Buy And Sell puts the record straight in G1 Champions Cup

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Buy And Sell puts the record straight in G1 Champions Cup

<p>POCKET POWER came out on top of the much-talked-about showdown between the two Vodacom Durban July dead heaters but it was Buy And Sell who won the day at Clairwood on Saturday. Sean Tarry&rsquo;s runner disappointed in the Greyville race but the burly son of National Emblem made no mistakes on Saturday and scored the second Grade 1 victory of his career in the R500 000 Champions Cup over 1800m.<br />
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Photo: Sean Tarry trains Buy and Sell.</p>

<p>Under what Tarry described as a “copybook ride&rsquo;&rsquo; from Weichong Marwing, Buy And Sell took the lead in the closing stages to beat favourite Pocket Power by 0.50 lengths with Surfin&rsquo; USA a further 0.10 lengths back in third and Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter fourth, just 1.35 lengths behind the winner.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
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The turnaround in weights made Buy And Sell a significant contender for top honours, especially if one ignored his Durban July run, and it was amazing to see him on offer at 16-1. But that was snapped up and at the off Buy And Sell was trading at 7-1.<br />
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From his No 15 draw Marwing managed to place him perfectly just off the pace set by Wonder Lawn and on the outside of Surfin&rsquo; USA who was lying second. Bernard Fayd&rsquo;Herbe had Pocket Power closer than usual, lying around mid division while Kevin Shea was fighting to settle Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter near the back of the field and some four horses wide after her slow start.<br />
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Once in the straight Surfin&rsquo; USA moved into the lead with Buy And Sell quick to challenge. But Mark Dixon&rsquo;s runner kept fighting all the way down the straight and it was only in the latter stages of the race that Buy And Sell managed to get the upper hand. Meanwhile both Pocket Power and Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter were in full cry down the outside but Marwing kept them all at bay.<br />
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“When I picked him up I thought he would quicken as he does in work,&rsquo;&rsquo; said Marwing, “but he laboured a bit. He only got going at the end and was doing his best work at the finish.&rsquo;&rsquo;&nbsp;<br />
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He added that Tarry had not given him any explicit instructions but told him: “I&rsquo;m not going to hold you to anything. Get out there and do it.&rsquo;&rsquo;<br />
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Tarry said they always knew Buy And Sell was a top horse and that this was the right race for him. “He overraced in the July and probably beat his bad draw too quickly. But&nbsp; Felix (Coetzee) never had an option.</p>
<p>`We thought this would be his race but I was surprised when I looked at the ante-post betting and saw he was one of the outsiders.&rsquo;&rsquo;<br />
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The early pace may have been a little too slow for Pocket Power and he was probably a little too handy. However, it was another superb performance from a champion.<br />
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Surfin&rsquo; USA ran a cracker to finish third in this company and it won&rsquo;t be long before he gets back into the winner&rsquo;s box. If Tarry thought the 16-1 about Buy And Sell was a bonus, the connections of Surfin&rsquo; USA must have been over the moon with the 100-1 on offer. But that soon vanished and he went off at a more realistic price of 16-1.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
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The hard-luck story though belongs to Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter. “She just walked out the pens, which was a surprise to all of us, &lsquo;&rsquo; said jockey Kevin Shea. “Then she was running four horses wide and pulling. <br />
“I wanted to settle her in fourth but that was impossible but if she had jumped and been well placed, you would have seen the champion she is.&rsquo;&rsquo;<br />
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The balance of the day belonged to Mike de Kock who won the Grade 1 Premier&rsquo;s Champions Stakes with Rocks Off, the Gold Circle Derby with Winter Weather and the Gold Circle Oaks with Front House. He also went close in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes with Zirconeum but she was caught just short of the post by Duncan Howells&rsquo; Gypsy&rsquo;s Warning.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
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In doing so De Kock whittled away the some R600 000 lead of Charles Laird for the trainer&rsquo;s title and unconfirmed figures have him now around R100 000 ahead with just three meetings remaining. <br />
Forest Path was a firm 2-1 favourite for the Premier&rsquo;s Champion Stakes and jockey Anthony Delpech attempted the identical tactics that had worked so well in the Golden Horseshoe at Greyville by taking him to the front from the off.&nbsp;<br />
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The move looked to have worked going through the 400m mark as he was still clear with his main market rival, Warm White Night, well back in the field and struggling to get a clear run.&nbsp;<br />
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But over the last 100m Forest Path&rsquo;s stride began to shorten and stablemate Rocks Off swept past him and went away to win by 2.25 lengths. Cerise Cherry chased him home345 for second while Bush Pirate snatched third away from Forest Path, sending nearly 50 000 Place Accumulator tickets down the drain.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
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“We were quietly confident about this one being the real deal and we were pretty confident over the mile,&rsquo;&rsquo; said De Kock.<br />
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While the trainer, jockey and owners usually get most of the credit for a victory, it was great to see Howells recognise the efforts of his workrider after Gypsy&rsquo;s Warning won the Thekwini Stakes. <br />
“She&rsquo;s a very difficult filly to work with and I would like to thank her workrider, Elliot, who is the only person who can ride her. Without him I wouldn&rsquo;t be standing here today.&rsquo;&rsquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />
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Gypsy&rsquo;s Warning was opened at 7-1 by the bookmakers following her two-length third to Consensual in the Golden Slipper but drifted to 25-1. But shortly before there was a R25 000 claim on the Howells runner and she eventually started at 16-1.<br />
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The well-supported Winterinthewoods quickly circled the field from her poor draw and took the field along, attempting to lead all the way as she did in The Debutante at Greyville. Mother Russia was close up in second while favourite Zirconeum was caught wide and raced some six lengths off the leaders.<br />
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Once in the straight Winterinthewoods gave way to Mother Russia but Zirconeum was making up ground quickly and looked all over a winner with 100m to go. However, Gypsy’s Warning took flight down the outside and got up in the final strides to win by 0.25 lengths.&nbsp;<br />
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Mother Russia finished 2.25 lengths behind Zirconeum in third while Goat, who had been tailed off at the back of the field on the turn, flew over the final 200m to grab fourth.</p>

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