The Rosemont Stud-bred and sold Alboran Sea was named Champion 3YO Filly at the South African Equus Awards in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Early on, it looked as if Australian-bred filly Majmu (Redoute’s Choice) was a shoo-in for the Champion 3YO Filly award until Alboran Sea picked up a pair of Group 1 wins against older horses later in the season.

The Rock Of Gibraltar filly is trained by Mike de Kock and already had a Group 1 win on her resume as a two-year-old, but flourished into one of the country’s finest sprinters in her three-year-old year.

Last season Alboran Sea netted three wins and two placings from six starts, highlighted by Group 1 wins in the Kenilworth Cape Flying Championship and the Turffontein Computaform Sprint both over 1000m, before running second in the Group 1 City Of Pietermaritzburg Sprint, shortly after which she was retired due to injury.

The filly is owned Michael Javett and Mary Slack and was purchased by Form Bloodstock for $105,000 at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Alboran Sea’s family continues to kick goals in the sale ring with her sister Pink Jubilee selling in foal to Sepoy for $270,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare and Weanling Sale from the draft of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Her yearling half-brother by Toorak Toff was sold from the draft of Rosemont Stud to Hong Kong interests for $300,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale earlier this year.

Hoofnote: Rosemont Stud received another fillip when Sacred Star was crowned Champion NZ Sprinter for 2014-15 following Group 1 victories in the Telegraph Hcp and Waikato Sprint. Rosemont owns his dam Irish Nova (O’Reilly) and also has his yearling half-brother by Stratum.

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