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JR’s Not Bluffing This Time!

Top Cape trainer grabs a second Gold Cup

Milnerton maestro Joey Ramsden has always been regarded as one of our top trainers of stayers, and while more than fifty shades greyer than he was when winning his first Gold Cup – then a Gr1 – in 2004 with Major Bluff, he returned to clinch a prize that he describes as ‘one of the most difficult on the calendar’ at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Considering the British-born conditioner’s time proven skills with stamina horses, one would be inclined to think that 2004 to 2019 is an unlikely long time between Gold Cup drinks.

But the charismatic and fearless campaigner wasn’t arguing the history of it as he graciously accepted the beautiful trophy for Dynasty’s Blossom – the first member of the fairer sex to win the Gold Cup since Dean Kannemeyer’s Colonial Girl in 2000 – in the company of part-owner Maine Chance Farms’ representative Glen Hatt.

Nooresh Juglall gets Dynasty’s Blossom up late in the race to hold off Bernard Fayd’herbe and Made To Conquer (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

There was plenty of sentimentality attached to the moment as it was Hatt who was aboard when the lightly weighted Major Bluff squeaked in ahead of Double Reef fifteen years ago – the latter coincidentally partnered by present-day GTV presenter Kevin Shea, who was behind the stalls at the start in collar and tie on Saturday.

The race panned out perfectly for the Joey Ramsden Racing Team as Keagan de Melo kept the pack honest aboard the gallant Dark Moon Rising, who took the initiative and had five lengths on his field at the 400m.

But after Doublemint flickered briefly, it was Dynasty’s Blossom (20-1) who weaved her way through the stampede from off the pace to hold off the attentions of Made To Conquer (15-1) by 0,80 lengths in a time of 205,83 secs.

It’s My Turn won the race in 205,20 secs in 2018.

The Ridgemont Highlands deceased stallion Dynasty sired the exacta.

Stablemate to the runner-up, the SP top-rated Doublemint loomed up menacingly late, but was outrun in the finish to finish a not disgraced third, a further 0,40 lengths back.

Joey and his young ‘assistant’ Ruby at his Milnerton HQ

Mauritian jockey Nooresh Juglall, who quit Singapore racing suddenly in April this year for family reasons, rode a perfectly judged race and said that he had been briefed by multiple Gold Cup winning rider, Glen Hatt.

Consigned by Highlands Farm, Dynasty’s Blossom was knocked down to the Mayfair Speculators/Coolmore/Maine Chance Farms partnership for R4,5 million at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale – where she topped the charts on Day 2.

She is out of the Danehill Dancer sired Gr3 Final Fling Stakes winner Crimson Blossom, who won seven races from 1200m to 2000m. Her fourth dam, Delsy, produced Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club winner and leading sire Darshaan.

A courageous runner-up behind the Gold Cup absentee Walter Smoothie in the Gr3 Gold Vase on July day at the same track, this was Dynasty’s Blossom’s first stakes success and the big victory has enhanced the well-bred mare’s paddock prospects.

She has now won 3 races with 11 places from 21 starts for stakes of R1 193 350.

Ramsden enjoyed one previous feature success in the 2019 SA Champions Season – courtesy of the hardknocking Twist Of Fate in the KRA Guineas back in May.


Gr3 eLan Gold Cup (SAf-Gr3)

Greyville, South Africa, July 27, R1.25 million, 3200m, turf, good, 3.25.83

1 – DYNASTY’S BLOSSOM (SAF), 55.0, b f 4, Dynasty (SAF) – Crimson Blossom (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE). Owner Mrs John Magnier, Jagessar Limited (Nom: Mr Alan Cooper) & Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Dr W A & Mrs N Jacobs); Breeder Highlands & G Jaffee; trainer J Ramsden; jockey N Juglall
2 – Made To Conquer (SAF), 59.5, b g 5, Dynasty (SAF) – Festive Occasion (SAF) by Casey Tibbs (IRE)
3 – Doublemint (SAF), 58.5, ch c 4, Twice Over (GB) – Nepeta (NZ) by Tale Of The Cat (USA)
Margins: 0.80, 0.40, 0.60

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3 comments on “JR’s Not Bluffing This Time!

  1. Devon Faizal Patrix says:

    Still cant believe that on Champions day with a few Gr1s and Gr2s, THE GOLD CUP is a Gr3
    Granted wasnt a great field but this is a time honored race that followed the July

  2. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Agree 100%. Downgraded from a Gr1 to 3 in no time. This was a Good Field.

    Thing is we have Gr1 races for 2yr Olds with maiden form?

    Hopefully this is looked at and corrected in consultation over the next 10 years.

    Great day’s racing, Well Done to Gold Circle, Fantastic season ??

    En n bietjie G*t Kruip ?, but mean it…

    BIG Thank You to Mr Ed, SP team for all the wonderful Big Race articles, updates etc – The July build up started early in Feb ?

    (Time for a break and a getaway KNP)

  3. Dick Adcock says:

    Double Mint was the Sporting Post top rated horse for both the July and the Gold Cup. Although the record books won’t show it, the horse was probably the unluckiest of the winter feature race season. With a mediocre draw in the July the rider had little option but to use the horse up racing wide early, and whilst being right there 300 metres out, there was nothing left in the final 200. With the benefit of a good draw in the Gold Cup it was surprising to see Double Mint turn in to the straight nearer last than first, then cover extra ground moving to the outside of the track, before running on over the final 400 to go down by just over a length. After the July run Double Mint was great value in the early AP betting at 33’s and 25’s, dropped immediately to 10 when Marcus was booked for the ride, and eventually went off favourite. As things turned out it looked far from being one of Anton’s best rides.

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