The 2017 KZN Yearling Sale Million winner Al Mariachi scored a major upset when winning last Saturday’s Champ de Mars feature, the Gr3 Noble Salute Cup.
The son of Green Desert stallion Great Britain registered his third win on the island, and provided the Simon Jones yard with their first Group race win.
Grabbing the lead from the jump, the speedy gelding, formerly trained in Philippi by Brett Crawford, stayed on well under Vijay-Anand Bundhoo.
A R70 000 KZN Yearling Sale graduate, the Riverton Stud bred flyer is out of the maiden, Senorita Al (Captain Al).
Fifteen entries were received for this coming Saturday’s feature and first classic of the season, The Gr2 Duchess Of York Cup, which will be contested over 1400m.
The Gujadhur yard has the largest number of entries in this race in Africa Rising, Made To Conquer and Ehsaan.
An interesting entry is SA Gr1 winner Undercover Agent, who with Fools Gold, represents the Ricky Maingard stable.
Note that there will be no false rail at the Champ de Mars on Saturday.
The shipment of 24 horses that were expected from SA on Friday, has been delayed to 7 July.
The list, with trainer indicated, is:
Merven: Bollinger, Kingsman, Ladder Man, Fundraiser, Sea Air
Daby: Hardfallingrain, Sea Dance
Gujadhur: Wave /
Hurchund: What A Kid, Brooklyn’s Choice /
Nagadoo: Eagles Vision, Zeno
Rousset: Captain Flynt, Captain Garett, Blackburn Roc, Ron’s Joy, Crazy Charlie
Sewdyal: The Dazzler
Jones: Alameery, Nimitz
J.M. Henry: Clouded Hill
Narang: Capkuta, Lasair
Maingard: Travelin Man