Hollywoodbets Durban July No Has Happy Ending

Compendium Insurance Brokers Listed Handicap

All things happen for a reason and Hollywoodbets Durban July reject Narina Trogon’s victory in Saturday’s R200 000 Listed Compendium Insurance Brokers Handicap at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday, would have been fair compensation for owner Morgan Govender.

Breeders Drakenstein Stud disposed of Narina Trogon on the BSA September 2023 online sale, where he was purchased by Pound Bloodstock on behalf of Morgan Govender for R390 000.

A delighted Tristan Godden raises his arms as Narina Trogon is led in by Sterling Miller (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Since then he has run seven times for three Listed wins and two place cheques, and on Saturday he took his overall career tally to 5 wins with 6 places from 18 starts and stakes of R617 575.

Sporting Post-sponsored rider Tristan Godden maintained his good form this term with a well judged ride from an awkward draw, and got Narina Trogon (10-1) home to beat Money Heist (25-1) by 0,90 lengths in a time of 96,96 secs.

The favourite Get Impressed (9-2) was a length back in third, with Mary’s Greenlight (25-1) rounding off the quartet.

The Stipes reported that shortly before the finish, third placed Get Impressed had to steady when awkwardly placed on the heels of the winner, which had shifted out away from the crop. The Board, after reviewing this incident, was of the opinion that the winner was sufficiently clear of Fourie’s mount.

Trainer Mike Miller was philosophical about missing a chance to run Narina Trogon in the July.

“The 2200m may have been a trifle far. He enjoyed the mile and that may be his game,” added the veteran.

The Drakenstein bred winner is a son of late multiple champion Silvano (Lomitas) out of the five-time winning champion Beach Beauty (Dynasty). This is the family of, amongst others, recently exported dual Gr1 winner Beach Bomb, new Gelykfontein sire Wild Coast, Rex Union and Amanzimtoti.


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