Gabriell Again – This Time For Robyn Klaasen

Gutsy end-to-end victory

Just a fortnight after booting home his career first feature success, 20 year old Gabriell Pieterse rode a cracker from the front to win the R150 000 Listed Jacaranda Handicap on the 66-1 longshot Bureau Des Legende at Turffontein on Saturday.

While it was a popular outcome for the minority that included the Legislate 4yo in their Pick 6 perms, Pieterse did the honours in professional style and marked a maiden stakes victory for new lady trainer, Robyn Klaasen.

On Classic Day, the young jockey was in the cockpit when Infinite Wonder won the Europa Point Listed Drum Star Handicap and he was clearly thrilled on Saturday to have his Zambia-based Mum Candice on course to enjoy the moment.

Bureau De Legendes stays on resolutely under Gabriell Pieterse (Pic – JC Photos)

It was a straightforward affair, with Bureau Des Legende breaking well and dictating matters for much of the 1800m trip. This was her maiden stakes success and her first victory beyond a mile.

Into the run for home, the gutsy filly drifted out marginally but maintained a good gallop to hold the more fancied and overdue Queen Of Shadows (9-2) under overweight Keagan de Melo to 0,40 lengths in a time of 111,05 secs.

Terra Time (6-1) looked well in the preliminaries and stayed on best for third, a further 0,60 lengths back.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, the winner is a 4yo daughter of Dynasty stallion Legislate out of the twice-winning Western Winter mare, Arabian Winter.

A R30 000 purchase off the August Online Sale of 2022, she is raced by Nu-Atlas Racing (Nom: Mr P J Klaasen) and took her stats tally to 6 wins with 4 places from 21 starts for stakes of R424 625.

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