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SA Champ Sinks Them

Punters on the backfoot at Kenilworth

In a sensational swoop from some lengths off the action, Elusive Fort’s athletic daughter Safe Harbour became the first filly to win the R2,5 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes.

She collared the gallant pacemaker Sergeant Hardy in the final strides to bank the biggest cheque of her career.

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Weichong Marwing drives Safe Harbour through a gap down the inside – as Sergeant Hardy (Anthony Delpech) battles on (Pic – Wayne Marks)

South African champion trainer Sean Tarry has had a few near misses in this generously endowed Cape Thoroughbred Sales graduate race, but he can thank the masterful Weichong Marwing on a superbly talented filly for putting it all together with a dazzling display of ice-cool race riding.

With Gr1 Gold Medallion winner Always In Charge well drawn and topping the boards, and Gr2 Golden Horseshoe star Zodiac Ruler drawn right alongside him,  the 2016 renewal – the fourth running of the race – was labelled the best so far.

The contest didn’t disappoint as a spectacle – although punters were left licking their wounds.

Safe Harbour was one of a number of victims of the early scrimmaging and she had to be checked off the heels of Always In Charge, who himself was forced to ease off heels shortly after the start. Marwing eventually settled Safe Harbour in midfield as Anthony Delpech tried to repeat his 2015 front-running feat, with Sergeant Hardy leading Elusive Path.

Into the home run, Sergeant Hardy kicked again as he grabbed two lengths on his field, with Safe Harbour appearing to hit a flat spot, having many lengths to make up.

Weichong Marwing in top form on Saturday

Weichong Marwing – what a ride!

But with a few cracks of the whip and a switch to the inside for daylight, the internationally experienced Marwing rode a determined finish as Safe Harbour took off and stormed down the rail – narrowly avoiding the shifting in pacemaker Sergeant Hardy, to win going away by 0,75 lengths in a time of 85,06 secs.

Despite some rather below-par form in his Cape Town yard in recent weeks, Justin Snaith would have taken Sergeant Hardy’s gallant second with both hands – he also trains the fourth placed Bishop’s Bounty.

One of the lesser fancied of the seven Mayfair Speculators runners, Vaughan Marshall’s Elusive Path was always in the firing line and found a good finish to come again for third.

The favourite Always In Charge never showed after that early check, and was forced to check again at the 200m with Purple Tractor tiring. He didn’t look like he had much to come at that stage and disappointed his followers when plodding into seventh position and 4 lengths off the winner.

The well-supported Gr1 winner Zodiac Ruler could only finish ninth and 5,15 lengths off.

Stakes were paid all the way down to tenth position, with the slow-off Australian-bred Newlands picking up R30 000 as the last of the money earners.

Sean Tarry - day ended well

Sean Tarry – fancied Safe Harbour

SA champion trainer Sean Tarry, who was enjoying his tenth wedding anniversary, and had his wife Karen on course to celebrate the occasion, said he was ‘not surprised’.

“Safe Harbour had no luck in the Emperors Palace Ready To Run Cup from her wide draw, so we could put a line through that run. She came in off a perfect prep, this was her third run after a rest and she had a good draw – she was the best of our three,” said Tarry.

Bred by Dr Jim Antrobus, Safe Harbour is a daughter of Elusive Fort out of the Rakeen mare, Saint Isidora. She should go 2000m on that breeding.

She was originally offered on the 2015 CTS March Yearling Sale when consigned by Highlands Farms.

Kuda Insurance signed the chit at R100 000 there and she then went through the ring on the Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale when purchased by leading owner Chris van Niekerk for R180 000 – Kuda boss Wehann Smith shrewdly retaining a share in the process.

Safe Harbour took her stakes banked with this victory to R1 500 750. She has won 3 races with 3 places from 8 starts.

Safe Harbour is entered for the Cape Fillies Guineas and it will be interesting to see whether she takes on the challenge in two weeks from now.

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  1. pmb says:

    Cele had a big outcome on the race having crossed the field very early and compressing them, causing Always in charge(and those behind him) to check early. I would be surprised if there wasn’t some repercussions for him.

    He then closed off the space Always in Charge was running into then stopped, leaving Always In charge nowhere to go in the finish, and having to check around him.

    Winner had a great race. Fit well and ridden well from a good draw. the whole team deserves the win. Sgt Hardy really faltered only in the last 100 and gets credit. Elusive path stayed on from handy but was also responsible for losing his stablemate Lord Balmoral a stride or 2 , but he himself looked not shabby.
    I think Bishops Bounty came away with street cred, having gotten caught wide by the compressed start and staying wide the whole way. Despite that, was probably the strongest finisher and looks a threat in the classics. Likewise Newlands made it difficult for himself but finished well.

    I don’t think the form will hold up that well and a number of the runners that only had minimal prep will come on from today.

    1. karel says:

      here’s the Stipes:
      THE STARTER REPORTED:

      a) NEWLANDS (AUS) (D Dillon) jumped awkwardly losing one length and thereafter was slow into stride.
      b) BISHOP’S BOUNTY (P Strydom) was restless in the stalls.

      THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED: (TN)

      a) Approaching the 1200m ALWAYS IN CHARGE (A Marcus) was forced to ease off heels. An Inquiry will be opened regarding this report.
      b) ALWAYS IN CHARGE (A Marcus) was switched out off the heels of a tiring PURPLE TRACTOR (S Cele) to continue his run at about the 200m.
      c) In the concluding stages SERGEANT HARDY (A Delpech) shifted in sharply and had to be straightened, then rolled outwards, which resulted in LORD BALMORAL (AUS) (M J Byleveld) having to steady at the finish.
      d) SAFE HARBOUR (W Marwing), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer S G Tarry was advised. (SN)
      e) SERGEANT HARDY (A Delpech), the second placed horse, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer S J Snaith was advised. (CvA)

      1. egblach says:

        The interference at the beginning of the race was kind of deliberate and avoidable.
        He took the Purple “taxi” and crossed 3 lanes to slow down to pick up passengers, causing a bit of checking. I also think anything on the inside of him looking to either settle in or go forward was cramped by him crossing over, while it made it easier for those coming to lead from the outside, because nothing in the middle was able to go forward initially thanks to him.

        The interference at the 1200m was more due to the Tractor running low on diesel and a lack of effort to avoid causing interference rather than deliberate.

        1. karel says:

          here’s the result of the inquiry.

          INQUIRY – JOCKEY P S CELE

          The National Horseracing Authority confirms that at an Inquiry held in Cape Town on 22 November 2016, Jockey Sihle Cele, the rider of PURPLE TRACTOR, was charged with a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that he failed to ensure that he was sufficiently clear when he shifted inwards at about the 1200m, which resulted in ALWAYS IN CHARGE (A Marcus) being forced to ease for a number of strides in Race 6 at Kenilworth Racecourse on 19 November 2016.

          Jockey Cele pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was found guilty of the charge.

          After considering all the mitigating factors, the Board suspended him from riding in races for a period of 7 days.

          Jockey Cele was given the Right of Appeal against both the finding and the penalty imposed.

  2. Warrenl says:

    On a slightly different note – Once again I can not applaud the Lanzerac Team enough , for once again on a fantastic day.
    From the Top to the Bottom a very big thank to The Estate Manager and staff without leaving anyone out.
    These are the kind of sponsors racing needs to bring the crowds back.
    I have had the opportunity to stay over a couple of times and have never left disappointed. One of my favourite places in the world to relax.
    If anyone has not had a chance to visit the Estate, I do suggest that you go , it is well  worth it.

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