Double for Maine Chance

Double for Maine Chance


Ken Nicol: Joey Ramsden’s juvenile Tarsus always looked the best bet at Kenilworth on Saturday, and duly obliged with a minimum of fuss, in the process becoming the first Cape juvenile to win in open company this term.

While racing in the claret silks of Qatar Racing, the colt is part owned by Maine Chance, who went home with a spotless record when their only other runner Sequined won a gutsy race in the seventh.


Maine Chance Racing Manager and former top jockey Glen Hatt revealed that in fact their last four runners have won, as “Viento and Penny Royal won upcountry on Wednesday and Thursday”.

All good publicity going into the National Yearling Sale in Joburg commencing Tuesday, where Maine Chance present 22 yearlings.

Ramsden as usual had the last word, saying that “despite working together for many years, me and Glen are still talking”.

The quality of Candice Bass-Robinson’s juvenile fillies was underlined once again when her duo ran first and second in the opener, which seems likely to turn out to be a race to follow for form studiers.

Favourite Santa Clara (14-10) was a fluent winner after being touched off on debut, but Team Valor owned runner up Mixed Signals (45-1) caught the eye running on late and will likely be favourite next time she appears.

Her trainer said the winner, a half-sister to Horizon, “has got a lot of ability and we will be looking at the juvenile features coming up”.

Al Wahed is another well related type, being a half-brother to sprint queen Via Africa. He went start to finish in the MR84 1200 to score a sixth career win, and trainer Mike Stewart said that “if he had good legs he would also be a champion”.

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