Pricey RTR graduate wins for Seventh Rock
The imposing looking Malta Rocks made a winning debut at the Vaal on Thursday, to become the sixth first crop winner for Klawervlei’s exciting first crop sire, Seventh Rock.
The Mike Azzie trained gelding jumped out and was never headed in the 1000m race, scoring by an easy three and a half lengths in the process.
Owned by Mr and Mrs Adriaan Van Vuuren, Malta Rocks was a R1.4 million purchase at the 2013 R2 Million Ready To Run Sale.
The gelding, who was bred by Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm, was the third priced lot sold at that Cape sale.
Out of the Gr1 placed Var mare Valeta, Malta Rocks’ second dam is the Grade One Majorca Stakes winner Sarabande.
Malta Rocks’ sire, Seventh Rock, has made a sensational start to his stud career and is currently the country’s leading first crop sire.
South Africa’s fourth leading sire of 2yos (ahead of such top sires as Var, Redoute’s Choice, Western Winter and his own sire Rock Of Gibraltar), Seventh Rock’s first crop winners include the unbeaten Gr1 Tsogo Sun Medallion winner Guiness as well as the stakes placed filly Seven Grand, and debut winners Malta Rocks, Restless Road and Captain Rock.
Seventh Rock, who won the Gr1 Gold Medallion at two and the Gr3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap at three, is a son of world leading sire Rock Gibraltar, whose South African runners include the first two home in the 2014 Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship (Alboran Sea, Rich Girl), as well as this season’s Gr2 Wilgerbosdrift Fillies Guineas winner Arcetri Pink. Rock Of Gibraltar is also the sire of one of Europe’s most promising young sires, Mount Nelson.
From the same family as this season’s top-class 2yo Harry’s Son, Seventh Rock’s first two dams are Gr1 winners.
Seventh Rock, whose yearlings sold up to R700 000 in 2014, has 10 lots on offer at next week’s Klawervlei Farm Sale, and three lots on sale at next month’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.