South African Group Three Winner for Fastnet Rock
Champion sire Fastnet Rock featured with a stakes-winner in South Africa on Saturday with bargain purchase Ilitshe (6g Fastnet Rock x Reem Albarari, by Sadlers Wells) taking out the Group III Caradoc Gold Cup at Turffontein. The Jurgen Van Heerden trained gelding won the 2800 metre staying test by three-quarters of a length and has now won six races from 23 starts with this victory his second Black Type success. A bargain $15,000 Inglis Premier purchase for Colm Santry Bloodstock from the Erinvale Thoroughbreds draft, Ilitshe is a half-brother to dual Group I winner Morshdi, the Champion 3YO of Italy and Germany in 2001. He is the sixth winner from the now retired Reem Albaraari, a daughter of champion sprinter Habibti.