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A Bridge To Glory

L'Ormarins Queen's Plate and Sun Met on the radar

Cape racing reaffirmed its newest and fastest rising star at Kenilworth on Sunday as the undefeated Rainbow Bridge produced an exercise gallop type stretch to win the R150 000 Cape Mile unextended, and make it five out of five.

The treble Gr3 winner was technically out at the handicap with Investec Cape Derby winner Eyes Wide Open and the stakes winner Fifty Cents, but his 104 rating looks like little more than an official number at this stage, shaded by the red tape of the restrictions on our handicappers.

Bernard Fayd’herbe and Rainbow Bridge are well clear (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Taking on ten opponents in the non black-type feature on a warm afternoon that saw him sweating badly, Bernard Fayd’herbe had Rainbow Bridge relaxed in midfield as the well-backed Silver Maple went hard out front in receipt of 9kgs.

The former Geoff Woodruff galloper went quickly under Lyle Hewitson and led The Slade, Fifty Cents and Copper Force into the 350m.

But in a matter of strides Rainbow Bridge lengthened and drew away from his field to win easily under the hands by 1,75 length in a time of 96,18 secs.

Silver Maple stayed on to bank second cheque, with the runner-up’s stablemate Platinum Prince finishing well for third.

The 2017 Gr2 Selangor Cup winner Rocket Countdown moved up but appeared in need of the run and flattened to run a 3,40 length fourth.

Derby winner Eyes Wide Open was beaten into fifth.

“I was going at my own pace – I just wanted him to drop the bit and enjoy it. And he did just that. He has a great turn of foot and is a very smart horse. This was a gallop – he is an athlete and loves to run,” said Bernard Fayd’herbe who was only a passenger for the mile.

No sweat – almost! (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Trainer Eric Sands confirmed that as Rainbow Bridge has settled down he is showing more ability. “He is phenomenal and we will now go to the Green Point, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and then the Sun Met on 26 January, “ he added.

A winner of 5 from 5 and stakes of R612 50, Rainbow Bridge, who races in the blue and yellow silks of the late Chris Gerber, was a R300 000 National Yearling Sale buy.

He was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein and is a 4yo gelded son of Ideal World (Kingmambo) out of the versatile seven-time winner Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master), whose successes included the 2013 Gr3 Prix Du Cap.

Eric Sands trained the dam for Gavin Walker until she was sold to Mauritzfontein, in whose silks she raced for Mike de Kock until the end of her career.

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10 comments on “A Bridge To Glory

  1. Many congrats & fantastic for you, Mr.Sands.

    It was so endearing to hear how Bernard Fayd’herbe mentioned Rainbow Bridge’s previous groom who passed away.

    Here’s hoping RB reignites the halcyon days Mr Sands experienced with Jungle warrior and Flobayou

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    I have to say that Stan Elley lacks compassion and empathy, at a very emotional moment for the late Mr Gerber’s connections. He was so flippant and casual, while Bernard Fayd’hrtbe and Eric Sands were quite emotional and poignant during the interview. Stan Elley is a really poor presenter at the emotional times. He has to up his game!

    1. Editor says:

      Entitled to your viewpoint Michael, but do not agree with you.
      Every individual expresses emotion differently.

      Stan is a vastly experienced gentleman and did nothing wrong.

  3. gavin says:

    i agree with michael. he showed no compassion.

  4. Stan’s presenting style is safe, dead pan & predictable.

    When on TV( a presenter) your style of expression my not be as palatable to viewers as compared to your outstanding demeanor or personality at home or those characteristics know to your friends.

    Stan’s style puts me to sleep. A Rip van Winkle of presenters

    and now…back to horses – Snow Dance won’t be able to live with Rainbow Bridge in the QP

  5. Russell says:

    SnowDance couldn’t ‘live’ with either FIORELLA or REDBERRY LANE – overrated in my humble opinion.

  6. Yes Russell, it looks that way with her, doesn’t it. I thought I used her as a comparison as she is the Snaith’s stable 1600m star.

  7. Michael Higgs says:

    Mr Milkovitch i told you the exacta in the met last year.Gave you the July winner this year.If all goes well rainbow bridge will win Met by 5 l. He will also beat legal eagle in the queens plate. I think snowdance loves the Cape in relation to Durban.In terms of Mr Elley his done alot for racing so we must not be to harsh on him.I would like to know if Mr Kotzen will run Herodotus in Mey because that is a serious 3yo over 1800m and more !

  8. Hello Michaaaeel, how you ? Stan still puts me to sleep as a TV product. Just like the grey southeaster that won’t go away.

    I’m never harsh, just truthful. Other than that, I’m an absolute delight ! ????

    Love to your Mom

  9. Undercover Agent v Rainbow Bridge should be a treat

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