Yvette Bremner’s East Cape raider National Park is the only visitor in Saturday’s nine horse Gr1 SA Classic line-up at Turffontein and statistically it could be argued that, besides his top-class ability, history may also well be on his side.
Over the past decade, the SA Classic has been won by two away horses.
Karl Neisius steered English Garden to victory for Mike Bass in 2011 and Sean Cormack was at the controls when Paul Lafferty’s longshot Love Struck survived an objection by Robbie Fradd on the Geoff Woodruff-trained favourite Tellina in 2013.
Fradd lodged an objection against Love Struck on the grounds that his mount Tellina had been struck on the head in the closing stages. The head-on camera showed the two coming together and making contact before parting ways again.
But the Stipes took the view that the incident was not of sufficient weight to overturn the result.