Yvette Bremner’s multiple stakes winner Gimme The Stars atoned for a boardroom decision that saw him demoted at his last start, when he came out with all guns blazing to win the R110 000 Founders Trophy at Fairview on Friday.
The final feature of the lean first month of the South African racing season hosted eight runners and looked to be competitive.
After Dawnbreaker had shown the way as he enjoys to do, the hat-trick bidding Union Jack failed to go through with his challenge in the home straight and it was Ryan Munger who produced the final act of the show in style.
Starting at a generous 7-1, Gimme The Stars powered home to beat the late flashing stayer Desert Wisdom by 0,75 lengths in a time of 95.24 secs.
The runner-up deserves a mention. It was a first run back home for the Jacques Strydom-trained son of Querari who had finished tailed off in the Gold Cup on Super Saturday at Greyville. He looked none the worse for wear here and the decent pace over the mile appeared to suit him.
The pacemaker Dawnbreaker and Union Jack were both rather one-paced late in the race failed to find the Bipot qualifiers.
Winning rider Ryan Munger scored his 14th win of the season and will soon be headed to Cape Town where he takes up a position with the powerful Kotzen Woodhill Racing Team.
A R250 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 purchase, Gimme The Stars has earned R564 075 from his 7 wins with 12 places from 26 starts.
A son of More Than Ready stallion Gimmethegreenlight, Gimme The Stars was bred by Patricia Devine Investments, from the one-time winning Jet Master mare, Cosmic Jet.
Fresh from his holiday, Greg Cheyne was quick into stride and banged the first two winners home for Alan Greeff. Louis Mxothwa also rode two winners – one each for Grant Paddock and Sharon Kotzen.
Now for the East Cape Racing Awards on Saturday evening!