The Betway Summer Cup day carryover Pick 6 pool soared to R12 127 000 as Lucky Houdalakis’ flyer Dyce ran his opposition off their feet to win the R400 000 New Turf Carriers Gr3 Merchants in the fashion of a speedster going places.
While the dramatic withdrawal of Tony Peter’s high-class 3yo Main Defender was the talking point, Dyce (9-10) jumped exotic favourite and pulled one back for punch-drunk players as he produced a display of low flying speed under Craig Zackey for the happy big day crowd and was never headed to beat Gladatorian (8-1) by 4,25 lengths in a time of 67,31 secs.
Danilo Danilovitch (33-1) gave the trifecta a lift as he ran into third, a further 1,50 lengths back.
Bred by Dave Shawe’s Titanium Racing, Dyce is by Cape Guineas winner William Longsword (Captain Al) out of the one-time winning Galileo mare, Beshaayir.
Dyce has won 6 races with 5 places from 12 starts for stakes of R734 500.
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Dyce was one of the best two-year-old’s of his crop, culminating in a big win in the Epol Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville turf, which he won by 4,30 lengths.
An injury then kept him off the racetrack for 15 months.
In his comeback he won second time out in impressive style in a Graduation Plate over 1200m and then finished a narrow second in the Grand Heritage to stablemate Duke Of Sussex, to whom he gave 3,5kg.
Dyce had one more run after the Grand Heritage before the next injury put him out for eight months.
Now a 5yo, he has won all his three starts on his return to action this term. He should pay to follow!