot Stud; trainer BJ Crawford; jockey C Orffer
2 – Pinnacle Peak (SAF), 56.0, b g 3, Querari (GER) – Pinnaquin (SAF) by Count Dubois (GB)
3 – Sunset Eyes (SAF), 52.5, ch g 4, Western Winter (USA) – Winning Eyes (SAF) by Qui Danzig (USA)
Margins: 1.75, 0.75, 0.75