ARMANDO BEATS FEARLESS WARRIOR
Ken Nicol: Bernard Fayd’Herbe’s decision to ride in Cape Town on Saturday paid rich dividends, as he brought home five winners, including both 1200m Grade 3 juvenile features.
First up was Cousin Liz in the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.
Candice Bass-Robinson’s daughter of Captain Al hadn’t appeared since a dominant debut win in February.
But she showed no signs of ring rust when quickening well down the inside to comfortably get the better of Vaughan Marshall’s Mirage, who had been an equally impressive winner in her first racetrack appearance.
“She isn’t the soundest, and it was tough getting her here. We’ll now put her away until the summer”said Bass-Robinson, who has seemingly had an endless supply of talented juvenile females over the past couple of seasons.
“The last bit she was changing legs and had just had enough, but her class pulled her through” commented Fayd’Herbe.
Next to successfully defend an unbeaten record was Brett Crawford’s Armando in the Cape Of Good Hope Nursery.
In a time almost a second quicker then the fillies race, the classy What A Winter colt made it three from three, but had to dig deep to get the better of another talented Marshall inmate Fearless Warrior.
MJ Byleveld had this one up and running from the off, and he was three lengths up on Armando coming to the last 400m.
But the warm 6-10 favourite gradually closed, and got to the leader 100m from home. Fearless Warrior then lived up to his name as he found more when challenged.
But under a driving ride from Fayd’Herbe, Armando got the upper hand late to win by half a length.
“That horse of Mr Marshall’s is decent – he quickened up again and put me under pressure. So Armando won a very gutsy race, and gives me the feeling he will end up going a mile” concluded the crack heavyweight.
His other three winners were Knights Templar and Hurricane Silva for Justin Snaith, as well as Silver Dazzle for Andre Nel.
And that made it eight in two days, as he had booted home a treble at Fairview on Friday.
One to follow is Silver Operator, an extremely impressive winner of the opening Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1400m.
Marshall’s debutante found a ton of support from 9-1 into 11-10 favourite and fairly cruised clear late under Byleveld to beat a fair field by an unextended three and a half.
“He has a magnificent action, his work was outstanding, and I was very confident” was the word from his jockey post race.
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