SA Bred Wins At Happy Valley

Suspended Luke Ferraris misses out

Following success in tandem last Sunday at Happy Valley, Blake Shinn and David Ferraris combined once more, this time with Go Ballistic in the Class 5 Kam Shan Handicap over 2200m on Wednesday.

Blake Shinn is all smiles following Go Ballistic’s win (Pic- HKJC)

“It’s unfortunate for Luke Ferraris because he did all of the work on the horse and he’s unfortunately suspended tonight, so I’m just the lucky recipient to pick up the ride,” Shinn said.

The South African-bred son of Duke Of Marmalade is now a two-time winner in Hong Kong following his first-up success in September over 1800m at Happy Valley under Luke Ferraris.

“David’s done a great job with this horse and he presented beautifully – his attitude and he just looked a picture of health in the yard, it’s nice for David to get another winner because he hasn’t got a big string in training but he does a lot of work and cares for his horses,” Shinn said.

Fresh off another magnificent weekend, Bloodstock South Africa had more reason to celebrate when the BSA sold Go Ballistic won.

The Drakenstein Stud bred Go Ballistic thus made it two wins from his last three starts when he won the Kam Sham Handicap.

Owned by David Hui Cheung Wing, Go Ballistic was a R240 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.

He is a son of the now pensioned Danehill horse Duke Of Marmalade (whose progeny also include last season’s Equus Champion Rain In Holland) and the Sadler’s Wells mare Buffalo Dance.

The latter, whose progeny include G2 Gold Bracelet third placegetter Shingwedzi, and the stakes placed Buffalo Dance, recently made headlines when her grandson Hoedspruit captured the Listed Nelson Mandela Bay Racing Algoa Cup.

Former Cartier Champion Duke Of Marmalade has three lots on this month’s November Two Year Old Sale – a colt (Lot 13) whose dam is a half-sister to Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Fisani, a filly (Lot 102) from the same family as high-class fillies Elusive Heart, Stormy Appeal and Storm Destiny, and a filly (Lot 118) whose granddam is a full-sister to Gr1 winning filly On Her Toes.

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