Van Vuuren Youngster Erupts Again

First graded stakes victory for Erupt

Backed almost to the exclusion of the opposition, Erupt’s recent Listed Storm Bird Stakes winning son Karangetang kept his perfect record intact with a professional performance to win the R250 000 Gr3 Protea Stakes at Turffontein on Saturday.

The handsome chestnut came into 4-10 before going off at 7-10 to complete a Johan Janse van Vuuren – Wernars silks double when never troubled over the 1100m.

The Van Vuuren yard won the opening two legs of the carryover Pick 6, with the pool reaching R4 188 682.  It was paying a minimum dividend of R18-60 after the two winners.

Keagan de Melo steers Karangetang to a smooth win (Pic – JC Photos)

Keagan de Melo continues to grow in stature and he enjoyed something of a confident armchair experience, when Karangetang led all the way and held off the game topweighted filly River Queraress by a half length in a time of 63,87 secs.

While the margin may have flattered the runner-up, she ran on steadily giving the talented colt, 1,5kgs.

The third placed Magic Tattoo was eight lengths back in third.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Karangetang was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein and is now a first graded stakes winning son of Erupt (Dubawi) out of the Var two-time winner, La Revere.

A R300 000 National Yearling Sale purchase, Karangetang has won two from two for stakes of R265 625.

Erupt, who stands at Maine Chance in Robertson, has 15 lots on the BSA National Yearling Sale on 28 & 29 April.




  • 1 ST 2 KARANGETANG J J van Vuuren K de Melo —– 77/100
  • 2 ND 1 RIVER QUERARESS P A Peter W Kennedy 0,5 0 0,50 2/1
  • 3 RD 3 MAGIC TATTOO S G Tarry C Habib 0,3 5 0,85 20/1
  • 4 TH 6 VAR PARK G J Maroun R Munger 9,9 0 10,7 5 40/1
  • 5 TH 5 LORD OF LIGHT J J van Vuuren D Schwarz 0,25 11,0 0 25/1

TIME OF RACE: 63,87 s

Tote Favourite 2 KARANGETANG J J van Vuuren K de Melo —– 77/100

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