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Punters On The Canvas

Hills deliver Boxing Day knockout

The father-and-son training team of Robbie and Shannon Hill produced the knockout blow that floored Pick 6 punters at Greyville on Boxing Day.

The upper cut came courtesy of the chestnut filly Camphoratus, who charged home at any price to win the R250 000 Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes.

Camphoratus comes forward on the outside to win under Calvin Habib (Pic – Candiese Marnewick/Gold Circle)

On a day where the Joburg raiders battled to get a shout in edgeways,  Calvin Habib rode a beautifully judged race from off the pace on the Hill galloper, who coincidentally also gave her beautifully bred Mauritzfontein-based sire a first SA stakes winner.

After Fort Ember and the favourite Arianos Shadow had done much of the donkey work, Camphoratus moved up powerfully and went to the line with Roy’s Riviera looking her only danger.

At the post Camphoratus proved the stronger and she registered a deserved first stakes score by a quarter length in a time of 96,90 secs.

Calvin Habib – balanced ride

Fort Ember was not disgraced under her 62kg topweight and she held on for third a further half length away with Twice As Smart rounding off a decent quartet dividend.

Arianos Shadow was beaten just under two lengths.



Bred by Rob and Michele Pickering, who sourced and originally stood the winner’s sire Byword before he was sold on and relocated to Mauritzfontein, Camphoratus was purchased for R50 000 by Hill Racing off the 2016 KZN Sibaya Yearling Sale.

She is a daughter of Byword (Peintre Celebre) out of an unraced US bred Horse Chestnut mare Wild Camphor. Camphoratus has won 4 races with 5 places from 14 starts for stakes of R422 325.

Byword is one of 12 Gr1 winners sired by French champion Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev), and is out of former Broodmare Of The Year Binche, dam also of four time Gr1 winner Proviso. This is the same family as 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint winner Peniaphobia and US champion racemare Wandesta.


Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Greyville, South Africa, December 26, R250k, 1600m, turf, good, 1.36.09

1 – CAMPHORATUS (SAF), 60.0, ch f 4, Byword (GB) – Wild Camphor (USA) by Horse Chestnut (SAF). Owner Messrs L J Muir, S Manicom, G R Sadleir & Mr & Mrs Rob Pickering T/A Middlefield Stud; Breeder R & Mrs Pickering; trainer RA Hill/SR Hill; jockey C Habib
2 – Roy’s Riviera (AUS), 60.0, b f 4, All Too Hard (AUS) – Donna Amata (AUS) by Anabaa (USA)
3 – Fort Ember (SAF), 62.0, b m 6, Elusive Fort (SAF) – Glowing Ember (SAF) by Kahal (GB)
Margins: 0.25, 0.50, 0.05

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2 comments on “Punters On The Canvas

  1. Brian says:

    I’ve met Robbie once. He was preparing to ride Art d vive in the Clairwood staying feature which he won. It’s great he’s training with his Son.

    Well done and the very best to you guys!!!

  2. Raj.Sewlall says:

    Both father n son deserved this win waited 4 a long time 2 win a feature race hard work pays off also well done 2 the jockey rode a masterful race

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