Bonginkosi Nkosi: Highveld-based conditioner Tobie Spies has made a habit of filling the first two positions in Graded races this season, especially in KwaZulu-Natal.
He continued this trend in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper when 17-1 shot Cockney Pride – under Craig Zackey – beat stable companion What You Are (25-2) a lot easier than the 0.70-length margin suggests.
“I told them all when I won on her last time – I made it very clear,” said jockey Craig Zackey.
“There is just something you can feel about good horses. When she won last time I knew there was something there. I chose her over Singforafa, and I’ve won a Grade 3 on Singforafa, but this filly (Cockney Pride) is just something special.”
Singforafa raced the only way she knows and set an honest pace upfront. However her stride shortened drastically once pressured by 77-20 favourite True To Life, who hit the front under Anton Marcus at the 200m market and looked as though she’d romp home but the Spies duo had other ideas – skipping well clear of the field.
Gabor ran only from a hopeless position to deny Cavivar of that third spot and True To Life rounded off the Quartet, which paid R24 600!
Surprisingly, Grade 1 winner Miss Florida finished last!