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Gr1 winner for Maine Chance stallion Lateral


Weichong Marwing has Bilateral in full flight as she gets up to beat Alboran Sea and Pine Princess

The R600 000 Gr1 Golden Slipper produced the bomb result of the afternoon at Greyville on Saturday when Maine Chance stallion Lateral celebrated his first stakes winner in the form of the Weiho Marwing-trained Bilateral.

The least fancied runner in the field of fourteen was still some way back at the 300m marker and looked to have no chance of getting to the leaders. But in an emotional race for the Marwing brothers, Weichong started asking Bilateral for an effort and she responded like a missile, taking off down the inside rail to catch the Australian bred favourite Alboran Sea in the final strides.

There was plenty of merit in Bilateral’s win as she was outpaced and jumped from an 11 draw. On the flipside of the coin, Alboran Sea had everything in her favour from her 1 draw, although she did jump slightly slowly.

Muzi Yeni looked to have the race in the bag at the 200m marker as Alboran Sea hit the front, but Marwing’s more powerful driving finish sealed the deal, while Yeni looked frankly outgunned.

Bilateral won by a quarter length in a time of 85,28 secs.

The Gr1 Allan Robertson winner Alboran Sea was found to have cast a shoe in running and was not disgraced in second, while her stablemate Pine Princess (also for Maine Chance but from De Kock yard) stayed on nicely for third a further half length behind. She is crying out for more ground.

Mike Azzie’s Flame Cat ran into fourth after flashing late.

The disappointment of the race was Sean Tarry’s Carry On Alice who was never in it from a wide draw and finished seventh 5,75 lengths behind.

Bilateral was bred by Maine Chance Farms in whose black and yellow silks she races. She is by Lateral out of the one-time winning Secret Prospector mare, Buccellati.

She has run six times for 2 wins and 1 place. She took her stakes earnings to R436 625.

A son of Singspiel, Lateral was a top racehorse. He won 6 races and ran 3 places from 10 starts in Germany and Italy from 1400 -1600m in his 2yo and 3yo season.  Lateral stood his first season at stud in Germany in 2008 and came to SA in 2010.

He produced a small first crop of just 24 foals.He stands at Maine Chance for a R15 000 live foal fee.



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