Ken Nicol: Barahin made certain of his place in the forthcoming Vodacom July, and would have gained plenty of new admirers with an impressive win from way off the pace in the Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap at Turffontein on Sunday.
Banner Hill set a fair gallop, followed by Hero’s Honour, Arctica and The Dazzler. Well supported Shenanigans raced midfield.
17-10 favourite Barahin jumped a little awkwardly, and Anton Marcus was forced to tuck him in further back than he would probably have liked from a wide draw.
He was second last turning for home, and at least ten lengths off the pace, and his backers’ hearts would have sunk even further when he came off the bit early.
Captain And Master came though to lead 350m out, and briefly looked very threatening when he went a length clear.
But by now Barahin was working up some solid momentum, and it was obvious with 200m to go that he would be a major player.
He sailed on by in the closing stages to score by a length over Shenanigans, who also finished well while never a threat to the winner.
Captain And Master just held on for third.
Barahin will be weighted with a mere 53kg in the July, and with his proven affinity for Greyville has to be a serious contender.
“What a training feat. He’s not the most enthusiastic early on, but he’s a nice horse, and has a very bright future” commented Marcus.
The champion jockey completed a swift double for owner Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Makhtoum just half an hour later.
Alyasaaat returned to best form when beating a host of July hopefuls easily in the Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m to complete a four timer on the day for Mike de Kock.
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