Multiple Gr1 winning racehorse and emerging stallion Greys Inn and the Rosedene Stud celebrated a double at Clairwood that was worth more than a 1000 words on the front page of any daily newspaper. The Australian bred son of Zabeel produced two 4yo winners of a 1000m and 2000m race to show his value and versatility.
Nothing like a stallion doing his talking on the racecourse and to add to the fun, his two winners cost just R65 000 apiece.
Trained by Mike De Kock in his racing career, Greys Inn won the Gr1 SA Derby, the Gr1 SA Classic and the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July at 3, before going on at 4 to win the Gr3 Dubai City of Gold and run a brilliant second to Vengeance OfRain in the 2005 Gr1 QE 11 Cup at Sha Tin.
His first winner at Clairwood was recorded in the sixth race, an MR 86 Handicap over 1000m, when Pat Lunn’s Impartial Justice stayed on well under apprentice Lerato Mohapi to beat Regal Joy by a neck in a winning time of 59,27 secs.
This was Imperial Justice third win and fifth place from his 10 starts for career earnings of R167 575. He is out of the one-time winning Rami mare, Rami’s Secret. He cost just R65 000 as we mentioned already.
Garth Puller trained the second leg of the double when the strong galloping Pilot Mike was ridden to perfection by apprentice Donovan Dillon. The MR 76 Handicap over 2000m had attracted a field of eight runners and looked a tricky race at first glance. This was Dillon’s second winner of the afternoon as well as for Puller who trained the first race winner.
Pilot Mike tracked the pacemaking Smokin’ Hot into the straight and then streaked clear to beat the fancied Vertical Drift by 3 lengths in a time of 124,80 secs. Longtime Puller supporter Richard Fitzgerald was on hand to lead in both of his winners.
This was Pilot Mike’s 2nd win and fifth place from 12 starts for career earnings of R104 205. He also cost just R65 000.
Greys Inn stands at Rosedene Stud for a live foal fee of R20 000.
The top three jockeys on the day were Marcus, Delpech and Dillon who rode two winners each.
It was Marcus who really showed his two lengths added value though – particularly on his econd winner in the fourth race, a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1450m.
Here he rode the blinker strike London Olympics to a confident win to register a first winner of the season for the I inimitable colourful character of trainer James Goodman.
Marcus, who modestly suggested he ‘got lucky’, rode a cracker on the Solskjaer filly, who was having her seventh run. The Summerhill Stud-bred had run 3 places previously and started at a generous 8-1. She beat the 17-10 favourite Empyreal Song, who should not be long in winning, by three lengths. The gamble of the race, Gavin Van Zyl’s Bay Princess, who was backed from 6-1 to 33-10, ran on nicely into third position.
The most impressive winner of the afternoon was Royal Zulu Warrior for Tony Rivalland and Keagan Latham in the third race, a Maiden Plate for 3yo’s over 1450m.
The Australian-bred son of Rock Of Gibraltar looks a very impressive and promising 3yo and runs in the same silks as Royal Zulu Warrior, who won three of his first four starts but disappeared from the scene early last year after being spoken about as a potential July candidate. They are unrelated as the Warrior is by Mossman, but owner Roy Moodley was cautious as he expressed his wishes for entertainment and even a possible return on investment in the post-race interview.
He should enjoy 2000m and once over his greenness and learning to race, he could be very exciting.
This was only his second start after a great debut when running on for third over 1200m at any price.
Sean Tarry trained the winner of the fifth race, a Novice Plate for fillies and mares, when the Dubawi filly Amber Orchid recorded a second win from her four starts. She beat Sweet Charity by 2,75 lengths with the very promising Careful Hiker running a creditable third. Watch this lady over a mile next time!