It was all against Zeal & Zest!... this race over 2000m was run at such a sedate pace on Vaal inside track, that the field literally cantered and sprinted. This is not ideal for horses with stamina, but under a good ride from Sherman Brown who deputised for Mark Khan who was booked off ill, Brown got Zeal & Zest out early in the straight and got him going, this was the major factor that won him the race. Zeal & Zest is coming back to his best and it should pay to follow him in the new season. Congratulations to owners; Pravin Chetty, Sunil Mungaroo, Adrian Giuricich, Darren Simpson, Brian Seggar & Gary Alexander. Zeal & Zest was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Top Shot won his seventh race at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 14 July 2018 over 2000m and the manner in which he won suggests that he still has more wins in the tank. Apprentice Denis Schwarz did duty for Mark Khan who was sidelined because of a suspension. Congratulations to owners; Jo & Bruce Gardner, Greg Sadie & Mark Khan. Top Shot was a fifty thousand rand purchase and was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Saragon won a competitive Pinnacle plate for Fillies and Mares in style over 1600m on July day at Turffontein Racecourse. Competently ridden by up and coming apprentice Denis Schwarz, he had Saragon well placed throughout the race and produced her at the right time to win going away. Congratulations to winning owners Ashleigh Venter and Simon & Michelle Jeffery.
The nominees for Champion Stayer for the 2018 Racing Association award were , Fortissima, Just Cruised In, Let it Rain, Secret Potion & Hero’s Honour. In a hotly contested category the vote went to Hero’s Honour. The stable is delighted for owners Laurence & Jaryd Wernars, Greg Sadie, Bruce & Joanne Gardner. It is wonderful to pick up another Racing Association award, especially with this young horse who should continue to improve as he matures. Hero’s Honour was also nominated for Champion 3 year old but the vote went to the well deserved Monks Hood. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud who also bred Champion three year old filly Takingthepeace, whose dam Lisa Anne was trained by Gary Alexander.
Top workrider Joe Gwingwizha made his move at the right time on Brand New Cadillac, in the maiden 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday, 12 May 2018. Brand New Cadillac raced from off the pace and Joe moved him up early on the bend to get him into contention early in the straight. BNC produced a sustained run to beat his stable mate Imoto, who ran on late. BNC stays well and should win again over similar distances during the off season on the Highveld. Congratulations to owners: A Giuricich; B Seggar; P Chetty, G Kalil; G Knowles; D Simpson; B Gardner & Miss J Alexander. Brand New Cadillac was bred by Summerhill Stud.