Witchcraft, the Sean Tarry-trained Kahal filly was one of three Summerhill-bred horses knocked down on the CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale of 2014 to excel at the big Guineas meeting at Turffontein two weeks back. She easily won a MR 74 Handicap for fillies and mares over 2000m under S’Manga Khumalo. The others graduates were the Tarry-trained Visionaire filly Heaps Of Fun, who won the Gr 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas, and the Gary Alexander-trained Kahal colt Champagne Haze, who finished second in the Gr 2 Betting World Gauteng Guineas.
Witchcraft, who was the most popular filly of her draft among the panellists, was knocked down for R400,000 and is raced by Chris van Niekerk, Bruce Gardiner, Markus Jooste and Ken Truter.
Tarry said on Sunday, “She has always been our Oaks horse.”
Graeme Hawkins, who has an enviable record at the Breeze Ups, was the only panellist to pick Heaps Of Fun in his top five fillies back in October 2014. She later went for R200,000 and was knocked down to Nchakha Moloi, who now races her.
Tarry was the only panellist to pick Champagne Haze as one of his top five colts. However, it was no surprise he found his way to the Alexander yard, being a half-brother to the stalwart Pierre Jourdan. Bruce Gardiner bought him at the Sale for R280,000 and he now races in the colours of Laurence Wernars for a big syndicate, including Gardiner. The classy colt ran on strongly from a long way back on Guineas day and looks likely to handle the 1800m trip of the Gr 1 SA Classic.
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