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Shangani – A Peter Plan Come Together

Son of Soft Falling Rain outstays them

Paul Peter celebrated his crowning moment as the new SA Champion trainer with his maiden Marshalls World Of Sport Gr3 Gold Cup victory at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Paul Peter and onwer Laurence Wernars wait to greet Shangani (Warren Kennedy) after their Masrhalls World Of Sport Gold Cup success (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

As the rain came down the field for South Africa’s premier staying contest past the post for the first time  and the race was to develop into a thrilling contest.

Going off at 7-1 Shangani got up close home to beat 40-1 shot Imperial Ruby by 0.60 lengths with Rex Union (20-1) a neck back in third and Black Thorn 9-2 in fourth.

New Zealand-bound Kennedy rode the perfect race on Shangani, timing his run to perfection to catch long-time leader Imperial Ruby with Rex Union staying on well for third ahead of Black Thorn.

The two at the top of the boards, Nebraas and Aragosta, were a no-show, bringing up the rear of the field for much of the race and although making some late headway in the straight, they were well beaten.

Kennedy punched Shangani through a gap between Imperial Ruby and Rex Union to add another winner to the record tallies of both champion trainer Paul Peter and Kennedy.

It was a plan come together for the stable who had earmarked the Marshalls World of Sport Gold Cup some months back. “Two runs back I did not ride a very good race but I said to Mister Wernars not to worry, I’d win the Marshalls World Of Gold Cup. It was a plan come together,” said Kennedy.

A half-brother to dual Aquanaut Handicap winner Chitengo, Shangani was bred by Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein and is by ill-fated champion Soft Falling Rain (National Assembly) out of the Montjeu sired Gold Bowl victress Gorongosa.

Shangani cost R250 000 at the National Yearling Sale. He has won 7 of 12 starts with 2 places for stakes of R950 187.

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  1. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 7 Ref : 941 MARSHALLS WORLD OF SPORT GOLD CUP (Grade 3) : R750 000 : About 1200m

    Starter : S Ngcobo Loading Time : 1:43sec No. of Runners : 15

    Carded Time: 16:05:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 16:08:08
    Provisional Result: 16:13:39
    All Clear: 16:19:50

    The start of this Race was delayed due to there being lightning in close proximity to the racecourse. After giving careful consideration to the information derived from various weather applications, and after consulting with the riders at the start, it was decided to proceed with the loading of the field.
    Steady rain fell before and during the running of this Race.

    THE STARTER REPORTED:
    a) BLACK THORN (K de Melo) lost two lengths.

    THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED :
    a) BLACK THORN (K de Melo) over-raced in the early stages.
    b) Jockey G van Niekerk reported that he felt something amiss with CHOLLIMA and as a result he did not persevere with his ride from the 350m. The Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    c) Jockey W Kennedy signed an admission of guilt for Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he mis-used his crop by striking the horse SHANGANI more than 12 times in the entire race. In assessing penalty, the Board considered the number of times (13) Jockey Kennedy struck the horse SHANGANI, the distance over which and manner in which he used his crop, the status of the race and his record (0) in relation to this Rule. Accordingly, a penalty of a fine of R10 000 was imposed.
    d) Jockey S Veale signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he misused his crop by striking the horse REX UNION more than 12 times in the entire race. When determining the penalty, the Stewards considered that this was Jockey S Veale’s 23rd transgression of Rule 58.10.2 (Guideline M) since 1 August 2021 and his 3rd offence inside the preceding 60 days period. Accordingly, a fine of R3500 and a suspension from riding at two KZN Racemeetings were imposed. (Suspension dates to be advised)
    e) The riders returned to scale on an average of between 0.50kg and 1kg above the weight at which they were declared out at due to the weather conditions during the running of this Race.
    f) SHANGANI (W Kennedy), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer P A Peter advised (RVR).
    g) IMPERIAL RUBY (C Zackey), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer C Spies advised (RVR).
    h) REX UNION (S Veale), placed third, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer D Kannemeyer advised (DZ).
    JOCKEY / EQUIPMENT CHANGES :
    a) IMPERIAL RUBY raced with a compression mask.

    RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER :
    a) Nil.

    THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED :
    a) CHOLLIMA : Coughing.

    SCRATCHINGS :
    a) FLYING FIRST CLASS : Reserve runner.
    b) PAYBACKTHEMONEY : Reserve runner.
    c) ELECTRIC SURGE : Reserve runner.

    DISQUALIFIED / DECLARED NON-RUNNER:
    a) None

    OFFICIAL RESULT:
    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 12 SHANGANI W Kennedy P A Peter —- 7/1
    2nd 10 IMPERIAL RUBY C Zackey C Spies 0.60 0.60 50/1
    3rd 15 REX UNION S Veale D Kannemeyer 0.25 0.85 33/1
    4th 5 BLACK THORN K de Melo S G Tarry 1.20 2.05 9/2
    5th 2 CHEWBACA G Wright W A Nel 0.40 2.45 40/1
    Time of Race : 209.06s
    Tote Favourite:
    NEBRAAS
    Distance : 3.55 Betting : 9/4

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