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Rock Of Gibraltar Adds South Africa Gr3

Monday, 10th October 2011

In South Africa, European Horse-Of-The-Year & 7-time Gr1-winning former shuttler Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a group success when 5YO mare Gibraltar Blue (Rock Of Gibraltar-Holly Blue, by Bluebird) scored a 2.75-lengths victory in the R200,000 (A$26,000) weight-for-age Gr3 Joburg Spring Challenge (1450m) at Turffontein. Gibraltar Blue (ridden by Anthony Delpech for trainer Mike de Kock) defeated 4YO entire Jet Jamboree (Jet Master-Rollicking Romp, by Qui Danzig) & 5YO gelding Two Tone (Strike Smartly-Wild Almond, by Fort Wood). Gibraltar Blue now has 7 wins (also including 2010’s Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge over 1600m at Turffontein, Gr2 Tibouchina Stakes over 1400m at Greyville, Gr2 Fillies Guineas over 1600m at Greyville & Listed Gardenia Handicap over 1000m at Turffontein) & 3 placings (including January’s Gr1 Majorca Stakes over 1600m at Kenilworth, plus 2010’s Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville) from 13 starts for R898,750 (A$117,000) earnings.

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