Milnerton-based Candice Bass-Robinson led a plunder by the Cape raiders on the final East Cape feature of 2019 when the What A Winter gelding Sacred Arrow kept on strongly to ward off Glen Kotzen’s Duc D’Orange and Paddy Kruyer’s Earth Hour in the R150 000 Listed Memorial Mile at Fairview on Friday.
One of the Sporting Post Best Bets on the eight-race turf programme, Sacred Arrow was easy to back and spoilt the year-end party for the rampant Kotzen-Winnaar partnership when he showed smart resolve late under a beautifully balanced ride by Aldo Domeyer.
Sacred Arrow (13-4) stayed on doggedly to beat Duc D’Orange (18-10) by a half length in a time of 97,87 secs.
Earth Hour finished in third, with Toltec the first local home in fourth.
The fourth of the raiders, the smart Elusive Silva, was always under a hard ride and failed to quicken down the inside rail.
A R250 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Sacred Arrow has won 6 races with 2 places from 16 starts for stakes of R424 300.
The winner was bred by the Gary Player Stud and is a son of Drakenstein sire What A Winter (Western Winter) out of the speedy seven-time winner Cheynenne (Rambo Dancer).
Ascot Stud’s Galileo sire Global View saw his first runner a winner last Friday when his daughter Delicasea won well for Alan Greeff. Global View made it two-from -two when his Ascot bred colt Global Drummer won first up by almost six lengths for Gavin Smith.
Alan Greeff trained three winners on the afternoon.
Ridgemont-sponsored East Cape Champion Greg Cheyne was the most successful jockey on the day with a double.