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Soqrat Has No Answers To Zouaves

Woodruff gelding boosts Classic Day Pick 6 dividend

Jockey Marco van Rensburg has a knack of producing the big race body blows and the former citizen of Sasolburg knocked the stuffing out of the Turffontein Pick 6 for many punters when he produced longshot Zouaves with a well-timed effort from a poor draw to win the R400 000 Gr2 Hawaii Stakes.

Marco van Rensburg gets Zouaves up to beat Cascapedia (Gavin Lerena) in an exciting climax to the Hawaii Stakes – the favourite Soqrat is obscured on the rail (Pic – JC Photos)

Van Rensburg, who turns 36 next month, put all of his years of experience to good use when he allowed Zouaves time to drop in and catch his breath from the worst of the draw, as Captain Aldo and Arabian Beat carted them along at a nice pace.

Turning for home, Zouaves only had three behind him as Randall Simons pulled the trigger early on the popular favourite Soqrat , who swept into the lead just inside the 400m as stablemate Cascapedia also looked dangerous.

With Cascapedia appearing to lug in and cause some chaos behind her, the De Kock pair rushed to the line as Van Rensburg produced Zouaves with a great effort.

At the wire Zouaves was going best of the three and the 5yo gelding got the nod by 0,30 lengths in a time of 83.75 secs.

Soqrat would have disappointed his legion of supporters as he dropped out of the Bipot and the Pick 6, but was not disgraced and may well have gone closer with a marginally more patient ride.

Trained by Geoff Woodruff, the diminutive Danika Stud-bred Zouaves was a R225 000 purchase off the CTS 2015 Emperors Palace Johannesburg Premier Yearling Sale.

He is a son of the ill-fated Sail From Seattle (Gone West) out of the one-time winner, Zayna (Jallad).

Zouaves  took his win tally to 7 with 9 places from 21 starts.

He has earned R888 475 and with this confidence booster, could go on with even bigger fish to fry.


Gr2 Hawaii Stakes (SAf-Gr2)

Turffontein, South Africa, March 2, R400k, 1400m, turf, good, 1.23.75

1 – ZOUAVES (SAF), 58.0, b g 5, Sail From Seattle (USA) – Zayna (SAF) by Jallad (USA). Owner Mesdames A Devachander & C Woodruff; Breeder Danika Stud; trainer GV Woodruff; jockey M v Rensburg
2 – Cascapedia (IRE), 56.5, b m 5, High Chaparral (IRE) – Janoubi (GB) by Dansili (GB)
3 – Soqrat (AUS), 57.0, b c 3, Epaulette (AUS) – Elzeeza (AUS) by Hussonet (USA)
Margins: 0.30, 0.20, 1.10

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2 comments on “Soqrat Has No Answers To Zouaves

  1. Wayne Fouche says:

    I saw the writing on the wall when listening to Matthew De Kock’s interview in the morning so I played to beat him but sadly (for me) did not find the winner.

  2. Sean says:

    I am quite surprised that not much comment has been made regarding the substantial interference created by one of the top jockeys on Saturday. Race 3 (was apertiser for what was to come), in my opinion did bump Verdier which seemed enough to cost him the race. Then the “horror” of the day on Sylvan On Fire when he took out a plethora of horses on his inside and finally rounded it off by knocking another horse when riding Cascapedia and also resulting in Soqrat moving towards the rail. Ride like that in Maritius and there would have been an Uber waiting to drop you off at airport. Surely, our standards need to be raised!

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