Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren has not enjoyed the happiest of runs in recent months. Bad luck has been his middle name but that may all have changed at Greyville on Saturday with the smart Highlands bred 3yo colt Belong To Me scorching clear to win the R150 000 Durban Dash run over 1100m. This was the only feature run on the polytrack.
The 2014 Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes winner has shown flashes of top class ability and took to the polytrack like a duck to water, after always being in the firing line.
Jumping from the widest draw in the non black-type feature field of eight, Donovan Mansour tucked Belong To Me in behind the paper-weighted Ilanga, who showed the way.
Ilanga faded quickly at the 300m as Belong To Me glided into the lead and with only Equity Kicker showing some fire after his long break to run on strongly into second, the race was done and dusted at the 200m.
The 8-1 Belong To Me recorded a time of 63,14 secs and won unextended by an official 1,25 lengths
The lesser of the Charles Laird runners in Split The Breeze stayed on nicely for third.
The fancied 22-10 Trippi filly Beloved Country could do no better than fourth.
Belong To Me took his career tally to 5 wins with 4 places from 13 starts. His stakes total climbed to R495 125.
The Highlands Stud-bred Belong To Me is a son of Antonius Pius out of the twice winning Belong To Me mare, Along The Nile.
He was purchased by trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren for R170 000 at the Cape R2 million Ready To Run Sale.