Jockey Sherman Brown stepped into top man Weichong Marwing’s boots at Turffontein on Saturday and showed that he can steer the good ones home. He produced Mike De Kock’s Australian-bred Suyoof inside the final 300m to lift the honours in the R150 000 Listed Secretariat Stakes.
The 1400m 3yo feature hosted eleven promising youngsters on a rather low-key Gauteng feature programme after the pomp and sparkle of Sansui Summer Cup Day just seven days earlier.
De Kock won the race in 2014 with Mitraad and was quickly onto the double.
Geoff Woodruff’s Val Et All vied for favouritism with De Kock’s recent impressive maiden winner, but after Woodruff’s colt had shifted under pressure, he had nothing to come.
It was left to the Bankable gelding Duke Nukem to chase the Aussie-bred chestnut home with a 0,9 length deficit at the line. Duke Nukem ran a cracker, despite making a respiratory noise in running.
The winner, an entry for the forthcoming Grand Parade Cape Guineas, registered a time of 87,04 secs.
The Sean Tarry-trained Lunar Approach finished with a solid rattle to secure third cheque, ahead of the 40-1 Belenos, who caught the eye in his post-maiden run.
Magic Moon bled in running and ran accordingly, finishing last and 8,25 lengths off.
A good looking chestnut, Suyoof took his scorecard to 2 wins with 1 place from 3 starts and stakes of R163 875.
He set a new record for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale session 2 when knocked down for $150 000.
He is by the outstanding sprinter miler Magic Albert Zeditave), a sire of the winners of over $20 million in prizemoney including Gr1 winners Ilovethiscity, Albert The Fat, Magic Cape and Fighting Warrior – the latter won in South Africa.
Suyoof is out of the twice-winning Danehill Dancer mare, Magic Harmony.
Magic Albert topped the sire averages in session 2 of the 2014 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with five yearlings offered and all sold at an average $232,000.