Corne Spies-trained Rafeef colt William Robertson won Saturday’s R400 000 Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C&G) over 1400m at Turffontein by a short head from his now familiar rival, Bard Of Avon.
Sporting Post reported: “Earmarked as the ‘horse of the sale’ by that astute judge Corne Spies, William Robertson is a son of Ridgemont Highlands’ newly-crowned Champion Freshman Sire Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice).
“After the fancied Bard Of Avon (11-10) had got the better of his duel with Team Gold (6-1) and looked to be in command, William Robertson swooped down the outside.
“Into the final stages Aldo Domeyer got the smart Bard Of Avon to come right back at the Spies horse, but William Robertson held the edge to win by a nose in a time of 85,11 secs.
“His victory was a superb training feat by the veteran travelling trainer, who freshened and readied his charge for battle just seven days after a terrific third behind Good Traveller in the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes down in Durban.
“Lyle Hewitson rode a cracker on a fellow he describes as a ‘big leggy, heavy and verstatile horse, ‘who just does enough’.
“Spies is clearly excited about the classic prospect, whom he conceded cost a ‘bit more’ than he usually spends.”
Corne said on Sunday: “He’s a helluva horse with improvement to come and we are looking forward to him three-year-old career. Supreme Quest also ran her heart out in the other sales race, a filly doing her best all the time and also set for a good three-year-old career.”
He thanked his team of Tobie Spies, Fransie Naude and Charlene Tucker and reminded buyers that sales are upon us again and that support will be appreciated.
William Robertson is out of the thrice winning Trippi mare, Massachusetts and cost R500 000 on the BSA National 2yo Sale. He races in the partnership of Spies Racing, Gary Lentin, Keegan Govender, Xander Spies and Jannie de Lange’s Waste Glass Recovery.
A winner of 2 of his 5 starts with 3 places, he has earned R327 000.
The BSA National 2yo Sale will be held in Johannesburg on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 August.