Picture: 123RF/LUKAS GOJDA
Picture: 123RF/LUKAS GOJDA

When it comes to “drop kicks”, one that immediately springs to mind is Joel Stransky’s in the 1995 World Cup final against New Zealand.

A horse of the same name is now in the racing headlines — the three-year-old won the Egoli Mile at Turffontein on Wednesday night and will now be trucked to KwaZulu-Natal to be sold at Tuesday’s 2019 Shongweni sale.

Drop Kick is one of 19 horses being offered for sale by the estate of the late Chris Gerber, whose death in 2018 was mourned throughout the racing community and beyond.

“The Gerber family are retaining a handful of horses based on various reasons, not least of all sentimental. Some are those raced with Chris’s brother, Johnny, and we are also keeping the first horse that won in his silks after his passing,” said Colin Gordon, CEO for Gerber’s Moutonshoek Stud.

A son of Judpot, Drop Kick should prove popular with buyers as he is on the upgrade and is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Forest Indigo.

The Shongweni sale, which starts at 11am, has proved popular over the years and Bloodstock SA’s Michael Holmes says the 2019 114-lot catalogue is particularly strong.

“Shongweni is annually a great shopping ground for buyers looking to purchase a horse at a realistic price. Often people are looking for horses which might do well in minor centres, but this year’s catalogue includes a number with outstanding pedigrees,” said Holmes.

“We are grateful the Gerber family has chosen this sale to sell some of their horses. Chris was passionate about breeding so they are well-bred thoroughbreds,” he said.

Well-known owner Michael Leaf sends six horses to the sale, including a daughter of Epsom Derby winner, Camelot. The four-year-old filly, who is out of a two-time winning Australian mare, will be the second lot into the ring.

Leaf is also offering his five-year-old filly, Touch Of Magic, a daughter of Australian sire Sepoy who has won two of her eight starts.

The stable of legendary trainer Dennis Drier will offer four horses on the sale, including two-time winner Rani, a daughter of Oratorio, and one-time winner Limestone Lady, who is a daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar.

Birch Brothers is a famous name in the SA bloodstock world and it is interesting the breeders have consigned a well-related filly in Miss Orange, who is by the popular stallion Duke Of Marmalade. This is the family of Ingleside, who won 12 races — including two Grade 1s — in an illustrious career.

Turffontein hosts a nine-race programme on Friday and the seventh race, the Hans Grobler Memorial over 1,200m, looks a match between the top stables of Sean Tarry and Geoff Woodruff.

Tarry saddles his useful four-year-old filly Green Plains, with young Luke Ferraris entrusted with the ride on the daughter of Gimmethegreenlight for the first time.

Gavin Lerena partners Schippers for the Woodruff yard and, despite being out at the weights against Green Plains, the Var filly can boast three wins in her last four outings.


1st Race: (7) Our Biscuit (4) Comet Crystal (1) Ufo (2) Oh So Cold

2nd Race: (1) The Makwakkers (6) Shanghai Tang (3) Liberado (4) Eureka Effect

3rd Race: (1) Azkur (4) Emerald Bay (2) Parisienne Chic (6) Glamorous Scandal

4th Race: (3) Miss Sabina (5) Railtrip (1) Aurelia Cotta (7) Santa Vittoria

5th Race: (1) Mighty Rock (8) Blame Game (2) Humour Me (3) William Henley

6th Race: (6) Kings Cup (4) Arlingtons Revenge (2) Seventh Of June (1) Yamoto

7th Race: (1) Green Plains (3) Schippers (5) Desert Rhythm (2) Folk Dance

8th Race: (4) Epic Dream (3) Only To Win (1) Orpheus (5) Bank Robber

9th Race: (9) Xplosive Kiss (2) Irish Wonder Girl (3) My Dream Chaser (6) Vi Va Pi Pa