Now For The R5 Million!

Many happy returns for Mauritius based owners!

Joey Ramsden’s R20 000 Master Of My Fate colt Twist Of Fate maintained his moneyspinning march up the ladder for his Mauritius connections with a facile victory under top weight to win the R250 000 Gr3 Politician Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The Favour Stud bred galloper franked the Cape Guineas form and has proven a model of consistency as he set himself up for a big payout on Met day in the R5 million CTS 1600 – where he looks likely to take on his nemesis and arch-rival, One World.

Bernard Fayd’herbe gears Twist Of Fate down to win a top race (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Master Milnerton trainer Joey Ramsden opted to run his charge here only because he was jumping out of his skin. It was a plan come together on all fronts!

“I had the choice to work him harder or run him here. This worked out well all round. He showed his class and he also confirmed he goes the 1800m – and the cheque is always a nice bonus,” observed the former Cape champion, who has done a remarkable job keeping Twist Of Fate ticking over since April.

The traditional Derby trial attracted a field of thirteen and there was drama at the start when the fancied Snaith runner Bunker Hunt stumbled on leaving the gates and dislodged jockey Richard Fourie. He was declared under starter’s orders.

The riderless Bunker Hunt didn’t cause any drama until the final stages when he appeared to hamper Potawatomi.

But after Potawatomi had led Sailing Lizard for home, Bernard Fayd’herbe produced Twist Of Fate and the fit as a fiddle multiple stakes winner drew clear to win by 2,25 lengths in a time of 111,11 secs.

There was a mad scramble for the places with Brett Crawford’s Potala Palace colt Senatla staying on well ahead of the previously undefeated Belgarion and Sailing Lizard.

Captain And The Master? Ricardo Sobotker and his boss Joey Ramsden (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Owned by the Mauritius-based River Palace Syndicate, the Favour Stud-bred Twist Of Fate is out of the twice winning Counter Action mare, Crescent Lily, a winner of the Listed Breeders Guineas at Fairview.

A R20 000 CTS March Yearling Sale graduate, Twist Of Fate has won 5 races with 5 places from 11 starts for stakes of R837 850 – a lovely return on investment in any language!

A handsome son of seven-times deceased champion sire Jet Master, the Varsfontein based Master Of My Fate  was the leading first crop sire by winners last season.

He has 5 lots on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale on 23 January.

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Gr3 Politician Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Kenilworth, South Africa, January 5, R250k, 1800m, turf, good, 1.51.11

1 – TWIST OF FATE (SAF), 61.0, b c 3, Master Of My Fate (SAF) – Crescent Lily (SAF) by Counter Action (SAF). Owner River Palace Racing Syndicate; Breeder Favour Stud; trainer J Ramsden; jockey B Fayd’herbe
2 – Senatla (SAF), 54.0, b c 3, Potala Palace (SAF) – Impressef (GB) by Nayef (USA)
3 – Belgarion (SAF), 54.0, b c 3, Dynasty (SAF) – Riva (GER) by Acatenango (GER)
Margins: 2.25, 0.30, 0.05

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