Quick Links:

Kotzen’s Derby Dazzler

Son of Pathfork scores an overdue win

Glen Kotzen’s Woodhill Racing Team threw any Friday 13th caution or nerves to the wind, and travelled up the Garden Route to claim a sparkling victory in the R350 000 World Sports Betting East Cape Derby at Fairview on Friday.

The big win came in the form of the clearly talented Pathfork gelding Chollima who built on his solid Cape form to storm home from last in the straight to win with something in hand.

Corne Orffer partnered the Pathfork (Distorted Humor) gelding who gave Paarl trainer Glen Kotzen a second victory in the race after Captain Cook won it for owner Juan van Heerden back in 2006.

Chollima storms in under Corne Orffer to beat Peace In Our World (JP van der Merwe) in a top finish (Pic -Pauline Herman)

Chollima looked the right one but started a generous 7-2.

He stormed forward early in the home strip and held his advantage to the line to beat local hope Peace In Our World (20-1) by 1,25 lengths in a time of 149,94 secs.

The Snaith’s Top Quality (11-2) moved up dangerously but had to be content with third, a further 1,25 lengths back.

Bred by Dr Veronique Kritzinger, the winner is out of the unraced Silvano mare Chillon.

Now a winner of 2 races with 6 places from 15 starts, Chollima took his stakes bank to R380 150.

A peach of a purchase for just R50 000 at the 2020 BSA Mistico Yearling Sale by the astute Glen Kotzen, Chollima looks a candidate for better things and the Gr3 Pocket Power Stakes at Kenilworth at the end of June could be next.

Have Your Say - *Please Use Your Name & Surname*

Comments Policy
The Sporting Post encourages readers to comment in the spirit of enlightening the topic being discussed, to add opinions or correct errors. All posts are accepted on the condition that the Sporting Post can at any time alter, correct or remove comments, either partially or entirely.

All posters are required to post under their actual name and surname - no anonymous posts or use of pseudonyms will be accepted. You can adjust your display name on your account page or to send corrections privately to the Editor. The Sporting Post will not publish comments submitted anonymously or under pseudonyms.

Please note that the views that are published are not necessarily those of the Sporting Post.

1 comment on “Kotzen’s Derby Dazzler

  1. Wayne Fouche says:

    Although Chollima came from last for a very impressive victory it is my humble opinion that this was the poorest EP Derby field in many a year.

Leave a Comment



Popular Posts

Related Posts

Gavin van Zyl (photo: hamishNIVENPhotography)
Horse Racing

More KZN Trainers To Trial

Van Zyl said besides the trial allowing the public a chance to watch unraced horses it was also a very good part of a horse’s preparation for racing

Read More »

A Winter Damascus Moment

’This son of Master Of My Fate has now won the first two legs of the Winter Series – congrats all round. I wouldn’t be surprised if Master Of My Fate makes champion sire this year’

Read More »