Race 1: Sabelo Siphika weights out 0.5kg overweight but brings home Mrs Jay (16-1) for…
Race 1: Sabelo Siphika weights out 0.5kg overweight but brings home Mrs Jay (16-1) for the Louis Goosen yard with favourite Advance To Go fourth. Siphika lands in hot water with stipendiary stewards for wielding the crop too often.
Race 2: Mike Azzie-trained debutante Mrs O (5-2, Piere Strydom) scores a narrow win over favourite No More Words, whose jockey Anthony Delpech afterwards explains to stipes why he put the crop away in the final 50m.
Race 3: 1-2 for the Gavin van Zyl stable as 25-1 shot Just My Style (Keagan de Melo) has to switch out for a clear run but still manages to beat Alraune (19-10) by 2.75 lengths with favourite Cloud Nine racing greenly and finishing ninth.
Race 4: Second win for Strydom as Geoff Woodruff-trained 7-10 favourite Miss Bulsara records her first win at the fifth time of asking. She beats 16-1 chance Vul Indela by an easy 4.25 lengths with second favourite Kings Creek third.
Race 5: Sabastian (Scott Kenny) improved when sent over a middle distance and blossoms over 2600m, starting at 21-2 under Ryan Munger and beating Sunset Boy by “a country mile”. Favourite Young Eagle overraces, hangs and finishes fifth.
Race 6: Third win for Strydom, second for Azzie as they team up with 7-2 favourite Happy Pills, who strips cherryripe in his third run after a rest and beats 25-1 outsider Rain Shadow by 3.40 lengths. Joint favourite Starpath is fourth.
Race 7: Trainer Sean Tarry and jockey S’manga Khumalo oblige favourite-backers with Count Tassilo, who scores his second win in a row by beating 16-1 outsider National Key and 61-10 shot Vulcan by less than 1.50 lengths.
Race 8: Two-year-old colt Prince Of Kahal (7-1, trainer Roy Magner) is the longest-priced favourite of the day, but obliges under Marco van Rensburg and wins by 0.60 lengths, in the process scoring his second win from on four starts.
Race 9: Blow as popular banker Cat’s Whiskers is restless in the stalls and finishes third. It is a close thing though with only a long head between Erico Verdonese’s 12-1 winner Catwalk Tease (Timothy Pretorius), Momo and Cat’s Whiskers.