Frank Robinson 1-2 In DStv Gold Vase

DStv Gr3 Gold Vase

Summerveld trainer Frank Robinson and his staunch owner Sid Moodley celebrated a memorable Hollywoodbets Durban July day feature exacta, when Sporting Post-sponsored Kaidan Brewer steered Madison Valley ahead of his stablemate Shoot The Stars to win the R300 000 DStv Gr3 Gold Vase.

Sporting Post-sponsored Kaidan Brewer steers Madison Valley (Pic - Pauline Herman)

Sporting Post-sponsored Kaidan Brewer steers Madison Valley to victory (Pic – Pauline Herman)

The opening leg of the big day Pick 6 produced a minor rocket, with the exotic bet reaching a pool of R15 004 912, sadly quite some way short of the projected R20 million.

But it was a race Frank Robinson and owner Sid Moodley will remember for some years to come, with their two 3yo’s Madison Valley and Shoot The Rapids, both going off at 16-1, filling the exacta, which paid R178-90.

Madison Valley was always going the better and held off Shoot The Rapids by 0,40 lengths in a time of 192,11 secs.

The old man Nebraas (14-1), skipped through late for third a further 1,50 lengths away, with Snaith’s One Way Traffic (10-1) rounding off the quartet under UK visitor, Danny Muscutt.

A R220 000 BSA November 2yo Sale graduate, Madison Valley was bred by the high-riding Clifton Stud, who sold Thursday’s KZN Yearling Sale second ranked seller.

Madison Valley is a 3yo son of deceased Kingmambo stallion Mambo In Seattle out of the five-time winning Al Mufti mare Valdovino, who raced for Verna Roberts.

This was a first stakes success for Madison Valley, who has now scored 3 times from his 11 starts with 4 places and stakes of R361 000.

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