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Star Stuff From Peter & Kennedy

Photo splits the top two in thriller

In a heart-stopping finish that went to the judge, the national championship winning combination of Paul Peter and Warren Kennedy came out tops in the R200 000 Epol Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

The image is deceptive, but Swing Upon a Star (Warren Kennedy) held on by a nose

After doing the donkey work up front and looking a winner inside the final 250m, Swing Upon A Star (14-1) enjoyed the drop in trip from a mile and held on doggedly by a hair breadth to hold off a flying Sun Blushed (20-1) and Rachel Venniker in a time of 70,92 secs.

Stuart Pettigrew’s 15-10 fancy Mercantour saved a few Place Accumulator players by rattling late to run third, a further 0,30 lengths adrift.

Raced by Messrs G, K & M M Nassif and Ian Levitan, the winner was bred by Narrow Creek Stud and is a son of Elusive Fort (Fort Wood) out of the one-time winning Eliza Doolittle (Judpot).

Swing Upon A Star is a winner of 2 races with 2 places from 5 starts for stakes of R219 250.

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1 comment on “Star Stuff From Peter & Kennedy

  1. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 3 Ref : 937 EPOL UMKHOMAZI STAKES (Grade 2) : R200 000 : About 1200m

    Starter : M Shaw Loading Time : 1:00sec No. of Runners : 11

    Carded Time: 13:35:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 13:35:50
    Provisional Result: 13:40:09
    All Clear: 13:44:05

    a) SUN BLUSHED (*R Venniker) and QUESTION MASTER (J Gates) were slow losing one length.
    b) CAPTAIN BOMBSHELL (G Lerena) was restless in the stalls.

    a) At approximately the 350m, RIDGERUNNER (K de Melo) had to ease when awkwardly placed on the heels of FORMAGEAR (C Zackey) which was hanging in badly proving difficult to assist. Thereafter, FORMAGEAR (C Zackey) continued to hang in despite the rider’s efforts to straighten his mount. In view of this report, the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    b) In view of the Veterinary Surgeon’s report concerning FORMAGEAR, and in terms of Rule 93.1, this gelding is suspended for 60 days from racing in any race under the jurisdiction of the National Horseracing Authority. Trainer P Muscutt was advised. (Suspension Dates : 31.07.22 – 28.09.22)
    c) In view of the performance of RIDGERUNNER (K de Melo) (7.45 lengths, 7/1 in the betting) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    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 CAPTAIN CASEY more than 12 times in the entire race. When determining the penalty, the Stewards considered that this was Jockey S Veale’s 22nd transgression of Rule 58.10.2 (Guideline M) since 1 August 2021 and his 2nd offence inside the preceding 60 day period. Accordingly, a fine of R2500 and a suspension from riding at two KZN Racemeetings were imposed. (Suspension dates to be advised)
    e) Jockey K Matsunyane 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 MERCANTOUR more than 12 times in the entire race. In assessing penalty, the Board considered the number of times (13) Jockey K Matsunyane struck the horse MERCANTOUR, the distance over which and manner in which he used his crop and his record (4) in relation to this Rule. Accordingly, a penalty of a fine of R2000 was imposed.
    f) SWING UPON A STAR (W Kennedy), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer P A Peter advised (SM).
    g) SUN BLUSHED (*R Venniker), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer M L Roberts advised (SM).
    a) QUESTION MASTER raced with cheek pieces and without ear muffs (advised 28.07.22/9h09).

    a) Nil.

    a) RIDGERUNNER : Nothing obvious detected.
    b) FORMAGEAR : Unilateral epistaxis. Confirmed 60 days suspension.
    c) MAGIC TATTOO : Abrasion right hind.


    a) None

    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 9 SWING UPON A STAR W Kennedy P A Peter —- 20/1
    2nd 2 SUN BLUSHED *R A Venniker M L Roberts 0.05 0.05 25/1
    3rd 5 MERCANTOUR K Matsunyane S T Pettigrew 0.30 0.35 5/2
    4th 10 CAPTAIN CASEY S Veale A J Rivalland 0.15 0.50 25/1
    5th 4 FORMAGEAR C Zackey P B Muscutt 0.90 1.40 9/4
    Time of Race : 70.92s
    Tote Favourite:
    Distance : 1.40 Betting : 9/4

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