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Sophomore – Plenty Of Quality

Remembering two past winners

Today’s Kenilworth feature, the Listed Sophomore Sprint, boasts some good winners over the years – most noteworthy probably are 2012 victor Tevez and Hong Kong export Strongman (2013).

Strong Man

The Glen Puller trained Strongman

The latter, a half-brother to SA Horse Of The Year Do It Again, raced under the name of Horse Of Fortune in the East.

The Avontuur-bred Caesour gelding Tevez bowed out of a distinguished track career in February this year.

Mike Bass and daughter Candice Bass-Robinson trained the soldier who had his first start at Kenilworth seven years ago.

Tevez peaked with a terrific double in the Merchants of 2013/14.

The well-related gelding retired with 9 wins and 22 places from 54 starts for stakes of over R1,5 million.

Tevez on the beach while still in training (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Glen Puller trained Strongman to win the Sophomore in 2013 under Karl Neisius.

The 8yo retired just a month after Tevez following his victory in the Gr1 Macau Hong Kong Trophy  at Taipa. After winning his first three starts for Puller, he was exported and won another seven races – amassing well over R20 million in stakes.

Strongman was bred by Northfields Stud, by Stronghold out of Casey Tibbs daughter, Sweet Virginia.

The Sophomore has been shuffled in the calendar – last year it was run at Durbanville and attracted a very small field.

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