Rebel King, Joshua's Mistress take sprint prizes

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Rebel King, Joshua's Mistress take sprint prizes

Jockey Bernard Fayd'Herbe

REBEL King, second in the Grade 1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth last year, went one better with a workmanlike victory in this year’s renewal on Saturday.

<div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">Brought along the right way and well prepared by the Charles Laird stable, Rebel King finished third to Blue Tiger in the recent Diadem Stakes over 1200m, but had a few lengths to improve on that run and it showed in the finish as he held on tenaciously under Anton Marcus to reverse roles with a late charging Blue Tiger.</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt"> <p>The Port Elizabeth raider Hear The Drums made the clip with Battlestar Express, Lady Windermere and Rebel King on his heels, but started to labour 250m from the line and the challenges came hard and fast. Rebel King fought his way to the front 100m out and stuck to his guns from&#160;a flying Blue Tiger who shaded stablemate Gaultier out of third.</p> <p>"He’s been brilliant fun to look after and his groom Joseph has been great,” said Joe Ramsden, who&#160;stabled Rebel King on Laird’s behalf.</p> <p>"I rode too much of a confident race last year and I didn’t want to fall into the same trap this year. He deserves his Grade 1 win,” said Marcus.</p> </div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">There was a driving finish to the Listed Laisserfaire Stakes over 1100m in which Bernard Fayd’Herbe forceful riding won the day for Joshua’s Mistress, owned by Team Valor and partners and trained by Justin Snaith.</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">“There wasn’t as much pace on as I thought there would be,’’ said Fayd’Herbe. “She dug deep and won a good race.’’</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">“She was a two-time winner with a 101 rating and I’ve had a hard time placing her,’’ said Snaith. “I hope she can go on from here.’’</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">Joshua’s Princess was followed across the line by outsiders Viva and Purple Orchid.</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div> <div style="margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt">&#160;</div>

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