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Record Pick 6 At Turffontein

True To Life loves the sprints

Despite a rocky start to the 2019 Summer Cup day, the Turffontein Pick 6 pool rocketed to a record nett R21,2 million with the tote favourite True To Life  cruising to a first stakes success to open proceedings in the R200 000 Gr3 Magnolia Handicap.

The Northfields Stud-bred 3yo daughter of Drakenstein sire Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill) showed her appreciation of the course-and-distance to register a smart victory in the 1160m handicap under Chase Maujean and prove again that just when it looked a ‘field’ race in the big exotic, it was hardly needed to go more than a handful.

Chase Maujean gets down low as True To Life storms to victory (Pic- JC Photos)

Maujean had the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained galloper just off the pace set by the enthusiastic Singforafa and he brought her through her field at the 300m marker to win going away at 3-1 by three lengths in a time of 66,19 secs.

Roy Magner’s longshot Dancing Queen (28-1) chased late to keep the gallant Sarah out of second position. Tony Peter’s pre-race observation that Sarah was lumping 5,5kgs more than the same age True To Life came home to roost – but it was a handicap, after all!

Another Magner charge in Pool Party (13-1) rounded off the quartet.

The winner was offered by Lammerskraal Stud on the 2018 National Yearling Sale where Greenstreet Bloodstock signed the slip at R180 000.

She is out of Zim and SA seven-time winner Mina Salaam, who won the Zimbabwe Guineas, Queen Of The Sand and Bloodstock SA 2000 and achieved her victories from 1200m to 2000m.

She is a Medaglia D’oro daughter of ten-time winning Equus Champion, Circle Of Life.

True To  Life has won 4 races with 1 place from 7 starts for stakes of R369 625.

She was thought to have been likely to enjoy more ground but her worst run ever was in the 1600m Gr1 Thekwini Stakes last term. Sprinting is obviously her game.


Gr3 Magnolia Handicap (SAf-Gr3)

Turffontein, South Africa, November 30, R200k, 1160m, turf, good, 1.06.19

1 – TRUE TO LIFE (SAF), 53.0, b f 3, Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) – Mina Salaam (USA) by Medaglia D’oro (USA). Owner Messrs J F & L M F Wernars & Mrs T J Wernars; Breeder Northfields Stud; trainer JAJ v Vuuren; jockey C Maujean
2 – Dancing Queen (SAF), 56.0, b f 4, Mambo In Seattle (USA) – Jet Princess (SAF) by Jet Master (SAF)
3 – Sarah (SAF), 58.5, ch f 3, What A Winter (SAF) – Sylvie (SAF) by Dupont (GB)
Margins: 3.00, 0.25, 0.50

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6 comments on “Record Pick 6 At Turffontein

  1. Gary Turf says:

    Nonsense….She was bought by Robin Bruss as a yearling then bought by the Werners after 3rd run

    1. Editor says:

      Gary, our reference is the BSA website which confirms the original sale


      We are aware she changed hands subsequently

  2. Gordy says:

    Except for races 8 and 9, the winners in each leg of the Pick Six had couplings.
    Punters are crying for the couplings rule to be re-introduced. It makes no sense that the Tote would prefer to pay out millions to a few lucky punters (the majority of whom most probably took Pick Six perms running into hundreds of thousands) rather than the bread and butter punters who punt constantly. The bread and butter punters return to the tote, the other larger punters use mainly bookmakers. If punters are wrong about the couplings rule, why hasn’t the Tote undertaken a scientific exercise and shown us. Give punters what they want. If the Tote does not, punters will walk away.They have been doing this for ages. The Tote’s problem is that the people running the show are not listening to punters and have no idea of what they are doing.

  3. Shanil says:

    That is why professional punters cannot make a living in this country. We don’t need big wins but consistent smaller wins . This makes racing popular if a newcomer can even win 50.00 with his outlay. The PA paying 4 th place in big fields is also attractive to new punters. More winners who stay in the game . I want to make a profit no matter who small for my investment.

  4. Cj Aucamp says:

    People in the big leather chairs please take note what Gordy and Shanil said. Open the doors for our small owners and punters like me, dont chase us away…keep us in the game.

  5. William Milkovitch says:

    Nobody on our SP Bloggers People Pick 6 managed to select Shango and Zilzaal in their first three selections.

    5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ……Houston we have a problem


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