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Gr1 Celebrations For Moore, Gates & Somasundrum

Judges take their time after tight finish

Jason Gates gets the best out of Canadian Summer, as Rock The Fox (Calvin Habib) and fourth-placed Hold My Hand (Grant van Niekerk) add to the fun and games (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

In another desperately close finish, the R500 000 Gr1 Thekwini Stakes went to the judge for an extended decision after Canadian Summer and Rock The Fox went to the line as one horse.

With Paul Peter and Warren Kennedy threatening to produce another feature success in the  shape of the forward galloping Bless My Stars, who looked a winner late, the pincer attack of Canadian Summer and Rock The Fox swooped from both sides to produce a thriller.

With Canadian Summer getting the decision, despite the flying Rock The Fox being called by Eagle Eye Craig Peters, the race evolved into an emotional moment for Gr1 maidens Preggie Somasundram, Jason Gates and 33 year old trainer Darryl Moore.

Now a dual stakes winner, Canadian Summer (10-1) won in a time of 96,79 secs.

How close was this! Canadian Summer (winner) is the top horse

Runner-up Rock The Fox continued the terrific ‘freshman’ season of her sire Canford Cliffs.

Raced by Preggie Somasundram, the winner, an R80 000 2021 BSA August 2yo Sale graduate, was bred by Oldlands Stud and is a ninth Gr1 winner for Oratorio (Danehill) out of the two time winning Silvano mare Autumn Splendour.

Canadian Summer has now won 3 races with 2 places from 5 starts for stakes of R585 750.

He joins Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Military Attack and the likes of Banchee, Beethoven, Biz The Nurse, Manawanui, Mourinho,Temida and top sprinter Van Halen as Gr1 winners sired by Oratorio.

Twice a Leading Sire in Italy, Oratorio has a single lot on offer at the 2022 August Two Year Old Sale.

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3 comments on “Gr1 Celebrations For Moore, Gates & Somasundrum

  1. Mickey Tommy says:

    What about the 3rd race….why no photo

    1. Editor says:

      Nobody raised a query with the third with us, Tommy

  2. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 4 Ref : 938 THEKWINI STAKES (Grade 1) : R500 000 : About 1600m

    Starter : S Ngcobo Loading Time : 1:16sec No. of Runners : 14

    Carded Time: 14:15:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 14:15:48
    Provisional Result: 14:19:12
    All Clear: 14:26:06

    THE STARTER REPORTED:
    a) LITTLEMARYSUNSHINE (S Khumalo) and PRNCESS OZMA (S Veale) were stubborn to load.
    b) TIME FO ORCHIDS (K de Melo) lost one length.

    THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED :
    a) At the 1400m, ORARARI GOLD (M Yeni) was brushed out by NONE OTHER (C Zackey) which commenced to over-race in the early stages. As a result, ORARARI GOLD (M Yeni) was steadied off the heels of ROCK THE FOX (C Habib) which rolled in.
    b) In the concluding stages, ORARARI GOLD (M Yeni) which was hanging in from the 300m, was steadied off the heels of CANADIAN SUMMER (J Gates) which shifted out.
    c) An Inquiry will be opened in order to establish why BLESS MY STARS (W Kennedy) was bumped in shortly before the finish.
    d) Jockey K de Melo reported that he felt something amiss with TIME FO ORCHIDS in the concluding stages. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    e) CANADIAN SUMMER (J Gates), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer D Moore advised (RVR).
    f) ROCK THE FOX (C Habib), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer S G Tarry advised (HM).
    JOCKEY / EQUIPMENT CHANGES :
    a) PRINCESS OZMA was ridden by Jockey S Veale. Reserve runner (advised 30.07.22/9h23).

    RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :
    a) MISS COOL : The ownership should read:- Itssa It & Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Mr Allan F Peters & Hyperpaint Syndicate (Nom: Mr J T Peter) and the colours are dark blue, white spot, striped cap (SWE – 26.07.22).
    b) ASTRIX : The ownership should read:- Mr G D Tooch, Hyperpaint Syndicate (Nom: Mr J T Peter) & Itssa It & Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd and the colours remain the same (SWE – 26.07.22)

    THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :
    a) BLESS MY STARS : Speedy cut right hind and returned post-race having cast the right hind shoe.
    b) ROCK THE FOX : Brush wound right hind.
    c) PRINCESS OZMA : Brush wound left hind.
    d) TIME FO ORCHIDS : Nothing obvious detected.

    SCRATCHINGS :
    a) AMEENA : Pulled flank muscle (Trainer – 28.07.22/11h57). Rule 53.5 applies.
    b) READY TO FLY : Reserve runner.
    c) GIRL OF TREGUNTER : Reserve runner.

    DISQUALIFIED / DECLARED NON-RUNNER:
    a) None

    OFFICIAL RESULT:
    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 1 CANADIAN SUMMER J Gates D W Moore —- 5/1
    2nd 11 ROCK THE FOX C Habib S G Tarry 0.05 0.05 33/1
    3rd 5 BLESS MY STARS W Kennedy P A Peter 0.30 0.35 6/1
    4th 2 HOLD MY HAND G van Niekerk G S Kotzen 0.25 0.60 6/1
    5th 10 ORARARI GOLD M Yeni C J Lensley 1.10 1.70 33/1
    Time of Race : 96.79s
    Tote Favourite:
    CANADIAN SUMMER
    Distance : – Betting : 5/1

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