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No Stopping Snaith!

Racing made easy - by the Snaith Racing Team

Trainer Justin Snaith reeled off an extraordinary winning streak and marketing coup when saddling the first five winners on the flagship J&B Met card at Kenilworth on Saturday. The big winning run from the top Cape yard included the R150 000 Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes with the Captain Al colt, Sergeant Hardy.

Sgt Hardy wins L Summer Juvenile

S’manga Khumalo pushes Sergeant Hardy out to an impressive win (Pic – Wayne Marks)

In typical big race day showboat style, the Snaiths had all of their major firepower in action and when one opened the card their 36 runners suggested that there would be some serious action. But the winning streak beat anything we have seen from them in recent times – with everything going sweetly to plan.

The yard had a trio of runners in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes and despite the money pouring on the unraced Bishop’s Bounty, it was debut winner Sergeant Hardy who came up trumps under S’manga Khumalo.

Bishop’s Bounty, a full brother to the top class Red Ray, Brutal Force and Narnia,went off at even money and was settled in midfield, as Sergeant Hardy defied the headwind to lead the pack, from pacy PE debut runner, Pacific Spirit.

At the 300m marker, the 3-1 shot Sergeant Hardy kicked again, and with Karl Zechner riding for his life on the chasing Pacific Spirit, the winning post came up comfortably with Sergeant Hardy clocking 60,12 secs for the 1000m and winning by 0,75 lengths.

Bishop’s Bounty had a few traffic issues, and only got going late – he failed by a short head to bank the second cheque.

The filly Felicity Flyer ran into fourth, with the Snaith’s Var Ahead out of the money – after finding himself outpaced early.

The winner is raced by his breeder Veronica Foulkes, and rumoured to be a ‘roarer’ – he apparently failed the Vet at sale.

An emotional Veronica Foulkes conceded that Sergeant Hardy had his breathing problems, but expressed the hope that confining him to races up the straight would limit the impact.

Trainer Justin Snaith said that he had prepared Sergeant Hardy for the Ready To Run and had been impressed by him – and was very happy to get him back.

He was a R450 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 buy and bred by Normandy Stud. The colt is by champion sire Captain Al out of the four-time winner Hard Lady (by Hard Up), who also raced in the vieux rose and white silks.

Sergeant Hardy has won two from two and took his stakes earnings to R134 375.

Snaith’s other winners amongst the first five were Fire Master, Star Express and Qing – all ridden by Piere Strydom, while Bernard Fayd’herbe got Acaciawood home in the third race.

And the day is far from over!




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8 comments on “No Stopping Snaith!

  1. Barry Irwin says:

    Marketing coup? How so?

    1. Editor says:

      Best way for a trainer to market his business, surely – winners on a big day in front of a mixed market?

    2. Marketing Coup?????????? Really!!

  2. Walla says:

    I think Snaith should think about entering Futura in harness racing, Because I heard Futura and Jockey
    is pulling a scrap cart there somewhere in Phillipi after yesterday’s poor run…LoL

  3. pmb says:

    Well if I was suddenly interested in getting involved after enjoying the Met, but didn’t know who to contact, the name Snaith would certainly would have stuck in my head after yesterday.

  4. Eron says:

    Well done to Snaith racing, great achievement however it really took the gloss of the whole meeting. Having like three runners per race not knowing which Jockey was on the right horse kept Punters scratching their heads. I saw different owners winning different races apart from Michael de Broglio scoring a double but I’m surprised that probably the yard’s biggest supporters in Jack Mitchell and Mrs Rupert failed to lead in a winner on Cape Town’s biggest race day. Amazing….

  5. Oscar Foulkes says:

    After the CTS Premier Sale, Sergeant Hardy was found to have a paralysed right vocal chord, which resulted in the sale being cancelled. It’s usually the left side that has problems.

    Various treatments were tried, and he was then entered for the Ready to Run. He was scoped again before the sale, but the problem had not improved. Before going through the ring, the auctioneer announced the result of the scope.

    In his usual phlegmatic way, Chris Snaith observed that it didn’t seem to be bothering the horse. The jockey who galloped him before the sale hadn’t noticed any undue sounds.

    So, he went into training, with the idea of giving him a run early to see how he coped in a race. That turned out OK, hence the follow-up on Met day.

    He doesn’t seem to be a ‘roarer’, in that he doesn’t make load breathing noises.

    Time will tell…

  6. great achievement. you can see chris is still the brains behind the operation and the sons are learning from him. well done and thankyou for the openness. one always knows where one stands. your two best best both won. wish more guys that know what they doing could take a leaf out of your book. on the downside it might be time to retire the two big horses

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