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Sands Aims For Third Cape Derby Win

Watch Jungle Warrior's 1988 win here

Milnerton trainer Eric Sands won the Cape Derby in 1988 with Jungle Warrior and in 2001 with Grand Jete. He also won it in 2006 with Moneybags but lost the race in the boardroom to Floatyourboat.

On Saturday he saddles his 2019 Met winner Rainbow Bridge’s Philanthropist half-brother Golden Ducat, who races in the Wilgerbosdrift silks, in the big race.

When asked for comparisons to his past Derby stars, Eric says that he is still ‘in the dark’.

“This is only Golden Ducat’s fifth start. He is going in very unexposed relative to my past Derby winners. It is documented that he is a horse with problems and I will have him as well and as fit as possible on Saturday. We will know better where we stand with him in the bigger scheme of things after the race,” he added.

Eric’s son Francis, on holiday here from overseas where he is studying, kindly sent us this movie of Jungle Warrior’s Cape Derby win 32 years ago under Basil Marcus.

The Gr1 Cape Derby was first run as the Western Province Derby in 1925 over 2400m for a stake of £600 including £200 donated by the Jockey Club.

It was won by the filly Desert Born on the 7th March. Since then it has been run over different distances and at two racetracks.

It was renamed the Cape of Good Hope Derby in 1946 and run over 2400m.

Click on the image below for the Cape Derby day racecard


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16 comments on “Sands Aims For Third Cape Derby Win

  1. Editor says:

    Who was the commentator on the 1988 clip?

  2. Roderick Mattheyse says:


  3. Rian says:

    Maybe Hennie Pietersen ??

  4. Gary Turf says:

    Neil Duffy……Was top class…..Wonder where he is now

  5. Gary Turf says:

    Think it was Neil Duffy…..Any idea where he is today?

    1. Editor says:

      No idea
      Hopefully one of our posters may know

    2. Editor says:

      Gary, somebody just said Neil Duffy was a partner at Vince Gibbons, a sports (mainly cricket) production company, at the Longkloof Studios in Cape Town
      But that was yonks ago

    3. Editor says:

      Neill Duffy is now resident in USA.
      Chief Executive at 17 Sport.
      Thanks to all that sent us the information!

  6. Pmb says:

    Great win.


    Ayacucho, trained by Guy Rixon.

    Did you see how smartly Jungle Warrior pushes his knees and lower front legs out when trotting back…

    I remember Coolstar clashing with Jungle Warrior twice early in that summer season, in December & then again in the Guineas, I think.


    Thanks for the memories Mr. Ed.

    Then my fellow racegoers of colour would chirp – “Jhay Moegamat, sien jy ,is weer Bassille Maarcus ne`. Nie dai ander Puller van jou, wat ry net wanna hy wil,”

    Hell that was good entertainment for me

  9. Gary Turf says:

    Neil Duffy

  10. Seattle Slew says:

    Thank you Mr Ed for posting this video – one of my favourite horses and a very happy memory for me (I was in Standard 7!). Is there any chance that you could obtain footage of Pas de Quoi’s Derby win in 1990? He is one of the forgotten heroes of the SA turf and one can only wonder what he could have achieved had his career not been interrupted by injury – we would be speaking of him as one of the all-time greats..

    1. Editor says:

      Will have a look , Seattle

  11. Josh says:

    Mr ed….please inform punters that had a bet on jebel Ali race 1…that tabgold had the no.6 scratched but it ran second ,according to tabgold there is a glitche in there system ,if any1 had a bet in that race hold on to all tickets it should be a null an void race

    1. Editor says:

      Yes Josh, we drew it to their attention immediately after race
      Seems they voided all bets bar the win.
      Hopefully they will tell the public via a press release

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